Tag Archives: web resources

Bookmark freeeedom

I’ve been an avid user of Delicious.com for a while, and I love it. Delicious is a free online tool that allows you to bookmark your favorite websites from any computer, and access them from any computer. It also allows you to tag (mark with keywords) those bookmarks, and see what other people are bookmarking with similar tags. It’s a community of interesting and useful links on every subject you can imagine. I don’t use the favorites or bookmarks feature in Internet Explorer or Firefox anymore, because they are stored only on that particular computer. There are numerous applications for such a tool, as well.

But after hearing the recent news that Yahoo! is “sun setting” Delicious (whatever that means), I’ve decided to shop around a bit. I’ve found a few alternatives that are very interesting and feature-rich! Continue reading

♪ Video Killed the Telephone Star ♪

It’s a holiday week, so homages to great 80’s songs are allowed, right? Whatever happened to The Buggles, and who knew they would be so right? And… what does this have to do with instructional technology?! Today we’re going to talk about online video chat, how it can be used in higher education to enhance the learning process, and wonder if it will someday kill the “telephone star!”

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Files files everywhere!

I’m a busy guy, and frightening as though it may seem, most of my professional (and personal) life is digitized. Sometimes I work on my laptop, on my home desktop, on the computer in my office, or even on my smart phone. Sometimes I work in a computer lab, or at the library. I have files stored on flash drives, external hard drives, network drives, and in my email account as file attachments. I have digital files floating around all over the place. Ahhhhhhh!

So, when I need to work on something, I always have to think ahead to make sure I have access to the files I need, at whatever location I’m going to be working from. If I’m not on top of things, I can end up wasting time. But I’m sure this problem is exclusive to me, because I’m special. Right? Riiiiight.

How can we easily and efficiently share files between multiple computers and maintain a high level of productivity, without creating duplicates and confusion?

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We know what you want

We know you better than you think. Even if you’ve never been to the CTL at Macomb, called us, emailed us, or even heard of us, we do know something about you. To prove it, we’re going to tell you something about yourself right now…. ready?

Ok, here goes: you understand the importance of using visuals in your classroom presentations, and you love free stuff.

See, we do know you!

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Facebook for Academia

Annnnd, we’re back! The mad dash at the beginning of the semester has subsided, and we’ve got some new bits of instructional technology goodness to share with you. To kick things off today, let’s take a look at www.Academia.edu, which has been affectionately referred to as the “Facebook for academia!”

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Why care about instructional technology?!

The “internets” are full of great resources for educators. After a little searching, I’ve found another sister blog that is packed-full of great info. It’s called Emerging Ed Tech and it’s managed by the Director of Institutional Info & Tech from The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY. Check it out!

Specifically, this article caught my attention: 5 Reasons Why Educators Need To Embrace Internet Technologies. If you’re still unsure about technology and the internet’s place in the classroom, the points in the article may change your mind.

And as always, if you find any good resources, please share them with us in the comments section below!

Sister blog!

Our “Instructional Technology at Macomb” blog is relatively new to the blogosphere (don’t you love made-up tech words like blogosphere?!). We’re still settling into the neighborhood, but we’re already making new friends!

Susan over at Adelphi University in New York is our newest friend, and we appreciate her kind words about our blog! Their Faculty Center is like our Center for Teaching and Learning, and they run an excellent blog, so check it out!

And if you enjoy free stuff like we do, be sure to read their entry on “Free and Public Domain Multimedia for Classroom Use!”

Design Inspiration

Yes, I know, this is very strange. Two posts in one day?! This could mean one of two things; I’m either procrastinating and avoiding my other duties, or I’ve found something really cool and just had to share it right away! Or… it could be due to both reasons (*cough*).

Note & point” is one of the coolest blogs I’ve found in a while. If you’re looking for PowerPoint or Keynote presentation design ideas, this is the place to start. You can even download PDFs of the featured presentations. If you’re like me, and always trying to create more interesting presentations, check it out!

12-year-olds are smarter than you!

I’ll man-up and admit it, I’m not as smart as a 12-year-old girl. At least, not Adora Svitak, who gave a very convincing presentation on “What adults can learn from kids” earlier this year. Click on the image below to view the video, which is available on Ted.com. This website is a great resource to find though-provoking, relevant, and intelligent presentations given by a variety of great minds (old and young)!

What do you think about Adora’s presentation? Can her ideas apply to your classroom? If so, how? Are there any other presentations on Ted.com that caught your eye?

Skinny Files

If you missed it, we just added a new workshop to our Professional Development offerings. What are “skinny files,” and why should you care?! Well, I’m glad you asked, because I placed the workshop handout online for your viewing pleasure. Click on the image below!

PS: Thank you to “C-Weck” (one of our favorite blog readers and a member of the CTL team) for discovering Issuu.com, the online file/document hosting service that we used to host this Skinny Files PDF. It’s Pretty slick, isn’t it? Can you see uses for this service in your classroom? Look for more useful documents on the CTL’s Issuu page soon!