Want to see what the experts in academic computing think are going to be the most important tools students need to engage with in the next year, three years and five years? The annual Horizon Report will tell you. See the 2008 report here. [We’re engaged in the 2nd item listed, and some of you will be involved in the first.]

As I said in class, pick one or two tools that you’d like to play around with more in class on Thursday.  In a comment or a blog post linked to this post indicate which tools you want us to spend some more time with (and, if there’s some particular aspect you’ve had problems with, what about those tools you’d like to spend more time on).  Okay, that’s enough phrases ending in prepositions….

Search and you will find….something cool.

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Mary has a couple of good posts with links to news and links of interest.  Be sure to check them out.

I want specifically to highlight the page she found about other uses for RSS.  It is definitely in the spirit of play of the original blog assignment for this weekend.

Omeka Admin

By on January 26, 2008 2 Comments

You’ve all been changed to Admin status in the test Omeka account.  Those of you who are thinking about using Omeka with your group project can now try creating an exhibit, create a new collection, use different documents.  In other words, explore some of the options available.  [Check out the examples of other sites using Omeka at http://omeka.org/showcase/]

Have a good weekend.

Okay, so we’re at the end of the second week of class.  How are you feeling about the course, the readings/assignments, your group project?  Do we need to slow down or speed up, or is everything just right?  What would you like to spend more time on?  What do you feel like you have a handle on and what seems inexplicable to you at this point?  What problems or exciting ideas are your group members dealing with?  Express your concerns or affirmations here, on your own blog, or send me an email.

Don’t forget your blog assignment from the syllabus for this week should be completed by Saturday.

You may have noticed that there is a new page listed at the top of the course blog.  “Recent Blog Posts” funnels most (soon to be all) posts from the people in this class onto a single page (using RSS of course).  Check it out to get a snapshot of what everyone is working on.

As we discussed in class, make sure you try to add something to the test Omeka site set up for the class.  It can be a document, a photo, any item.  If you’re having trouble, let me know.  [If you can’t log in or don’t remember the URL, let me know as soon as possible.]

If you get a chance, you should take a look at this short post at the Chronicle of Higher Education site about students and “digital saavy”.  Is it true for you?  For your classmates (in other classes)?  Other reactions?  You can respond in the comments field here or on your own blog with a link to this post (stretch your blogging skills a little…).

Blog assignment

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By the end of the weekend, write a post on your blog that explains why you are in this class and what you hope to get out of it, and introduces yourself to the class.

Also, sign up for a feed reader (Google Reader, Bloglines, or another of your choosing) and subscribe to your classmates’ blogs. [Bonus points for figuring out how to sign up for the comments feed as well. More bonus points for sharing that information with others, in person or via your blog.]

Bloglines and Google Reader are just two of the many blog (or feed) aggregators available which bring a variety of blogs to you.  So why do you care?  Well, rather than going to every blog in class individually to see if someone has posted something new, those new posts appear automatically in your aggregator.

How does the aggregator know that someone has posted a new post?  Because of something Jerry mentioned the other day known as an RSS feed.  For a quick and dirty explanation of RSS, see here.

Why do we care? Because it makes reading blogs and news feeds easier.

Tagging and categories: How to share our ideas and finds

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As you begin to use your del.icio.us accounts, consider using the tag “471C3” for online materials you find for this class. [They will show up in the feed to the right of this post on the main page of this course blog.]

As you begin to write blog posts, consider using the category “Digital History” for posts related to this class. Those will then show up on the umwblogs.org category page.

Don’t understand what any of this means? You will. 🙂

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