Tag Archives: Tech

Messing around with iWeb

I’ve been playing around with iWeb this evening, and having fun creating a new site. The trick was to figure out how to integrate this blog with the site.

I’ve figured it out, and it works pretty well. I’d like it a little better if I could figure out how to make the blog link from the site open in a new tab, but I guess I can’t have everything.

iBlogger

Sometimes I need (if it’s a class blog) or want (if it’s this one) to post something when I don’t have my computer handy.

Most of the mobile solutions I’ve tried have too many limitations (such as the inability to assign a category to a post).

So, I’m trying iBlogger, which just became available at the App Store today. If it works as well as I hope it will, I’ll be able to post from the Touch anywhere there’s a wi-fi connection.

Good listening

Even though the semester just finished–Commencement is Saturday!–I’m already thinking about next fall, when I’ll be teaching a course in Politics and Religion. I’ve been looking for ways to help students become more literate about religion and the role it plays in modern life.

So, while out for a run today, I tuned in to a (relatively) recent episode of American Public Media’s Speaking of Faith (yes, it’s available as a podcast). My intent was to get a sense of the program (which I’d never listened to before) to see whether it would be worth my while to use it with my students.

I’ll have to check out a few more episodes before I make that call. But the episode I listened to today, The Beauty and Challenge of Being Catholic: Hearing the Faithful, is definitely worth listening to.

Wikipedia, and evaluating web resources

Yes, it’s true. Students do a lot of their research on the web; at least, that’s where many of them tend to start.

And yes, information found on the web can be woefully inaccurate. As an example of such potential inaccuracies, I sometimes point my students to the story of Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala.

But traditional print resources can be inaccurate, too. What’s important, in my view, is to teach students how to evaluate their sources, whether those sources are in electronic or dead tree format.

Rather than adopt policies that discourage students from using the web for research, I try to teach them digital literacy skills. Students need to know not only how to use technology to find and manage information, but also how to evaluate the information they find. What students need to know is how knowledge is created and shared, and
what published information they have reason to trust–regardless of
where or how it’s published. (For web-based resources, one of the tools I use is Internet Detective.)

Those interested in digital literacy might find David Parry’s recent editorial at Science Progress of interest. I also highly recommend his blog, academhack.

Too funny!

Check out Dave’s post at Academhack, if you need a laugh for the day.

Blogged with Flock

Testing the newest version of Flock

Now that Flock has updated to use the FireFox 2.0 engine, my reference manager (Zotero) will work with it. Since it also integrates nicely with Facebook and Twitter, both of which I use extensively, I’m considering making the switch.

A warning to GMail users…

…read this, then check your forwarding and filters.

I was lucky; all was well with my account, and Google has apparently fixed the vulnerability. The fix doesn’t take care of any evil filters that are already in place, though, so if you’ve been hit you’ll have some deleting to do.