Posts Tagged ‘Current trends’

The Diigo Connection

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Yesterday, a colleague pointed out that there should be an explanation for the enigmatic link to a diigo page at the top of the Virtual Meeting Place the EDMT Team set up for our students.

Diigo is a social bookmarking site much like the popular site Delicious that EDMT uses in a few courses. There are many such social bookmarking sites available. Diigo (digest of Internet information, groups, and other stuff) does more than just bookmark sites that you can then access from any computer. The service also allows you to highlight information within the web site or make and share notes about the site. Even better, you can share your findings with a specific group of people.

During a session at the 21st Symposium in Marysville, MI, in August 2011, presenter Ben Rimes reintroduced the site to a number of teachers. He noted that Diigo was quickly becoming the site most favored by teachers. A subscription to the Diigo in Education group will present a surprising list of ten or twenty sites a day in email format discovered by a community of teachers around the globe.

There are often gems that you will want to bookmark and share. is the group you can use to share information with anyone interested in following. It is easy to get out of the habit of sharing exceptional site with colleagues so today there are only two links. Join Diigo, follow the link, and click the “Apply to Join” button to begin sharing your finds with everyone.

21 things for the 21st Century Educator

Monday, February 15th, 2010

This just came across my desk this morning: .  Put together by a group of Michigan ISD (Intermediate School Districts), it’s a listing of some of the things 21st century educators should know about and be able to do.  What do you think?  Is this the right list?  Are there things here that don’t belong?  Things that are missing?

Tweet Delicious

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

If you find Twitter to have some potential in your teaching or your Personal Learning Environment, you will love that you can now tweet your bookmarks.

Go to your Delicious settings and under Bookmarks -> Sharing you can set your latest networked bookmarks to be shared on Twitter for your followers.

I tag a lot of my bookmarks as EDMT if you want to look for them and if you want to follow me, I am mcveym on both Twitter and Delicious.

Tweet your Delicious bookmarks

Tweet your Delicious bookmarks

Twenty year old fogies

Monday, January 11th, 2010
Photo used with permission

Photo used with permission

My daughter runs a vast social network using Facebook and has expectations about the potential for technology that is vastly different than mine was at her age. Such a shift isn’t hard to contemplate, but in “The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s” by Brad Stone in the New York Times, the idea of mini-generation gaps is raised.

Young children are approaching computer monitors expecting them to work like iPod Touch screens, children are playing with robotic toys and thinking of them as pets, satisfaction from socializing online is reaching the same levels as socializing face-to-face.

The author raises several questions throughout the article about the way this new approach to using technology will affect teaching including the phenomenon of the demand for near instantaneous response to queries from students.

Vooks replace Books?

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Reading is being transformed

Reading is being transformed.

Graduate student, Greg Smith, drew my attention to “As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience, what about reading?” by Monica Hesse in The Washington Post. The new e-books are pushing technology to make reading a multi-sensory experience. With embedded video links, whole new layers of meaning are being added to the text.

On a side note, I submitted my third year review this year as an interactive PDF document with some of my podcasts and vodcasts embedded for a very full reading and viewing experience.

Thanks, Greg. Students in the graduate program are encouraged to submit notes and links of interest to the EDMT community.