Wikipedia in Academia

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A blog from Joyce :

Connected teachers – Lots of eLearning stuff

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A wiki Joyce uses in her Web 2.0 classes

Adding an RSS Feed to Facebook (connecting your blog)

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If you are running a blog and have a facebook account how can you connect them together, so you only have to type stuff in once (in the blog) and it pops up in Facebook?

Ok, so this is got to ba an example of poor “User Interface Design”. I worked this out a month ago, and thought I’d document it.. but couldn’t recall the steps (in spite of just having completed it!)

Anyway, thought I’d have another go today.. and eurika I worked out what to do!!

So follow these steps!!

  1. Click on your name (on the facebook bar at the top of the screen)
  2. Click on the Options link (Just below the [Share] button on the “Whats on your mind window”
  3. If “Stories Posted by You” > Available sites is not showing, click on the settings button (Just below the [Share] button)
  4. On the Available Sites: Click on Blog/RSS
  5. In the Public URL enter your blog site, then click [Import]

.. and thats all!!

This is also where you connect Flickr/Delicious/YouTube etc…

Wolfram Alpha – a new way of accessing data on the Internet

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Something from Joyce 🙂

Rather than giving you a list of search results, Wolfram Alpha (what an awful name) will combine your terms to give you meaningful data. For example a search for Napier + Weather, results in:


You can access WA here: and to get started it gives you some suggestions for searches on the right hand side.


And you can read about other ways of using WA here:

5 Things that Wolfram Alpha does better (and vastly different) from Google which looks at complex queries, localisation, precision, calculation and comparison.

iCloud – a virtual online machine

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Apr 7, iCloud was publically launched. Have included the “marketing email below…

First observations. Tried it on our institutions PC.. Connection too slow, tried in IE/Firefox came up but never got to a stage I could use it. Chrome had JavaScript issues…

Must try it at home 🙂

In the email it stated…

icloud, the online service that gives you the freedom of your friends, files and digital life on any computer. After 8 years of development icloud is today officially launched worldwide as the online PC for everyone without a PC 

Linkoping, Sweden – April 7th, 2009 – Xcerion today announce the launch of icloud, the world’s first free online computer, giving everybody in the world their own online computer packed with free storage, applications, virtual desktop and backup accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. Starting today the icloud service is available in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish and Filipino languages.

 The public launch of icloud builds on a closed beta testing program and the incorporation of user feedback from iclouder’s worldwide. icloud is proud to announce free icloud accounts for everyone at

Daniel Arthursson, the founder of icloud say, “With icloud, we put a virtual computer together with free storage and free applications in the hands of everybody in the world, it’s the PC for everyone without a PC. Everybody can now access and share documents, photos, music and their complete digital life from any computer“.

The public version includes:

  • Access to your friends, files and digital life on any computer
  • 3 GB free storage space to safely store documents, photos and music online
  • 30 free applications such as Office, Mail, Music, Video, IM, Sharing, Games, Collaboration and Development tools
  • 20 free widgets
  • Free backup to provide secure storage, including WedDav
  • Zero installation, icloud runs in your Internet Explorer or Firefox browser

Beyond LMSs

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Presentation by Terry Anderson at Moodlemoot

Anderson, T. (2009) Beyond LMS Keynote to Canada Moodlemoot 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009 from

Browser tester (HTML/JavaScript)

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  • Chrome Experiments (Google, 2009)[2]
    • Chrome Experiments showcases the applications that require significant data processing using multiple Web pages simultaneously
    • Darrin Fisher, one of the engineering leads for Google Chrome, notes that all of the experiments use just HTML and JavaScript, and are designed to demonstrate what is possible with basic Web technology

(Naone, 2009, March 18)[3]

E, Naone (2009, March 18)Browser Coders Make Chrome Shine. Technology Review. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from

Information revolution

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Worth a look how old information management compares with current

Wesch, M. (2007) Information Revolution, YouTube. Retrieved February 12, 2009 from

SkyDrive (25GB free online storage)

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Microsoft promised at the last presentation I went to lots of new stuff, particularly based on their “Cloud computing” framework.

So, here is another tool that will be useful, 25GB free online storage!

go to and if it doesn’t show its called skydrive 

If you have a live account (msn or hotmail) go to and look for skydrive or if you dont have a microsoft passport go to the same url and create one. As far as I can tell you dont need a microsoft email (hotmail) account. I using my work one fine.

It allows others to access your folder. I am having trouble receiving zip files via email so this may be a way to get them to me.

Mootools – a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework

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From JJ. 

MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. It allows you to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent API.

  • Home page:
  • Demos:
  • Ajax example downloads:


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