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July, 2008:

Short and Sweet: Technology Shrinks the Lecture

Short and Sweet: Technology Shrinks the Lecture
Jeffrey Young

An article from The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses how to optimize the effectiveness of online (and in-class) lectures by fragmenting them into smaller sections.

Link: http://chronicle.com/free/v54/i41/41a00901.htm

Ensuring the Net Generation Is Net Savvy

Ensuring the Net Generation Is Net Savvy
George Lorenzo and Charles Dziuban

Net Gen students may know the Internet, but they are not necessarily “net savvy.” Exposed to huge quantities and multiple formats of information online, they are constantly challenged to sort valid from inaccurate information. Moreover, students are creating information, not just consuming it. This paper explores the challenges students face online in effectively finding information, using technology, and thinking critically.

Link: http://www.educause.edu/library/ELI3006

Wetpaint.com Wikis

A Wetpaint website is built on the power of collaborative thinking. Here, you can create websites that mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks into a rich, user-generated community based around the whatever-it-is that rocks your socks. A social website that’s so easy to use, anyone can participate.

The Wetpaint name comes from our natural sense of curiosity. The urge to touch something when we see a “Wet paint” sign. The urge to leave our mark. This curiosity and the surprising results that occur from collaboration are all part of Wetpaint.

Link: http://www.wetpaint.com

Why Use Technology in Education?

Why Use Technology in Education?
Charles Thacker

Why students should be using technology in their education can be a complex issue, and there are many small points to be made here about the value of learning, understanding and using technology. It can be compared to science in general. Science is responsible for almost all of our advances around the world. It is difficult to think of any current tools, information and discoveries that are not the direct result of science. From the paint used in any art or commercial product to the increasing understanding of the origins of the cosmos and ourselves; science is at the root of it all. Similarly, technology is becoming the foundation upon which nearly everything is being built.

Link: http://www.macinstruct.com/node/7

7 Things You Should Know About Skype

Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) application that lets users make free phone calls between Skype-equipped computers and inexpensive calls between Skype computers and landline or cell phones. Skype functions on a P2P model rather than as a centralized application, and it offers features such as voicemail, call forwarding, conference calling, and video chat. In most circumstances, Skype provides access to voice and video communication for a fraction of what other options cost. It allows more frequent contact between colleagues, collaborators, and friends and permits connections with those not likely to be in touch through conventional phone systems.

Link: http://www.educause.edu/node/162373