samedi 6 février 2010

I guess I'm just not multiliterate !

In fact I came to the above conclusion when I realised that by prefering simplybox for keeping my bookmarks, I'm definitely not in the multilit bookmarking league ! You can see from the image (without the links) that simplybox gives me a bookmarking system where each thing is in its own place in its own folder. Before I found this system, I was completely lost.
For me "tags" don't come (or I hope -didn't come) naturally - which means I cannot find any of the things I put onto delicious a long time ago, because I didn't have a system for "my" tags. Maybe I'm just functionally illiterate after all - but whatever, I do wish that someone had told me about choosing my key words carefully and it is something I will teach my students (and collegues).
Michael Shade put a link on the Ning to a great documentary by Doug Rushkoff about the way multitasking is affecting students, and which looked at gaming in Korea with a visit to an "internet rescue camp" - a disintoxication centre for addicted kids - it was sad to see that the children had to "re-learn how to be kids" (doing normal outdoor things) I had to leave just when it was talking about the close friendships created online (sic) .. they were talking especially about games (World of Warcraft) and Second Life - used by IBM for most of it's meetings.
They actually interview a number of couples who had got married after meeting in W of Warcraft (the name is enough to make me run a mile) and one of the couples said they continued to play sitting back to back at home with their laptops on !
There seemsed to be general agreement that it was possible to get "closer" to people online than in real life - but no one seemed to take into account the element of play. In real life when one does silly games with people, it creates bonds very quickly.
One really scary thing was the general agreement of the US students that unfortunaley they didn't have time to read a whole book, so they get through Romeo and Juliette in 5 mins from an online synopsis :-O
Anyway - What I do know for sure is that this Tuesday evening I chose an online conference over a real life public meeting, and this morning, instead of going to see my friend, I watched the docu mentionned above (YESSS - I've found the link - 90 minutes well spent

mardi 2 février 2010

Creating a RSS feed

create a custom feed to track changes on pages that don't have their own feed.

These custom feeds are most useful if you want to be alerted
whenever a specific page has been updated. For example, if you wanted
to follow's latest products, just type
"" into Reader's "Add a
subscription" field. Click "create a feed", and Reader will
periodically visit the page and publish any significant changes it
finds as items in a custom feed created just for that page.

We provide short snippets of page changes to help you quickly decide
if the page is worth revisiting and we're working on improving the
quality of these snippets. If you don't want Google to crawl or create
feeds for a specific site, site owners can opt-out.

If you have a feed-less page you've been dying to follow, sign in to
Google Reader and try it out for yourself. more info at

dimanche 10 janvier 2010

Well I never ! (Introducing myself to evomlit)

I came to blogger to create a blog for the purpose of introducing myself for the 6 week EVO course, and I found that not only did a blog I had "lost" still exist, but that google had changed my primary address to the gmail I created recently. It's certainly very convenient, now that I've lost my big-brotherphobia....
So here we go:
My silly avatar is a drawing made by my grandaughter when she was three ... and she's 7 now.
I teach English to physicists at the University in Grenoble (as I said in the YG).
I am always hoping to find a fellow teacher of English to scientists so that our students can share a wiki or something (not too heavy!)
I have been totally lost in this "social networking" for 4 years now, and suddenly it's coming together. Thanks a lot to a recent SEETA course, (that's South East Europe Teacher Assos) run by Nik Peachey and an article by Vance about letting things go in this electronic world.
I think it will be better writing here rather than in the blog on the ning, because each entry on the ning sends alerts to everyone.