Feel free to look around, but I have moved to a new blogging platform. Most of my posts going back to 2005 have been transferred there.

Portfolio: Mine

Round 1 of ? of my online portfolio - a svelte and sparkly version of this blog - that is a requirement and capstone project at Indiana University - see JenniferMaddrell.com

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EdTechWeekly: Links for July 29, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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Box: Share files on website

Looking for an easy way to share files via a website widget? Check out box.net. Here is an example of a widget to embed on your site that took about 12.5 seconds to prepare in 3 easy steps (browse for file, register, upload):


Get your own Box.net widget and share anywhere!

Voicethread: More Presentation Goodness!

OK ... stop what you are doing and try out voicethread. As many edubloggers have noted this week, this is a very cool web based photo sharing and presentation application. Upload your photos (from your desktop or directly from Flickr), add titles, typed comments, screen annotations and audio narrations. Then, share your masterpiece via a blog /website embed like the one below or via links to the hosted site. It takes applications like slideshare to a whole new level. See for yourself below:

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SlideFlickr: Another Flickr Embed Generator

Cool! SlideFlickr is another flickr embed tool like flickrslidr that I tested earlier in the week. Slideflickr could not be easier! By adding a couple of quick cut and paste URL links to add your desired Flicrk set (or Flickr tags) and music URL, you are on your way - no log in required! The automatically generated slideshow code can then be quickly and easily embedded into your blog or web page. Thanks for the heads up from Alan Levine. Here is a quick demo:

EdTechWeekly: Links for July 15, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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Embed Slideshow: flickrslidr

Thanks to some afternoon twitter chatter, I "discovered" flickrslidr.com which provides code to embed the classic flickr slideshow set on your website or blog. Cool!


Created with Paul's flickrSLiDR.

EdTechWeekly: Links for July 1, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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EdTechWeekly: Links for June 17, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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Pageflakes: LMS? PLE?

As I've noted previously, pageflakes.net is an awesome example of a widget based start page (widget and feed aggregator on steroids) that has tons of options in an educational setting. Today (thanks to a post by Jane Hart), I just realized that pageflakes also has a tailored start page for students and teachers under a "students" tab. I also stumbled on the edutechwiki pageflakes page that outlines how-to suggestions for using pageflakes in education (for class management or as a PLE). So simple, yet so powerful. Cool!

p.s. The edutechwiki, created by the edtech research and teaching unit at the University of Geneva, has some really interesting edtech and instructional design content - worth a close look and more commentary in a future post!

Goodstuff: someecards.com

tee hee ... go to someecards.com for this and more ...

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Browser: Safari for Windows

In case you were under a rock today ... Apple introduced Safari for Windows. Do I need to try a new browser? Nope. Did I? Yep. Thoughts? Eh. Hard to image switching from Firefox, but I'll keep playing with it. I *heart* FF. [Update: oops! some bugs in the apple!]

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SightSpeed: MultiParty Video Conferencing

Check it out at SightSpeed.com

Games: Facilitated Online

Here is a recap of a Framegame (by Thiagi) that I conducted toward the end of last semester. The book provides great insights into facilitating an educational game ... I amended the core approaches to work within an online setting.

Audience: The audience for the session included a group of educators who meet
online Thursday nights to discuss and share ideas about various topics in the
field of education during an informal peer learning session. On the night of
the Framegame, 7 participants played in the game and a few others lurked in the
virtual "corner". While many of the weekly attendees are k-12 teachers, some
are educational technology specialists in college or corporate settings. Nearly
all of the participants are using Internet based technologies to support
learning activities. A growing concern is how to foster appropriate participant
interactions within the online learning environment.

Status Skills: Making Instructional Design Cool

I have been a subscriber to springwise.com and trendwatching.com for a couple of years now and have been following the "Status Skills" trend. An update today about cheese related status skills caught this cheesehead's eye (once a cheesehead, always a cheesehead). In a nutshell, providing your clients and customers with "status skills" to become experts at using your goods and services helps to fuel our consumer society. The idea is that consumers get a rush out of showing off their skills while you gain an army of loyal consumers who (in turn) breed a "status" image for your product. Skill mastery is at the heart of this trend (hence, the instructional design tie-in). Note that benefiting from this trend is not limited to just big companies. Think about the entrepreneurial guides who are popping up in Second Life to help teach newbies the ropes ... or even those who prepare and deliver live interactive webcasts about the latest news and resources in the worlds of education and technology. Just one more out of millions of examples of how learning and instruction is far from limited to the walls of class or training rooms.
 

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Making Connections: MindMeister Trial

The Making Connections crew rocks!!! Just see what we played with during the show tonight ... http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/show/1080090

 

Sharing or Stealing: You be the judge

Aggregating and sharing content is a wonderful benefit of the web2.0 (whatever that means) era. However, the feed aggregation and sharing protocols used by the Human Capital Institute appear to cross a not so fine line between sharing and stealing. As Harold Jarche writes in his blog today, the Human Capital Institute includes his blog in their website's blog roll. When visitors click on his name in the blog roll, they are given this message:

"Free HCI Membership - You are attempting to access an HCI resource that is reserved for Members. If you are already a member, please enter your email address and password below to login. If you aren't a member yet please press the Become A Member button below to start the quick and easy process of becoming a member. You will be brought back to your desired destination when the process is complete."

EdTechWeekly: Links for June 10, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!
EdTechWeekly del.icio.us links

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Sarah: Happy Birthday!!!

Call: jaxtr

Use the free services offered by jaxtr to link your phone (mobile or land land phone) while keeping your phone number private. Jaxtr offers text, calls and voice mail services. Give it a try!

EdTechWeekly: Links for June 3, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

EdTechWeekly: Links for May 27, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live web cast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

OPML: Jen's Fire Hose of Edublogs

I cleaned up my feed list today in Bloglines so that I could share my blogroll and OPML file (an easier task in Bloglines than in Google Reader). Attached is my fire hose of edublogs and other tech "finds". Feel free to download the file here or click "Export Subscriptions" at the end of my blogroll in Bloglines .

Behind the DOPA Numbers: Round 2

Do yourself a favor and read / listen to the recent panel that addresses the full story behind the oft published numbers that propelled DOPA last year, including from Dr. David Finkelhor - the Director of the original study. Per the netcaucus.org site that hosted the event, "The discussion covered issues related to online youth safety including
recent trends and the latest research. A sampling of their academic
works are posted on the Resources page."
Thanks for the heads up, Arvind!

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EdTechWeekly: Links for May 13, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live web cast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

Web Page Annotation: Trailfire

Like other web page annotation sites, trailfire allows you to post comments (marks) on the web page for both personal and social viewing. However, it adds a cool StumbleUpon like feature which allows viewers to forward through a link roll of sites. It takes bookmarking of student resources to a new level by providing learners with a written guided tour through a series of annotated pages - all in a step by step progression - hence, the word "trail" in the name :) Here is an example: Educational web sites for kids

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EdTechWeekly: Links for May 13, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the current list of links we will be discussing during this week's live web cast. Feel free to add your suggestions by joining the Diigo.com social bookmarking network (it takes but a minute!) and joining the EdTechTalk group - see http://groups.diigo.com/groups/edtechtalk. You can then easily add to the EdTechTalk group's bookmarks by "sharing" the bookmark(s) with the group and adding a diigo tag of 200705013 so we know we should review it for this week's live webcast. See you Sunday night ... and happy tagging!

Bookmarking 3.0: diigo.com

Update #2: Ok - diigo just released a new FF toolbar update, so all worked as billed. In one click, link was properly tagged on personal diigo account, EdTechTalk group on diigo and into del.icio.us folder (with proper tag). Cool!

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Update: So far, none of the links that I tagged in the last day using the FF toolbar feature have made it into a) my diigo account, b) the EdTechTalk diigo group or c) the route to my del.icio.us folder. Ahhhh ... that's a problem. As noted below, diigo is loaded with features ... too bad the main one (getting your tagged links to show up) is a bust. Back to del.icio.us ... for now ...

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Web Annotation Tool: jkn.com

Here is a very cool "discovery" ... by signing up at jkn.com and downloading a Firefox (or IE, if you are so inclined) add-on, you can make comments and annotations to any web page. The web page snapshot with annotations can then be e-mailed, posted in a web page or blog, printed, saved or bookmarked (say, in del.icio.us). What a great resource for a teacher to provide web site feedback to students or for a student to keep notes directly on a web site! Very cool and extremely user friendly. Set up took 2 minutes! Nice ... they just need to work on the name :)

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Jen: ISTJ Baby!

I am such a sucker for these things! So, this explains Act 1 - the insurance executive position after graduating with a BBA and MBA - but what about Act 2? hmmm ...  Try it for yourself ... 

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