Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Diigo Insights

Diigo is a remarkable social bookmarking system that let's you mark up a page with highlights and sticky notes and share those notes with your research groups. In this article, Miquel Guhlin explains how Diigo can be used with the Thinkfinity archive of teaching resources to create a slide show oriented pathfinder.

  • More on innovative uses of diigo from Miquel Guhlin. The use of diigo's list and slide features to create a 'pathfinder' for any thematic topic is intriguing.

    Use Diigo, the social bookmarking and annotation tool, to help organize your bookmarks, and then use the slides feature of Diigo to present the web pages to students, colleagues and friends. This article addresses how to accomplish this and responds to these key questions:

    1. What is Thinkfinity?
    2. How can you use Diigo to store your favorite bookmarks, annotations (highlights and comments) for Thinkfinity?
    3. How can you use the List and Slide features of Diigo to present Thinkfinity resources to others?
    4. How can you enhance your Diigo Slide with audio?

    tags: diigo, diigo_slides, 21cif, e-learning

    • The List feature is described in this way by Diigo:

      “List” is a great way to organize, share and display specific collections of bookmarks. Once you add bookmarks to your list, you can easily drag and drop items to arrange the order in any sequence that you’d like to present.
      Best of all, once you create a list, when you click the button, you can browse, play and annotate any list of URLs as a slide show! It’s great for content browsing, sharing, and creating unique presentations based on web content.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. (Diigo also provides a nice automatic feed of bookmarks and annotations to this blog.. a very handy feature indeed.  ~ Dennis

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rapid E-Learning Yearly Roundup

  • Round up from the folks at Articulate. If you're looking for cutting edge advice about e-learning instructional design, this is a terrific place to start.  The yearly round up is lik a mini course for anyone interested in creating 'on demand' learning objects.

    tags: e-learning, blog, tips

    • The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a rapid elearning pro. They also offer a free 45 page pdf e-book worth the download!

      It is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Experts’ Favorite Time-Saving Tech Tip Shortcuts

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Here is a selection of the best time-saving tech tips which recently appeared in David Pogue’s technology column in the New York Times.

Hide All Windows and View the Desktop in One Stroke

Macintosh: Press F11, or on recent Mac laptops Command+F3 (Command Key is just to the left of the spacebar)

Windows: Press the Windows key (between Ctrl and Alt) and D or click on the Show Desktop icon in the Taskbar.

Switch From One Open Program to the Next
Macintosh: Command+Tab
Windows: Alt + Tab

Quickly Toggle Uppercase/Lowercase in MS Word
In Microsoft Word clicking on a word and then pressing Shift+F3 makes a word change from all uppercase to all lowercase to just the first letter upper case.

Enlarge Text on a Web Page
Macintosh: Press Command and the plus key (for smaller fonts, press the minus key)
Windows: Press Ctrl and the plus or minus keys

Web Page URL Typing Shortcut
For Websites ending in .com, such as Amazon, merely type “amazon” in the address bar, and then press Ctrl+Enter (Windows) or Command + Return (Macintosh). This will put the http:// in front of the word amazon, and .com after it and will also take you right to the Website.

Jump To Address Bar in Web Browser
Pressing Alt + D (Windows) takes you to the address bar of most Web browsers. This way you can easily type in the next address instead of having to use the mouse to highlight the address.

Select Multiple Files At Once in Open Windows
Windows: You can individually select multiple files that aren’t right next to each other by highlighting the first file, holding down the Ctrl key, and clicking each additional file.
Macintosh: Same procedure, but press the Command key while clicking each file.

UW-Stout Online Course Spotlight: Digital Media and Visual Literacy

“What I liked best was that this course answered questions that I would never have known to other words, it enlightened me to what I actually needed to know about video in order to not only use it more effectively, but teach it!"~ Art, Computer Art, Video Production Teacher - Wurzburg, Germany

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Karen Franker, Editor Tech Tips for Educators