Whoever said Twitter was boring? Yes, the “I’m bored” or “I’m having porridge for dinner” is boring. And three mentions of the word Boring (or variations of the word Boring) in the first two lines of this post is boring.
Before you lose interest, Twitter is really useful source of interesting resources. Here’s what I’ve found in just three minutes of flicking through the musings of my followings:
- First up: 100 ways to teach with Twitter: but I’m still not convinced. For example: “Twitter promotes a sense of community through its sharing of personal information” – but does it really do this?
- Another Twitter resources list: a work-in-progress showing that Twitter itself is a work-in-progress and it’s place in education is still evolving
- A teacher’s guide to using audio and podcasting in the classroom: I’m really surprised at the number of these tools that don’t let you edit your clips. Embedded youtube vids of the various techs also.
- Free edtech papers: on a variety of topics, covers some non-tech ed items also. It’s nice to know that others have difficulties getting students to read. I am not alone.
- An adventuress in elearning tells of her experiences in LMS: yes, a LMS that incorporates all the quality features that you want just isn’t out there – yet!
- 100 mobile tools for teachers: the first line reads “teaching is a labor of love for most educators”. I don’t need to say more.
- Institution and Agency in the Age of Social Networks: There are some interesting content items in here, for example; “Communities form when individual agency is applied to the creation of institutional structure”. What happens when multiple individual agencies clash in the pursuit of a common institutional structure?
- http://www.dataliberation.org/home: an important site for Google users who aren’t entirely comfortable with Google’s mountain on personal information that we leave behind on Google sites every day.
Now I’ve a huge list of tabs open on the screen – and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that anymore.
Twitter is just too good.
A (dis)advantage of being constantly busy is that I don’t get as much time as I might like to play with new tech toys. However, this might not be such a bad thing. Apparently, there were some turkeys released this year.
Linuxinsider has come up with its list of forgettable tech products for the year that is 2009. Some are items that are on my to-be-checked-out list. Perhaps they might now find themselves removed from that list. On the other hand, one negative review hardly makes for a poor product. The great thing about the internet is that comparison shopping is merely a click away. It’s easy to access multiple reviews and compare for yourself.
First up in the Linux review is Windows 7. The 7 is a turkey due its release date being 3 years later it was supposed to have been and requiring customers to but Vista in the meanwhile. To add to the injury, 7 is seemingly no better than Vista. Perhaps I’ll stick to XP after all.
Next up is the iphone. Is having a smartphone a good thing? I work long enough hours as it is. Do I really want to be able to access emails and do mobile work on the little free time I have? I’ve been putting the smartphone on the long finger. This is just as well given that “people look like jerks using them [the iphone”. The iphone also has the vendor lock-in problem. Marketers love this concept, consumers aren’t so keen.
Number three is a continuation of number 2. Apple are quite good at coming up with useful gadgets like iphones and ipods and ithis and ithat. But these products are so heavily patented that developers are frustrated with the lock-down aspect. Remember this is coming from a site called linuxinsider.
Number 4 is a follow on from number three. Google Chrome OS netbooks comes in for some criticism for not being open enough. It’s not even publicly available yet but the jury has spoken.
For me, Nvidia have a really nice funky edge. Have a look at the cool products. But, alas, one mistake puts them on the turkey list for a respected blogger with an off-putting name. This blogger seems to have issues with toolbars too.
Ubuntu comes under fire for its overzealous stand on releases. One buggy release replaces another buggy release in very short spaces of time. Who’s perfect? At least they’re trying.
Anyone thinking of purchasing an e-reader should hold off. The Sony / Kindle / Other argument needs to be solved by replacing all of them with a DRM-free device that allows much more freedom. Apparently, e-books won’t take off until the format problem is no longer a problem i.e. all readers will read all formats.
EA Games come under fire for self-sabotage. According to Linuxinsider they buy in perfectly good game developers only to destroy them , the same applies to their products, apparently.
So, there you have it. I’m off to re-write my Christmas shopping list now…