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Serializing Your Content With FeedCycle

I was checking out the Open Learn project this morning (a topic worthy of its own blog post) and came across their competition to remix/reuse their content, which led me to an interesting little tool--Feedcycle. Feedcycle enables you to publish serialized RSS feeds. In other words, subscribers can sign up to receive a series of blog posts, podcasts, videocasts, etc. automatically delivered daily. As subscribers sign up, they will be... Read more →


Building a Better Conference

In the education/learning parts of the blogosphere, there's been a lot of talk lately about professional conferences and how to increase their value. I want to follow this trail because it led me to some thoughts of my own. Tony Karrer started things going by asking what we could do to make conferences better. He made several suggestions, including: "Expert Only" time Unconference within a conference Better fun activities "Passionate... Read more →


Facebook, MySpace and Class Divisions

Danah Boyd has posted a provocative essay on the class divisions she sees in the users of MySpace vs. Facebook. This is actually a phenomenon I've noticed myself in the past several months as I watch my 15 year old move from MySpace to Facebook and get her perspective on who in her high school is making the shift to Facebook and who is staying on MySpace. Danah's premise, in... Read more →


Blog Experiments

Beth Kanter points to blogger Brian Kelly's page of blog experiments. Here, Brian records experiments he's running on his blog and their results. For example, he looks at what happens when he has a guest blogger or when he adds a widget to his sidebar. A typical experiment write-up looks like this: TitleSonific Wordpress sidebar widget. Reasons For ExperimentTo explore possible benefits of this particular plugin and, more importantly, to... Read more →


Can't Talk Right Now. I'm Blogging

Tony Karrer has been talking about why you need to blog. I've tried to encourage it too. Now Penelope Trunk says it's the best thing you can do for your career. One of the best ways to make a big leap in your career is to blog. Blogging allows you to create a high-quality network for yourself based, not on the old model of passing out business cards, but on... Read more →


Three More Reasons to Wiki

I've been using Wikispaces for a lot of my work, but I'm thinking I may need to switch over to PBWiki, especially after looking at some of these new features: Now you can add a YackPack "walkie-talkie" module to any wiki page. This means you can talk to up to 20 people through your wiki, making collaboration much easier. Installation is simple--just insert a plug-in through the page. And there's... Read more →


PLEs and Personality Styles

Glenn Ross made my blogging job easier the other day by sending me a list of topics he wanted to see me write about related to personal learning environments. One of those questions was: Is there any data linking personal learning environments to management styles (DISC) or personality types? The short answer to that question is "no." Or at least I couldn't find anything that specifically looked at either DISC... Read more →


Updates to Web 2.0 in Nonprofits Wiki

It's been awhile since I got in and made some updates to the Web 2.0 in Nonprofits Wiki, so I finally stopped procrastinating today and added some resources that have been hanging out in my del.icio.us account for a few months. The highlights: Added a bunch of resources to: Blogging Social bookmarking (de.licio.us) Videocasting Social Networking (mostly on using Facebook) Wikis Added a small section on screencasting that will need... Read more →


Seven Reasons Your Organization Needs an Internal Blog (or a Wiki)

Via Soul Soup, a CIO Magazine on the 7 reasons your organization needs an internal blog: 1. Your enterprise email applications aren't easy to search. 2. Your email is lost in the eye of the "cc" storm. 3. Ex-employees CAN take it with them. 4. Too much wasted time checking in with colleagues. 5. With blogs, the humble and egotist both win. 6. Organizational openness and accountability. 7. People might... Read more →