If you have not yet used
, Google's customizable homepage, you're missing out. It's been around for a few years now, but continues to be improved.
iGoogle is a really easy way to have important information that
are interested in all in one place. There are many different
to choose from. You can have local weather, news sources, blog readers, daily comics or games all on one page.
But the really cool thing that has happened lately with iGoogle is that a bunch of new themes have
has a great article on e-portfolios and their usefulness in student learning.
The practices associated with e-portfolio-e.g., designing "authentic" assignments, using engaging and active pedagogy, periodic self-, peer- and teacher-formative assessments, and requiring students to reflect on their learning-help to move both professors and students into a teacher/learner relationship where "guiding" really works. Emphasis shifts from delivering content toward
I recently watched Benjamin Zander's TED Talk (video below), in which he talks about music and passion. One of the things that really struck me is when he talks about how "everyone loves classical music - they just don't know it yet." The passionate walk is emblematic of the hope and life he finds in music.
It's not unlike how many of us feel about the Gospel. That hope and life is what motivates us to do what we do: preach, teach, draw, write. It got me thinking, "what if we walked around with shining
Authenticity is a word that is probably over-used these days, especially in many church circles. But there is still something powerful and true about the concept. Yesterday, at
, the keynote speaker talked about the Internet revolution in politics and about how authenticity played a great role in the last presidential election.
is the co-founder of
, an award winning group blog that covered how the 2008 Presidential candidates used the web, and how voter generated
Next week the three of us (Ryan, Kristin, and myself) go to JAM - the Jenzabar Annual Meeting. Jenzabar is the company who makes the software that runs MyLutherNet (MLN). We're hoping that in this conference will give us great insight into how we can make MLN more usable and friendly for students, faculty and staff.
So, in the spirit of collaboration, tell us what you would like to see happen with MLN! What is confusing about it? How do you use it? How would you like to use it?
Storytelling, the backbone of so many world cultures (as well as Scripture), is alive and well thanks to new technology: the internet.
The internet, and more specifically Web 2.0 technologies, has opened up collaborative storytelling that is limited only by the number of collaborators. In
, Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine discuss how
Web 2.0 technologies make it easy and accessible
for nearly anyone to blog, comment, review, teach and learn together. The stories that are told are