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August 26, 2008

Cool Toys Conversations - 2008 Aug 26 (UM)

Many thanks to Betty Sheldon who hosted this month's Cool Toys Conversation at the NCAC on North Campus, especially for her last minute troubleshooting to get a data projector for the room. As is expected in late August, it was a small but active group. (And I really mean active!)


BOOKS & READING

Hurst, Mark. Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload. [Not available in campus libraries]

Krug, Steve. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition. http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu:80/F/?func=direct&doc_number=005068288&local_base=AA_PUB

Housewright, Ross; Schonfeld, Roger. Ithaka's 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education (August 18, 2008). [PDF] http://www.ithaka.org/research/Ithakas%202006%20Studies%20of%20Key%20Stakeholders%20in%20the%20Digital%20Transformation%20in%20Higher%20Education.pdf


CITIZEN JOURNALISM

* Discussion: Should small local newspapers survive as daily papers? What is lost when depending on general public for news? What is gained? What are challenges of building citizen journalism resources?

* Examples:
NowPublic: http://www.nowpublic.com/

* Pros & Cons:
The Idea Factory: Propane depot explosions expose shortcomings in breaking news coverage by newspapers living in a Web 2.0 world: http://ideas.typepad.com/webu/2008/08/propane-depot-e.html

COMMUNITY DISASTER PLANNING & INFORMATION TOOLS

ETechLib: Maps, Mashups, and Mirrors, Oh, My! - Innovative Disaster Response & Tracking Tools: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/etechlib/archives/2008/08/maps_mashups_an.html

UM Health Sciences Libraries: Avian Flu Guide: http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/guides/avianflu.html (fed by our Delicious account)

PERSONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS TOOLS

* Discussion: Use these for personal health management, teaching classes, promote a healthy student or employee lifestyle.

Gyminee: http://www.gyminee.com/

Sprigley: https://www.sprigley.com/

SparkPeople: http://www.sparkpeople.com/


ETechLib: Welcome to Virtual Abilities: Assistive Tech Meets 3d Virtual Worlds: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/etechlib/archives/2008/08/welcome_to_virt.html


PERSONAL TOOLS

ETechLib: My Top Ten Tools Today: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/etechlib/archives/2008/08/my_top_ten_tool.html

Map A List: http://mapalist.com/
NOTE: Take an address list and create a private or shareable or embeddable Google maps display.
NOTE: Map where your students come from for your department.

iGoogle: http://igoogle.com/ OR http://www.google.com/ig
iGoogle Tab sharing with University of Michigan Health Sciences Library: http://digicmb.blogspot.com/2008/08/igoogle-map-sharing-with-university-of.html
NOTE: Personal efficiency -- aggregating tools such as calendars, to do lists, table of contents for frequently used journals, personalized search tools, etc.
NOTE 2: Institutional branding and sharing of tools and widgets.

PixelPipe: http://pixelpipe.com/
NOTE: Promote your media widely - send your videos to most all the video sharing sites, send your images to all the photo sharing sites, etc.

ETechLib: A.viary.com - A Sweet Suite of Online Graphic Tools: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/etechlib/archives/2008/08/aviarycom_-_a_s.html

SOCIAL & PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING TOOLS

* Discussion: Ethics & politics of falsified information on these tools, of people who give recommendations to get them.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/

Konnects: http://www.konnects.com/index.jsp

AcademiaConnect: http://academiaconnect.org/


TOOLS FOR RESEARCH

Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/

Mendeley: http://www.mendeley.com/
Mendeley Announcement: http://www.mendeley.com/blog/2008/08/press-release-research-sharing-start-up-mendeley-launches-with-support-of-lastfm-chairman-and-skypes-former-founding-engineers/

Delicious: http://delicious.com/

TOOLS FOR TEACHING/LEARNING

* Discussion:

Problem: students sometimes try to use these to cheat.
Solution: Assign project work for teams rather than individual task assignments.

MathWay: http://www.mathway.com/
NOTE: For students struggling with mat concepts, more than just a calculator, this tool illustrates the steps and solution process for math problems entered (from basic math and algebra to calculus).

RentACoder: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/default.aspx?
NOTE: Match software projects to people with skills.

Schaum's Outlines: http://www.mhprofessional.com/category/?cat=145


WEBMASTER TOOLS

ETechLib: Widgets for Webmasters: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/etechlib/archives/2008/08/via_slideshare.html

Feng-GUI: http://feng-gui.com/

BrowserShots: http://browsershots.org/

Posted by pfa at August 26, 2008 02:01 PM

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