Re: Do you have widgets on your blogs?
My compliments to you and your colleagues on the high level content
though it is called a beginners' session. I'll try to send you a
voice message, but I'll have to go borrow a better mic.
I think that RSS, which your session is introducing, is for the
native digital overload generation who are also looking to expand
their social networks online. What is i+1 or comprehensible input
corresponding to the needs and interests of each individual will differ.
I haven't found much time for it, though I use a Japanese version
RSS reader or aggregator to follow blog entries of my college students
and colleagues. Otherwise perhaps I can find info I need more directly,
and I would disappoint people who expected much one-on-one correspondence.
Similarly with widgets, I've installed Google bars and so forth but found
that they either duplicated what I'd already been following or gave me
unnecessary info, such as American mainstream mass media uncritical
reportage. Instead, as my browser home page I use a list of outside links:
Some interesting widgets, however, came with my podcasting host that
I've paid a couple years for, with my selections down the right column at:
What was most interesting to the students was the Google Maps API
whereby a Google Map was embedded in my blog entry, and people can
start from where I am near Osaka Castle and travel anywhere in the world.
Odeo's "send me a message" function can also, as you know, be pedagogically
useful. A WAOE (see below) colleague was looking for something like that
to volunteer lessons to students in Africa.
Collegially, Steve McCarty
Professor, Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan
President, World Association for Online Education (1998-2007)
Online library: http://www.waoe.org/steve/epublist.html