This incredible post by Beth Kanter is a must read for anyone in IT or working with web 2.0 and professional development. Understanding the intrisic value of a newcomer is so important for anyone working in these feels. Newcomers have more power now than they could ever imagine.
Newcomers, speak out and give your opinion. The power is in your newness and guess what, if you wait till you're an "expert" then you're just like all the other experts out there.
Also, it is better to be a newcomer than a latecomer!
What an amazing idea! Beth is using dippity to track wiki contributions. This is the sort of pictoral data mining we need to manage our classes that Chris Dede talked about this summer! I'm so excited and plan to use it with my wikis. What a GREAT thing to do!
Alternatives for antivirus. I'm quite tired of Norton completely slowing mycomputer down. When I'm on wifi my download time drops significantly and it is truly the firewall. I'm looking at this list of four items and probably going to install the free version of avast to try out.
If you want to follow what is happening on twitter about the olympics -- summize has been bought by twitter so it is now officially "twitter search." You can pull the rss feed from this and add it to your Olympics page if you wish.
An educator wrote an "accessible books launcher" as part of a presentation this year that you can download in pdf format to promote reading. Looks like something great for librarians and literacy coaches to explore. When you have a full review, please share with us!
This is a great way to teach RSS -- this is the igoogle gadget for tracking the events in the Olympic games. This was a project of Cristin Frodella, the Google employee who also created Google Teacher Academy. What a cool gadget!