Archive for the ‘Doctorate’ Category

When I watched the introductory video for Library Thing my first thought was that there was so much info on this site how would I find my way round it. On registering I was very pleased to see that they had local book group and reading events info – how did they know where I was though? I put in my work e-mail but that is not specific to Huddersfield – is it through IP address, is Big Brother really watching me? Not that I mind, just curious as to how they do it ūüôā

I have added some books I regularly use in teaching but couldn’t remember all author names so only have¬† a few – was very impressed at the way it found all I searched for – the database behind this must be huge. I can see this being useful as a virtual reading list for my students and as I love buying and reading books would probably use it for personal info. Not sure how I would use in my research –¬†I suspect my topic is mainly to be found in journals rather than books.

A very interesting resource and one to go back to.

The Mendeley site could be very useful to me once I get really into my doctoral research – I like the idea of being able to access all of one author’s papers from their profile rather than having to go and find them through Summon etc – rather like an academic version of looking at someone’s Facebook likes and photos! I suppose it depends like all things who is using it. I have not been able to add many of my library as am doing this from home and have ony limited resources here.

I was not certain what Cite U Like was until I watched the video then it clicked.¬† On an aside I agree with Sue’s comments about the name –¬†I actually worked for a fast food baked potato company called Spud U Like while a student and it does sound tacky!

I have found the videos very useful for every topic – it is a very good way of explaining things and is something I am exploring in my own teaching. One of the things that I love about WWW2¬†is the video creation and sharing – when YouTube was first around I thought ¬†it was merely going to be a collection of ‘You’ve Been Framed’¬† type funnies but there is so much useful work on there and doing 25 Things has made me realise that there is a lot more useful instructional work than¬†I ever realised. I use it a lot for work but not in that way so will definitely explore this – I like the fact that they can be embedded into a blog post as well so you can contextualise the learning.

So to sum up some very useful tools this week Рthe best one is Delicious Рthe others will be more so once I can spend some time on them and when I get more into my research Рat the moment have little to put into some of them and being pragmatic will spend the most time on the most useful at present.


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Finding blogs and RSS feeds

I used the Google Blog Search to look for blogs on informal learning which is the topic of my Ed D .This was something I didn’t know existed so I was really pleased with the results . I use Google a lot and normally would have just done a general search but have got some good hits which I¬†will need to investigate further.

As for RSS feeds I did get a bit confused at first – after reading Cheryl’s posts I tried search4rss.com but it didn’t seem to work – maybe it was having an off day! A search for RSS using Google led me to a good article about RSS feeds on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS¬†which was interesting especially the article on the comparison of RSS feeds http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_feed_aggregators¬†– there are so many!

From that list I chose¬† Blog Bridge ¬†http://www.blogbridge.com/¬†– was attracted by the tag line ‘the ultimate info-junkie system’ as¬†I would probably qualify as one of those! Installation was straightforward – I signed up for a few of their guides for edublogs etc. and then added a couple of guides of my own and added feeds from my existing favourite blogs. I think I will find this useful to organise all the blogs I already use and will save time rather than flicking through my favourites list. Now all I need is to find a craft blog with a knitting pattern on it to make the extra day a week I need to read everything!

I loved the idea of the Google in Plain English video animation – another one to show my students and it explained the concept of readers really well I thought.

I subscribed to Google Reader and added 5 feeds as requested but didn’t find the interface as good to work with or as intuitive as the Blog Bridge one. As soon as I got into the reader I was give a huge list of suggested feeds on all sorts of random topics and it took a while to work out how to get rid of it as it was distracting. The process of adding feeds was ok but I think I prefer Blog Bridge.

I did find though that as I was going through my Favourites adding things that if I clicked the RSS button on a site I could add it straight to Google Reader from the site so that will be an advantage rather than having to add it manually to Blog Bridge.However not all the sites I visit have the button Рwill have to go and check if I do on my personal blog? Most of the Blogger ones seem to but not some of the other brands Рinteresting!

Well in conclusion I feel I understand what RSS feeds are and the readers will be useful – have enjoyed these tasks and feel like I have got a lot out of them .They would have been completed so much faster if I had not just kept clicking on interesting things that I found on the internet while I was doing it though! Now off to look at the new foodie blogs I have been given in Blog Bridge!

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Hello 25 things research group

My name is Alison and I work in the School of Education and Professional Development. I train post – 16 teachers so use quite a lot of technology in my work but don’t really link it all together very much.

I have a personal blog that I¬†have run¬†for the last 3 years but don’t do anything really whizzy with it so would like to learn more about the potential.This is why there is a link from my post to the About post on my other blog where I am registered as Stitches of Time which may confuse people.

The setting up of the blog was ok as I use WordPress for my blog – the only bit I had trouble with was that it initially would not let me load any of my own photos for the custom header but that was a glitch on the day and I have managed to sort that out now.

I think generally WordPress is easy to use and seems to be quite stable РI have not had any major problems with it.

It feels rather strange not knowing who is going to be reading this – with my other blog¬†I feel I¬† know my audience now so it is a bit of an unknown as to how much detail people want to read –¬†I am sure that this will get easier in the next few weeks.

One of the things I would like to enhance through this course is that after working at the University for 10 years I don’t really know many people from any other schools as we are always so busy . I use online contact a lot to keep in touch personally and professionally so am hoping this might enhance my collaboration with other staff here.

I am just about to start my doctorate and am going to be looking at informal learning and one of the areas I want to research is how people learn from blogs and forums so I thought this would be useful for me as well.

I thought that the initial video was excellent, really thought-provoking and really well made in terms of the graphics and would like to use that with my students.



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