I <3 Diigo

For this week’s discussion,

Discuss how “Diigo.com” is or can be used as a resource / research tool for a modern day professional.

Share an item that represents a current technology issue or interest and can be linked to Diigo.

I love Diigo! Besides, email, it has probably been one of my most long term social applications that I’m using. I belong to several groups and share resources with them on topics of interest. I use these group notifications to help me filter through the billions of potential resources that are online. When I am looking for a resource, I’ll use my library of tagged resource for a reminder of resources that I have bookmarked and then I go to the greater community of Diigo users and search through relavent tags. I usually find somethiing helpful (and a lot of other cool things that aren’t necessarily what I was searching for) can read users comments and continue my task.

I have not yet been active in discussion behind topics, I haven’t had the need to work beyond my personal cohort, but I know it is there is I need it.

Diigo is not be my first place to go when doing academic research, I do that at the library. But when it is possible, I do create a diigo bookmark on online journals. I think its a great way to 1) share resources with others 2) help to keep yourself organized.


ED 650 Final Project

I decided that if I were to actually do a proposal for such a project, the final product probably would not be in the form of a paper, but it would be online on as a website. So I created a google site for my final project proposal. I would have preferred to use wordpress as the platform because I think the available themes for design and the available plug-ins to add functionality are much more sophisticated then what is available in google sites…but I took liberties with some of the images and claiming fair use for educational purposes for this project so I wanted to keep it private and only available to those I chose to share it with (this class).

The project can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/treadwell-area/

If you have any issues with opening the files, please let me know and I will recheck the shared settings.

I uploaded my presentation to YouTube (in an unlisted format). It can be found here: http://youtu.be/ZSYB22BT9AA

final project comments

Kindle self-publishing

Well, this is a little bit of a “stretch your creativity” experiment – identify a Pinterest item of technology interest and attach the url in the discussion forum – how would you use this tool in an educational setting?


I was just down south visiting with my six-year old great niece and while we were visting I got to see her book that she was writing and illustrating. She has this thing with bandaids and uses them like jewelry, decoration or tatoos. Her dad doesn’t like her to “waste” the bandaids. She has about four pages completed with a story line and some interesting illustrations of things covered with bandaids.

I think there are alot of great resources in this user’s Pinterest Board about publshing a Children’s book. This board has a variety of “pins” that give resources for publishing as well as tips for writing or activities you could use helping children write their own stories.

As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew

View the following TedTalk by “Sir Ken Robinson – Bring on the Revolution” and post your reactions.

My first reaction to Robinson’s TedTalk — what a funny guy! He is a speaker that is able to speak with passion without appearing zealous or with negative acquisition. I think his main point about needing a revolution has been talked about in many of our previous discussion posts, the need for reform in the classroom towards a more customizable curriculum for individual students. His analogy that we’re stuck on a manufacturing structure in our school systems, when we should be using an agricultural model is a wonderful comparison. We’ve got an assembly line and we’re cranking out students but we’re seeing more and more students being taken off the line due to quality control. Students should be treated like a farmer treats his crops. He figures out what makes his field’s flourish. He adjusts his quantity of water based on the plant: lettuce requires a lot more water than kale. He doesn’t equally give the vegetables equal amounts. If this approach were applied to our education system, we have a better chance of cultivating students who enter the workforce with passion about their future.

I was curious about the quote from Lincoln:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

This quote was part of an annual message to Congress, delivered December 1, 1862 one month before signing the Emancipation Proclamation.