Monday, 29 June 2009

Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter

It has been nearly two years since I first posted about Twitter on ICTinEnglish. It is proving to be a valuable tool to connect me with my personal learning network and it has been interesting following the impact this micro-blogging tool has had on education, global communication and social networking.

All the while though I try to keep in mind audience and how many are actually participating. While one report has found New Zealanders rank number 6 in the world for twitter use in relation to population size this is still only a little over 3% of our total population!

Still a great way to connect with others of similar interest so here's another one for the ICT in English audience: Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter a listing of more than 100 authors active on Twitter compiled by Mashable.com

Monday, 22 June 2009

Exploring team blogging and warnings from the surgeon general!

The ICTinEnglish blog evolved a couple of years ago in response to the increased interest in Web 2.0 and blogging through the ICTinEnglish forum.

The purpose of this blog is to explore team blogging and the possibilities for learning and teaching in New Zealand schools. A number of authors have added value to the blog over time, contributing posts, sharing ideas and experiences about learning through ICT and highlighting projects of interest.

Team blogging can be a useful option if you want to collaborate and share with others online or if you are new to blogging and want to explore options before considering setting up your own. Also if you have questions, add a comment to the blog or post to the list serv as there is a forever growing community of support through the network.

Some recommendations that have come through my RSS and Twitter in the past month...

Free online library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. WARNING — The surgeon general reports that having these many free books at your disposal can be highly addictive.

The "Rare Book Room" site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.

Educational videos for students available online that have been previewed and catcgorised under English, Sciences and Maths.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Wordle according to Jen Wagner!

Wordle is a nifty wee web tool for creating word clouds that has grown in popularity in the past year. Lots of possibilities for creative use in the classroom as shared here by Jen Wagner.
Follow Jen Wagner on twitter.