Thursday, August 23, 2007

Business and Web 2.0 - Again

A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to a SlideShare site on Enterprise 2.0 -

I believe that business, like all of our culture, is on the edge of a whole new way of communication with a generation that understands and uses the new way, but not the old way. Rich Hoeg, in his blog, eContent, has put up an interesting webcast on the subject of learning in business

From Flat Learning - Learning 2.0

Monday, August 20, 2007

Why Schools Need to Learn About the Digital Ecomony

The digital economy is part of globalization and will be a big part of the future Canadian economy, and we need to get it right. Michael Geist has written about what would enhance Canada's digital economy in the Toronto Star today. I recommend the article.

If you are interested in recognizing writing skills, check out my comments here.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Visualizing Data

I have trouble understanding numbers, however visual images make sense to me.This shows house prices around the world, and I "get" it.

Check out the Daily Mail link to see how the following are spread out over the world: alcohol consumption, HIV prevalence, house prices, military spending, war and death, toy imports, toy exports, the wealth of nations in 1500, and the wealth of nations in 2002.

Geography and political science teachers should be using this kind of visualization, IMHO, so students who are visual can understand even if they are numbers-blind.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Understanding Social Bookmarking

commoncraft has done it again! Another very brief, very clear, virtually whimsical video explaining web 2.0. This time on social bookmarking, showing how it works with


Monday, August 13, 2007

Google add-ons Can End Ads!

If you use gmail, as I do ever since my computer crashed and I lost all my computer-based contacts, and if you get annoyed by the ads, as I do, here's a solution: courtesy of a comment by Miguel Guhlin on my Eduspaces blog -

I've installed and it works! No more annoying ads.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


VoiceThreads is a beta application that looks like a lot of fun; it's very easy and free. You use photos or other images, upload them, and use your computer's microphone to add narration or other audio, or, if you don't have, or don't want to use a sound recording, you can simply type copy. Then people can comment, by voice or text, on your VoiceThreads, or you can limit who comments and who sees/hears the comment when. For more information, see my EduSpaces blog on it -

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Understanding Web 2.0 and Business

Meet Charlie - Enterprise 2.0 is a slide show that shows where Web 2.0 is taking business. I've hesitated adding it to my blog because it is filled with misused apostrophes. (Please see Lynn Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves for a detailed explanation of what I'm complaining about!)

However,Scott Gavin's slide show, posted on SlideShare - - provides an excellent description of where the business world is going, because of the web, as well as demonstrating how a PowerPoint can communicate effectively even without audio.

Enjoy - and learn!