Learning Objects Campus Pack, used to provide for blogs, wikis and podcasts in Swansea University’s VLE, was updated at the same time as Blackboard. If you have one or more Learning Objects blog(s), wiki(s) or podcast(s) in your Blackboard (learning portal) module sites, they will be upgraded the first time you or your students visit them.
If you are like me you like Google chrome because it’s fast, up-to-date, standards compliant and fast. But if you are a web developer, you need to use Firefox because it has Firebug, the best web development browser extension there is.
Yesterday I received an email from Ning’s CEO Jason Rosenthal announcing the “exciting new developments in Ning” (which include the phasing out of free Ning) which will be rolled out in July. The mid-range price plan Ning-plus at $19.95 per month works out cheaper than the current offerings. The equivalent of the current Free Ning (Ning mini) will now cost $2.95 per month, is limited to 150 members and no groups, but will allow you to have no or your own advertising. There will be a free-to-educators-Ning but that is limited to K-12 (primary and secondary school) usage and will be supported by sponsorship from an unnamed educational software supplier.
Some migration tools are promised for those network creators who, like me I guess, will not or cannot pay to continue to run a network once the 30 days from July deadline arrives. For initial comments, Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 has a well reasoned response to the announcement from the educational network user’s perspective and ReadWriteWeb (thanks Helen!) has also posted a comment on the free-for-education proposal. I am sure there are more reactions; I haven’t had much time this week to dip into the news stream, but do keep me posted via the comments!
Recently I’ve been catching up with the the excellent new blog/podcast The Changelog which covers
what’s fresh and new in open source
My personal list of addons that I use every day:
- ScribeFire addin for blogging.
- The del.icio.us addin for tagging web pages.
- The del.icio.us Bookmarks replaces Firefox bookmarks with del.icio.us bookmarks.
- Google notebook addin.
- Delegate To Todoist – moves tasks from gmail to on-line to-do list.
- The WebDeveloper addin.
- IEView “View this page in IE”
- ColorZilla – eye-drop tool to measure colours (returns CSS colour values)
- MeasureIt – on-screen pixel ruler for measuring element sizes.
- Validaty – validates current web page
- View Source with external editor.
- Zotero – bibliographic data manager
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