This is your brain on Mendeley Desktop

As I have been continuing my work on the literature review, I become more enthralled with the features of Mendeley Desktop.  I have put over 100 PDF journal articles into my database.  They are now indexed by author and author keywords (automatic) and by my tags.  But there is more…  You know when you remember …

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Navigating Mendeley Desktop

1.  What have I learned today? As I am going through literature and taking notes, the most efficient way to do this seems to be: Import .pdf of article into Mendeley desktop, by dragging and dropping the article icon onto Mendeley desktop. Verify bibliographic metadata.  If it does not autofill, type in article title and …

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Efficient Academic Writing… the Project

This blog will be used as a learning journal for an independent learning project. The project is to learn how about academic writing… How to organize research literature and notes… and how to take those notes and produce a finished academic piece such as a book chapter. I will answer the same four questions for …

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Online physics course

Today I attended training for new content developers at WHRO in Norfolk, Virginia.  I will be developing content for the new online Physics course.  This is an exciting opportunity to use my content knowledge gained from 13 years of teaching Physics and knowledge of technology such as Web 2.0 tools, simulations, and games.  I will …

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Building your following on Twitter

Sitting idly in the passenger seat of our red minivan enroute to our Outer Banks vacation gave me extra time to investigate Twitter. Honestly, I was struggling with the rationale for this microblogging tool, or the need to post status updates so frequently. Is there a monetary value to building a large Twitter following? Is Twitter the key to becoming a leader in the world of Educational Technology? My observations lead me to believe this might be the case.

The dangers of tethering and Web 2.0

Generative Machine vs. Appliance We are moving increasingly toward appliancized machines — think TiVo, iPod, Blackberry, iPhone.  With software and applications moving off the PC and onto the Web we can use our PC as a dummy terminal to access online applications.  Continuous internet access creates the situation where our PCs and appliances can be …

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A key concept in Zitrain’s book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop it, is generativity. Every machine is not (and should not be) designed with generativity in mind. Generative systems are not inherently superior to non-generative systems; each must be examined as to its benefits and shortcomings individually. Generative systems facilitate innovation and invite outside contributions. These affordances of PCs and the Internet are also a source of risk to all who use them.