Saturday, October 28, 2006

Meebo

Ok-I admit, I am as IM crazy as anyone. I have accounts with AOL, Yahoo! & MSN. I found a cool site Meebo . At this site you can log into all the other chat sites you use and it lists them down the right hand column. You only need to log into Meebo and set your profile to log in your accounts automatically. I also created the widget that is on this page. I named him Rex after Stephanie Plum's hamster in Janet Evanovich's books about the New Jersey bounty hunter. Please feel free to IM me if I am on.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Teen Second Life snags a library

For those of you who haven't heard of Teen Second Life here's a blurb that describes it quite well:

"Teen Second Life is a 3-D, international gathering place on the Internet where teens 13-17 can make friends, play, learn and create. Teens create a digital version of themselves, called an avatar, that they use to travel around the "virtual world," meet new people and participate in a variety of activities."

This was an announcement from Oct 6th: http://alliancelibrarysystem.com/article.cfm?id=1176

Charlotte, NC - Oct. 6, 2006 -The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) and the Alliance Library System are pleased to announce a partnership to collaborate on the "Eye4You Alliance," an island in Teen Second Life that will offer virtual library services to teens.

If any of you attended the 2006 SLMS conference in Rochester, NY you heard Chris Harris (aka Infomancy) discuss the possibilities of Second Life. It is nice to see a library becoming involved. There is a library in Second Life but it isn't "officially" sponsored by a "real" library.

Second Life link

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Workshops

If you ever get a chance to take a workshop on Blogs, Podcasts, or Wikis-do it! Our local GST Boces is offering classes on these topics. Here are some notes:

---Wikis---

You can create new pages
You can edit other people's pages, unless someone else is editing
Not all wikis have to be logged into, not all are free. If you want a closed wiki, you have to pay.
Wikis allow you to edit (and others).
What I Know Is....(wiki)
Collaborative space
Good place for peer editing
You information can be changed by others....

England Wiki site:
http://www.wikiville.org.uk/index.php/Main_Page

Free Wiki sites:
http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
http://www.jotspot.com
http://www.pbwiki.com

---Podcast---
Cross between radio and blogging
should be scripted before broadcasting
Takes advantage of RSS

---Blogs---
Online journal/diary
You can comment on a blog but alter a wiki
 
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