Social web browsing

August 31, 2005 | Leave a comment

Flock sounds interesting: a social web browser. Unfortunately it’s on a private beta at the moment, but features apparently include a wysiwyg editor for posting to weblogs [1], built-in social bookmarking a la del.icio.us, and a bunch of other features as this review reveals:

But it rocks. Setup was very easy (I tested it with my personal blog). It has functionality for editing posts (even posts not created with Flock), quick toggle between preview and viewing the actual code, and, the best feature in my opinion, the ability to simply drag flickr photos direclty into the post and manipulate them. They also allow quick and easy technorati tagging. Wow. I mean, really, wow. This stuff is not trivial to build. The ajax funtionality is stunning.

I’d really like to see it, not least because I’d like to get it working with Elgg (it’s based on Mozilla so some kind of plugin for extra functionality should be possible). If anyone’s at liberty to knock me an invite code .. nudge nudge ..

[1] Elgg will, naturally, have a wysiwyg editor very soon

Web 3.0

August 24, 2005 | Leave a comment

I posted the following article over on my personal blog but I thought I’d post it here too, because it exactly fits my vision of not only how things are going to go, but also how they should go. That goes for the Web in general and Elgg specifically; when the Web is integrated with the operating system, a whole new world opens up for you. One’s learning landscape can then be totally integrated with everything you do on the computer – and the number and variety of applications available to you increases exponentially, because you remove the software supplier bottleneck.

Anyway, I’ll give you the link and let you decide for yourself:

I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts.

Technology in schools

August 23, 2005 | Leave a comment

Is technology in schools the future or just a fad? The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel talks about e-learning. (An aside: when something gets covered in local papers, does that mean it’s hit the mainstream?)

A brief read seems to suggest people don’t know what to do with computers once they’re in the classroom, short of running a couple of Powerpoint presentations. I think this quote is pertinent:

“There have always been and will always be pockets of interesting activity and innovation going on around the country, but in most schools, kids maybe search the Web, they make PowerPoint presentations,” said Margaret Honey, director of the Center for Children and Technology in New York. “Those are all good things. But we could easily build on those activities and make them much more rigorous and applicable to the 21st century if we wanted to … For the most part, I think we’re not.”

Yet another case of teachers applying old-school teaching techniques to new-school facilities?

Personal tag clouds

August 22, 2005 | Leave a comment

It isn’t perfect yet, but personal tag clouds are available at:

http://elgg.net/your username/tags/

So for example, mine is at http://elgg.net/bwerdmuller/tags/ and Dave’s is at http://elgg.net/dtosh/tags. I’m keeping them unlinked until they’re how I want them (they need to aggregate a user’s content rather than search for content across the network), but I thought I’d announce their presence.

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