Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Blogs of Note: Corgi Catches December 4, 2007

Here are a few blogs that caught the Corgi's eye -- they address ethical, technological, access, and instructional strategy issues.

Ed Tech Lady:
Useful and insightful discussion of some of the unexpected violations of privacy in Facebook. For my money, LinkedIn has some of the same challenges.

Golden Swamp:
Golden Swamp addresses technology from a global perspective, and places concern with potential second and third generation digital divides.

Training Day:
Interesting discussion about the gadgets that seem to be released in a flood just before the end of the year.

This blog is a lot of fun. Michael Blowhard's discussion on "Books are not Sacred!" has inspired some technorati back-and-forth. I hope someone downloads my books that are up on Kindle. My kindle-formatted books are cheap. Ophelia's Gold is a buck-ninety-five. I guess you get what you pay for... (gallows humor -- it's that time of the year). Kindle Blogs
I'm waiting for a Kindle reader. They are still back-ordered. Grrr. Blogs on Kindle are not free. (grrRRR). (official corgi growl)

Favorite FeedReaders

This list is not inclusive by any means. However, one of the keys to being able to take advantage of E-Learning 2.0 and Web 2.0 is to be able to process and evaluate significant amounts of information in a way that you can then use. While one might automatically I'm referring to web applications, the truth is, the integration of information is much more flexible than that, and the way that information can be used, particularly in an experimentation-friendly learning management system, such as haiku or moodle, is still an open book.

Google Reader:

Very nice, web-based reader / aggregator. The presentation is very clean. I like it a lot.


I’ve been using bloglines for several years now, and it has never let me down. It’s great. Very simple to use, straightforward, and basically a huge stress-reliever. All your information is at your fingertips – RSS, RSS 2.0, Atom, etc. are all accommodated.


Netvibes is a multi-lingual Ajax-based personalized start page. It is organized into tabs, with each tab containing user-defined modules.


Simple, clean design, with an easy-to-use interface. It integrates with other services as well. Guess it got killed, though. Figures. Just signed up, learned the interface, then read the following words: “we’re pulling the plug on Newshutch.” Grrr.


What? You have to download it? Perish the thought.

Feed Demon:

It’s $29.95 and you have to download and install it, too. What happened to “free” (even if the free version is limited)?

Feed Ghost:

Free “lite” version, robust version is $20. This seems fair to me. Lots of features.


Juice is free. Juice is good. Juice’s main function is to manage podcasts.

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