Implementing a "Weekly Web Link" Assignment

“Staying up-to-date with current events should be an important goal for students, especially in their chosen field of expertise, but busy schedules may not permit them to do so. This also applies to educators with heavy teaching loads and busy schedules beyond the confines of their offices. Instructors can promote currency of news events in their students by implementing a “Weekly Web Link” assignment in their courses. Submitting a weekly web link can serve several purposes beyond keeping abreast of current events.”

Read article at: Teaching with Technology Today

Published in: on April 27, 2007 at 1:37 am  Comments (1)  

Leveraging the long tail of scholarship.

Firefox is one of the best alternatives to Internet Explorer due largely to its ability to add useful, third-party features. One of those is Zotero, an amazing open source add-on for scholars and students who conduct much of their research online. Zotero

“.. is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather and organize resources (whether bibliography or the full text of articles), and then lets you annotate, organize, and share the results of your research. It includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)—the ability to store full reference information in author, title, and publication fields and to export that as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software such as del.icio.us or iTunes, like the ability to sort, tag, and search in advanced ways. Using its unique ability to sense when you are viewing a book, article, or other resource on the web, Zotero will—on many major research sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for you in the correct fields.”

Its page snap shot feature is quite useful, as is its numerous citation templates. Highly recommended.

Try Zotero “Leveraging the long tail of scholarship.”

Image: Firefox browser with Zotero add-on. Courtesy of Zotero

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment