Wikipedia adds new feature – Cite This Article

I’ve had my students use Wikipedia, as have many classroom teachers. My 7th graders are just learning to research and use the Internet for research, and they are certainly not masters of citing sources. The biggest thing I try to accomplish with my students and research is the process, not necessarily the final “perfect” result.

One thing we work on is citing sources. Web page citations can be difficult sometimes, with huge web addresses or not noticable authors. Wikipedia has added a handy new feature – Cite This Article. From anywhere inside wikipedia (the linked example is to the article on webmastering), click on ‘Cite This Article’ to get the full citation in 9 different formats, including MLA and APA.

I’ll probably use this in the classroom this year, along with teaching my students how to analyze facts found online. I’ll have them create their own citation, then check it with the Wikipedia citation. Should be helpful!

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Great pictures and video from listing car carrier Cougar Ace

Saw this on CamryChat.com and then on Digg.com. Apparently a car carrier Cougar Ace coming from Asia has tipped over and is listing at sea. The United States Coast Guard is posting hi-res images and video of the car carrier. Check out the video of the rescue of the crew members…pretty cool stuff.

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Picasa Web Albums

I use Picasa to manage my photos. It’s a great program that works very quickly and allows you to index and categorize your photos very easily. It manages your photos from your camera, memory card, or other source, and imports them into the program. It allows you to do basic editing to the pictures, including red-eye reduction, cropping, changing to black and white, etc. It also does a great job helping you backup your photos. In Picasa, you can directly upload your pictures to a web page of your own, or even upload them to various online photo processors with ease. I love using Walgreen’s uploading, as we can pick them up at the local store in about an hour.

They have recently created a Web Album system that allows the user to directly upload their pictures from Picasa to Google servers. From here, you can share your pictures with the world, or only to people that you send a direct link to. You get 250 MB of space for free, and can buy 6 Gigs for $25/year! That is a great price, and would hold almost everyone’s pictures that they would be interested in sharing.

I’ve created a photo album of our recent trip to the Georgia Aquarium…some good pictures, especially this one:

Evan at the Aquarium

Evan at the Georgia Aquarium

Gmail on Your Domain

I’ve been accepted for Gmail on Your Domain, and would like to move my email over to Gmail. I don’t have anything in my email that I’m really concerned about having on Google’s servers, and they run a very good webmail program.

I’m looking for anyone who might use Gmail for your personal domain-based mail. If you do, IM/Skype me or post something in the comments.

Specifically, I need to be able to access my email on a laptop at work, desktop at home, and on the web when on the road. Does Gmail for your Domain work for you?

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Post a comment!

Blog Reading

I’ve been doing some blog reading lately…one of my favorite one right now is by Robert Scoble at the Scobleizer. He was hired by Microsoft about 3 years ago to run a blog for them, giving a personal side to Microsoft. It also has turned into an avenue for Microsoft to gather comments from the public about various things that they’re doing.

I hate that I didn’t start reading him years ago, as he’s leaving Microsoft for a Podcasting company called PodTech.net. He’s very smart about business and people, and a great blogger when it comes to putting his thoughts down on the keyboard as he has them, so there are new topics often.

I think anyone who works in a management division of a business should read what he writes…if for no other reason, just to be aware of how blogs can be used to promote the company. Continue reading “Blog Reading”