Friday, June 23, 2006

ALERT - Net Neutrality at risk

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The Internet as we know it is facing a serious threat. There's a debate heating up in Washington, DC on something called "net neutrality" – and it's a debate that's so important Google is asking you to get involved. We're asking you to take action to protect Internet freedom.

In the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill, and one that may come up for a key vote in the Senate in the next few weeks, would give the big phone and cable companies the power to pick and choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.

Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build a two-tiered system and block the on-ramps for those who can't pay.

Creativity, innovation and a free and open marketplace are all at stake in this fight. Please call your representative (202-224-3121) and let your voice be heard.

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Or follow the links on the page above to submit your feelings online to your representatives.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

[TIPS] - gliffy and scribus - (REALLY the last tips of the year)

Thanks to Kurt P for sharing this one:

What is Gliffy?

Gliffy is a suite of online applications designed to replace expensive
and difficult to maintain desktop software. Since Gliffy applications
work in any web browser, sharing your work is made simple.

What can I do with Gliffy?

Our first product is based around document creation. Some of the
documents you'll be able to build include:

* Flow Charts
* Workflow documents
* Class Diagrams
* Network Diagrams
* Database schemas
* Website layouts/wireframes
* Floor plans
* Seating charts... and more!

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How would you like a FREE, desktop publishing program similar to the
expensive Microsoft program? Here it is, the open source version

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

[TIPS] - Google Notebook

Here's one of the best programs you may never be able to use in your school:
If I'm a college student I'm going to using that program a LOT.

[TIPS] - Web2.0Slides | Web2.0 Slideshow (Last tip!)

The final tip for this year... wow, how the time has flown. I've been doing these tips for... oh my... almost 10 years, going back to the CAMELOT days. It's a good thing things are changing as fast as they are or I would have told you everything I know LONG ago. :-)
This year I've shown you a lot of what some are (still) calling the Web 2.0 sites. What is a web 2.0 site? It's one where you can work, or collaborate, or save, gather, share - PUBLISH. This little slideshow may give you a hint:
Now for your homework. Between now and the start of the school year, go to ( and set up an account. The last step in the process (once you've responded to your email to verify the account) has you selecting a couple feeds. Just pick Dilbert, if nothing else.
Now then... when you come back from the summer vacation I'll be talking more about RSS feeds. Those are news articles, blogs, etc that you can subscribe to - even my tips. And, you can share as many or as few of those feeds with your students as you wish. If you've got a Moodle class you'll know how to use the feeds in there, as well. I guarantee it will change the way you gather your news, weather, sports, etc forever.
Oh - and don't forget to GO OUTSIDE and PLAY!!!!  :-)
Have a wonderful summer. I'll send only time- sensitive tips throughout the summer - or those that are just too cool to wait. :-)

Monday, June 05, 2006

[TIPS] - May Bits 'n ' Bytes and a bonus

Here is the May issue of the Bits and Bytes Newsletter from the Tech Dept here at the IU. (I've got my own column in it this time! Woohoo!!!)
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In case the Bits and Bytes doesn't interest you, try this.  This is the file I used to give a couple presentations in State College this last week. You may find some good links there. The file is called a TiddlyWiki, something I talked to you about before.

Thursday, June 01, 2006