Wednesday, January 24, 2007
This article is taken from Teacher magazine in august 2006. The author of this article is Mr R Leech. This article deals with a number of issues, including plagiarism and piracy and other ethical issues involving the internet. I found this article useful at highlighting important issues that many people do not consider. For example ethical arguments about school students who are trying to get ahead at school but cannot afford the latest math’s program. These types of questions really get the reader to think about moral issues in regards to piracy and issues of those types. Overall the article is a well balanced non biased opinion put forward by R Leech. It was very stimulating and interesting read as I myself am becoming a teacher.
This document again is prepared by Micheal Bergman. It is a 62 page PDF document containing information relating effective internet searching and was last revised in May 6, 1998. This guide is organized to proceed from the basics to more advanced topics. It has 12 parts containing 48 topics (Bergman, 1998). This document deals various topics including internet search basics, boolean operators, advanced operators, using filters and things to avoid when searching the internet. Overall the guide is very informative and useful, especially for those people who need assistance to search the internet effectively. Even though it was published in 1998 the information within the guide is still valid and credible. It is a valuable resource as searching the internet is completely different to finding information in a library; there are methods that need to be incorporated for effective searching. I found it extremely useful, like most of the other articles published by Michael Bergman.
Bergman, M (1998). Guide to Effective Searching of the Internet. Retrieved January 23, 2007
This document was prepared by Michael Bergman of the Web Tools Company in September 2005. He is the author of one of the most popular Internet search guides and the original discoverer, researcher and educator on the Deep Web, another resource I have added to my resource project. This free 80-page PDF Guide links to 80 additional sources and covers more than 100 topics and how to tips ranging from installing software and plug-ins to design, styles and templates, and to organizational and effectiveness techniques (Boswell, 2007). The guide deals with approximately 100 individual “how to” blogging topics and lessons, all geared to the content-focused and not occasional blogger (Bergman, 2005). Overall this guide represents a very good guide into how to create and maintain a professional blog site. Information is clear and consistent within the entire article. It is a very comprehensive report hence why it is 80 pages long. It covers most issues associated with blogging, and I recommend as a good read for anyone interested in creating or maintaining a blog site.
Boswell, W (2007). Free Comprehensive Guide To Blogging Released By Michael Bergman. Retrieved January 23, 2007, Web site: http://websearch.about.com/od/pressreleases/a/bloggingguide.htm
Bergman, M (2005). Comprehensive Guide to a Professional Blog Site: A WordPress Example. Retrieved January 23, 2007,from http://www.mkbergman.com/wp-content/themes/ai3/files/BlogGuide/BlogGuide050919.pdf
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I found this website to be quite useful in identifying the basics relating to ftp. It’s great for beginners who do not have prior knowledge about ftp, as it gives them a starting point into how everything works. The information provided is clear and concise, there are also screenshots accompanying the information to give users a better understanding. The site does not provide the author but the information within the site is reliable as it’s sponsored by a well known piece of ftp software. Not to say the website is biased, though it does provide a tutorial on how to use their software correctly. Overall the website is easy to read and easy to follow. It provides a basic introduction into ftp, useful for people who no prior knowledge of ftp.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
who will the winner be ??
well personally i am a visual person, i like to see things rather then read about them, but for the purpose of this website, maybe i need to re think about this one. Once a website has been correctly evaluated with annotations and so on, this information becomes a valuable tool in determining if the site is suitable for my needs. I can refer to this information read it and then it will give me a good idea about the website and refresh my memory. The snap shot on the other hand is good if i need to refer to a site that ive visited frequently and know pretty much inside out. But say for example i haven't been to that site for 6 months or more, i probably wouldn't remember what it looked like so the snapshot would have no effect.
Overall the annotations win out, they are simply the better way to reference websites so that if you do need it another time, all the information is available to you.
for external users wishing to use links, i believe a well defined annotation would prove more useful then a snapshot. But hence the key words WELL DEFINED. Poorly defined annotations will help no body :)
is the website i wish to evaluate, after going through the tutorial it made me ask some key questions about the site.
Purpose: I have found out that primary purpose of the site is not for it to be advocacy site, yet rather its a information site because this site is not designed to promote a specific viewpoint, it offers a wide range of information on the topic.
Author: The author of the site is Angela Elkordy she has had appropriate education and training so it seems.
Formerly: Assistant Professor, Librarian & Coordinator of Electronic Resources, The Sage Colleges, Albany & Troy, NY
Content: The content does not seem biased, it states what it claims a tutorial on web searching.
Coverage: The website was last updated in 2000, but the information that appears on the site is all relevant, there are other sites around that have tutorials and lessons on web searching, but i found after using this site, it was very easy to follow and understand and therefore i preferred it over the other sites.
Recognition: It doesn't have any formal awards on the page, but the whole site is very useful for people who want to use the internet effectively, and also for people who are studying net11 :)
- Purpose: Determine whether the main purpose of the site is to inform or to persuade (advocate for a cause).
- Author: The best sites are produced by those who have appropriate education, training, or experience to write with authority on the topic. Check site documents or external sources to find out more about the author.
- Content: Consider whether content seems biased. Does the author have a "vested interest" in the topic? Look for documentation of claims and a balanced point of view.
- Coverage: Shop around for the best source. You can compare the page to others on the same topic to see which provides better coverage.
- Currency: If you are looking for the most current information on a topic, be sure to determine when information was added.
- Recognition: Also try to determine whether the site has been recognized as exemplary, either in reviews or by others linking to it.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
so for academic research i have found out about indexes and databases. Now what they are is basically a huge collection of articles, jounals, magazines etc. Most of the entires are from credible sources and using the search engine they are easy to find.
The only problem i have had with databases is that you must be registered with a university to access them, so i mean that was no problem for me.
Here is a site that you do not need to log into to access
Search a bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations on education topics going back to 1966. Over 100000 full text available for free.
anyways hope this helps someone, it sure has helped me, i know where to look now for credible information.
Sunday, January 7, 2007
To bookmark all these fantastic site i have gone away from using 3rd party software and stuck it out with my firefox browser manager. Its great becuase i can add new folder to remeber what the subject was about. So i created a new folder just for my net11 bookmarks, i also add descriptions and give the book marks meaningful names so i do not forget what they are.
Web Searching, Sleuthing and Sifting
- URL: http://www.thelearningsite.net/cyberlibrarian/searching/ismain.html
- author: Angela Elkody
Advanced Internet User Tutorial
- URL: http://www.k12science.org/tutorials/advanced/
- This self-guided tutorial is intended to be used by those who have an expertise in the basic web browsing features. During the hands-on training that covers Basic Internet Features, it is expected that those advanced users take that time to review more complex technical features of their web browser.
Searching the Internet for Advanced User
- URL: http://www.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=898
- author: Nancy Riesgraf
- A lesson plan to teach patrons advanced search queries that narrow results and push most relevant pages to top of results lists.
Results 1 - 10 of about 2,750,000,000 for advanced OR internet OR users . (0.13 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 318,000,000 for advanced AND internet AND users . (0.06 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 122,000,000 for advanced internet users . (0.04 seconds)
cleary from the results achieved the first query of "advanced OR internet OR users" returned the most hits. This is because the search is searching for all those terms, either advanced, internet or users.
searching for pages that strictly relate to the subject of advanced internet users would bring the number of hits down but the information would be more relevant.
Skills Based Information
After reading some comments in the discussion board i still don't really know what skills based is referring to i have used google.com and searched the following
Results 1 - 10 of about 155,000 for advanced AND internet AND users AND skills-based. (0.40 seconds)
I don't really know how useful it is, but hey i found some net11 blogs, which was helpful to me, becuase they also did not know what was skills-based meant as well :)
Results 1 - 10 of about 58,300,000 for advanced AND internet AND users AND university. (0.21 seconds)
This returned back information from a number of universities, although not all hits returned were from university sites, a lot were.
I tried searching subject directory search engines as well for example
but i could not achieve good results with this, the hits were too broad and not all of them were from university sites.
Results 1 - 10 of about 810,000 for advanced AND internet AND users. (0.16 seconds)
all results returned were from .edu (university sites) but alot of the information was irrelevant.
overall the best way i think would be to do advanced AND internet AND users AND university
then you would have to pick out the best results.
Or i noticed on another blog, that they were searching +edu.au which would return all the universities in Australia.
edit: thanks to a dear member in the discussion boards they have enlightened me to the fact that to find sites strictly from universites to add the keyword site: edu.au
for example advanced internet users site:edu.au
this will return only sites that have specified domain.
These are the result for my most common search engine google.com.
these are the results for searching 9 search engines at once using copernic agent. The first hit in google and copernic returend the same results: http://www.k12science.org/tutorials/advanced/ but there were some differences. The 2nd hit on copernic returned a website called the occasional company http://www.theoccasionalcompany.co.uk Now at first glance i can already see that this site has nothing to do with advanced internet users.
I used the program set out in the unit outline bookmark manager :)
thanks for the top delpino !! will try it as soon as possible
Friday, January 5, 2007
I have never had quicktime player on my system in ages, so i thought i would download that again to see whats new in the new version. Reading the information at the site it sounded really good. The installation went well and it installed correctly, but again with this player i felt that it was oversized, with features i did not need. I explored around and watched a few .mov movies to check if it was working, and it was all fine. I figured the only reason why i would need a .mov player is to maybe play some trailers i had on my pc, other then i don't really have any of these file types on my computers. So i uninstalled the program. While i was on www.filehippo.com i noticed they had a program called quicktime alternative, now this program is around 12 meg in size smaller then the original quicktime, it still handles all .mov files and everything just like the original version, but a major benefit is that its free ware. So there was now reminder to upgrade to pro version like in the original. I definitely prefer this application over quicktime.
Also another program i thought i knew everything about was windows media player. Everybody knows that media player comes standard with windows xp, but what i didnt know is wmp 11 was out of beta stage and fully functional. So i downloaded this and installed it. I really liked it, the first impression by the new black skin is cool, features wise it still feels very similar to wmp 10 for example you have rip burn options, options to connect to the net etc i never use these features anyways. I'm guessing this is going to be stock media player for windows vista, and thats why it comes with that black skin. Overall it was a pretty good program it took a while to install but other then that its great.
I needed to install the Adobe shock wave player. So i clicked install and my browser (Firefox) done the rest.
the flash player was already installed.
I have used this piece of software before and i think its great for reading files published in pdf format. The only issue with this software is that it is over 20 megabytes to download. Some people still have slower connections like me and 20 megabytes is a long time to wait.
I found and installed another pdf viewing program called Foxit Reader
Taken from the www.filehippo.com website
"Foxit Reader is a free reader for PDF documents. You can view and print PDF documents with it.
The download size is around 1MB, so you can download it quickly. It doesn't need any lengthy installation, so you can start to run it as soon as you can download it.
And it starts up immediately, so you don't need to wait the annoying "Welcome" screen to disappear."
I prefer using Foxit Reader over Adobe Acrobat because of the size difference, they both do the same job except Foxit Reader is much smaller, and essentially quicker.
According to Rebbecca Blood (Blood, 2002) here are some handy tips that could prove useful to new web bloggers.2. If material exists online, link to it when you reference it.3. Publicly correct any misinformation.4. Write each entry as if it could not be changed; add to, but do not rewrite or delete, any entry.5. Disclose any conflict of interest.
Blood, R (2002). Webblog Ethics. Retrieved January 5, 2007, from http://www.rebeccablood.net/handbook/excerpts/weblog_ethics.html
Thursday, January 4, 2007
But regarding this site, i have not used any images and words that contravene copyright.
Regarding using the Curtin logo for an assignment
according to the Curtin website:
Unless otherwise stated, the material published within the Curtin website is Curtin copyright.
no part of this site may be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the specific written permission of Curtin first-hand and obtained.
So in other words for me to be able to use Curtins logo for an assignment i would get permission from them first. Just to be on the safe side of things :)
Below are the results of attempting to parse this document with an SGML parser.
1. Error Line 25 column 6: start tag for "LI" omitted, but its declaration does not permit this.
2. Error Line 26 column 3: document type does not allow element "LI" here.
3. Error Line 27 column 3: document type does not allow element "LI" here; missing one of "UL", "OL", "DIR", "MENU" start-tag.
4. Error Line 28 column 3: document type does not allow element "LI" here; missing one of "UL", "OL", "DIR", "MENU" start-tag.
5. Error Line 29 column 3: document type does not allow element "LI" here; missing one of "UL", "OL", "DIR", "MENU" start-tag.
6. Error Line 30 column 3: document type does not allow element "LI" here; missing one of "UL", "OL", "DIR", "MENU" start-tag.
7. Error Line 43 column 5: document type does not allow element "BODY" here.