Technology Spotlights: RSS and Twitter

English: This icon, known as the "feed ic...
English: This icon, known as the "feed icon" or the "RSS icon", was introduced in Mozilla Firefox in order to indicate a web feed was present on a particular web page that could be used in conjunction with the Live bookmarks function. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and some other browsers have adopted the icon in order to promote a de facto standard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the slideshow presentation from our Technology Spotlight Series on 3/25/2010. The topic was What is RSS and  Twitter and How to Get Started.

Here’s the link to the handouts for this topic:

Guide to RSS Feed Readers (PDF)
Getting Started with Google Reader (PDF)
Getting Started with Twitter (PDF)

Digital Humanities Now: Real Time Crowd Sourcing Website for Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Now is a website that collects tweets and post them that are from people in the Digital Humanities discipline. It is completely crowd sourced and is passively edited by 274 Digital Humanities scholars. This is a great resource site if you work in the the field of Digital Humanities or a related field. Digital Humanities Now was created by Dan Cohen, assisted by Jeremy Boggs, and is a production of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. To learn more or to view the website, click on the following link:

Facebook and Twitter Being Added to Class Participation

Purdue University is exploring a home grown program called Hotseat that integrates Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging (via a mobile device) so students can "back channel" during a class.

Back channeling has become popular recently at conferences and presentations. People use an application like Twitter to ask a question during class, and the teacher (or a speaker at a conference) can address that question during the time of the presentation. With Hotseat, students can propose questions and others can vote on the question to be addressed during the class. Regardless of the application, I think back channeling is a great way to use social media to engage your students and get instant feedback. To learn more about the program, view the video below:

Lunch & Learn: Blogs, lulz and tweets: Social media comes to Princeton with Shan Hilton and John Jameson

PUSocialMedia.jpgWhy has the use of Facebook and other social networking sites exploded? Perhaps, suggest John Jameson and Shani Hilton of Princeton’s Office of Communications, because it is now possible to interact socially with very large numbers of people in ways that are no more difficult than sending out a simple e-mail.

Most users need not worry about the coding or the construction of their pages. They can simply concern themselves with what they should share, and not share.

The technologies are changing rapidly (MySpace, for example, has lost 20% of their users in just two months), bringing enormous opportunities, challenges, and some significant policy headaches.

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