Flickr

Is it just me, or is everyone struggling to upload pictures from Flickr?
I found some great resources but am struggling to hit the right buttons on this one. Perhaps I am overlooking something obvious.
I did enjoy the mashup where you could spell your name in Flickr images, but agian, it would have been fun to download it and print it off.
Anyone with any tips on this?

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Prezi

Huge fun this one.
I saw Prezi demonstrated before Christmas, and ok….it’s just another tool….but what a tool!
I’ve just converted a PowerPoint presentation on travel writing into a Prezi ready to unleash it on unsuspecting students next week. I must admit, it looks a lot more exciting and less pedestrian than the usual lecture presentations.
I’ve managed to get the paths working well, have imported pictures, taken it down the the limits in terms of microscopic text and had some fun.
The only drawback is the time it takes to do all of this. Because we are familiar with PowerPoint, it is fairly straightforward to put your lecture together, it is linear, you can think as you write. With Prezi, it is more fiddly to put together, you can’t add a slide in as an afterthought without going through the whole presentation again re-numbering the staging points, and you do need the lecture planned out with care before you start.
But for impact, you can’t beat it.
It won’t suit all lectures and I’ve yet to try to put it into Blackboard as a resource for students, but it is certainly one I would recommend for the teachers’ tool cupboard. It was easy to get started with it too, there are simple video tutorials which are very helpful.
Time for another cup of tea I think.

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Slideshare

I’ve just spent the last 15 minutes looking at a PowerPoint presentation on the developments in online journalism, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was written by an american academic and gave me some insight into trends in the US, cited some US data which I was not aware of, and had a good bibliography. I hadn’t expected to like this site, but am pleasantly surprised.
With care, and considerable cross checking I suspect, this has the potential to become the world’s greatest electronic campus. You can study just about anything here.
The lecture I visited was http://www.slideshare.net/Brett509/trends-in-online-journalism
The downside to this site is that quite a lot of people use it to advertise themselves or their products, which is annoying (try searching pancakes and you will see what I mean). Also, you find a lot of amateur stuff on there too (….see pancakes again).
However, this is one of the 25 things I suspect i will come back to at some point or another.
A sort of thumbs up on this one.

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Lanyard

I’m sorry, but I find incessant tweeting really irritating. I have been to a number of conferences where people sat nearby spend the whole time “vanity publishing” by tweet. They don’t really take in much of the conference as they are too busy telling other people at the conference that they are there, and are tweeting!

It’s the “hey look at me, I’m here, and look, my technology can tweet at you” approach that is so annoying. It must be distracting for the presenter too, as the tweeters spend so long looking at their Blackberries and pressing buttons that it is obvious they aren’t really listening to the lecture. It is certainly distracting for those of us who end up sat somewhere nearby.

Lanyard is then irritating by association. Sorry. I’ve signed up, and if anyone thinks they can convert me to a conference tweet fan, then you are welcome to try.

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Twitter

As a journalism lecturer, Twitter is an important innovation to watch. The BBC gleaned details about the bombing in Mumbai, India, in November 2008 via Tweets from people near the scene. The trouble is, there is so much rubbish tweeted now that it is really hard to find anything worth following. If you are a journalist, there are certain Tweets you want to look out for, such as those listed by celebrities and their publicists, as news about Brittney Spears’ latest haircut has the potential to make it to the front page of the Sun. I’m just not sure how useful a tool it is in itself for those of us engaged in academic research. I think it is too new, still at the “techno toy” phase of its lifecycle, to have matured into anything really useful. Give it a few years and it could well have potential.

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Citeulike

The video tutorial here made me smile. Our Australian friend who takes us through how he uses Citeulike has used some sort of screen capture programme, such as Camtasia, to demonstrate how easy it is to use Citeulike, but he has had similar problems to me.
Camtasia is great, but there is a danger that you um and ah all the way through your demonstration if don’t work to a script, and sods law dictates that while you are capturing your demonstration, the software you are trying to illustrate won’t do what you want it to! I normally go back and start it all again, but our friend here didn’t and the resulting video is a little comical at times.
As to Citeulike itself, it does look like it might be useful, BUT I can’t get the tool to open up in my browser bar, and it does rather depend on this for you to lodge academic research papers within its storage systems. I think I need a little more practise with it, and right now, I’m not sure I have time to really faff about with it.
I think that if i am going to embrace new research tools, they need to be easy to use, problem free, and fairly intuitive. This one doesn’t really hit any of these parameters for me.

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Tagging and Diigo

I’m getting the hang of tagging. It seems to appear all over the place and is part of the international language of social sites/social tools.
The trick of course is two-fold:

One…..remember to tag your own contribution wherever you are. As you understand your own conventions better than anyone else, you should stand a fighting chance of finding what you saved and tagged.

Two…be creative when searching using tags, as each culture has it’s own way of describing things.

The limitation on tagging of course is that of language, as we all seem to call things by different names. And while tagging is meant to solve the problem of information overload, so far I haven’t hit on the right subset of words to give me the information I want. I’m finding I’m either swamped with irrelevant articles, or am hitting zero. I suspect it requires practise, like most things.

Diigo is interesting. I like what it aims to do, and as a remote storage/reminder facility, it looks good.

Will I use it regularly? I’m not sure. I have developed my own systems and have an innate distrust of technology. My fear would be losing everything if the site went down. Also, we are a little spoiled at the University as we have central drives we can store information to. I think I might find it confusing using too many storage systems, and am not sure how much use I would get out of Diigo. This one isn’t exactly a thumbs down, but it’s not thumbs up either.

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