The last time I posted, I was sitting in a David Warlick keynote presentation with a laptop. I didn’t know it was Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) until the day before so borrowed one from a friend as I don’t have my own. This was a brand new experience for me.
Today, my blog reader of choice, Bloglines, seems to be down and I’m itching to read some blogs, even the ones that I never seem to be able to catch up on. Earlier this week I was giving a fellow Teacher-Librarian a tutorial on the social bookmarking site Diigo. I asked if she knew what a blog reader was and she didn’t. She has blogged for a university class she was taking but hadn’t been introduced to a blog reader. Since she already had a Google account, because she worked with a class that had collaborated using Google Maps, I suggested she try the blog reader that is included with a Google Account. To this point, I had never used Google Reader as I chose to use Bloglines over a year ago. However, knowing how to use one blog reader is easily transferrable to another blog reader and before she was done she was reading some of the blogs that I follow. Incidentally, I asked where/how she learned about using Google Maps with students. She said she didn’t. She just learned along side them! What a model for 21st Century learning!
So, today, I have been catching up on David Warlick via Google Reader. Since Bloglines isn’t working, I grabbed one of the feeds that I love but, by following one of my mottos of saving the best for last, I never seem to catch up on. What a feast I have been having.
Something that has been naggling at the back of my mind was an article that I came across (don’t remember how). I quickly dismissed “Hyperlocal Websites Deliver News Without Newspaper” as all the cities that were mentioned were much larger than where I live so I didn’t believe it was something like this was possible in a city that, in comparison, was relatively small.
How wrong I was.
At the end of April I tweeted to one of tweeters that I follow after seeing #yeg after one of her tweets. I knew that it was the Edmonton airport code but I didn’t know why the pound sign followed by an abreviation or other combinations of letters or numbers or words were starting to pop up on the tweets of the tweeters that I was following. I learned that it was used to search. That’s when I discovered Twitter Search where I plopped the #yeg hashtag, as I was learned it was called, and found the latest tweets from Edmontontonians. Then last weekend, via a Joyce Valenza tweet, I learned of Visible Tweets. I was quickly mesmorized by one letter flying at a time or blocks of text of the tweets of others flying across my desktop.
Which got me thinking about the hyperlocal article again. I don’t remember where I came across it. Email? Twitter? Who knows. But I wanted to find it. So, to Google I went and typed in what I remembered: blog AND news AND neighborhood AND “new york” as I knew that the article was about news from blogs that were collected by neighborhoods in New York. And, lo and behold, 0.21 seconds later, I had my answer. Which reminded me of something that Warlick quoted here: kids need to know how to be able to pluck the answers out of the air. And, I might had, so to their teachers!