Sites worth your subscription

If you’re using something like Google Reader to keep track of all those RSS feeds out there and bringing various bits of web goodness to your desktop, then you might find these are useful sites to follow:

BBC Technology – keeping you updated on all things technology in the UK and worldwide

Guardian Unlimited Technology – as with the BBC site, but giving an alternative angle on technological developments out there

Mashable – hints, tips and articles about the world of web 2.0. Keep an eye out for the Toolboxes they produce. Well written and gives you plenty of food for thought!

ReadWriteWeb – another web 2.0 focussed blog, this time looking at web trends, the social web and breaking tech news

Jane’s eLearning Pick of the Day – for all tools, tips and information on studying online… this is a great resource!

Any others you can think of adding?


History of the Internet

Nice little animation on the history of the internet… covering the various technologies and events in about 8 minutes flat. Can’t be bad! Enjoy:

Spray diagrams

If you are going to be creating a spray diagram as part of your answer in TMA 01, you might like to look at MindMeister which is a free, online, mind-mapping tool.  You don’t need to download anything to create your diagram in this way and can export your diagram in the form of a jpg which would be perfect for including in the TMA.  Alternatively, you could download FreeMind which is another free mind-mapping tool which you can install on your own computer and easily create a mind map that way.

Have a look and see what you think!

The art of being well-informed

Lovely article which is actually really great advice for staying on top of your studies…

Meanwhile, remember that it can be tricky to be on top of your subject if you're always thinking about entirely different things, or watching reality TV. So do spend some of your time in libraries and lectures. And while you're there, ask for advice about the most useful publications and online resources available in your subject.

Then, read. Start with all those bits of paper you were given at the beginning of term where you will find loads of useful information. Try reading emails from tutors, and comments on the bottom of assignments. You can make all sorts of interesting discoveries by simply casting your eyes over noticeboards and reading some of the posters stuck around the student union. It's even worth reading things like your course handbook.

Then there are newspapers, magazines, websites. It is also worth joining the odd online discussion group in areas that interest you. Oh, and don't forget to Twitter, or to check what your friends are up to on Facebook, although no more than five times an hour.

via The art of being well-informed | Education | The Guardian.

… the more you can stay informed, the more you find you know about your subject, the more you find you have to say about your subject, the more you find that you think about your subject generally… it’s great advice!

Make the web come to you!

I mentioned in my first tutorial that something which would make your online lives easier was using a service such as Google Reader to subscribe to websites.  For a great little overview of what this means to you and how you can use it, take a look at the following little video from the Commoncraft Show:

I’ll put online another post tomorrow which gives you some useful technology sites to subscribe to. Hope that’s helpful!

Time Management Tips

• Be realistic

• Know your ‘good study’ times

• Give yourself enough breaks

• Plan time for activities outside studying

• Use the course calendar to guide you

• Be prepared not to be perfect – if you fall behind, do what you need to survive rather than what you’d do in ideal circumstances

• Chat things through with me or the Study Advisors at the Regional Centre if you’re feeling under pressure

• Look ahead at the coming TMA and work towards it as you move through the course materials

• Prioritise using the 4Ds:

  • Do it
  • Dump it
  • Delegate it
  • Do it less well

• Focus your efforts using the 80/20 rule – 80% of the result you want can be gained by concentrating on the most important 20% of tasks

T175 Links 02/09/2009

  • timeEdition simplifies the work involved in entering your time data, while at the same time ensuring that incorrect time data cannot be input. For example, forgetting to stop recording when you stop performing the activity is not a problem: timeEdition stops recording automatically as per your setting for the freely definable period of user inactivity. This means that if there is no input via either the mouse or the keyboard for a specific period, timeEdition automatically stops recording.

    A further core function of timeEdition is its close links to popular calendar applications. timeEdition works perfectly with Apple’s iCal, Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar. The software lets you automatically transfer your time records into any one of these calendar applications. You retain an overview of work you have performed, even in retrospect.

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