For the ninth element of 13 things @ Coe, I explored a few online libraries/cataloguing sites. I chose to create a library on librarything.com. My username is ekathleeng. I listed 5 books.
I’m sure that this is a great resource, especially for folks that do a lot of reading. I actually enjoyed scrolling through some of the books it recommended for me, and reading why. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of time to read, so it’s unlikely that this is something I would use a great deal.
A more applicable site, in my opinion, is swaptree. At swaptree, you can list the books (or any media) you have and the ones you want to read. When you find someone who has what you want, you ask for it. Trading is completely free, the owner just pays shipping, and can send things media mail for less than $2.50. This seems like a great way to try out new music and books, though I haven’t explored it much yet.
next up, thing 10…ekg
Thing 8 is online video sharing…luckily for me, youtube and I are already good friends.
Last summer, I went to an amazing Incubus concert and took a few videos. Posting them was my first experience with adding to the online video world. I still gain more than I offer, by a long shot. Youtube is a great source for that random commercial you’re looking for, a laugh, or something to learn. I haven’t used online video sharing a ton in the classroom setting, but there’s a few amazing videos I’ve used in presentations about social justice. They aren’t the focus of my post, but here’s a link to one of my favorites from illdoctrine.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ti-gkJiXc.
My new hobby recently is slacklining. If you don’t know what this is, no worries; you are not alone. Here is Frankie Najera (a Cornell College alum — small world, right?) with Gibbon, showing how to do a trick, appropriately named “the tree.”
I cannot do this. I can do a few things, though, and what I learned, I learned from youtube (and Frankie Najera). Here’s what I look like on the line.
I’m not that great yet, but it’s a lot of fun and something different. I love connecting with nature and I can set up the line on my own or do it with friends.
In closing, here’s a video of people doing really, really cool things. Maybe this will be me someday.
slack on. ekg.
I love delicious. I would be 100% okay with that being the extent of my post on social bookmarking sites, but I’ll elaborate anyway.
Originally, when I heard about delicious, I was skeptical. What was the point? I have my very own set of bookmarks on my computer. The website isn’t organized in way that was initially intuitive for me, so I ignored it. Clearly, my web 2.0 karma decided that I shouldn’t ignore the technology I don’t feel like trying.
I taught a leadership course this summer and used delicious to share a bunch of great leadership activities and articles with my students. It was fantastic! Rather than sending an email or printing out a page of links they should read, I directed them to my delicious site and showed them how to find what they needed. It was amazing! Plenty of professional uses available here; I’ll need to continue to explore that realm, though.
Personally, I’ve found delicious even more helpful. If I get an email about an interesting article that I might want to reference later, I can bookmark it. A friend found an absolutely amazing photographer in the area, and I was absolutely astonished by her beautiful images. I’d love to have her take my wedding photos or children’s portraits…someday. It would be weird to bookmark that site on my computer. I’d probably save the link in a word document somewhere that I save and lose. Delicious to the rescue!
The home page is also a lot of fun; I’ve found some great sites through the “recently tagged” and top rated. It’s a fun way to explore the web in a personally relate-able context.
Amazing. Useful. Easy. Check me out @ ekathleeng
On a side note, one of my RAs has proved to be an endless resource of random information. Every time he tells a random tidbit, I ask why he knows this. He almost always cites stumbleupon.com.
Hmm…less than 10 minutes? ekg