Notes from the Alan November staff inservice on September 30 @ 2:15pm


Here are some of the websites and terms Alan referred to during his presentation today. Everyone, please feel free to improve on my notes :-).

http://novemberlearning.com/resources/publications/ - an ever expanding list of sites to accompany Alan's book Web Literacy for Educators

www.delicious.com - a bookmarking service that makes your favorite websites available to you from any computer in the world

www.easywhois.com - a service that will reveal who owns a particular website to help determine bias and credibility. Example: martinlutherking.org is owned by stormfront

www.archive.org - called the 'wayback machine'. Takes you back through a websites previous permutations

www.twitterfall.com - searches hash tags so you can customize your twitter feed

www.wolframalpha.com - solves and illustrates math equations

www.khanacademy.org - explanations and illustrations for everymath concept available on cell phones (web)

www.mathtrain.tv - a free educational "kids teaching kids" project created by middle school kids in California

http://pc40s.blogspot.com/ - an example of a high school pre-calculus class blog

Architecture of Information examples:
site:tr - will give you sites on your topic from Turkey
site:gov.tr - will give you government sites on your topic from Turkey
site:edu.tr - will give you educational sites on your topic from Turkey

To get country codes go to: http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/

To get a google operators cheat sheet go to: http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html Remember each search engine has its own slightly different operators. They also have different algorithms for determining which "hits" are displayed at the top of the list.

There is another district-wide wiki that has been set up as a discussion forum related to the issues raised by Alan November.
http://perspectives.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/
Here you can view some selected videos and engage in discussion with colleagues from around the district as well as students, parents, and community members.