Thursday, June 29, 2006

Gmail - [TTLUG] CMS Matrix

I got this via email on the Trinidad and Tobago Linux USers Group mailing list.
This is for anyone who needs to choose a Content Management System (CMS) for a particular project.
They compare many of them, both open source and non-open source.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Education website with interactive games for children

This website, provided by the US state of UTAH, provides online games for Language Arts, Math, Health, Social Studies and more. These are fun and interesting ways for students to learn and test themselves on concepts. They include Puzzling Puzzles, Brain Benders, Strategy Games, Memory Games, Word Games, Math Activities, Social Studies, Science, Health, Media, Money Games and more for students from K-12.
Try it out and explore, and comment on how they work.

How to Design and Publish Your Website with Open Source tools

How to Design and Publish Your Website with Nvu:
For people in the developing world and especially in Education, where funds are perenially low, open source tools can solve a lot of needs. In the web development space, here are a few tools that can replace the expensive proprietary tools, such as dreamweaver, photoshop and illustrator.

Web development: NVU is a free alternative to Dreamweaver ( )
InkScape ( ) is a free vector art application similar in many ways to Illustrator or Fireworks
Paint .NET ( ) for Windows, or The Gimp ( ) are bitmap editors (similar to Photoshop)
GIMP-GAP is a set of plug-ins for the GIMP-2.0 that extends GIMP for creation of animations based on a series of frame images. GIMP-GAP is the next development step of the Video Menu that once was part of gimp-1.2."
Unfortunately, Flash has no open source alternative as yet... but there is some work going on here

I'll update as I get more tools.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Relationship Of Gender To.Faculty Use Of Online Educational Tools

Relationship Of Gender To Faculty Use Of Online Educational Tools
This is a really interesting research paper that questions whether gendered use of the Internet and hte Web extends to higher education faculty, and discusses possible implications.
"Online courses have become a vital part of the curriculum for most post-secondary institutions in the United States. Whether used for distance learning or as an enhancement to classroom teaching, the integration of online courses marks a distinct change in the system of higher education. According to this attitude of innovation, especially in the online environment, the traditional method of lecturing is no longer appropriate. New methods of instruction must be introduced into the online teaching world. How will these methods be defined and implemented? Who will define and implement them? One aspect to be considered here is the role of gender. The role that gender plays in online teaching has not yet been investigated to the extent this topic warrants, and specific pedagogic questions with respect to gender have neither been asked nor answered. The purpose of the study was to pose and report on some gender-related questions. Do male and female faculty make different teaching choices in online instruction methods based on their gender? Do these choices reflect societal gendered tendencies regarding technology? What are some of the implications for teaching and learning in higher education?"