Terms and Tools a la Internet and Web

ICYMI (abbrev.): in case you missed it

The Oxford Dictionary added a lot of new words, including ICYMI, to its online database this summer. Other new words–clickbait, live-tweet, hyper-connected, and tech-savvy–fascinated me, too, because of their connection to information technology. Katy Steinmetz shared their definitions and many more words in the online Time magazine in August. In case you’re wondering:

clickbait (n.): (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.

live-tweet (v.): post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place.

hyper-connected (adj.): characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity.

tech-savvy (n.): well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology.

These words are part of the onrush of new-everything related to the internet and web. And it’s more than a torrent of words that we are trying to keep up with. In the foreword to Jim Boulton’s 100 Ideas that Changed the Web, he recognizes the enormity of the changes that we are struggling to comprehend and grow with in order to “work, play, shop, socialize, and otherwise participate in society” as enabled by the internet and web. Read more

My top 10 online tools of the year – what’s in your toolbox?

Every year since 2007 Jane Hart has created a poll to determine the top 100 tools that people are using for work, learning, life. This year’s poll, which was completed by over 900 people so far who subscribe to and/or read her blog, will be revealed on Monday, September 22, 2014. Those who complete the poll cross a wide range of professions from teachers, course designers, trainers, managers, business executives. I can’t wait to see which tools are on the list this year. You can revisit the blog Doris wrote on the 2013 list while you are waiting.

Jane always reveals her top 10 tools when she opens the poll, usually in July.This year was no exception. I am always intrigued by what she is using. Her top 10: Twitter and Tweetdeck (tweet aggregator program) for learning and connecting; Powerpoint, Keynote, Slideshare, Poll Everywhere for presentations; WordPress and Buddypress for her blog and her discussion groups (same as what we use at WLS); Feedly for RSS feeds and following others’ blogs; IFTT (if this than that), a new tool for her, that connects social media sites. Read more

Soft Landings in a Hard Economy

Last week something emerged from my past. Don’t worry. You are not about to receive TMI. But it was meaningful for me.

It was a go-to personal resource book that helped me as I moved from my first to second job out of graduate school. The book has since assisted generations of job hunters and career changers.

What Color is Your Parachute? written by Richard Bolles, has been updated 40 times, has sold 10 million copies, and has been translated into 20 languages. The book and its 87 year old author were recently featured in a Workstation column written by Phyllis Korkki in the New York Times.

What the article reminded me of is how technology has both expanded and closed job opportunities for much of the United States workforce. Korkki points out that “many aspects of the most recent edition would sorely perplex” early readers. “’What is this Google he speaks of?’ they would ask, after reading Mr. Bolles’s admonition that ‘Google is your new resume.’”
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Contextual Intelligence, the Culture of Generosity, and Us

I have put myself on a news diet of sorts. I read news online to control what I read a bit more. Even so I have decided that I must reduce my exposure to the mass killings, violence, racial tensions, and ethnic hatred that dominate the news lately. It upsets me too much that so much hatred and cruelty have overshadowed the basic goodness in most people’s hearts.

How did we get to this world state? More importantly, how can we promote more understanding of different experiences, values, and moral/religious beliefs? How does the web, which already is a powerful connector (think Arab spring) play into this?

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