Sunday, June 18, 2006
Folk Implosion "Natural One"
As I've said before, roughly 90% of the links I post come from del.icio.us. Whenever someone tags a site "academic", "education", "university", or a combination of various other tags, I receive an RSS notification. Every day, I browse through several hundred links and choose sites that are (1) substantial, (2) interesting, and (3) genuinely free. The other 10% of the links come from browsing other sites or email recommendations (thanks!).
The criteria for exclusion is somewhat hazier. Generally, I don't post sites that are extremely technical or narrowly focused (such as many excellent programming tutorials). I also don't post sites that have already heavily discussed in the blogosphere.
However, I realize that many readers don't religiously go on Lifehacker, Boing Boing, and Digg. So here's a round-up of some popular sites that I probably should have mentioned:
Professor Alex Halavais shares some advice on How to Cheat Better. Tired of reviewing poor attempts, he suggests the students make a decent effort and follow some of his tips such as "Borrow from someone who writes as badly as you do" and "Edit>Paste Special>Unformatted Text".
A concise list of 10 basic grammar mistakes you can easily fix.
This course on computer cryptography from the University of Washington is one of the most complete open coursewares online. (Image from Anna in Galicia).
Google's Shakespeare site attempts to be a portal for all things Shakespeare, helping students find reviews, choose editions, and even visit the Globe Theatre via Google Earth.
yWriter is a tool for organizing your great novel. Check the Lifehacker comments for some other suggestions.
From Boing Boing, a site with tons of resources on Victorian London. (Thanks to Jessica Browne for the pic)