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Web 2.0 and Social Networking and and such...

I think I've got about ten posts swimming around in my head, but I'm going to slam them into just one. I've got to get to reading some NSF proposals for a panel meeting next week. I'd prefer not to pull another all-nighter on Sunday, but I've got the PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope) National Assembly over the weekend. So much to do, so know.

Cathy Davidson did a recent post on some Web 2.0 tools, including I've been dealing with my Firefox Tab addiction by doing a periodic triage to That means I can give you all (whoever that is) the link, and you can just check out what interests you.

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I had a particularly great time at Felice Frankel's Image and Meaning workshop at Harvard last week. And I went to the SHOT meeting. And I created a Ning social network for my submission to the HASTAC/MacArthur Knowledge-Networking competition. Just me and 1000+ of my closest friends...hahahaha...but actually I thought there could be several times that many submissions.

Visualization and Education Network ( subtitle: What's your theory of learning?

Anyhow, the competition spurred me to invite a bunch of cool people onto my Ning thing. There are about 30 of us from around the world so far. But the trick is how to get people to come back and engage. Hence the title of this post.

More on I started using it in my introductory chem course a few years ago for students to generate a weekly set of learning resources. They searched the web to find useful interactive tutorials on the current topic, annotated and posted them to a course account to which I gave out the username and password. I gave them a few points, and they learned a lot more than when I was the one who had the fun of searching out the links.

Do check out PKAL and Image and Meaning if you have the time. And SHOT and Ning. Now back to work...

P.S. I think you'll enjoy this astounding video clip from 1947 called "Disposal of Sodium". The things that were considered "acceptable" back then. Yikes!



Yes, unbelievable. I posted the clip on the new faculty learning community social network at my old school, and one of my biology colleagues emailed that he grew up 20 miles from there. He was born in the mid-50s and never heard a thing about it. They even swam in the lake right next to this one. It's quite near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation where there are leaking drums of radioactive waste. Nice neighborhood, huh.

This is the link to 25 vintage clips from the same YouTube/Google Videos user. I think he works for the government in environmental health and safety.


Liz Dorland
Departments of Biology and Chemistry
Washington University in St. Louis


Fabulous post, thanks so much. Everyone needs to see and really take in what they are seeing from the 1947 "Disposal of Sodium."


And I hope you'll contribute those "ten other posts" swimming around in your head sometime . . . I love reading what you write and I know others do too. Thank you, Cathy