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