Web tools for beginners
Resources to get you started
by Christina Chant
Ready to start a blog or create your first wiki page? Great! But which option is right for you?
With several similar services offered on the web, it can be hard to know which tool is best
suited to your needs. Here are some helpful resources to get you comfortable with some of the
web tools that are currently available.
• Other faculty. Sidney Eve Matrix, an assistant
professor in the Department of film and
media at Queen’s University visits other
departments within Queen’s University on a Blogs
consultation basis. Check with the IT, Media
or Computing departments at your institution • University-hosted options include Word-
to see if they run similar schemes. Press multi-user (used by institutions such
as UBC and Calgary) and Elgg (used by
• Investigate ProfCast for a 15-day free trial
and educator discounts.
“Technology Dreams” Contest
• Graduate students. Even if they aren’t able
to help you to set up systems, they may
• Google Blogger
have an idea of which technologies might be
relevant for your courses.
• Your Teaching and Learning Centre.
• See how Dr. Marc Spooner runs his course
using a blog.
3 chances to win 1 of 3 Epson BrightLink 450Wi
Interactive projector for your school.
University Affairs and Epson Canada is providing 3 intelligent
Interactive projectors for schools to win as part of the
“Technology Dreams” contest. This interactive projector allows
educators to turn any standard whiteboard or smooth wall into
an interactive learning area. A winner will be announced every
2 months so your school has three chances to win.
• Media Wiki. Educators can apply to have
advertisement removed from their wiki.
Winner 1 - October 31, 2010
Winner 2 - January 31, 2011
• View Professor Alec Couros’s wiki
• Watch Richard Buckland’s eye-opening
lecture about wikis in teaching.
• Connotea (bookmarking for researchers,
clinicians and scientists)
Winner 3 - March 31, 2011
• CiteULike (bookmark academic papers)