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7 Things You Should Know About Backchannel Communication
February 9, 2010

Backchannel communication is a secondary conversation that takes place at the same time as a conference session, lecture, or instructor-led learning activity. This might involve students using a …

7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Annotation
October 5, 2009

Collaborative annotation tools expand the concept of social bookmarking by allowing users not only to share bookmarks but also to digitally annotate web pages. Rather than simply pointing to part…

7 Things You Should Know About Facebook
September 15, 2006

Information literacy—the ability to negotiate the opportunities and risks of the Internet age—is increasingly important. Facebook, a leading social networking site, highlights the i…

7 Things You Should Know About Facebook II
May 15, 2007

Since ELI's first brief on Facebook ( ), the social networking site originally developed for college and university students has be…

7 Things You Should Know About Flickr
February 15, 2008

Flickr is a photo-sharing website where anyone can upload and tag photos, browse others' photos, and add comments and annotations. Users can create photo sets and collections to manage conte…

7 Things You Should Know About Google Earth
October 15, 2006

Google Earth is an interactive mapping application that allows users to navigate (or "fly") the entire globe, viewing satellite imagery with overlays of roads, buildings, geographic fea…

7 Things You Should Know About LMS Alternatives
July 6, 2010

A traditional learning management system (LMS) provides a set of tools to manage learning resources, administrative functions, assessments, and grading. Alternatives to conventional LMSs include…

7 Things You Should Know About Microblogging
July 7, 2009

Microblogging is the practice of posting small pieces of digital content—which could be text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media—on the Internet. Microblogging offers a p…

7 Things You Should Know About Ning
April 23, 2008

Ning is an online service that allows users to create their own social networks and join and participate in other networks. No technical skill is required to set up a social network, and there ar…

7 Things You Should Know About Personalized Digital Magazines
July 12, 2011

Applications like Flipboard, Zite, RSS5000, and Taptu aggregate content from personal social media networks and other sources, presenting the information in a snappy magazine-style format c…