1. Searching the invisible web.
very large part of the Web cannot be searched using search engines such
as Google, AltaVista,
HotBot, or Excite.
It is estimated that the World Wide Web is 500 times larger than what is
represented in the databases of these search engines. Terms used for the
part of the Web’s content that is not indexed by the major search
engines include “the invisible web” or “the deep web” or “the
hidden web.” It is not that this portion of the Web really is
invisible; it is just that it is not available to users of conventional
Web-based search engines. Locating information on the “invisible” or
“deep” Web is often referred to as “mining.” It may require
special skills and special access conditions (such as passwords) or even
An overview of the invisible web with links to a range of searchable
A review of the book 'The
Invisible Web' that also provides an outline of issues and search
What it is, Why it
exists, and How to find it...The Invisible Web
WOW! This is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free,
open, publication of MIT Course Materials, 'Opencourseware'. It's very
new, controversial and will be a great source of resources for teachers.
Here is the Alexa
Web Search engine. It uses the search results from Google, but also
provides a small screenshot of the top results and special Alexa related
info for each result, like traffic ranking, related pages and reviews
and also related books from Amazon. Note the 'Site Info' and the
'Average User Review'.
2. Weblogs (BLOGS) In
A weblog (or 'blog') can be
thought of as an online journal that an individual can continuously
update with his or her own words, ideas, and thoughts through software
that enables one to easily do so. Blogs
offer teachers and their students an interactive and immediate
publishing tool. Unlike most Web sites, which generally combine static
and dynamic features, a blog is produced with an active writer in mind,
one who creates in an online writing space designed to communicate an
identity, a personality, and most importantly, a point of view.
An emerging educational use of blogs is for the distribution of learning
content. Blogs form an ideal medium for the distribution of professional
development and other learning resources. Some initiatives have already
started at places such as Maricopa College and the University of Calgary
are experimenting with the use of blogs to distribute learning objects
and learning object metadata. Blogs will allow learners to access
resources from a wide variety of sources, including not only education
providers, but also companies and individuals offering specialized
This web site is intended for users,
managers, developers, and facilitators of elearning and has a
comprehensive list of learning and technology blogs.
An article and links to applying blogs in education, "Blogging in
This article,"MORE THAN PERSONAL: THE IMPACT OF WEBLOGS"
describes a range of blog applications in education.
Weblogs for use in ESL classes.....apply this article to your own
Content management for teachers. Weblogs, or blogs, are an easy way
to get content up on a Web site, and there is more to them than just
How about a class/subject blog with
students contributions?. While most blogs are simple text diaries laced
with hyperlinks to other websites, Coudal.com
is something else entirely: a richly designed site with eye-popping
photography and links to articles on everything from advertising history
to famous film directors. Coudal's eight employees take turns posting
to the blog, which is updated twice a day. The blog has transformed
a small, eight-person ad boutique into a hub for design aficionados
worldwide. "It's been great for our reputation," says Coudal.
A definitive list of blog references.
Note the 'Thoughtful Blogs" section for links to edcuation blogs.
Compiled by David Mattison, MLS (http://members.shaw.ca/dmattison)
for a presentation to the Government Librarians Association of BC and
Special Librarians Association, 4000 Seymour Place, Victoria, BC, May