Sunday, November 27, 2011

Stop, Think, Connect - Web Safety Resources from Microsoft

Thanks to Lee Kolbert I learned about Microsoft's Safety and Security Center. The Safety and Security Center contains many videos, PDFs, and PowerPoint presentations for learning about and teaching computer and web safety. The PDFs in are intended to printed as brochures for distribution. The videos can be embedded into your blog or website. The video section is organized into three sections; family safety, data protection, and computer protection. Below I've embedded the video, Stop, Think, Connect.

Video - How to Sit at Your Computer

Here's a short video reminder of something that I'm guilty of forgetting, how to properly sit in front of a computer. If you're just watching a couple of video clips, curling up on your couch with your laptop is probably fine. But if you're doing some serious work you should definitely heed the advice offered in the video below. I know from experience that posture makes a big difference in how I feel after a couple of hours of writing on my laptop.

H/T to Dominiqu De Guchtenaere for sharing this on Google+.

Applications for Education
If you can get past the background music, this video provides some useful reminders for students. Consider posting it on the website for your school library or computer lab.

Read Cube - A Desktop Tool for Organizing Research

Read Cube is a desktop application, for Windows and Mac, that is designed to help students organize their research. Read Cube provides a place for students to save and annotate scholarly documents. Through Read Cube students can search Google Scholar and Pub Med. Students can also import to Read Cube PDFs that they find elsewhere. The video below offers a short overview of what Read Cube can do.

ReadCube Intro from R3 on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
When you download Read Cube, it will ask you for your university email. Don't be discouraged by that, I was able to register using my K-12 school email account. But the fact they ask for your university email account is an indication that Read Cube is clearly targeted to a higher ed audience. Still, Read Cube could be useful for some high school students working on long-term research assignments. You might also consider using it yourself for your next continuing education course.