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To nourish myself I read the classics... I roam the classics, a forest of treasures, and love their elegant balance of style and substance. Inspired I lay down the book I was reading and let words pour from my brush.
Lu Ji China 261-303 a.d.

Roaming Through A Forest of Treasure

There has been much debate about the accuracy of information available on the internet and there is no doubt that you cannot believe everything you read here anymore than you can believe everything you read in the newspapers. Finding reliable resources can be a challenge. As a part of the Global Teacher project Monika Roleff helped to establish a Global Mouseion

global mouseion

to house links to many of the excellent resources on the web. There are so many treasures on the net and it helps to have a data base like this to save time searching.

Roleff has turned her blogs in to a haven for visitors seeking material. The Lemurian Hermitage not only provides respite


but contains amazing literary links. Wander in to the Hermitage and it may be many hours before you return. It is certainly a haven for writers and artists who are researching.

Library Research Tutorials


Monash University Library Tutorials
James Watson Communicator

Search Engines

Search engines provide an interface to a group of items that enables users to specify criteria about an item of interest and have the engine find the matching items. Internet search engines are categorized by topic in our searchable directory of general and specialty search engines. Also listed are resources and tools for exploring the deep web, performing advanced research, and for learning about using search engine tools and technology.

These days many people rely on Google for all their information and for research. Indeed to Google has become a verb. The truth is that there are many other search engines that you can turn to. Check out some directories and find out just how many options there are. For example, were you aware of some of these research engines

- Wondir
- Refdesk
- lii.org
- Internet Archive
- Digital Librarian
- Stat Resources
- Information Please
- Time and Date
- ResearchIndex
- JournalismNet
- Bubl Link


Catalogues, which also are called indexes, list websites by category.  Each category has subcategories that help you locate sites related to your topic.  Often catalogues include a search utility for searching the categorized sites;  the search tool usually does not search other web sites not indexed in the categories, though.

Many search engines and meta search engines include catalogues as part of their larger site.

Here is a tutorial that will teach you more about Catalogues

Protect Your Copyright


Copyright and intellectual property is a real issue on the internet. Copyscape is a program that enable you to protect pages. It provides web monitoring.



Day 8

The Internet is a terrific resource.  It contains hundreds of web sites dedicated to thousands of topics.  With so many sites, it is easy to get lost.  Knowing the types of search tools available and mastering some general search tips can make your search more profitable. Use caution when searching the web, though.  Anybody with access to the Internet can post web sites about topics that interest them.

WriteBoard - Collaborative Editing

Writeboards are sharable, web based documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version and easily compare changes. You can use Writeboard to write solo or share with others. When I was asked to write an article about the creative potential of blogging, I used a Writeboard to construct the piece and incorporate material from members of the Soul Food Community.


Writeboard makes it easy to...

writeboard Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea
writeboard Compare different versions of a document
writeboard Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.
writeboard Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes
writeboard Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration

Writeboard is perfect for...

writeboard Authors, journalists, PR folks, editors, and publishers
writeboard Bloggers or freelance/independent writers
writeboard Letter writers, songwriters, poets, comedians, creatives
writeboard Students, professors, and groups collaborating on a paper

Here at Soul Food we have used Write Boards to have fun creating a round robin story. The idea is that someone comes up with an opening paragraph and everyone builds on it. As a special feature of this calendar I have created a write board so that we can write a story about the Red Death.


The Red Death Writeboard is open for anyone who views this page fo the AdventURE Calendar. Make sure to join in the fun and help improve on Edgar Allen Poe's classic story. The password for this Writeboard is soulfoodcafe. You will get some ideas from the old Red Death story starter page at Soul Food.


Make a Wikipedia - Wiki Web
by Monika Roleff

Wikispaces is a great way to communicate with students outside of the classroom. It is fun and easy for both the teacher and the students to discuss homework assignments and classroom materials.


“Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian, so this means getting into a Wikispace is quick and easy for everyone.  Use it as a place to create your own space, taking care to follow the guidelines and instructions, of course!  You can use your Wikispace to have discussions with friends on special shared projects, use the functions to link with other Wikis, to create a Wiki World of education and fun learning with other students locally and around the globe.

A wikispace is a great way to build a family website that the entire family can work on. Put up family news, stories, and pictures and your family members can then update, add, and comment helping it become the place you go to for family news. Wikispaces is so easy to use, everyone can participate.

Need somewhere to work on essays together? A wikispace for a class is a great place for students to post their work so that teachers and classmates can correct, improve, and discuss their work.

Got a softball team, scout group, or book club? A wikispace lets you post schedules, plans, and lists that the rest of your group can update and edit any time they like. Your group members can also be notified of changes as they happen so that they never miss out on updates.

Feel like putting a whole lot of research material on a subject that is dear to you. Anita Marie Moscosso stumbled upon a Wiki about Benadanti and thought we were pulling her leg. We thought she had made it. And of course she could have.

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Make a Wikispace!

Try the Audio Guided Tour on how to set up a page.

Try the Audio Guided Tour on how to personalise your page.

(Note: Other tours are available by selecting

from the drop down menu.)

Examples of Using Wikispaces:


April, 2007 “Space of the Month”

UK and Canada Schools Collaboration


March, 2007 - “Space of the Month”

Private Hobby


February, 2007 - “Space of the Month”

Burr and Burton Music Academy, Vermont, USA

From these examples, it’s easy to see the different uses for Wikispaces, how they assist learning and encourage people to form groups to share knowledge and interests around the globe.


Make a Wikispace and link it to your blog.