I’m alerted (Thanks Julie) to a new (to me that is) wiki creation site – Wikidot This looks like a standard wiki creation site but it does appear to have some advantages when you click on the Education category and are promised – for free – unlimited number of members, 5GB for file uploads and SSL security. This would mean that you could upload videos, podcasts and photographs with room to spare as this is something that is often lacking in other wiki creation sites. There is also the possibility of setting up a forum on the site which would be useful in a school situation. As with most wiki sites, there are aspects for which you will have to pay but this looks like an excellent opportunity for TLs to be very creative in producing learning resources for their students – as ever, time is needed.
One of my all time favourite authors, John Updike has died. There have been many obituaries in the newspapers in recent days, acknowledging Updike as not only one of the most prolific writers of the last 40 years but also one of the best. Updike excelled in his portrayal of small town USA in books such as Couples and the novels featuring Rabbit Armstrong. Updike is perhaps my favourite short story writer and I must get out my copy of Museums and Women and read it again. No writer is perfect of course and Updike’s work was criticised as sometimes being too narrowly focused on white affluent people but his best work is amongst the best writing you will ever read.