The CRAP Test

As I focus in my classes on the skills needed to search for and find relevant and reliable information, that topic in the news. Bill Tai was quoted in the New York Times today as saying the following: When there is too much information, there is high value in search, navigation and discovery. This is [Read More...]

My Course on How to Use the Internet

The new semester at Butler University begins on Monday. My course on the Bible is at the same time a course on how to use the internet. The need for training in such skills is illustrated well by this image that has been circulating on Facebook: Whether or not to take advantage of the accessibility [Read More...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Remember when getting all the Dead Sea Scrolls published and available to scholars and the public was a frustrating issue? How times have changed! Now significant numbers of the scrolls are available online, thanks to a partnership between the IAA and Google, as many bloggers and news sites have been reporting. Click here to visit [Read More...]

Google Chrome’s Advanced Settings are a Threat to the Universe

If you don’t think so, you’ve clearly never looked at them carefully: No human being should have the power to obliterate anything from the beginning of time… [Read more...]

What is a Library?

I spent a day during  Butler’s Fall break at a strategic planning retreat for the Butler University libraries. Being rather philosophically minded, I asked a small group I was in “What is a library?” as a way of trying to generate discussion on our assigned topic. The answer was multi-faceted, and included not only a [Read More...]

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek!

I wasn’t about to let the day end without wishing Star Trek a happy 46th anniversary. Presumably everyone saw the Google doodle for the occasion. In other news, the next Star Trek movie is going to be called Star Trek Into Darkness. [Read more...]

Do Students Still Need to Steer Clear of the Internet?

Jona Lendering posted a reply on his blog to a recent post on mine, about teaching students to use online sources discerningly. His conclusion is stated bluntly at the end of the post: To sum up: at this moment there is no good reason why students should use the internet. Let’s face it: the internet [Read More...]

Rick Warren Needs ContextBot

XKCD has what Rick Warren and many others need…   [Read more...]

Breaking News! Sharing With Google Reader Is Back!

Thanks to ProfHacker for sharing the news that an add-on is available for Google Chrome and Firefox which will restore the “share” function in Google Reader. I am trying it out, and so have put the feed reader with shared items from other blogs back in the sidebar! It took a moment, but soon updated [Read More...]

Goodbye, Google Reader?

It sounds as though the time has come to say farewell to Google Reader – whether we like to or not. The announced plan to eliminate Google Reader and integrate some (but not all) of its features with Google+ will presumably affect this blog in at least one concrete way: the sidebar in which I [Read More...]

Religious Information in a Digital Age (Bizarro Perspectives)

I find the approach many students take to the quest for reliable information mirrored in today’s Bizarro comic: The tendency is to go where Google searches direct you, to where the flashy advertising leads: In an age of advertising, it can be difficult to choose between the various things that one is told. One may [Read More...]