If you haven’t had a chance to try Pageflakes (or Netvibes) as an information portal to stream information on a topic for your teachers and students, then take a look at my latest Pageflakes pagecast to see the power of social media! I created a Pageflakes Pagecast to aggregate and stream my favorite resources for Inauguration 2009. What information streams are included in this pagecast?
- A RSS feed from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s blog
- An embedded widget that will carry UStream TV’s live coverage of the inauguration ceremonies.
- A RSS feed with the latest entries from Change.gov
- An “Inauguration 2009 Countdown” widget
- A widget with my media center’s favorite bookmarks related to all things Inauguration 2009 via delicious
- A widget with the latest videos from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s YouTube channel
- A Flickr widget with photos from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s Flickr account (includes great photos of Lincoln’s Bible!); there is also an additional photo widget for a Flickr group for “Inauguration 2009” photos that is tied into the Smithsonian’s “Click! Photography Changes Everything!” project.
- A widget with the latest headlines via Google News related to Inauguration 2009
- A widget from the Washington Post called “Inauguration Watch 2009”
- A Time magazine widget that will carry live blog posts from the ceremonies on January 20.
- Widgets with the latest Tweets from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s Twitter account as well as the Inauguration_DC Twitter account.
What makes this pagecast so cool and relevant? The content is live and dynamic—as feeds and content are added to each of these mediums, the updates are automatically reflected on thepagecast widgets. The pagecast is the perfect medium for the organic information feeding into the information portal. A pagecast also allows you to incorporate new media into your resource portal—much more exciting and informative than a static flat list of links on a traditional 1.0 web page.
If you have not tried using an information portal such as Pageflakes or NetVibes, I’d like to encourage you to consider giving it a try! You can check out some of my favorite resources for learning about Pageflakes, examples of pagecasts, and how libraries are using information portals at http://delicious.com/theunquietlibrary/pageflakes .
If you like the pagecast, please feel free to link to it from your own media center blog, website, or wiki!
Buffy Hamilton, Media Specialist
Creekview High School