Mash up a resource page with Netvibes
There are lots of ways to share online resources with your students. Concourse is one tool, traditional websites are another, and some faculty use a blog as a course website. If you want to share a collection of resources that are publicly available on the web, consider signing up for Netvibes and customizing a “public page” for your course.
The image above shows a sample page I created – it includes a web page link, a blog summary, some Delicious links, a YouTube video, a Flickr photo, and an original Flash animation. There’s also a second tab with a Google calendar. You can add boxes with weather, news, stock quotes, maps, search tools, calculators and other widgets. Adventurous users can develop their own modules – perhaps one for searching our library catalog…
Netvibes is an easy way to create a colorful portal with up-to-date news, commentary, and media specific to your course. Visitors don’t have to log in and your page has a unique web address, so it’s easy to link it to Concourse or a course blog or a website. Of course, you can also use Netvibes to make a private personal start page.
If all of this intrigues you, then here’s how to get started.