5 Tips to Assist in Second Language Learning

By Katie Wilson

Learning a second language can be a challenging endeavor indeed.  Many experts agree that immersion programs are by far the best way to help students become fluent in a second language.  While this may be the best scenario, recent years have seen a steady decline in full immersion bilingual programs.  There are some regular activities, however, that can assist students in acquiring a second language.  What follows is a brief list of a handful of these regular activities.

Read in a Second Language

Encourage language learners to read everything they can get their hands on in a second language.  Newspapers and web sites are usually geared for an average reading level and provide ample opportunities to increase vocabulary and semantic knowledge.  Working with textual support helps bridge the gap between the sounds of words and how they appear on paper as well.

Keep a Journal

Writing in another language may be challenging, but definitely needs to be encouraged.  A daily journal with sentence frames can help language learners to formulate their thoughts and help them to get started.  At first, entries may be brief, but they will get more elaborate over time.

Watch Television

This day and age, there is no shortage of television programs available at any time.  Situational comedies allow language learners to use nonverbal clues and context to gather meaning.  Additionally, inflection and cadence can be acquired through viewing television.  For added enrichment, captions can be turned on to further assist language acquisition.

Live in the Language

Moving from one language to another requires a shift in thinking.  Encourage language learners to think in their second language.  To help facilitate this, students should be encouraged to learn as much as they can about the culture related to the language they’re speaking.  Language, customs, and culture are all interwoven and interdependent.  Imitation of accents can also further enhance acquisition.

Practice Makes Perfect

Learning a language requires a lot of practice.  Language learners should be encouraged to practice and not worry about making mistakes.  Without making mistakes, they will never learn and become comfortable speaking with others academically or socially.  Freedom to make mistakes is essential for language acquisition.

 

The Role of Sports in Furthering Education

By Katie Wilson

Not many of us realize the value of education, mainly because we take it for granted. We were blessed enough to be born into a good home with good parents and it was taken for granted that we would attend good schools and go on to graduate from good colleges. But for those who are less fortunate, education remains a distant dream, one that is achieved only through sports. Children from poor backgrounds who are talented in sports and games are offered a shot at school through scholarships and funding, and for them, education is the key that opens the door to a totally different life from the one they knew.

They use sports as a ladder to climb up the rungs of education, and although some of them struggle with lessons and assignments, they manage to make it through. Sports help in furthering the cause of education by:

•    Increasing knowledge about the world: Inter-country sports meets help in spreading awareness about the culture, customs and habits of people from different parts of the world. We learn a lot through observation, interaction, communication, and comparison.

•    Enhancing respect for rules and regulations: Sportsmen and women are familiar with rules and their importance in the world of sports. They are thus able to understand the regulations that govern education, and are able to abide by them without questioning authority.

•    Increases self-confidence: Any person good in one walk of life automatically gains confidence in others. So if you’re good at sports, it follows that your confidence will spill over to academics as well. And with confidence on your side, you are motivated to give your best.

•    Providing a way to a better life: Children from a poor background who are not too interested in education realize soon enough that a sports scholarship is the best way to a better life, one that does not include abject poverty and misery. They are thus motivated to do better at school and seek a place for themselves in college later in life.

•    Decreasing depression: Sports, as we all know, is a natural stress buster. Any activity that we enjoy and that gives us a good workout releases feel-good endorphins which elevate the mood. A good mood is conducive to performing well in academics because there’s a peace of mind that allows greater concentration. Sports are a great outlet for frustrations of any kind. 

 

Top 100 Science Fiction Blogs

By Kelsey Allen

Science fiction works tend to engender an enthusiastic following in the academic and literary world. Whether you’re interested in books, movies, TV, or a little bit of everything, you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the Internet’s many science fiction blogs. Here, we’ll take a look at 100 of the best of these blogs to satisfy your craving for all things sci fi.

General

Whether you’re studying writing or just enjoy the genre, you’ll learn a lot about science fiction books from these blogs.

  1. io9: io9 offers a neverending dose of science fiction, with news, trivia, and more.
  2. Big Dumb Object: This blog covers a variety of science fiction, with books, TV and more.
  3. Suvudu: Check out Suvudu for science fiction and fantasy books, movies, and games.
  4. Forbidden Planet: Forbidden Planet celebrates comics, TV, and more in sci fi and fantasy.
  5. RevolutionSF: Check out this blog for short stories, news, reviews, and features.
  6. Hero Complex: This blog encourages readers to find their inner fanboy for genre films, graphic novels, and science fiction.
  7. Nuketown: Nuketown is a celebration of all things geeky, including sci fi games, movies, tv, and books.
  8. SFFMedia: SFF Media delivers unique perspectives on sci fi movies, novels, TV, and more.
  9. Phantazm: Phantazm offers an interesting look into parallel worlds and alternate views.
  10. Science Fiction and Other ODDysseys: This "shape-shifting blog" discusses books, TV and more in science fiction.
  11. Slice of SciFi: You’ll find movies, TV, books, and more on this sci fi blog.
  12. SciFi Blog: The SciFi Blog is all about sci fi, movies, books, and more.
  13. The Wertzone: This blogger writes about British science fiction, film, books, and computer games.
  14. Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin’ Blog: Stay on top of fantasy and science fiction news, giveaways, and more.
  15. Fantasy Magazine: This magazine is all about modern mythcraft, magical surrealism, and beyond.
  16. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist: Check out Pat’s list to find the best of the best in fantasy.

Books & Comics

These blogs celebrate science fiction in print.

  1. Tor: Tor writes about science fiction, fantasy, the universe, and related subjects.
  2. SF Signal: This blog reviews science fiction books and more.
  3. True Science Fiction: Check out this blog to find sci fi reviews, free fiction, and more.
  4. OF Blog of the Fallen: On this blog you’ll find reviews, interviews, and more about literary and speculative fiction.
  5. Tobias Buckell: Tobias Buckell’s blog covers developments in Tobias’ writing and beyond.
  6. The Bodhisattva: The Bodhisattava covers reviews, interviews, and more on sci fi and fantasy books and comics.
  7. Apex Book Company: Follow Apex to stay on top of authors in science fiction, horror, and dark fantasy.
  8. Warren Ellis: Visit this blog to learn more about the writing and life of Warren Ellis.
  9. SpaceWesterns: Explore the genre of space westerns on this blog.
  10. Mike Brotherton: Mike Brotherton, a science fiction writer, discusses his writing and developments in science fiction.
  11. SF Novelists: This blog is full of science fiction author writings and more.
  12. Subterranean Press: The Subterranean Press features a variety of new titles from their authors on this blog.
  13. Bookspot Central: Visit Bookspot, and you’ll see reviews, interviews, and more about science fiction books.
  14. Bookgasm: Bookgasm is full of books and other reading material that you can get excited about.
  15. Craphound: Stay on top of the latest from writer Cory Doctorow on this blog.
  16. The Book Swede: The Book Swede has reviews, essays, free books and interviews for fantasy, science fiction and horror on this site.
  17. Bibliophile Stalker: This blog discusses speculative fiction and related hobbies.
  18. Iain Banks: You’ll find lots of resources and information about the writing of Iain Banks on this blog.
  19. Grasping for the Wind: Check out this blog to get high quality reviews on a variety of fantasy and science fiction books.
  20. The Galaxy Express: Learn about adventures in science fiction romance from this blog.
  21. Clarkesworld Magazine: Clarkesworld is full of science fiction, fantasy, and more from new and established authors.

TV

Follow your favorite science fiction TV shows on these blogs.

  1. Stargate Atlantis: Get insider information and insight on Stargate Atlantis from this blog.
  2. Galactica Sitrep: This is an essential blog to read for Battlestar Galactica fans.
  3. The Watcher: Maureen Ryan’s TV blog serves up a healthy dose of science fiction TV.
  4. Sawyer’s LOST World: Visit Sawyer’s blog to get spoilers and more about LOST.
  5. Adama for President: This blog offers a fun look at a satire Presidential campaign from Battlestar Galactica.
  6. True-Blood.net: This blog celebrates everything that is True Blood.
  7. Heroes Television: Follow this blog about Heroes to find spoilers, sneak peeks, and more.
  8. Not Confused Just Lost: This blog is full of overanalysis of the series LOST.
  9. Torchwood.tv: Torchwood is all about the latest news from the popular Dr. Who spinoff series.
  10. Karen’s LOST Notebook: Follow Karen’s blog to find updates and insightful commentary on LOST.
  11. The 13th Colony: This fan club blog offers a fun and interesting look into Battlestar Galactica.
  12. Fringe Fanatic: Get spoilers, news, and more about Fringe from the Fringe Fanatic blog.
  13. Sarah Jane TV: Check out the Sarah Jane blog to learn about news and developments from The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  14. The TailSection: Check out this blog for spoilers, news, recaps, and more from LOST.
  15. Dollriffic: Check out this blog to keep an eye on all things Dollhouse.
  16. The Four Toed Foot: This LOST blog aims to solve the mysteries of the LOST island.
  17. Fringe Bloggers: These bloggers offer a load of news, spoliers, theories, easter eggs, and more from Fringe.
  18. Star Trek Sci Fi Blog: On this blog, you’ll learn about the old TV show and new developments.
  19. Big Damn Crafters: Big Damn Crafters is a mashup of Firefly fans who also like to share handcrafted items.
  20. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: This blog features videos and related media from the very popular Dr. Horrible web series.
  21. Watching Dollhouse: This fansite blog is all about Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse series.
  22. Get LOST with JOpinionated: JOpinionated has loads of videos, theories, and more relating to LOST.
  23. I Am a TV Junkie: This TV junkie shares news and more about Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, and other popular sci fi shows.
  24. Fringe Television: Fringe Television offers a friendly place to discuss the show and stay on top of the latest news and clues.
  25. Planet Gallifrey: Check out this blog to find all of the latest news and developments on Doctor Who and related shows.
  26. The ODI: The ODI is an awesome source for news, spoilers, and more from LOST.
  27. Galactica Station: In this Battlestar Galactica blog, you’ll find updates on webisodes, news, and lots more.
  28. Whedonesque: Whedonesque is a blog all about the world of Joss Whedon.
  29. Room 23: Room 23 is a gathering place for LOST fans to share images, spoilers, fan fiction, and more.
  30. Behind the Sofa: This blog offers a collaborative look at the world of Doctor Who.
  31. DarkUFO: This fan site for LOST will keep you updated on the latest news, theories, and more.
  32. Dollverse: The Dollverse is a blog that will take you inside the new Joss Whedon Dollhouse series.
  33. Lost Media: You’ll be able to find episode guides, spoilers, and other great information about LOST on this blog.
  34. Battlestar Blog: Check out the Battlestar Blog to find BSG news, reviews, interviews, and fan art.
  35. Tahmoh Penikett: This fan blog follows the work of actor Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse.

Movies

These blogs are all about science fiction on the big screen.

  1. SciFi Scanner: Check out SciFi Scanner to find news about sci fi movies, entertainment, and more.
  2. Star Wars Fanworks: Here you’ll find audio dramas, radio shows, parodies, and more for Star Wars.
  3. MovieCrypt: MovieCrypt offers previews, reviews, and more of movies with storytelling and supernatural elements.
  4. Can’t Stop the Serenity: Check out this blog to read about Serenity, Joss Whedon, and more.
  5. I Watch Stuff: This blog is full of movie news, with lots of sci fi features.
  6. Cinematical: On Cinematical, you’ll get clued into new developments, reviews, and more in sci fi and fantasy movies.
  7. Alien Experience: Check out this blog to find everything about Alien, Predator, and AVP.
  8. Starwars Buddies: This blog writes about Star Wars developments and other news in the world of science fiction.
  9. The Official Star Wars Blog: On this official blog, you’ll get access to the latest developments in the Star Wars world.

Science Fact

Serious students of science will love these blogs, where you’ll find an exploration of the true science behind science fiction.

  1. Biology in Science Fiction: Read Peggy’s blog to learn about the biology behind science fiction.
  2. Pink Tentacle: Pink Tentacle celebrates strange science in reality.
  3. Futurismic: This blog is all about the effects of science and technology, with a lot of sci fi thrown in.
  4. LabLit: LabLit offers a look at the culture of science in fiction and fact.

Reviews

Find plenty of science fiction opinions on these sci fi review blogs.

  1. SciFi UK Review: This review blog is all about sci fi books, movies, and artwork.
  2. Fantasy Book Critic: Get a variety of reviews from this fantasy book criticism blog.
  3. The Future Fire Reviews: TFF writes reviews of books, films, and other publications in speculative fiction.
  4. SciFiGuy.ca: SciFiGuy covers science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal book reviews.
  5. Fantasy Debut: This blog reviews anything and everything to do with debut fantasy.
  6. I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away the Ending: Check out this blog to find speculative fiction reviews for fans and collectors.
  7. A Dribble of Ink: A Dribble of Ink discusses reviews, news, and more in science fiction writing.
  8. Neth Space: Neth Space provides readers with lots of thoughts and reviews on books and other media in speculative fiction.
  9. From a Sci Fi Standpoint: You’ll find thoughtful criticism of the latest science fiction works on this blog.

News

These blogs will keep you up to date on the latest developments in science fiction.

  1. SciFiChick: SciFiChick writes about news and reviews in the world of science fiction.
  2. Sci Fi Wire: On the Sci Fi Wire, you’ll be able to stay on top of the latest sci fi news, photos, and gossip.
  3. Science Fiction Crowsnest: This blog offers news, reviews, events, and a great sci fi community.
  4. SFScope: Check out SFScope to find science fiction, fantasy, horror news and reviews.
  5. Newsarama: The Newsarama blog discusses the comic book industry, film, TV, and more.
  6. Solar Flare: Solar Flare is full of science fiction and fantasy news, including reviews and episode guides.

50+ Free Open Courseware Classes for Web Designers Perfecting Their Craft

If you’re a web designer or student, you need all of the inspiration and instruction that you can get. Fortunately, there’s plenty to be found online, and some of the best resources for web design learning can be found through Open Course Ware. Read on, and you’ll find more than 50 top notch courses that will help you become a better web designer.

General

These courses cover a variety of useful topics for web designers.

  1. Multimedia & World Wide Web: With the help of this course, you’ll learn how to make user-centered documents using HTML, CSS, and more. [DePaul University]
  2. Intermediate Web Development: Get an advanced look at web development from this course. [College of Charleston]
  3. Web Programming: Follow this course to learn about a variety of techniques and tools used to program web pages. [University of Washington]
  4. Data Mining: This course will teach you how to collect and use data for decision making. [MIT]
  5. Electronic Publishing and Design: Learn more about electronic publishing and design through this course. [College of Charleston]
  6. Webpage Authoring: This course will help you learn all about HTML and web authoring. [Sofia]
  7. Web Programming, Development, & Data Integration: This course covers a variety of web design technologies and more. [Purdue]
  8. Weekly Web Design Class: Follow this course, and you’ll learn a variety of skills that are important to good web design. [About]

Design & Visualization Fundamentals

These college courses are all about perfecting the way things look.

  1. Digital Typography: Follow this course to explore new ways of looking at and manipulating typography. [MIT]
  2. Color Theory 101: This course will help you learn more about the thought behind color theory. [Planet Photoshop]
  3. Computer Graphics: This programming class will help you better understand some of the important data structures and algorithms behind presenting data on a computer. [MIT]
  4. Information Visualization: Use this course to learn about presenting information visually. [University of British Columbia]
  5. Historical Foundations of Visual Technology: This course will teach you all about the history of visual technologies. [DePaul]
  6. Advanced Computer Graphics: Get an advanced look at computer graphics through this course. [University of Virginia]
  7. Principles of Design: You will study advanced design theories and more in this course. [MIT]
  8. Algorithms for Computer Animation: Follow this course to learn about animation algorithms. [MIT]
  9. Fundamentals of Computational Media Design: In this course, you’ll get an exploration of digital art and relevant media. [MIT]
  10. Design: Check out this course to learn about important principles in design. [Open University]
  11. Designing Sociable Media: You will learn about social interaction and design online in this course. [MIT]
  12. Introduction to the Elements of Design: You’ll learn the building blocks of design in this course. [About]
  13. Art of Color: Gain an appreciation for using color in the visual arts with the help of this course. [MIT]

Education

Check out these courses to learn more about web design .

  1. Advanced Topics in Learning Object Design and Reuse: Use this course to learn how to apply advanced topics in design to online learning objects. [Utah State University]
  2. Intro to Instructional Design: You can get a better understanding of instructional design by following this course. [Utah State University]
  3. Accessibility of eLearning: This course will help you learn how to make educational design more accessible for disabled students. [Open University]
  4. Seminar in Instructional Design: Find out more about designing for learning with the help of this course. [San Diego State University]

Usability

With these courses, you’ll be able to learn how to make your design more usable.

  1. People-centered Designing: Get a strong understanding of user-centered design by studying this course. [Open University]
  2. Human-Computer Interaction Seminar: Check out this seminar to learn about human-computer interaction design. [Stanford]
  3. Designing for Humans: This lecture series will help you learn how to prevent user errors and design human-oriented solutions. [Gresham College]
  4. Human Computer Interaction: In this course, you’ll learn about user studies, usability, and more. [University of Washington]
  5. Accessibility in Interaction Design: Use this course to learn about making your design more accessible. [Open University]
  6. Ars Synthetica: Designs for Human Practice: Find out how to design for humans with the help of this course. [Connexions]
  7. Human-Computer Interaction: You’ll learn more about designing for users from this course that focuses on human-computer interaction. [Central Queensland University]
  8. Designing the User Interface: Text, Color, Images, Moving Images and Sound: Find out more about user interface design by following this course. [Open University]

Tools & Technologies

These courses detail how you can use specific tools and technologies.

  1. Illustrator CS2-Live Trace and Live Paint: Use this course to learn about Live Trace and Live Paint in Illustrator. [DesignMentor]
  2. Java Programming: In this course, you’ll learn about the Java programming language, with object-oriented programming and more. [Sofia]
  3. Three-Dimensional Modeling, Animation and Rendering Using Blender 3D Software: You’ll learn how to use Blender in web design and more by following this course. [Tufts]
  4. Creating Interactive Media: Check out this course to learn about the tools, technologies, and techniques used to create interactive multimedia. [University of Southern Queensland]
  5. Multimedia Web Design: You’ll learn all about the technologies used to design and implement multimedia web sites in this course. [University of Michigan]
  6. Introduction to Flash MX: Follow this course, and you’ll learn how to develop with Flash MX. [Sofia]
  7. Intermediate HTML: Those with a healthy knowledge of HTML will benefit from this continuing learning course. [Suite 101]
  8. XML Foundations: You’ll be able to learn all about using XML with this course. [Berkeley]
  9. Web Page Authoring: Through this course, you’ll get a great understanding of using HTML. [Sofia]
  10. Software Engineering for Web Applications: This course will teach you all of the important parts of designing a dynamic web site. [ArsDigita University]
  11. Introduction to Multimedia Programming: Follow this course, and you’ll learn all about interactivity, navigation, organization, and more. [Monash]
  12. Software Engineering for Web Applications: Use this course to learn how to deal with the challenges of creating an Internet application. [MIT]

Internet

In these courses, you’ll gain a better understanding of the Internet.

  1. The Future of the Internet: This course offers a look into thoughts and concepts that will be prominent in the future online. [Stanford]
  2. Communicating in Cyberspace: Check out this course to learn all about collaboration and interaction online. [MIT]
  3. The Semantic Web: Tim Berners-Lee offers a look into the semantic web in this resource. [MIT]
  4. Advanced Internet and Web Services: By using this course, you’ll learn about search engines, web services, data mining, and more. [University of Washington]
  5. Foundations of American Cyberculture: Check out this course to see how American Cyberculture works. [Berkeley]
  6. Search Engines: Technology, Society and Business: In this course, you’ll learn about using search engines to your advantage. [Berkeley]

Legal

To learn about legal issues in web design, be sure to check out these courses.

  1. Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier: This course will teach you how technology and the Internet is affected by the law and ethics. [MIT]
  2. Introduction to Copyright Law: Be sure to check out this course to gain an understanding of the way copyright law works. [MIT]

50 Tools and Tricks to Revolutionize Your Notetaking

Whether you’re a high school or college student, a small business owner looking to set up a new business plan, or someone who wants to be better organized with your errands, goals and regular to-do lists, there are a variety of tools to keep your notes and tasks safe and filed away online. These 50 tools and tricks will revolutionize your note-taking by introducing you to techniques and websites that let you share ideas, store your thoughts directly on a web page and more.

Bookmarks and More

Save your notes and favorite sites to your toolbar or sidebar with these bookmarks and other helpful tools.

  1. Evernote: Evernote captures images of web pages, to-do lists, pictures, and more to keep you organized. It’s a searchable tool that can be accessed from any of your computers or mobile devices.
  2. MyStickies: Firefox’s add-on is similar to Mac’s Stickies tool. Color-code, edit and manipulate sticky notes on different websites to organize your notes.
  3. Diigo: With Diigo, you can highlight text, annotate useful pages and search your saved sites.
  4. Notefish: Notefish lets you save web content, highlight, annotate, and edit your notes and keep all your research organized.
  5. Snip!t: Clip web pages and save notes with this tool. Snip!t can also suggest future searches and snips and let you share snips.
  6. Fleck: Fleck is an online bookmarking and annotating tool that lets you save and share sites.

Productivity Tools

These note-taking tools are all about boosting your productivity and staying on top of your course load.

  1. Toodledo: Toodledo is a web-based to-do list that lets you store and create numerous files.
  2. Nozbe: This task manager is based on the Getting Things Done principle. You can access Nozbe with your phone, browser or iPhone and even share projects.
  3. Remember the Milk: This cute tool lets you take down notes, to-do lists, and more. It sends you reminders via e-mail, SMS or IM and can be used with Google Calendar.
  4. Treepad Lite: This all-in-one organizer lets you set up a tree structure that best follows your brainstorming and note-taking style.

Collaboration

Share your notes and edits with classmates, students, colleagues and team members to get the most out of your research and brainstorming.

  1. HiTask: Share tasks, notes, projects and more with your team using HiTask.
  2. Backpack: Share project notes, post a group calendar, organize files and even use Backpack Messages to centralize your entire project with a team.
  3. Basecamp: Students, teachers, small businesses and anyone wanting to organize a project can use Basecamp to keep notes and tasks organized in a central location.
  4. Highrise: Highrise is a tool that helps you keep all of your contacts, messages and notes recorded from different conversations together.
  5. Ta-da lists: Create a ta-da list to share with others all the assignments you need to complete.
  6. 43 Things: Use the 43 Things community to help you achieve your goals by publicizing your to-do lists, plans for the future and things you need to remember.
  7. Purple Bunny: Scribble notes and questions in the margin of websites to keep your thoughts in order and get feedback from other users.
  8. Digital Notes: Use this open source social bookmarking tool to "write down" notes on websites and then share with your friends or classmates.
  9. WriteWith: Create documents with this tool to share your stories, brainstorming ideas, to-do lists and tasks with others.
  10. LooseStitch: LooseStitch is a fun tool that lets your organize and share essay notes, presentations, outlines, to-do lists and more.

Organization and Efficiency Tips

College students can use these guides and tips to become a more organized, efficient note-taker.

  1. Top 5 Tips for Effective Notetaking: This list includes a thorough list of tips that can help you be better prepared in class, improve your listening skills and more.
  2. Geek to Live: Take great notes: Learn how to find your own notepaper, organize your lists and more.
  3. Use online tools: Besides cutting down on the mess of papers and physical folders, online tools are faster and can be e-mailed, edited and searched more effectively.
  4. Taking Notes from Research Reading: The University of Toronto shares this list of tips to get the most out of your research time.
  5. Record your sources: Record all of your sources and annotations on the same page as the notes you take from that source. If you aren’t able to remember where you found the information, you may not be able to use it.

Accessories

Check out these highlighters and other accessories to make your online note-taking more fun and organized.

  1. Wired Marker: Wired Marker is an online highlighter that permanently bookmarks your pages and selections.
  2. WebNotes: WebNotes is a beta tool that annotates and organizes your notes with a highlighter, sticky notes, filing system and more.

Large Scale Projects and Tools

Use these tools for larger scale projects that depend on the input of many team members.

  1. Kayuda: Use this mind mapping tool to keep all of your ideas, brainstorms and plans in order.
  2. Famundo: Famundo is a family organizer and business tool that lets you share events, calendars, notes and commentary, and more.
  3. FreeMind: Use FreeMind to prioritize and organize your ideas, plans and notes.

Notebooks

Record and manipulate your notes in these online notebooks from Google, Wiki, Microsoft Office and more.

  1. Personal Wiki: Set up your own personal wiki to organize your favorite sites, notes and more on your desktop or mobile device.
  2. Google Notebook: Google’s online notebook page lets you save, edit and organize notes or a text document easily.
  3. Microsoft Office OneNote: This "digital notebook" can be shared, edited, searched, and saved. It even lets you capture digital handwriting, audio and video recordings and more.
  4. Wridea: Add pages and tabs for every project, assignment, goal or story idea you have in your head.
  5. Writeboard: Work with others on your assignments and task lists with this tool, which uses Backpack to keep it all organized.
  6. yWriter4: This word processor lets you move around whole blocks of your writing or notes for maximum customized organization.
  7. Springnote: This cute little online notebook is based on wiki. You can try the personal notebook, group version or iPhone version.
  8. iLeonardo: This social research tool lets you share your notes and finds with friends.
  9. WebAsyst: WebAsyst’s online notepad is free and lets you organize notes in an online filing system.
  10. Zoho Notebook: Another free document tool, Zoho Notebook lets you share your text and embed multimedia content into your notes.

Multimedia and Multitasking Tools

These tools are made for more than just regular note-taking. Use them alongside services like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and more.

  1. Jott: Jott translates phone messages into to-do lists and reminders.
  2. Todoist: This online task manager works well with Gmail, your Firefox sidebar, cell phone and more.
  3. 30 Boxes: 30 Boxes is an online calendar that helps you prioritize events and take notes.
  4. Pageflakes: Pageflakes is a personal homepage generator and online community that lets you save favorite pages, connect to Facebook and Twitter, and more.
  5. ubernotes: Use this tool to "take notes from anywhere," including your browser, web apps, iPhone and cell phones, e-mail and AIM.
  6. Mecanbe: Mecanbe is a tool that helps you achieve your goals and manage your tasks according to your charts and notes.
  7. Twitterlights: This tool uses Twitter and the highlighting powers of i-Lighter to help you share specific excerpts with your Twitter friends.
  8. Net Notes: Save your notes on different websites saved to your bookmarks.
  9. Think Free: This office suite lets you edit documents and post to your blog remotely with Note; collaborate with team members to share notes with Workspace; and manage documents and brainstorms with My Office.
  10. Notely: Use Notely’s high school or college versions to access organization tools like a calendar, to-do list, upload area and room for organizing and taking notes.

Top 100 Musicology Blogs

By Kelsey Allen

Music is something that nearly everyone knows about-but we don’t all take the initiative to really delve into the subject. These bloggers have, and they examine history, theory, criticism, and more, all relating to music. Read on, and you’ll find 100 of the best blogs covering the study of music today.

Musicology

Get a general look at musicology through these blogs.

  1. Musically Miscellaneous Mayhem: In this blog, you’ll find musicological musings, and a bit of miscellanea.
  2. 2’23": Phillip Gentry discusses musicology, politics, and more.
  3. Musicology 101: Chris writes about mashups, new music, and more.
  4. MMmusing: Check out this blog to learn about Michael Monroe’s views of music and more.
  5. Overflow: This blogger discusses the state of music today as art created for our sake.
  6. largehearted boy: On the largehearted boy blog, you’ll read about news in the music world, as well as find daily free and legal music downloads.
  7. Musicology/Matters: Check out this blog to read about musicology and new developments in music.
  8. Of Sound Mind: Of Sound Mind offers lots of thought on music and audio phenomena.
  9. Sounds and Fury: On this blog, you’ll find thoughtful writings about music.
  10. From Beyond the Stave: This is the musicology blog for Boydell & Brewer.
  11. Miss Music Nerd: Miss Music Nerd shares observations, ramblings, and more on this blog.
  12. Roger Bourland: On this blog, Roger Bouland writes about his thoughts on music and life.
  13. ThoughtLights: The ThoughtLights blog offers notes on notes.
  14. Good Noise: Leah Tallen writes about music history, new developments, and more.

Academics & Education

These blogs offer an academic look at music.

  1. Dial "M" for Musicology: These members of the American Musicological Society share their ideas on this blog.
  2. Catalysts & Connections: This blog writes about expanding dialogue in music education.
  3. musikwissenbloggenschaft: This blog is written by a student of musicology.
  4. Beyond Academia: This musicologist writes about musical creativity and more.
  5. The Digital Music Educator: This blog offers a new look at music education.
  6. Percussion Education: On this blog, you’ll find a variety of resources for percussion education.
  7. Texas Tech Music Theory: Check out this blog to find theory pedagogy, part-writing and more about music theory.
  8. The Rambler: This PhD candidate in musicology writes about contemporary classical music and beyond.
  9. The Music Teacher’s Blog: On this blog, you’ll find a variety of help and resources for music teachers.
  10. A Music Education Blog Collective: This collective blog features an array of writers offering thoughts and news about music education.
  11. Singing South African-ness: In this music academic’s blog, you’ll learn about ethnomusicology, South African Choral music, and more.
  12. Listen and Learn: This blog offers a variety of educational songs for school, home, and play.
  13. Alan Coady’s Musical Blog: Alan Coady’s blog offers a variety of music learning resources.
  14. Contrasting Periods: On the Contrasting Periods blog, you’ll find writings about music and teaching.
  15. Amusicology: Check out this blog to find an online forum for musicologists.
  16. Music Education: Espie Estrella shares knowledge about music education in this blog.
  17. I Am Sitting In a Room: This musicology student writes commentary and thoughts on classical music and beyond.
  18. MusicEdMagic: On this blog, you’ll get access to educational articles and resources for music.
  19. Music and Education: This blog offers information about developments in music education, and making learning about music more interesting.
  20. Diagnosed as Sound: This blog is used as a research companion to the blogger’s work in pop musicology.

Technology

Consider the ways that technology has influenced music through these blogs.

  1. Music Technology in Education: Dr. James Frankel discusses music technology as it’s used in education.
  2. Music, Education, and Technology: Learn about the intersection of music education and technology on this blog.
  3. Music Meets Tech: Hugh Sing writes about all of the technologies available to classical musicians on this blog.

Music History

Learn more about the history of music by reading these blogs.

  1. Today in Music History: This podcast blog offers a daily look at music history.
  2. Zeitschichten: Check out this blog to learn about music and history.
  3. Jazz Music History Blog: Hear stories of old jazz players and more on this blog.
  4. NC Music History Dot Com: This blog celebrates the history of North Carolina’s music.
  5. Music 000001: This blog contemplates the history of music from the year 000,001 to the present.
  6. Today in Music History: Find out what happened on today’s date in music history through this blog.
  7. The Rest is Noise: Alex Ross’ blog and book are all about listening to the 20th century.
  8. DJHistory: These bloggers write about the history of the world of dance music.
  9. Passionato: Passionato offers a look at the history of classical music.

Music Present & Future

These blogs write about current music, and what we can expect from music in the future.

  1. Sandow: Greg Sandow writes this blog about the future of music.
  2. Avant Music News: This blog offers news on challenging, interesting, and different music.
  3. Idolator: Visit Idolator to find music news, reviews, and gossip.
  4. On An Overgrown Path: Check out this blog to learn about innovation and new developments in music.
  5. Stereogum: On Stereogum, you’ll find an excellent resource for news, criticism, and more on indie and alternative rock music.
  6. Renewable Music: Read this composer’s blog to learn about music made for the long run.
  7. Future of Music: On Dave Kusek’s blog, you’ll find a discussion about the music industry, digital music, and more.
  8. Sounds Like New: This blog offers a look at the world of art music today.
  9. Musicwhore: Musicwhore covers the latest news and analysis in current music.
  10. FutureMusic: Check out FutureMusic to learn about gear, music production, technology, and more.
  11. Pop & Hiss: Visit the LA Times music blog to learn about the current state of music.
  12. Sounds Like Now: Saxophonist Brian Sacawa’s blog offers new music, thoughts, and ideas.

Music Industry

Students who want to make it in the music industry will learn from these bloggers.

  1. Music Business and Music Marketing Blog: Learn about music marketing and the future of the music business from this blog.
  2. Coolfer: Coolfer writes about new developments and trends in the music industry.

Musicians

Learn about music from those who make it through these blogs.

  1. Soho the Dog: Matthew Guerrieri, a composer, pianist, and conductor shares his thoughts on music.
  2. The Concert: Learn about music life on the road from this blog.
  3. The Buzzing Reed: David H. Thomas offers this blog as an opinionated musician.
  4. A View from the Podium: Kenneth Woods writes about music, opinion, and life as a performing musician.
  5. Planet Hugill: London based singer and classical music composer Rober Hugill shares news, reviews, musings, and more on this blog.

Classical

These blogs focus on writing about classical music.

  1. PostClassic: This blog considers the death of classical music.
  2. Classical.com Blog: Check out the Classical.com blog to learn more about classical music.
  3. The Land of Lost Content: This blog provides readers with musings on British classical music.
  4. Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog: Read Jessica Duchen’s blog for excellent insight into classical music.
  5. Classical Pontifications with Professor Heebie McJeebie: Professor Heebie McJeebie’s blog is all about the canon of classical music and current trends.
  6. aworks: Check out this blog to learn why "new" American classical music is a good idea.
  7. Classical-Drone: Caleb Dupree offers an inquiry into music, from classical to drone.
  8. Classical Music: David Stabler writes news and commentary about classical music on this blog.
  9. Iron Tongue of Midnight: Lisa Hirsch shares opinions and reviews on classical music on this blog.
  10. Slipped disc: Slipped disc is all about the classical music industry.
  11. Sequenza 21/: In this blog, you’ll find a contemporary classical music community.

Concert, Opera & Orchestra

In these blogs, you’ll find discussions about live performances in the opera, orchestra, and beyond.

  1. Opera Chic: Read this blog to learn about the latest developments in opera.
  2. Listen 101: Steve Hicken shares 101 essential pieces of 20th century concert music.
  3. on the record: Henry Gogel fights the idea of the death of classical music on this blog.
  4. The Art of Singing: On this blog, you’ll find a conversation about opera and singing.

Culture

See how music and culture influence each other through these blogs.

  1. Wayne and Wax: Read Wayne’s blog to learn about ethno-musicology.
  2. Eternal Triangle: This blog discusses the eternal triangle of relationships between American, European, and black Atlantic musical identities.
  3. Mind the Gap: Mind the Gap reminds readers that music is about more than how many MySpace friends you have.
  4. Blog in Dm: This blogger covers anything and everything about Jewish music.

Musical Analysis

Find criticism, theory, and more within these musicology blogs.

  1. Musicology Blog: Check out this blog to find research, writing, and critical analysis of music.
  2. Pandora Presents…the Musicology Show: Check out Pandora’s blog to learn about what goes into a song.
  3. Joe Musicology: Joe discusses composers, musicology, criticism, and more.
  4. My Fickle Ears Dig It: Stefan Kac offers his opinion on music that he enjoys, as well as thoughts about music.
  5. The Opera Tattler: Check out The Opera Tattler to get an objective look at operas and their performances.
  6. Feast of Music: Feast of Music writes reviews for performances in New York and beyond.
  7. behindEars: behindEars offers reactions to a variety of different music tastes.
  8. What I Like About…: Read Isaac Watras’ blog to find opinions about the Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music.
  9. The Music Issue: Here you’ll find a stellar appraisal of sound.
  10. Lerterland: Read this blog from David R. Adler to find music criticism, particularly about jazz.
  11. Night After Night: This blogger writes about listening to music in New York City.
  12. An Unamplified Voice: Read the notes of an operagoer in this blog.
  13. Musical Perceptions: This blog covers everything about perceptions related to music.
  14. ByMusic: Check out the ByMusic blog to learn about performance, composition, and theory.
  15. Classical Musings: In this blog from Andrew Druckenbrod, you’ll find criticism and news about classical music.
  16. My Favorite Intermissions: This blogger writes about opera reviews and more.

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