Category Archives: Big Ideas

Explaining some of the big ideas behind living life online.

TED Talks – Inspiring, Educational, Wonderful

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Since the first week of August is apparently one of the busiest travel weeks of the year in the United States, let’s take a look at a perfect travel companion: TED Talks What Is It? Straight from the About page: … Continue reading

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On “Knowing Enough”

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For the month of April, Learning for Life Online will show you how to learn more about the settings and features of the tools you use online. We’ll start by exploring the new Facebook Timeline and the security and feature … Continue reading

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Getting Social – Sharing the neat stuff you find online

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When the internet began, the only way to share interesting information online was to copy and paste it into an email, or forward one email message around and around. Nowadays, the web is built for sharing neat stuff. From social … Continue reading

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Playing With a New Gadget

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Welcome back to Learning for Life Online, the Boston Public Library’s self-directed learning program about online life. We’re starting up again after a brief hiatus by getting back to basics. When you’re trying to live life online, it’s important to … Continue reading

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The Only Constant is Change

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We’ll be taking a short break from ebooks this week to talk about one of the skills necessary for living life online: being comfortable with change. “Nothing but change endures.” Whether we know this quote from Heraclitus or Isaac Asimov, … Continue reading

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Introducing….the Cloud

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First, a note: Last week, I said that we would talk about buying music online and introduce “the cloud” in this post. As I wrote, I realized that it was too much information and should be split in two. So, … Continue reading

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Playing with online tools

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Just like any other tool, the best way to learn a new online service or website is to play with it. Push the buttons, click the links, enter some information – it’s by using a tool that we figure out … Continue reading

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