At the fabulous Minds on Media event on the Saturday following the ECOO Conference, I had a station of my own which had been named “Cultivating Your PLN” by the organizers. Essentially, the plan was to help people get up and running on Twitter, a refresher on how to use the basic functions and to get people connected with others. There was actually quite a lot of that. I got to meet a lot of new people, answer some questions, do some demonstrations, and hear how others were planning to use the social media service. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
But, what good is a learning network if you can’t ask questions…so we did some work with Google Maps, Google Earth, WordPress, IFTTT, and so much more. Thankfully, I had created some resources for these things and was able to bring them quickly and easily into the conversation. Then, I got stumped.
A gentleman came up and indicated that he was working some web literacy into his Grade 5 class and wanted some examples of “fake” websites that he could have his students analyze. He indicated that he knew of the Martin Luther King website from talking with someone else but wanted more. We shared a conversation about the concept behind that website and agreed that we would do our best to not promote it by referencing it or linking to it or anything that would help its quest to be high in the search results rankings.
But, I knew that I had a small collection of resources that I had used in workshops myself and had put them together in a web resource that I called “Websites that should make you go Hmmmm…” In fact, I could have sworn that I could have laid my hands on ii in an instant but when I browsed the web to where I thought that it should be, it wasn’t. Fortunately, though, the Internet Archive had it easily retrieved. I decided to bring it forward here and to make a separate page on my PD Wiki so that it’s easily found in the future.
Sites that should make you go hmmmm…
Would you accept research that quote the following sites?
- Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
- Pets or Food
- Save the Mountain Walrus
- Welcome to the Republic of Mollosia
- Haggis Hunt
- Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
- Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
- California Velcro Crop
- Buy Dehydrated Water
- Baby Cages
- RYT Hospital
- The True but Little Known Facts about Women and AIDS
- The Sellafield Zoo
- The Uncyclopedia
- Ova Prima Foundation
- Save the Guinea Worm Population
- Moonbeam Enterprises
- Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
- Zapato Productions
- Free Online Pregnancy Test
- Funky Shoes
Do you have any additional sites to add?