Last week, I received an e-mail from Kelly Sonora on behalf of Online Degree World with the following message:

We just posted an article, “Top 100 Edu Tweeters” (http://www.onlinedegreeworld.com/blog/2009/top-100-edu-tweeters/). I thought I’d bring it to your attention in case you think your readers would find it interesting.  I am happy to let you know that your site has been included in this list.

Prior to receiving this e-mail, I had never heard of this list or received an inquiry from anyone producing it. So, without question, my being on it came as a total surprise.  I replied to the e-mail I received, asking Ms. Sonora how she found my Twitter account and chose to include it on the list, but I have not yet heard back.

UC Santa Barbara: 1109 North HallNevertheless, despite the mysterious nature of this recognition, I am honored to receive the distinction.

According to my colleague Bill Sodeman, PhD — with whom I became friendly on Twitter —  his inclusion on the list is a noteworthy event at Hawaii Pacific University where he is an associate professor.

The list itself, which was written/compiled by Courtney Phillips, counts me as one of 29 educators. I am number 84 overall in what appears to be a randomly organized list. In other words, I am not ranked 84 out of 100, but rather I am listed in the 84th position on a list of the 100 top people or organizations using Twitter who are involved in education.

When you review the list you will note that I am in good company. Other educators on the list include the following notable folks:

Universities and educational institutions include:

Publishers, Libraries & Librarians include:

Resources and support for educators and academia include:

All things considered, this was a pleasant surprise and an honor I am proud to have earned. Thank you, Online Degree World, for recognizing my efforts to share knowledge about education on Twitter!

According to a recent post on LifeHacker.com, Microsoft is now offering the “Ultimate Edition” of it’s Office Suite at an amazingly discounted student price of $59.95 (a 91% discount off of the $680 retail price).

The post, which is excerpted below, references an official Microsoft Press Release explaining the details of this offer and related programs also available to students at a reduced rate:

Microsoft yesterday re-introduced its “Ultimate Steal” program, offering students (but, in reality, anyone with a .edu address) its Office Ultimate 2007 package for $59.95, which goes for $680 on retail shelves. The company will also put up its Visio Professional 2007 design package and a Vista Ultimate Upgrade at the $60 price on Sept. 8. The web-only offering will be available “throughout the academic school year,” according to a press release, but if you haven’t already hit up your alma mater for an alumni .edu address, now would be a good time to get to it.

Often when software is “academically priced” it is a minimized version of the program you need, or in some cases a suite like Office is missing key programs.

However, in this case, the “Ultimate Edition” seems to have everything a student (or even a teacher!) could want.

As indicated on the Microsoft website, the following programs are included in the Office Ultimate Edition:

  • Access 2007
  • Accounting Express 2008
  • Excel 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

There are various criteria you must meet in order to take advantage of this deal, but if you do, then why wait? Click here to place your order or vist http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-us/default.aspx.