Links to sites for HPWP ISI

Posted: June 2, 2011 in tech

WordPress blogging tutorials

Vimeo upload tutorial (Look in the sidebar to find links to other tutorials.)


Vimeo Uploader tutorial

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

This tutorial is pretty good, I think.  I wonder how complicated the process will seem to others.  And how difficult will it be when I ask them to embed the link in a blog post?

What is this blog still here for?

Posted: January 2, 2011 in blogging

I began this blog as part of an EVO course I took several years ago.  At the time I was blogging on Blogger, but they wanted us to set up a WordPress blog, so I did.  Eventually I  migrated my other blog to WordPress, but I chose not to combine the two blogs.  I am not sure now what I  thought was the importance of that, but at the time it was an issue.

Since that time I have used this blog sporadically to talk about technology and, more commonly, to document my experiments with different tech tools.  And every time  I do, I wonder why I keep this blog at all.

I think the reason is that I don’t like to eliminate anything that I have posted to the internet.  It seems dishonest, like I am trying to hide something.  And I am not.

So I guess I keep this here as a place to play around, to show different things I have done.  And if I take another course that requires a blog, I will probably try to use this one for that.  So while I won’t post here often, I will be back!


Posted: October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

My ever-changing mind

Posted: May 23, 2009 in My Portfolio

I decided today that it was time to check out all my blogs and see where they were at, if there was spam to deal with, edits to be made, widgets to change.  When I got here I started looking back and came upon my February post about setting up a Pageflakes version of my portfolio.  I went to check it out.  It was a mess.  My Swurl account was showing e-bay.  One of my WebQuests is housed on a site that has been labeled malicious by Google.  I set about to clean it up, and I realized that I don’t like the site at all.  It is visual, but it seems messy.  I didn’t delete it, but I am not going to advertise that I have it anymore, either.

Another change came to me today in terms of Facebook.  I had joined a long time ago and left.  Then I rejoined.  But I didn’t do anything.  But yesterday I logged on because a friend had posted a note that she was getting married.  I wanted to congratulate her and get the details.  Then today she wrote back.  Then we ended up chatting for half an hour or so when she should have been out buying fabric to make her wedding gown.  And it hit me.  Finally.  I realized that having something like Facebook that allows me to keep in touch with lots of old friends is pretty cool!

I am going to be posting more on this over at Random Thoughts, if you want to check it out.

Embedding video

Posted: April 5, 2009 in tech

In looking for videos to help online students get started in WordPress, I found one that talked about embedding video.  I have never done that before.  But the video made it look easy.  Let’s see if it works!

It’s from clicksharpmarketing.

Well, it worked fine, didn’t it?  I wonder why I never got it to work before.  Oh well…


Posted: March 30, 2009 in tech

Free Technology for Teachers had a post a while back about 3 timeline tools.  I decided to try them out because I want to ahve my students reate timeines in the course I am teaching this summer.

I looked at Timetoast, and liked it because if its simplicity.  However, I didn’t like the fact that I had to put in a month and day for al entries.  That lack of flexibility made me less than happy.  But it still gets high praise for ease of use. Here is my Timetoast timeline.

Mnemograph is now TimeGlider. It was easy to use and let me only show the year of events.  It demands a description for each event, though. And I can’t always figure out how to get to the beginning of the timeline.  Here is my timeline done there.

XTimeline is, I think, my favorite.  It is more linear in the way you work on it.  You can see the events you have added in list form and can even print it out in a list.  Here is my timeline there.

I am not sure that any of these are exactly what I want.  On a couple of occasions, students will be creating timelines based on the reading they have done.  It isn’t going to be a very extensive number of events they have to track, but I wanted them to work with the information in the text, and a timeline seemed the most appropriate first way to do that.

I could be happy with students doing a list, I guess, and then they wouldn’t need a timeline tool.  But I like the idea of using the tool.   Any suggestions?