Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Blogging Someone Else's Photo

Originally uploaded by txmx .2.
Flickr allows you to create blog entries easily enough from your own photos, but you can also generate blog posts based on other flickr user's images... providing they have kept the default permissions that allow this.

So one can research photos on flickr, maybe use an image to create an original story? or write an evaluation of symbolism in an image? or?...

I am publishing this photo called stencil to my blogger site.

This is a demo for I Didn't Know You Could Do That with Free Web Tools for the K12 Online Conference-- really this is part of the flickr section on Transmitting Photos.

Blog Posting From Flickr

Boss Ditch
Originally uploaded by howdyobjects.
Wow, what a neat thing? Is there anything like it?

No, I am not talking about some little landmark in Arizona, I am talking about the ability to write a blog post that includes a picture, directly from flickr to my Blogger site.

This was done with one of my test flickr accounts, showing how I can post a blog entry with one of my own photos.

This is a demo for I Didn't Know You Could Do That with Free Web Tools for the K12 Online Conference-- really this is part of the flickr section on Transmitting Photos.

Okay, just kidding about the little landmark-- there is nothing like the Boss Ditch of the World.

Monday, October 16, 2006

K12 Online Conference Intro

This YouTube video is my "opening" for a wild and loosely joined presentation for the K12 Online Conference. This video then links to a wiki that has most of the other content, covering things you can do with flickr, gliffy,, and slideshare.

Check it out at

Wow! Web-Based Presentation Tools

As the 5th leg of my dispersed K12Onine Conference presentation, I created a presentation about web presentation tools using one of the newest tools, slideshare. This tool, still in beta, allows you to upload content made in PowerPoint, and slideshare converts it to Flash in a rather YouTube like format.

Thus, it allows me to embed the presentation as shown below. When the slideshare site opens to the public, you will be able to view it in a full screen mode.

And the examples show are but a few of the options out there! Be sure to jump over to the wiki to contribute more links, examples, comments:

or just post a comment below to this blog.

Update! Slideshare is out of beta, so you can see all of the features on my slide show's page at:

Publishing From Gliffy to Blogger

Gliffy is a free, easy to use graphical creator/editor, ideal for generating diagrams, flow charts, etc. It provides a set of simple shapes and icons that can be dragged to the campus, edited for size, shape, and color, and can be connected by lines and arrows. You can invite others by email to co-edit the same document. When it is all done, you can export it as a graphic or you can use built-in tools that provide the steps to publish it on a weblog site.

I just sat down and created the following graphic based on my decision on needing to make diagrams, not having money for an artists, and lacking the skills to draw in software...

Some other Gliffy diagrams I have created:

* Streaming Audio into Second Life
* Conceptual Changes for NMC Web site

And see what others have done:
* David Warlick's Blogging / Literacy diagram
* Solution Watch's gliffy examples
* David Lee King does a quick example

See more gliffy examples or watch the screencast on gliffy's Create Great Looking Drawings in a Snap.

Did I mention it was free?

Monday, June 26, 2006

Second Life Las Vegas

And this is how Virtual Vegas was built, just cubes with textures, eh?

Thursday, May 25, 2006


communication fever
Originally uploaded by omnia_mutantur.
Sailors in the maze

Flagstaff's railways

Flagstaff's railways
Originally uploaded by SSMT2000.
Very cool application. Love the train photo!


Originally uploaded by howdyobjects.
It's hard to tell if this dog is looking friendly or hungry or both.

the revenge of the HAIR!

the revenge of the HAIR!
Originally uploaded by aarthyr.

hiding places

hiding places
Originally uploaded by dawn m. armfield.
Moon setting over mount elden. Wonderful picture.

hiding places

hiding places
Originally uploaded by dawn m. armfield.
". . . the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places."


Originally uploaded by dawn m. armfield.
amazing picture and this has been a great presentation by the end.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My 60 Second Dog Story

Back in May 2005, I was intrigued by the 60 Second Story contest, a web site set up for people to share a digital story that was told in less than 60 seconds. Just for the fun of it, I collected some still photos of a very special dog (the Dalmation that drove out to Arizona with me in 1987), loaded them into iMovie, and published "Dominoe".

As a vodcasting test, I loaded the original QuickTime movie into OurMedia:

and am going to test and see if a direct link to the QuickTime file will end up in my Feedburner podcast feed. You never know until you try!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Audio From Glendale Demo

Just to keep this podcast rolling along, here is another hour+ audio recording of today's presentation at Glendale Community College.

Listen Now [53:54, 12.3 Mb MP3]

And automagically, this is added to my Feedburner podcast feed:

Live at Glendale

They are really wowed now. WOW

This was a live demo done for Podcasting, Schodcasting at Glendale Community College. Johnny Cash was not here.

Listen how wowed they were (Actually this was a bit of audio grabbed from Monday's presentation at GateWay, I clicked the wrong button on the recorder ;-)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Audio Recording Demo at GateWay

This recording was made as a quick demo of recording audio with my $99 iRiver MP3 recorder, doing some quick editing in Audacity.

By posting the link here, in this Blogger site, it automatically becomes part of a podcast feed, since I have this blog connected to FeedBurner, which creates a podcast feed (see left side)

This quickr ecording demo with two participants speaking is only 40 seconds long (320k!):
Listen now!

Live At GateWay Community College!

I am doing the session today at GateWay Community College on Podcasting, Schmodcasting- What's All the Hype?. The audience is charged and they have various iPods in their hands...

I recorded the entire session as a one hour MP3 (27 Mb!):
Listen now!

Plenty of "umms"

Saturday, February 25, 2006

How Does That Sound?

This is some preliminary set up for a series of podcast demos I am doing next week. You can find all about it on my WikiSpaces site: Podcasting, Schmodcasting- What's All The Hype?

I am dabbling here with adding a link to an audio file, and seeing how Blogger works for generating a podcast feed (with a little help from FeedBurner):

At the February 3, 2006 meeting of the Ocotillo Online Learning Group, Mike Ho from Paradise Valley gave an overview of how he started the podcasts for his Student Life Program:

Mike Ho: Student Life Podcasts at Paradise Valley (27 minutes)
Download audio [15.7 Mb MP3 audio]

One more thing! I need to insert this little bit of stuff to stake my claim for Odeo (more about that later):

My Odeo Channel (odeo/d5a25a79330eb1dd)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Beyond the Blog Planning (demo to Blogger)

Ready for Prime-Time Players - Beyond the Blog

As Weblogging matures, the supporting technology and techniques become more sophisticated, from online diaries to powerful social networking and Web publishing tools. Participants will plunge headlong into the pitfalls, perils, and payoffs associated with supporting social software use in educational settings. Disruptive technologists and skeptical academics are especially welcome.

Query audience for "blog-iness" (Who's blogging this?) Why not?
We should provide audience with a defined Technorati tag and ask them to add it.

Are blogs still thought of as diaries/journals only?
What really is meant/gained by social software?
Is this stuff for geeks? for fringe faculty? when does it go mainstream?
Can it go mainstream?

What do we do to make the session interactive? Ask bloggers/esternals to post comments? Open up images to flickr note posting?

Response: Yes to the suggestions, but also pick one or two provocative questions (like the ones above) and have discussions sections during the session.

Tentative presentation approach- build content as a flickr slide set

Loosely inspired by sci-fi book photos (but they would likely have copyright issues hence our mock-ups)

Each slide has a possible sci-fi cover graphic. The caption can contain our information points, links, perhaps one or two embedded audio commentary by us (or others). Each slide will also use a set of tags that could be used for different "tag paths" for ancillary info, examples.
note: tag paths may not mean much for a set of 10 slides; how about creating tanget paths that illustrate examples? So if we have a schi-fi fotos slide representing, say social bookmarking, we can create a whole set of ancillary examples of things as tag paths, maybe even stuff we do not get to as examples. This would mean setting up some predefined tags ahead of time....

Important set-up notes. To get the flickr set to show slides in desired order, they will have to be re-dated so that first slides have newer dates. Therefore each slide has a suggested date to use. Start with a number in the middle of the montn, just in case of insertions needed on either side.

Likewise, the tag-slide sets should have a date adjusted in case their oder is important. See below.

Major imprtant notes- Flickr ordering is controlled by the photo's Date Posted, and these dates must be after the date the account was created (Jan 12, 2006), so the adjusted date/times are set up below (all slides are dated as different times on Jan 22, 2006) and tag path items on Jan 17, 2006.

Outline (as it were)

  • Cover/ main slide [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 23:00:00] BOOK COVER DONE
  • Cheesy title: "My Life, My Blog, My Diary" (BL- or maybe "CatDiary's Cradle"? Or ma Blogs as diaries [tag:diaries] [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 22:00:00] BOOK COVER DONE
    • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]
    • List a few that are "stereotypical" teen angst diaries; isnt there something to be said for the act? that young people are writing about things that matter to them? We can also show how this impulse can be positive in the case of the
    • UBC LiveJournal site (emphasising their desire to maintain autonomy)

  • Cheesy Title: "My Blog Ain't No Stinkin' Diary" (or "Blogomancer"?) Using blogs to publish web sites, other sorts of info sites done with blogs [tag: notdiaries] -[slide date: Jan 22, 2006 21:00:00] BOOK COVER DONE
    • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]
    • Several more examples in the comments:
      • CELTC School Announcement System
      • School Library System Genesee School District
      • Grandview Elemenary School Library
      • Ms Hunnicut's English Homework Page (Middle School_

  • Cheesy Title: "The Blogs That Ate My Campus" (Or "The Strain of Andromeda Support") [tag: supporting] [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 20:00:00] BOOK COVER DONE
    • For educators, what happens when blogs get big? scaling? Admin? Spam? are blogs associated with a class or a person? going beyond personal publishing --
      • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]
      • Giving a Blog - a guide to providing blogs (James Farmer)
      • University Weblogging: Where, With What System (and How Fast)? (Spike Hall's RU Weblog)- array of colleges providing hosting at the blogware platforms
      • Weblogs@UPEI (Price Eduward Island) and Weblogs#Holland College
      • UThink: Blogs at University of Minnesota Libraries
      • Reedie Jounrals0 Blogs for every students at Reed College
      • EduBlogs CALI Classcaster:

  • Cheesy Title: "My Software And Your Software Make a great Couple (Social Software) (BL) - by Philip K. Long OR... Do Web 2.0 Sites Dream of Ajax Sheep? [tag:socialsoft] [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 19:00:00] BOOK COVER DONE
    • What is Social software? What are the ones that connect/add/ become piece of the blog pie?
      • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]
    • media containers: flickr, ourmedia, the music sources, Google video
    • social bookmarks
    • 43things
    • tags
    • this could be a discussion point -- do discussion boards count? does email? Why or why not, and what do our choices say? Does it matter?

  • Cheesy title "Blogs Unite, Spread, And Conquer The Galaxy" (BL Or, "The Weblogger's Guide to the Galaxy") [tag: network] [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 18:00:00] BOOK COVER DONE
    • Networked blogs - integrated and distributed
    • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]
    • How to handle the distributed nature of content? Loss of control or loss of management headaches?
    • The nature of distributed conversation, The importance of network literacy

  • cheesy title: "Radio Free Blog Now Syndicating and Receiving" (BL: or " Flowers for Aggregation" or "RSS 451"(by Dr. Bryan Alexander Strugatsky) BOOK COVER DONE [tag: rss] [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 17:00:00]
    • Blog as container (and sender) for disparate tools, connected via RSS
    • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]

  • cheesy title: "My So Called Glu'd Life" (or "The Glu Hand of Darkness" or "The Day the Glu Stood Still" or "Dr.Glu" BOOK COVER DONE by Campbell D. Gardner [tag: glu] Aggregation tools (suprGlu and MyGlu) [slide date: Jan 22, 2006 16:00:00]
    • tagpath slides start date [Jan 17, 2006]
    • Inward / Outward Aggregating (RipMix Fever) And That Fresh Smell of Ajax (
    • RSS Mixers
    • SuprGlu:
    • Might want to show how a common blog setup more or less mimics SuprGlu (via Feedburner)
    • Goggle Personalized Home:
    • NetVibes (

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Web Writing

Note: This was a demo of how Writely Publishes to a blog

What is Collaborative Writing On The Web?

Alan Levine, Maricopa Community Colleges,


  • What would it be best used for?

  • What are limitations?

  • How does it compare to current approaches

  • ??

What Does it Look Like?

Wikis are just one of the ways to go about it.

From the Hawaiian word For Quick Quick, it is a tool for quickly creating hyperlinked web content.

It was named for this bus that zooms people around the Honolulu airport.

Who has ridden the WikiWiki shuttle?

Add Your Ideas….