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?