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Entries from October 2009

Image – In – eStyle

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

sunset GC SoRim

An image saves you thousands of words.

So use them for efficiency and clarity.

How would you describe the Grand Canyon at sunset?

With difficulty.

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October 25th, 2009 · No Comments

It is possible to add a group of images to your blog. If you open a Picasa account on Google, create a new Album then upload some images to it, you'll then be able to embed the image Album into a post.
These are some old images I saved to Picasa from our Cattail Corner Blog:

I also added a Text (html) widget in my sidebar and can add the images there, too.

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Shirley Slowly

October 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I'm supposed to be adding the voice part to the new directions for our blogging class, but I'm not. I just finished looking over the new crop of blogs that are sprouting from Davis teachers taking my online Blog class. They are wonderful. They mostly serve as newsletters for parents to read, but they are becoming little gems. So what does this have to do with the title? ... well, there's a story from my past that I love. It's from the part of my life that is BK, Before Kids, when we spent a couple of weeks on Squam Lake in a big old Camp-House with lots of friends. One of them was Joe Bag-O-Donuts, a cousin of my best friend Tricia. One night, while counting stars on the dock, we all asked him about the name he called himself. Well, he said, I decided I wanted to pick a name that really suited me and Joe Bag-O-Donuts seemed like it. And it really was him. He was fun to be around, never nasty, an all-round kind of treat. I spent a long time thinking what my name would be, and finally it just came to me, and has stayed in my head for many years now. (my oldest son turned 25 last summer). Yup, when I get frustrated, stressed, and overwhelmed, I talk to Shirley Slowly and she helps me out.

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Pulling it all together Online-Style

October 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Their Eyes Were Watching God

At the high school, I've just started Dan and MaryLou's classes off on a new project, actually a re-make of an old project in a new online finish. The class has just finished reading, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and now the students will choose a criticism style from a list of about six and apply this style "lens" on the novel. They will share their findings in an online tutorial they will craft using Voicethread. To complete the project they will also post their resource list and a sample Lesson Plan to a web page. Trying to keep all the information in one place, and linkable to all the teachers' web sites, I created the project information on a Google Doc. We printed this out and used it as a project description and help sheet for the kids, too. Nothing to loose, nothing to access on a school server..... it's all out there. I like it. Eventually Bedford will host Google Apps on our own server, but for this project we will probably use Weebly for the web page.

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A “Master” Thief – a childhood tale

October 12th, 2009 · No Comments

I just tried a new online tool @ It's called Myna, and it lets you create a sound recording and add music. So I tried it out.

This I remember.egg on Aviary.
I'll continue this account of an early childhood transgression, soon.

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Embed a Voicethread

October 5th, 2009 · No Comments

This is an embedded Voicethread of the first session of our blogging class now taking place in Moodle. I needed to make the plugin called Unfiltered MU available, or activated on my blog and then when I pasted the embed code from Voicethread onto the HTML tab of my post, the Voicethread played in the post.

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