Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Super's Blog

The Super's Blog: Interesting blog from an Indiana Public School Superintendent

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Handcoding?? Why????

Three reasons you should learn to hand code your web pages:

Yahoo!! Someone else who shares my views....You NEED to learn hand coding...We offer 2 HTML classes if you haven't taken them!

Also, check out the rest of Stefan's site...he has some great information and sign up for his newsletter. I recommend it highly...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Techlearning > > Right to Copy?

Techlearning > > Right to Copy?

Copyright infringement can spell disaster for a school district. Check out three programs that are taking an active approach to nipping this problem in the bud.

You may have to create an account but TechLEARNING has great articles.

Monday, January 16, 2006

timbl's blog

Decentralized Information Group (DIG) Breadcrumbs

That's Tim Berners Lee to you! If you don't know who he is, you need to take an Introduction to the Internet course.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Today's Weather

January 12 and the temperature is supposed to go up to the mid-50's today. Each day that is nice brings us further out of the winter and closer to Spring. Open the windows and enjoy the great weather. You just KNOW the cold weather and snow will be back before long! Posted by Picasa

Picasa 2 Update to 2.1

Picasa 2

Picasa has an update that you might want to get. It has some really nice new things in the software, such as making a CD cover from a photo, better RAW support, better image posting to your blogs without the need for the Hello software, etc.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Designing for the Web

Digital Web Magazine - Designing for the Web:

This article looks at resolution, designing for browser, Web-safe color, graphics compression, and text.

Even after all this time, designers still ask and wonder what screen resolution to design for. Think it’s time we moved beyond 800x600? According to the article, now only 28% use that resolution and have moved on up. I still recommend that you check your sites in this resolution.

Always remember there are NO definitive answers. Read and learn as much as you can. Think logically and reasonably. Ask questions. Use this blog as a forum for your questions. Attend the Web Developer User Group Workshops (next one is April 7). Call or email me with your questions. You have lots of resources. use them!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Changes in Dreamweaver 8 Templates

Changes in Dreamweaver 8 Templates

If you are using Dreamweaver 8 and Templates, you need to be aware that there you may have some problems when converting from earlier versions of Dreamweaver. This site explains it all.

Note: There is now an upgrade that purports to fix these problems.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Backing Up Site Definitions in Dreamweaver

Backing Up Site Definitions in Adobe Dreamweaver @ MX DEVELOPER'S JOURNAL

This is very important and worth your few minutes of time to do. Back these up to a separate location with the rest of your backups (you DO backup regularly, don't you???) If your computer crashes, you should be able to reinstall your site definitions, download your sites from the web server, and be balc in business.

Now, are you backing up your data?? If you are on a school or work network and saving to the network drive, you should be protected. Hopefully, the higher-ups are backup up the networks daily and removing those backups OFFSITE!! When I back up my home computer, I make another copy and bring it to work. That way, I always have a copy away from my home, just in case.

Something to think about....I back my system up to a portable hard drive that is very inexpensive. I use free software that only backs up the new data. Then, every so often I back it all up to DVD and make an extra copy. That copy goes to work with me. Don't forget to back up your desktop, your bookmarks, and other files that might not be in My Documents.

WDUG - April 7, 2006

Our agenda for the Second WDUG meeting is coming together. Tentative presentors are Rose Malpica, OU BOCES Webmaster, and Jim Tracy, teacher at New Paltz High School. They are promising presentations you don't want to miss. You need to register for the meeting through MicroNews, MLP, or on our web site, whichever you normally use.

WDUG starts at 8:30 with coffee, tea, and sign in. Sorry, no breakfast this time! This will give you an opportunity to network with your colleagues before the meeting begins at 9. It should be over about noon.

Don't forget to register!

Color Schemer

Color Schemer - Online Color Scheme Generator

A big problem for designers is dtermining which colors go well with other colors. There are many sites to help you with this but this one is very very simple to use. Click on a color on the palette and it will give you 16 colors that will blend nicely. You can only use the web-safe pallette colors.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The GIF Pronunciation Page

The GIF Pronunciation Page: Convinced yet? Here is the definitive way to prounounce it jif or gif??? Read the article for the surprising answer!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

BookCrossing - Home - FREE YOUR BOOKS!

BookCrossing - Home - FREE YOUR BOOKS!: "Welcome to BookCrossing!"

You've come to a friendly place, and we welcome you to our book-lovers' community. Our members love books enough to let them go—into the wild—to be found by others. Book sharing has never been more exciting, more serendipitous, than with BookCrossing. Our goal, simply, is to make the whole world a library. BookCrossing is a book exchange of infinite proportion, the first and only of its kind.

The site is a bit slow. A suggestion was to have your students participate in a BookCrossing.


Blogboard: Teacher Magazine's look at what's new and noteworthy in educator blogs.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Developing sites for users with Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties

Juicy Studio: Developing sites for users with Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties

NSF Current - December 2005

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is proud to launch NSF Current, an e-newsletter highlighting research and education efforts supported by NSF.

WDUG in April!!!!

Don't forget to register for the April 7, 2006, Web Developer User Group Meeting. Details will be published at

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Word of the Year!!!!

Podcast' Takes Word Of The Year Honors -
And we have been teaching it as part of our Blog class here at the MHRIC!!!

'Podcast,' one of the hottest terms in technology, is 2005's Word Of The Year, according to the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary. Defined as 'a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player,' 'podcast' will be added to the next online update of the dictionary in early 2006.

'Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept,' said Erin McKean, the dictionary's editor-in-chief said in a statement. 'This year it's a completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of the iPod phenomenon.'"

And you heard it here...:)

OT: Internet Safety and Our Children

Half of all teenagers are talking to strangers on the Internet - a risky business that exposes them to sexual predators, a new survey indicates.