Thursday, December 20, 2007

Feature: The 20 Best iPod Utilities

The 20 Best iPod Utilities

For Mac and Windows.

Transfer Songs from Your iPod to Any Mac with Senuti

Transfer Songs from Your iPod to Any Mac with Senuti

Copy songs from any iPod to your iTunes library. There are other iPod-to-computer tools available for Mac and Windows, like iPod -> Folder, but Senuti stands out for this list for its ability to tell you want music on an iPod is already in your library and which songs are not, making it easy to slurp new songs from a friend's iPod without introducing duplicates into your library.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Free Professional Development Videos

Teaching Hacks.com » Blog Archive » Professional Development VOD:
"Every member of Ontario Teachers Federation is invited to access in-depth professional development workshops from leading educational producers. There are hundreds of hours of Professional Development streaming video content available here. The programs will be available from early November 2007 to November 30th, 2008. There is no registration to access the materials at this time, although the registration process will be simple enough for any educator to access the content."

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

MacXeagle

MacXeagle
This site contains some interesting freeware for the Mac user!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Smart Notebook Hacks

Smart Notebook Hacks: "Turn Any Document into a PDF
Many district networks are locked down from installing free software or don’t include software that will generate a PDF for you. Sure you can use online PDF generators but when you install Smart Board software you have a PDF generator built in."

Friday, November 30, 2007

» 2007 The Edublog Awards

» 2007 The Edublog Awards:

Best of 2007 in different areas..

Increase in Teacher Resignations - New York Times

Increase in Teacher Resignations - New York Times

More teachers resigned during the last school year than at any time in recent history, according to figures released yesterday by the United Federation of Teachers, the city’s teachers union. According to the figures, 4,606 certified teachers resigned last year, not including teachers who retired or had problems with certification. The numbers have been steadily increasing since 2001, when 2,544 resigned; last year 4,273 teachers did so. Of the 7,069 teachers who were hired in 2006, nearly 14 percent resigned by the end of the year, the union said, up from about 11 percent the year before.

School officials unite in banning Wikipedia | Seattle Times Newspaper

School officials unite in banning Wikipedia :

"The Great Meadows (N.J.) Middle School librarian hasn't been a fan of the online encyclopedia for years. This fall, she decided it was time to make others at her school aware of the Web site's pitfalls."

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Randy Pausch on Oprah

Watch a video of Randy Pausch when he appeared on the Oprah Show in September 2007

Randy Pausch is a married father of three, a very popular professor at Carnegie Mellon University—and he is dying. He is suffering from pancreatic cancer, which he says has returned after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Doctors say he has only a few months to live.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Last Lecture

This was passed on to me by a team member:
"Professor Randy Pausch from Carnegie-Mellon University, he's an amazing man who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. His "Last Lecture" which was given at CMU on September 18th has reportedly been downloaded by over one million people. He w

Friday, October 19, 2007

States Report Teacher Staph Infections

Web Watch: States Report Teacher Staph Infections

And a national report released this week indicates that staph infections killed more people in 2005 than HIV/AIDS, proving that it is more common than previously thought.

Kittens and Computers

Kittens and Computers: Emotions and the Tyranny of Learning Environments

An Apple computer is so simple, even a kitten can use it!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day

On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Blogger Play

Blogger Play - View the most recently uploaded photos to blogger.com as a slide show movie.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sagan

Evolution from Past to Future at Bionic Teaching

View a clip of the late Carl Sagan narrating an animation of evolution. Pretty interesting stuff!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Dressing Teachers

Dressing Teachers

Nashville’s 75,000 public school students must now adhere to a strict dress code. Collared shirts are mandatory; hoodies and jeans are no longer acceptable. But what about teachers? Nashville parent Rebecca Willocks thinks there’s a double standard. "I saw a teacher’s navel piercing last year and was surprised," she says. "Students can’t get away with that." Nashville’s school board doesn’t think teachers should either.

Tech Ed Left Behind

Tech Ed Left Behind

Vocation programs in New York public high schools have sharply decreased over the past decade due to a lack of funding and an NCLB-driven curriculum. In 1992, 41 percent of the state’s public high school students completed at least one vocational course, compared with 25 percent last year. “We started raising standards and adding more requirements, and something had to fall off the plate,” Buffalo Schools Superintendent James A. Williams told the Buffalo News.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Acer gobbles up Gateway | Crave : The gadget blog

Acer gobbles up Gateway

"...hinting at yesterday's announcement that Taiwanese computer maker Acer has agreed to acquire Gateway, currently the No. 4-ranked PC vendor in the world."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

ButtonBuilder - Web Button creation for Mac OS X

ButtonBuilder - Web Button creation for Mac OS X: " Button Builder It's free and easy. Enjoy. Come in, We're open!

This is a pretty cool application that allows you easily create attractive buttons for your website, has gone the way of open-source and is now free.

Sorry, PC folks!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

40+ Free Blog Hosts

40+ Free Blog Hosts

Looking for a place for your blog? Here's a whole list

Monday, August 06, 2007

Photojojo » Upload your Photo and Try a New Hairstyle or Grow a Mustache, Virtually

Photojojo » Upload your Photo and Try a New Hairstyle or Grow a Mustache, Virtually: "makeover studioWhether you prefer the presidential $400 cut, the corner barber shop, or something in between, chances are you’ve spent too many braincycles on those tendrils of dead skin cells emerging from your body."

ViaTalk Free Connect

ViaTalk Free Connect: "Need to make a quick call? Try viatalkfree.com and don’t pay a penny. Enter your area code and phone number in addition to the digits you’d like to dial. Get talking and enjoy up to 10 minutes of talk time. It’s on us!"

I haven't tried it...yet. I assume it's only for US calls.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A quest for good image sites

A quest for good image sites

Great blog article on finding free graphics and Creative Commons License information. Read the comments too as there is more information in that area.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

ViaTalk Free Connect

ViaTalk Free Connect

It says you can make phone calls up to 10 minutes for free. No registration required. I'll probably try it later today and see what happens. I am assuming it is for the US only.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Stickam

Stickam: Would You Let Your Children Use A Service Owned By Pornographers?

Just came across this article and then checked out the site. Most of the chatrooms there are open to all. Just another site you might want to be aware of...

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Save your blog

Save your blog with BlogBackupOnline
If you have a blog (or blogs), this site offers free daily backups. Great for restoring, just in case...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Chalk The Movie

Chalk
Two former teachers from Austin, Texas, have taken the concept of a fictional documentary, recently used to depict the idiosyncrasies of white-collar work in “The Office,” and adapted it for the classroom. “Chalk,” a mockumentary about discouraged educators, follows new teachers as they deal with classroom etiquette, cultural issues, and stereotypes, and delves into the reason why 50 percent of new teachers reportedly quit within their first few years.

It has gotten a lot of mixed reviews from funny and empathetic to demeaning to teachers.

You decide.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread

Create narrations to go along with your photos.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Phoney

Marketcircle: iPhoney

See what your web site will look like on an iPhone. Free download.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Photoshop action

Photoshop action to create an outer space scene :
This is cool but is only for CS2.

Podcasts: Where's the Learning?

Podcasts: Where's the Learning?

"Students develop literacy skills as they create podcasts. They become more engaged with their learning, or at least with the uniqueness of the technology itself. David Warlick provides evidence of learning at his Education Podcast Network. You will find topics in 21st century teaching and learning and subject-specific podcasts ranging from computer and information skills to dance, music, and visual arts education to mathematics, science, and second languages. There are also student and class podcasts categorized for elementary, middle, and secondary school. "

"Jim Moulton (2007) reported in his blog that seventh graders are creating "Words of Wisdom" podcasts for their school's morning announcements. They are "spending significant amounts of time reading, understanding, rereading, reflecting on, and ultimately recording the words of Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others, along with a pithy moral. They are thinking about how to modulate and pace their voices, how to read in tune with the words so as to make their recording engaging and meaningful, entertaining and instructive, popular and purposeful" (para. 5)."

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Screen Saver!

The Library Project: Screen Saver!

People of the Middle Kingdon
People of the Middle Kingdom is a screen saver made with Derrick Chang's beautiful, positive, and thought provoking photography shot in China.

The Library Project donates books and libraries to underprivileged schools and orphanages in the developing world. We believe education is the key motivator to breaking the cycle of poverty that exists in the developing world. As we see it education is change.

It is available for both PC and Mac. They do ask that you donate 10 books to their Project. Not a bad price to help children's literacy in the world.

Smart Room?

Another “It’s not the Technology, Stupid!”

Another interesting post by David Warlick.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New Releases

iusethis mac software
Found this site while trying to search for some mac tips. I want to put a folder on my dock that contains aliases to certain programs. Cool site since it reviews the software, freeware, and 'boughten" types.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

DV Info Net

DV Info Net -- The Digital Video Information Network:
78,000 Questions. 605,000 Answers; 25,000 Real People with Real Names

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mistakes

10 mistakes managers make during job interviews

General enough to include any job interviewer.

Web Design Mistakes

43 Web Design Mistakes You Should Avoid

Not sure if I agree with all his points but we all have different opinions and design strategies....thankfully!

Other Uses for Your iPod

10 Unexpected Uses of the iPod
Some great ideas here...

MacOSG

Mac Owners Support Group: This looks GREAT!






10 Golden Lessons

10 Golden Lessons From Steve Jobs at Ririan Project:
Take your time. Read, and then re-read.

Mac 101: DMG files

DMG files are Disk Images
Great explanation for thsoe new to Mac's..

Cyberbullying Law in Ontario

Monday April 16, 2007

Ontario introduced a new legislation Tuesday to add cyber-bullying to the list of offences for which a student can be suspended or expelled from school.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said "bullying is bullying..whether you do it online by way of the latest technology or you're doing it in person or over the old fashioned telephone, it still causes pain and suffering."

Do any US schools have this as a policy?

Information Age

Make It a Think-Pair-Share-Blog: "Think-Pair-Share-Write"

Denial of Degree

MySpace & a Drunken Pirate's Fate: A Cautionary Tale or Hint of Things to Come?

This should spark a lot of comments & conversation in all circles.

2 Cents Worth

Never Underestimate the Power of a Superintendent:
What happens with a 21st century learning environment in Greene County, NC, and a Superintendent with a vision pair up...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Maintain Your Mac

Mac Maintenance Quick Assist

I know Windows Maintenace but sure do need help with the Mac side. This site, from Apple, has some good quick tips.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Leopard Delayed (MAC OS)

iPhone before Leopard

I guess I have no choice but to wait now:

Apple today released the following statement: iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price—we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS(R) X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard’s features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones. NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh and iPhone are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Source: Apple Inc. Web site: http://www.apple.com/

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blog Code of Conduct


BBC NEWS | Technology | Weblogs 'need content warnings': "The code begins: 'We celebrate the blogosphere because it embraces frank and open conversation.'"

I like the idea of logos purposing the openness of each blog. this code is not censoring blog writings, just channeling their purpose and civility, similar to the Motion Picture Guides we are used to in the US.

Death threats and abuse should not be allowed and, to me, is really stretching freedom of the press.

Something to keep in touch with.. Tim's blog is here

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Mac Backups

Complete, free Mac backup

Guess it's time for me to backup my new Macbook Pro so I found this article. Now to choose which program and method.

I have an external 250gb hard drive that I use to back up data and I had partitioned it. If anyone wants to know the results of which software I have selected, drop me a line...

Friday, March 30, 2007

BlogSafety Community

BlogSafety Community: Predators & cyberbullies:

Interesting article from The BlogSafety site. I have read a few articles about the tv show "The Predators" and mot say the show is not reality and goes overboard.

I think I would rather exaggerate on this topic if it gets kids and parents to wake up to this danger. Hopefully, through education, kids are smartening up to this danger.

Interesting idea...

Classroom Commercials

Interesting idea....

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Macs Only

Website Link Checker Robot
"Feed it your home page address (url) and Integrity will follow all of your internal links to find your pages, checking the server response code for all internal and external links found."

Yes, it's free!

Monday, March 26, 2007

SunriseBrowser for web designers

Mac Only!
The SunriseBrowser is an open-source browser for web developers. For instance, the window can be automatically resized to 640 x 480 , 800 x 600, or 1024 x 768 with one button click. There are many other convenient and useful features like zoom levels, PDF export of the entire web page, etc. Lots more features as well.
Found on http://www.macmerc.com

Friday, March 23, 2007

Find your lost child

Find your lost child with a USB drive
My daughter is 26 now. I probably would have done this though. That's just the way I am....

Saturday, March 17, 2007

CSS

(The Only) Ten Things To Know About CSS

Vista.. Cause Problems?? You're Kidding!

Vista causes an array of problems - USATODAY.com

Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow

InformationWeek: Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow As NIST Bans Windows Vista

U.S. Department of Transportation also banned Windows Vista within the agency.

IceClean

Keep your Mac running smoothly with this free software. Let me know how it works...

US university dumps Windows to go all Mac

US university dumps Windows to go all Mac
"Touted by Apple as one of the first colleges to mandate a campus-wide shift from Windows PCs to Macs, the school wasn't a bastion of all things Apple before the decision, said Scott Byers, vice president for finance and the head of campus IT. Macs, in fact, were a minority."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Friday, March 09, 2007

Get a Mac - More Fun with Photos

More Fun with Photos

Just another reason to have a Mac...It's included....everything is included...I love my Mac....

Picasa Web Albums

Picasa Web Albums
Picasa Web Albums has just added more features:

"First, the free version of Picasa Web gets 1 GB of storage (up from 250 MB), enough to host 4000 high-quality photos. It's interesting that Google says "1 GB (and counting)" so the storage could increase like it does in Gmail.

Like in Flickr, you can also search the public photos posted by other people. Until today, you could search only your photos and the public photos uploaded by your contacts. Google wanted to be polite and ask you before including your public photos in the community search, so you must go to settings and enable this."

I guess I had better try this one out! You may need a Google account first

African Sunsets

African Sunsets - a photoset on Flickr:
Just some beautiful peaceful photos for your perusal...

CSS Menus

8 web menus you just can't miss

Very very nice designs here....and downloadable for you to use.

The End of the jpg???

Microsoft move could be the end of the JPEG

Now this could be very interesting..a new format called HD Photo from Microsoft....Time will tell...

Web Site Footers

19 Gorgeous Website Footers

Just like a word document, a footer is at the bottom of each page. Footers usually give information such as a copyright and contact information.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mac Users: Don't Leave Windows Open!

Don't leave the Windows open

If you are runninng Windows on your Mac, be careful. You are susceptible o all those Windows nasties...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

E-Learning For Free

E-Learning for Free - Information Service

Jane is now building an E-Learning for Free Information Service to create a one-stop place to access a variety of free resources not only to create different learning and performance solutions but to provide the best advice and best practice in doing so.

Check out her site withlinnks to lots of free tools, resources, content, and solutions.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Spinach Stracciatella Soup

SPINACH STRACCIATELLA SOUP

I just may have to try this one! It looks easy and is from Epicurious.

Free Courses from iVillage

iVillage Courses
Free courses from iVillage. They don't require that you buy books or software. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci sure looks intriguing.

Free is good. And these courses are very good.

OT: Self-Esteem Building

22 Tips for High Self-Esteem at Ririan Project:

Feel better just by reading them! Now, pick just one and put it into practice. One a week would be great. Okay, how about one a month?

Monday, February 19, 2007

Color Formats Confuse You?

Understanding Images: A Guide to Color Formats:

"Most Pantone colors are identified by a unique number, which is followed by a letter. The letter identifies what type of paper the Pantone color is optimized for, as colors – regardless of whether they are Pantone or CMYK — look different depending on the paper on which they are printed. In PMS, C stands for coated paper, U stands for uncoated paper, and M stands for matte paper."

Edit Online Videos

VIDAVEE

Take videos that are online and add effects to them. Try it...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Podcast Directory

PublicRadioFan.com - Podcast directory

Looking for a public radio podcast? They sure list a lot of them here along with subscription directions and the RSS feeds. Great site and various topics from news to childrens' programs to classical music to more!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Picnik

Picnik - edit photos the easy way, online in your browser

There is a free version and it works very well. Edit your photos online. Works with many photo sharing sites. Check it out and let us know how you like it!

New American History Site

Digital History
Utilizing digital and online technologies to teach different disciplines continues to be quite popular, and the Digital History website will be a most welcome find for teachers (and students) of American history. Developed in collaboration with the University of Houston, the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and several other entities the site includes an online American history textbook, an interactive timeline, a multimedia section, and a very rich selection of primary source materials.

Chat Lingo

BostonHerald.com
Middle school teacher Julia Austin is noticing a new generation of errors creeping into her pupils’ essays. Sure, they still commit the classic blunders - like the commonly used "ain’t."

Friday, February 09, 2007

We MUST UNLEARN

Will Richardson hits another homerun. Here's his list of 10 things we need to UNLEARN as educators if we are to progress:

  1. We need to unlearn the idea that we are the sole content experts in the classroom, because we can now connect our kids to people who know far more than we do about the material we’re teaching.
  2. We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well.
  3. We need to unlearn the idea that learning itself is an event. In this day and age, it is a continual process.
  4. We need to unlearn the strategy that collaborative work inside the classroom is enough and understand that cooperating with students from around the globe can teach relevant and powerful negotiation and team-building skills.
  5. We need to unlearn the idea that every student needs to learn the same content when really what they need to learn is how to self-direct their own learning.
  6. We need to unlearn the notion that our students don’t need to see and understand how we ourselves learn.
  7. We need to unlearn our fear of putting ourselves and our students “out there” for we’ve proven we can do it in safe, relevant and effective ways.
  8. We need to unlearn the practice that teaches all students at the same pace. Is it any wonder why so many of our students love to play online games where they move forward at their own pace?
  9. We need to unlearn the idea that we can teach our students to be literate in this world by continually blocking and filtering access to the sites and experiences they need our help to navigate.
  10. We need to unlearn the premise that real change can happen just by rethinking what happens inside the school walls and understand that education is now a community undertaking on many different levels.

Skype

Learning Is Messy Blog

Priceless...Skype's possibilities. Celeste has leukemia and can't go to school. Thanks to an innovative teacher and some wonderful kids, Celeste was able to attend her 4th class via a webcam.

Too many fears of technology at our schools....this is what happens when kids are taught the correct way to use it.

Watch this video.

OER Commons

Welcome to a worldwide learning network — OER Commons: How do you use a physics simulation or history lecture? By browsing resources, using tags, ratings, reviews, and sharing about teaching and learning, you are part of this open network of shared resources and practices, from K through college, from algebra to zoology - it's all free to use.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

All Videos....About Life, Wisdom, and Stuff...

VideoJug - Life Explained. On Film.

"Here at VideoJug we're all about sharing wisdom, knowledge and know-how. More and more users are adding their films to the thousands we're making. Below are some we really like. Do you have a how-to film you'd like to submit? Perhaps you make a brilliant curry or have some unique magic tricks. Whatever your knowledge, we'd love to see it, so go ahead and upload your film today."

Some great stuff here...including how to make a great first impression at a job interview.

French Students Will Get USB Sticks

French students to be given open-source software

I think this is a great idea. I run Portable Apps on 2 of my flash drives. I can do word processing, run FireFox with my own bookmarks, do some photo editing, spreadsheet work, etc., without using any applications on the host computer. Free. No charge. All open source. Check out portableapps.com for more information.

Chat With Others on Web Sites - No Software Install

Gabbly:
"Gabbly is a chat service that allows you to chat around any webpage. Its free to use on your personal page or commercial webpage. Simply type gabbly.com/ in front of a webpages URL, you will be able to chat with anyone visiting the page at the same time! For example, to chat on CNN.com, just visit gabbly.com/cnn.com in your browser. You will see the CNN website with the Gabbly Chat window floating on top."

Search with HUMAN Guide

ChaCha stands out as different and better in a landscape cluttered with common search engines because it uses the World's most powerful technology - The human brain. ChaCha's goal is to provide a better search experience by combining results that are hand-picked by our knowledgeable human guides with the best computer-generated search results. In those cases where you can't find what you need with their instant results, ChaCha will connect you with a live human guide who will find the information for you through an instant messaging-style search session.

Found thanks to Marcus P. Zillman

Geni

Geni - Everyone's Related

Geni is a unique approach to solving the problem of genealogy, which is the question of how everyone is related. Geni lets you create a family tree through our fun simple interface. When you add a relative's email address, he or she will be invited to join your tree. That relative can then add other relatives, and so on. Your tree will continue to grow as relatives invite other relatives. Each family member has a profile which can be viewed by clicking their name in the tree. This helps family members learn more about each other and stay in touch. Family members can also share information and work together to build profiles for common ancestors. Geni is a private network. Only the people in your tree can see your tree and your profile. Geni will not share your personal information with third parties.

Web Design Links

Web Design References

Lots of links...

Keep Our Children Safe

There are many sites disseminating information on how to keep our youngsters safe online and what to do if... here are a few:

WiredSafety - the world's largest Internet safety and help group

Staysafe.org

These sites also have links to other sites with lots of information and hotlines. They are designed not just for educators, but also for parents, grandparents, and children of all ages.

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

It only takes 4 minutes and 31 seconds to watch this. It really is well worth your time...

Friday, February 02, 2007

Free Audio Extractor - PC only

Free Audio Extractor
AoA Audio Extractor provides you a handy tool to extract audio/sound or background music from video files. Yes, it's a freebie.

This could come in handy. Now, if it could only make those audio files into text files!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dancing Faculty!

The Fischbowl: 2007 AHS Faculty Dance Video

What a faculty this is! Great dancers and what great sports, Wow!!! If this is how they approach dancing and having fun, I can imagine what great teachers they all are.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Eyesight for the Mac

EyeSight:

Capture pictures periodically from 10 seconds to 999 days nusing your builit in ISight camera. Sorry PC users!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Lots of CSS Links

The CSS & Web Standards News Compilation Site - DMYH

No More Stealing My Bandwidth!

Prevent HotLinking with .htaccess
If you don't want people hotlinking to your photos, graphics, and ther images, read this easy solution. They are stealing your bandwidth! You must be the site's owner and have access to the .htaccess file.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

GetHuman Database

gethuman 500 database

Not sure if these tips really work but one never knows! Find a human at a faceless company! Hate listening to all those prompts to press this number then this number? Maybe this is the solution!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kuler

Kuler is a free tool from Adobe Labs that lets users design and share color schemes for use in Web sites or other projects. If you've ever designed a Web site or PowerPoint presentation before, you know that choosing a color scheme is often trial and error.

CSS Cheat Sheet

CSS Cheat Sheet

Great pdf or flashpaper for those of you delving into CSS.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Partitioning a Hard Drive

I bought a new external hard drive for myself. I decide to split it into 2 partitions just to make it easier for me to see: PC and MAC. The MacBook Pro has a utility to make this partitioning very easy.

Last Friday, I figured I would take the hd home and copy some things over to DVD. Yes, I dropped it. 250gb hd is now broken...

Went back on eBay and bought myself another one. Partitioned it again so quickly using the Mac. I called Apple Support because I had forgotten which format to use. They answered within 5 minutes, took down my information, and gave me the answer very quickly.

I promise to be extra careful with this new 250gb hd...I hope...

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A "New" Search Engine: Ask goes Ajax!

Ask X

The new search engine from Ask using the latest technologies and Ajax. Try it out..It is quite impressive!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Podcasting and Universities

Open Culture: University Podcast Collection

See what the universities are doing with podcasting. They are finding it very helpful educationally. Some school districts are also beginning to use podcasting as a TOOL and not some dreaded new technology.

Open Source Software

Open Source Alternative

They list lots of alternatives and seem to give decent advice about the software. Remember that most open source software has little tech help or support so you may be on your own! But, it might definitely be worth a look.

Are you a last minute shopper?

lastminute.com

Gifts, vacations, restaurant reservations, tickets, activities....last minute ideas. Check it out!

Whacky Uses

Whacky Uses for common household products and food

So what CAN you really use Cheerios and Cool Whip for??

How does your school rate?

GreatSchools.net

Very interesting site to check out how schools rate. Also has other information such as AP exam information for specific schools, monthly polls (January's is about schools banning cupcakes at class parties.)

Federal Resources

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Try out the new FREE website. It has been redesigned for the first time since it was created in 1998 to make finding teaching resources from the federal government easier.

Historical Documents

Footnote - The place for original documents online

Many original historical documents that have never been online are now available. A site worth checking out and passing along to your fellow teachers and students.

Why I Won't Drive On Ice

This happened in Portland, oregon this winter. Yes, I figured out how to add YouTube videos to the site. Hopefully you will be able to see them. If you can't, please let me know!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dead Browser Links?

AM-Deadlink

Deadlinks? This freebie works with most browsers and will help you find and delte dead bookmarks (History) in most browsers.

Pretty cool? Best feature?? It's FREE!!

Wallpaper Rocks!

Looking for some new desktop backgrounds? No matter what your OS, you should find something here for you!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

iPhone Copyright Infringment?

Uh oh...: Apple has a BIG legal problem!

Cisco subsidiary Linksys has its own iPhone. But instead of signing a proposed contract submitted Monday night by Cisco, Apple made the iPhone announcement without a deal in place. Cisco's response: a 24-page trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple.

Quizpod - FREE!

QuizPod - iPod + iTunes

Get out your ipods! Allows users to create class quizes, surveys or anything else on their Mac or PC then synchronise to an iPod. A user can then be 'quized’ on the actual iPod with results later being sync’d back to the computer.

- Creation of Quizes on both PC and Mac.
- QuizPod application for iPod using iPodLinux. Currently only supports generations 1- 4 of fullsize iPod.
- Support Bitmap image display on iPod in greyscale or full color.
- Allows sync’ing of Quiz results and quizes between iPod and computer.
- Provided a results magament tool to manage marks/ answers from quizes.

And it's FREE!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Some things parents need to know

Online Safety Tips for Parents - Education World

Linda McCarthy, author of Own Your Space: Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online, offers parents these 10 tips for keeping their kids safe online. Included: Provide a copy of our printable version to your students’ families.

Thanks to Educational Technology for this post.

WDUG


Don't forget about our April Web Developer User Group meeting. Anyone interested in the topics can register. Their district MUST be a member of our TSS or Office Automation Services. You will be able to register when the Spring MicroNews comes out about the end of March.

You can always check the web site, www.mhric.org/wdug, for more information.

How do you like the new logo on the right?

Podcasts!

Keep an eye out for our new podcasts that will be coming this month or early February. All our services will be available as podcasts so you can listen to them. They will be available in formats that will let you listen to them on your iPod (*.m4a) or just to listen to on your computer (*.mp3)

We are also working on software tips in a podcast format. Eventually, vodcasting and trainings!

There is no limit to what we can do with the right technology, hardware, knowledge, manpower, and plain old hard work!

Color Scheme Chooser

Choose Color Schemes for your website using this free tool.:

Use this free tool to study the relationships between colors. You can actually use it to choose the color scheme of your own website. Be sure to read the help section for a better understanding.

Great site for figuring out colors for your site that really mesh.

Flippid - Post What You Wan

Flippid - Post What You Want
http://www.flippid.com/

Flippid matches people who want stuff, with people who have stuff. Name your price, and let people sell it to you. Are you looking for something? Post it on flippid for free and instantly tell people who have it that you want it. You even get to set your maximum price and let sellers compete for your business. Flippid lets you name your price for the stuff you're looking for. Sellers on flippid like it because it doesn't cost them a thing to see what buyers want. Sellers will even compete with each other just to sell to you!

TubeSock

TubeSock - Rip videos from YouTube

I wonder if this is legal? It's free however..

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Hack Attack

Hack Attack: A guide for switching to a Mac
Before I got my first Mac, I was fortunate to have 2 people give me a lot of help learning about the OS. One is over at Dutchess BOCES and the other is at Orange-Ulster BOCES. The Apple rep was also an invaluable resource as was reading, reading, and reading on the internet.

There is so much information out there and the Mac also comes with fantastic help files. Ask your friends and colleagues. I bet you would be surprised at the number of people who know Mac's!

This site is a great help as well. Lots of quick info and how things relate to the PC.

Woodland Home

A Low Impact Woodland Home
What a great looking place for a vacation home! Environmentally-sound, it is a Hobbit house!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Wasabi Cream Sauce

This sauce from Epicurious looks very nice. I almost made it for Christmas dinner but they wanted regular gravy! I'll make it next time and just not ask.