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Month: November 2007

Quick Tips For Videos

Quick Tips For Videos

Part of my work involves teaching others how to podcast and when it comes to video my advice always is STOP! and LOOK! first before you consider ever creating your own videos. You can spend a lot of time creating videos — I know I spend way too much time creating videos for my podcast site. There is sooooo much content already on the Internet that it is often more efficient to use videos created by others. I recommend searching…

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Further Investigations Into Free Screencast Software

Further Investigations Into Free Screencast Software

Beth Kanter has got me thinking more about screencasting since I wrote my post on Quick Tips for Improving Screencasts because Beth loves Jing while I have mixed feelings. As Beth is way more experienced at screencasting, and my background is scientific research (yes I have kept that quiet), the only option was to investigate Jing deeper. The Jing Project by TechSmith is currently allowing people free use of Jing and their web-hosting service screencast.com to capture images (and add…

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The Edublogs Awards Finalists Announced…Your Opportunity To Discover New Educational Blogs and Resources

The Edublogs Awards Finalists Announced…Your Opportunity To Discover New Educational Blogs and Resources

WOW…I am very blown away honoured to learn that Mobile Technology in TAFE blog is a finalist in the 2007 Edublog Awards in three separate categories: Best Individual Blog; Best New Blog and Best Ed Tech Support blog. Thanks to my readers for nominating my blog for the awards. The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony which will be held in Second Life on Saturday December 8. In the meantime you can vote for your favourite finalists here…

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Quick Tips For Improving Screencasts!

Quick Tips For Improving Screencasts!

Michele Martin (The Bamboo Project) did her first screencast using Camtasia to create a video that shows new bloggers the evolution of a blog post from her reading an article in her feed reader, through posting her response to the article and the interactions that took place in comments on her blog and at the original post. But she was a little disappointed in the quality of the screencapture so I thought I would share some quick tips that will…

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Getting More Out Of Google Reader

Getting More Out Of Google Reader

Managing information using RSS is an important skill to learn however it is an area that people starting out struggle with. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) means that whenever new information is added to a site (e.g. your favourite blog) it comes to you instead of you having to continuously check the site. Read more about RSS here. My preferred way of managing information is iGoogle and Google Reader. This means all my email (via gmail) and RSS feeds e.g. blogs,…

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Smelling Roses and Blogging!

Smelling Roses and Blogging!

Confession! Been a bit quiet lately because I have taken some time to smell the roses — read books, watch meaningless TV. Really relaxing but has made me struggle with blogging. [Image by Auntie P] So today I decided that if blogging is not happening it is better to step away and do a podcast – especially since my poor podcast site has been neglected as a result of blogging. So made time to edit audio I recorded at Perth’s…

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Even More Fun With Photos

Even More Fun With Photos

Yep, was doing some serious investigations of Murdoch Universities 23 Things Program designed for librarians to learn about web 2.o technologies and my attention was grabbed by Thing 14: Image Generator. Why? Well playing around with the different image generators looks like fun but also is another quick way of creating images for blogs and presentations. I must have been living in a vacuum because I never realised there was sooooooo many online tools for image generation. Actually I was…

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Quick And Easy Ways To Get More Out Of Images

Quick And Easy Ways To Get More Out Of Images

Sarah Stewart (Sarah’s Musings) commented on my These Are My Favourite Tools! What Are Yours? post that as a result of my posts on presentation skills she has discovered FlickR and have started using the images on blog and in presentations but she is finding it time consuming finding images. What she would like is advice on quick and easy ways of finding images that you are allowed to use. So here are some of my suggestions: Search for images…

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My Advice On Being A More Effective Blogger!

My Advice On Being A More Effective Blogger!

Michele Martin (The Bamboo Project) has written some excellent posts on Getting Started with Blogging: Advice for New Bloggers from her readers and Maintaining your Blog: More Advice for New Bloggers from her readers. [image by Auntie P] Unfortunately I was busy back when Michele asked Readers for their Advice for New Bloggers so was unable to provide my advice; but since I have now caught up I thought I would add my tips to bloggers in this post. I…

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These Are My Favourite Tools! What Are Yours?

These Are My Favourite Tools! What Are Yours?

Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher Blog) did an absolutely amazing post titled Best of the Web: My Most Useful Tools where she shares her most useful websites/tools with her readers — READ IT — I found gems in her post that I had not tried [image by marie-ll] Vicki also encourages us all to take the time to share our most useful tools because we should be welcoming people new to using the Internet by sharing our tools — so…

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