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Halleulah!? MT 3.1 As Courseware (July 31, 2004 09:04 AM)
Recently bouncing around a few edublogs are echos of Liz Lawley's MT Courseware 3.1 is coming: The announcement about new features in the upcoming MT3.1 release has gotten me excited about revising my courseware for this fall. In particular, the multi-blog option (“A plugin which allows you to include template... «more»
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The Power of Grouping RSS Feeds (July 31, 2004 08:36 AM)
I've been using my CDB Bloglines site mainly to run a master copy of my regular RSS feeds (keep my home and work computers in synch). But playing with grouping of feeds, I've found some new tricks to play with. I had just been dumping all feeds into one Bloglines... «more»
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Raising the White Flag on our Course Management System Data Collection (July 29, 2004 04:10 PM)
As far as course management systems, the Maricopa system has quite the diversity for course management systems- 2 colleges using WebCT (moving Fall 2004 to a shared Enterprise server), 6 using Blackboard, 1 using MIDAS, a derivative of the Anlon product, and 1 developing a brand new LMS/CMS to pilot... «more»
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Tom, Here's an Interface for Ya! (July 28, 2004 09:41 PM)
Tom Hoffman, blogther (="blog+author", eh?) of Tuttle SVC wrote today about an interest in two-person interfaces: What occurred to me is that there are lots of jobs in real life where you have two people collaboratively operating one machine or even one set of data on paper, but I can't... «more»
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One More Flickr-y Post (July 28, 2004 05:21 PM)
flickr foto Pass the Suflur, Pleaseavailable on my flickr Most folks who have been to the Vancouver waterfront have likely marveled at this yellow mound- a ferry ride, a lot of pixels, and some cropping got me a nice closeup. I have dinkered away a bit more time than... «more»
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Blogging Photos FROM Flickr (July 28, 2004 03:59 PM)
flickr foto On the Waterfrontavailable on my flickr A nice day in the harbour of bustling Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Remarkly, when I told Canadians I visited Ucluelet (which took a week to learn the correct pronounciation), they invariable smiled and said, "Ah, Tofino" (which,... «more»
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Stephen Blogs then Spammers Mob (July 27, 2004 06:08 PM)
I hold Stephen Downes as the uber edu-blogger- and givne his following, when he mentions one of our sites like he did today, the comments come flying in, the Trackback meter spikes... and as an un-intended sign of the ripples in the net, the spammers swarm in like a bunch... «more»
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Staking My Claim (July 27, 2004 03:32 PM)
No Need to Click Here - I'm just claiming my feed at Feedster... «more»
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More RSS Joins for the Ocotillo Action Groups (July 27, 2004 10:43 AM)
Recently, I outlined our "small pieces (not so loosely) joined" approach for setting up a system of blogs + wikis + discussion boards for the work next year by our faculty-led action groups. These groups will be leading activities next year related to Learning Objects, ePortfolios, Hybrid Course structures, and... «more»
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When Blogs Soar (Like a Pb Balloon?) (July 25, 2004 09:01 AM)
I fervently believe in the power of potential of weblogs, for students, teachers, and people in general, as a powerful, expressive platform, and have been beating the drum for the last year and a half. At the same time, I also wonder, with a Keith Moon accent, whether they will... «more»
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Mmmmmmm Mighty Mud Mania (July 23, 2004 05:24 PM)
Thanks to our 4 day summer work week, I had today free to volunteer for Scottsdale's Mighty Mud Mania, a 21-year old event that draws more than 10,000 kids to romp through obstacle courses full of gooey mud. It began in the 1970s as some promotion for a cleaning product,... «more»
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Survived (July 22, 2004 09:34 PM)
In regards to the yesterday's bike accomplishment, make that two in a row. Today was uneventful, the only encounters were with a covey of quail along the Arizona Canal. When we bicycle, we are all Lance, careening down the cobblestone roads at 50 mph, accelerating our way up the French... «more»
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A Love Affair with Blogs (July 21, 2004 04:17 PM)
A faculty member I am nudging into blogging shared this beautiful essay about blogging, Show Me Your Context, Baby: My Love Affair with Blogs by Kate Baggott. I would try to summarize, but this award winning essay says it all: Show me your context, baby. I already know the world... «more»
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Back In the Saddle (July 21, 2004 02:42 PM)
Completely unrelated to technology... Today, after two months of excuses and ignoring the messages from Mirror Mirror on the Wall, I got back on the bicycle for my 11 mile commute to work. And today's weather was so... optimal? Here in Phoenix we are expecting a record high of 112... «more»
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Todd Steps in with the First Feed2RSS New Style (July 21, 2004 02:28 PM)
At least someone out there is reading my drivel. Todd Slater responded to the call for CSS Bonsai Gardens and quickly shared a new style available for anyone, "ZanestatefeedsYahoo". I added some tweaks that allow me to share a demo of what this new feed looks like. Check it out!... «more»
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How to Stop HTML Thieves (July 20, 2004 10:54 PM)
A frequent question we get from our Writing HTML tutorial is: "what code can I use to prevent people from viewing/stealing the source code of my web pages?" and the answer is very similar to what i say to people when they want to protect their images on web pages... «more»
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Not a Big WordPress fan (July 20, 2004 05:07 PM)
Just stumbled into LiteraryMoose, who minces no words about The Misery of Open-Source Software or Why I don't Use Wordpress This document collects some thoughts on WordPress 1.2, supposedly the greatest invention since sliced ice cubes. What they claim on their front page, is argued point by point, based on... «more»
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Feed2JS Style Tools: Bonsai CSS Zen Garden? (July 20, 2004 10:57 AM)
I have just twiddled some new tools to help users of Feed2JS to create their customized styles for output created by this service/script. In a total and polite rip off of the css Zen Garden site, I am hoping some designers out there might mess around with the new style... «more»
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MLX: Critical Mass or Wide Load? (July 17, 2004 10:32 PM)
It's been our belief that it would take time for our Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) to reach that magical tipping point, critical mass- when it contained enough content, resources, objects, ideas that our users could easily find something useful for themselves that they would be self-compelled to add their own... «more»
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ePortfolio Survey Results (inside an ePort) (July 15, 2004 05:26 PM)
Thanks to six of you who took up my offer to complete a silly survey inside my eportfolio. Well, there is one ringer in there, at least. And someone else got very serious about answering the open ended questions, but helped us clear up a bug. So not only can... «more»
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Nice PHP, with Class: FeedCreator (July 15, 2004 01:50 PM)
FeedCreator.class.php- File this one away for future or near future code use. FeedCreator.class.php provides an easy way to create RSS feeds from within PHP using ease to use classes. * creates valid feeds according to RSS 0.91, 1.0 or 2.0 as well as PIE 0.1 (deprecated), OPML 1.0, Unix mbox... «more»
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Phone Cam Fine Art: SENT (July 15, 2004 07:09 AM)
Taking place in Los Angeles starting July 10, 2004, SENT brings perhaps your cheesy phone camera snapshots to a level of fine art? Images will be invited to be submitted by the public. It looks like it may be too let to send your phone snaps, but stay tuned... «more»
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Small Pieces (Not So?) Loosely Joined (and already spammed) (July 15, 2004 12:24 AM)
Our NMC 2004 Small Pieces session intended to make a case for creating effective net-based collaboration using a discrete set of free tools, not so tightly controlled. This was fine, fun, and (frilly), but I wanted to describe here how we are trying to implement this for some real work.... «more»
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Pounding the Jade Server (July 14, 2004 05:32 PM)
Crikies! We just got around to setting up AWstats for our "Jade" server that runs our blogs as well as the Feed2JS contraption. For just a week of running, in the middle of a hot and slow summer, we see: 561,000 hits (42k per day)99,000 unique visitors (11k per day)... «more»
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Fugu Rocks sFTP- better than the Captain, The Dud, The Truck, The Duck (July 14, 2004 03:04 PM)
More and more I have needed a Mac OSX SFTP client for moving web content to various servers- we have knocked off open FTP on all of our web servers, and I need it now for loading content to SourceForge. Pity that my long friend Fetch, used since the early... «more»
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First MLX Package Created by Non-Maricopan (July 13, 2004 03:49 PM)
History has been made! Pat Delaney has created the first package in the new open source MLX demonstration site, with his MLX Package on Twinned Manila sites for k-12 student publishing. We still have a lot of work to do on the site, yes there are missing links, the RSS... «more»
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3 Steves And a Blog (July 12, 2004 10:26 PM)
I could not resist coming up with a cute name for a blogspace for Steve Gilbert, Stephen Ehrmann, and Steve Saltzberg, all with the TLTGroup (Teaching, Learning, Technology Group)- hence 3 Steves And a Blog. This started when I proposed to the Charles Ansorge, the current maintainer of the TLTGroup's... «more»
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FlipSite: 5, 6 years of Coin Flip Simulations (July 12, 2004 09:19 AM)
I just cleaned up a bug in a golden oldie web site, and it is playing music again. The Interactive FlipSite was created so long ago I cannot remember exactly for sure, at least before 1998. The purpose was to create a site to illustrate simple probability for basic mathematics... «more»
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Cocktails Needed Feed (July 11, 2004 08:28 AM)
Browsing sites registering as users of Feed2JS I discovered this morning that there is now a feed to provide updates on the Cocktail of the Week. Who would know there was such a thing? Apparently David Berghouse has been publishing this site from Australia since 1995, quite a nice stretch!... «more»
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Free PDF Creation Tool (Yawn...) (July 10, 2004 03:19 PM)
pdfMachine is a $49 PC app for generating PDF files: Our pdf writer pdfMachine converts a print stream from an application directly into a PDF. Once you have installed the pdf writer, open your document that you want to convert, then click “print”, select the “Broadgun pdfMachine printer” and that’s... «more»
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North of the Border....... (eh?) (July 9, 2004 11:36 PM)
It's been more than a while since our return from visiting 2 weeks in Canada, so before all the brain cells rot, here is an attempt to summarize a glorious trip. I managed to snap more than 600 photos (tossed about half), and still they really do not capture the... «more»
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Thinking, Writing About the Small Pieces (NMC 2004) (July 7, 2004 09:13 PM)
Brian Alger has been doing some nice reflecting on the concepts of our NMC 2004 "Small Piecess Loosely Joined" idea- recently writing about "Weblogs: Which Pieces and How Should They Joined? (NMC 2004)"... I would have written, but Brian's blog lacks a comment function (I find that a gaping large... «more»
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Survey/Quiz Tool inside ePortfolio ("Desert and a Floor Wax?") (July 7, 2004 12:03 PM)
Audree has been busy.... she is the developer of the ePortfolio tool built first at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and also running in our office as "Maricopa eP" for the rest of our system. Over the last few weeks, she has added new tools and features, based on faculty and student... «more»
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quickSub: A Path Around the Pesky Little Bothersome XML Icon? (July 7, 2004 08:27 AM)
Once again serendipity on stumbling intoquickSub - a little piece of CSS and JavaScript code to perhaps add some more usability to the RSS links? I agree mostly with others contentions on the problems with posting an or icon on a web page where the human followed link is a... «more»
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Tiny Improvement for Feed2JS and New Site Features (July 7, 2004 12:12 AM)
Just for fun, I added a rather small feature to the Feed2JS script/service; Curt Whittaker had emailed requesting: It would be nice if the script could have alternate text if there are no items in the current feed. For example, we are looking to use this for our Calendar of... «more»
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Willow Fire Photos (July 6, 2004 08:10 PM)
Monday night we drove home to Phoenix skirting the edge of the active Willow wildfire and was awed/dismayed at how the smoke completely obscured the Mazatzal range-- the front in the photos below was only 1/2 mile from the Beeline Highway (AZ87) and the radio was reporting that the Beeline... «more»
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XPlana Resurrected (July 6, 2004 03:52 PM)
A month a go I barked rather severely about the disappearance of XPlana's blog -- I thought there was a comment but maybe it was a private email from someone there (?? my brain is mush, I cannot recall who it was) that fessed up that links to the new... «more»
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RSS Equalizer- Order Before Midnight Tonight and Get the Free Turnip Twaddler! (July 3, 2004 11:41 PM)
Beware of long scrolling web sites that start with: Attention: If you would like to get your Web pages to the top of search results (with very little effort), this letter is for you... "Discover An Amazing 'Technology' That Will Give You An Unfair Advantage Over Your Competitors And Increase... «more»
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Real Heros (July 3, 2004 08:00 AM)
I am enjoying the last leg of a nice long vacation at our cabin in the pine forests near Strawberry, Arizona. Not unique in the west or elsewhere in the world, we are in the ninth year of a drought, and the forests are bone dry. Just 10 miles to... «more»
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Small Pieces Loosely Spammed (wiki grafiitti?) (July 3, 2004 07:42 AM)
There are interesting threads to read on peeling the layers of RecentChanges in wikis. While reflecting on the Small Technologies Loosely Joined NMC 2004 session we did last month ion Vancouver, I noticed that someone had taken the effort to paste a bunch of porn URLs on the front page,... «more»
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