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Skyped? Skyping? (August 31, 2004 04:56 PM)
I've not read much on Skype until I noticed via Joi Ito that a Mac version was out. Heck, I did not even know what it did! It appears to be a simple way to have audio conversations via the net, and even 3,4 way conversations. The trouble is I... «more»
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Abandon IE Now (August 31, 2004 09:54 AM)
In a world where human behavior is in accordance to PT Barnum's laws, we all would be using Internet Explorer. I am afraid we live in that world. I waste more time trying to fix CSS problems in IE than I care for. Why cannot those Microsoft engineers build a... «more»
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ASU Wiki Workshop (August 31, 2004 09:05 AM)
Last night, my friend and colleague Tom Foster invited be as a "guest expert" (hah!) for a class he is teaching at Arizona State University, "Social and Ethical Issues in Educational Media". The students were all K-12 teachers, librarians, and media specialists, and they had amazing, heroic energy for a... «more»
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The Sunday Triathalon (August 31, 2004 08:41 AM)
In preparation for a mid September Grand Canyon trip, this past Sunday I completed the unofficial, unsanctioned CogDogBlog triathalon, which will not be covered on NBC or commented on by Bob Costas. The event included: A two mile mountain bike ride to Camelback Mountain A grueling ascent and descent of... «more»
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Short Staffed (August 30, 2004 04:11 PM)
The CogDog will be doing a lot more running around for the time being. It is not just the zaniness of semester start up, but I am feeling the loss of a valuable part-time student programmer who has been with MCLI for 5 years. This reduces my technology staff from... «more»
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DirectorWeb at Ten (August 30, 2004 07:11 AM)
In another of our self-serving web celebrations, August 2004 marked the 10th year since we created the DirectorWeb, a resource site for users of Macromedia Director. We have an irregular scrapbook of the site showing some its evolution-- this was an early lesson on that in the rush to... «more»
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Blogs and Wikis: Two Outstanding EDUCAUSE Review Articles (August 28, 2004 10:31 PM)
Wow. That's about all, i can comment. Wow. The newest EDCAUSE Review has not one, but two top notch articles on things near and dear to the CogDog, blogs and wikis. These are so good I am ready to print them, something I almost never do (at least to stop... «more»
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ecto-ing from a PC (August 27, 2004 10:53 AM)
I am just testing the Windows version of ecto, the MovableType desktop editor. I am offering it to our newbie bloggers in the interest of making it easier for them to edit their Ocotillo Action Group blogs.. It is about the same as the Mac version, different panes, buttons in... «more»
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You Know Your Organization's Web Site Is A Mess... (August 27, 2004 12:07 AM)
... when it takes less time to find a department's web page via Google than navigating the main site itself.... «more»
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FIPPers Go GaaGaa for ePort (August 26, 2004 11:59 PM)
It's energizing to have an eager workshop audience.... today I demo-ed our Maricopa ePortfolio system for the new interns in our Faculty In Progress Program (FIPP). After a presentation on portfolio-ing by one of our experts from Mesa Community College. I showed them a mocked up fake ePort, and then... «more»
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Todd's Big IDEA: Firefox search plugin for MLX (August 25, 2004 09:01 PM)
Todd has done something cool. He published a search plugin for Mozilla/Firefox web browsers that provides a direct keyword search into the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX). I don't do a lot of browser hopping beyond testing on the major brands. I've taken the cues from the Zeldmans out there... «more»
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The Weeks Prep for "The" Canyon (August 25, 2004 11:07 AM)
Completely irrelevant to technology... but I am in a 3 week physical ramp up in preparation for a Grand Canyon backpack, 3 days, 2 nights down the Hermit Trail. I'm getting my 2-3 day a week bike commute, some good weekend climbs, like Camelback Mountain. The park service issues lots... «more»
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RSS Feeds for Maricopa ePortfolio (August 24, 2004 05:52 PM)
Today I cleaned my desk of paper piles, revamped the "todo" list that overflows from my whiteboard, and finished up a little experiment I had started on our ePortfolio site. Audree Thurman, the clever programmer of this nifty system, had developed a nifty approach for RSS feeds. There is a... «more»
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Hanging Out with Wyatt Earp (August 22, 2004 08:29 AM)
Who needs Broadway? Last night we were at the "theater" in Pine Arizona (that is the town community hall, an old school gym that still has the wooden basketball court floor), with $7 tickets to see the one performance by Wyatt Earp - that is his name and he is... «more»
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A Time to Blog, A Time to Wiki, A Time to… (August 21, 2004 11:30 PM)
Friday was our first meeting for this upcoming academic with the faculty co-chairs of our Ocotillo Action Groups. Part of this was planning, part of it catch up in the research they did over the summer, but the first bit was me trying to get them up to speed on... «more»
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RSS Feeds for Comments/Trackbacks Per Blog Post (August 18, 2004 11:52 PM)
I cannot remember why I started down this MT template path, but it was a fun journey. Somehow I stumbled into Phil Ringnalda's explanation on how to create RSS feeds for individual entries and comments. This seemed interesting- often when you write a comment to someone else's blog, there is... «more»
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Blogdigger- Wow (August 18, 2004 07:15 AM)
Within three hours of writing yesterday about Blogdigger (an RSS feed combiner that returns a group of feeds as a single feed), I got a nice comment from Greg at Bloggdigger who let me know that the filtering tools were still being tinkered. It's rewarding to get direct responses like... «more»
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EDUCAUSE Seminar: Objects, Trackback, RSS... maybe even the kitchen sink (August 17, 2004 10:56 PM)
FYI and for self (and colleague Brian Lamb) promotion... if you are attending EDUCAUSE 2004 (October in Denver), sign up now for our pre-conference seminar Decentralization of Learning Resources: Syndicating Learning Objects Using RSS, TrackBack, and Related Technologies: Customized collections of learning objects from multiple repositories are achieved with simple,... «more»
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Blogger is Growing Up (Slimming Down?) New Navbar replaces Ads (August 17, 2004 08:13 PM)
It helps to have a little operation named "Google" behind you. The free blogs from have trashed those big fat ad banners and replaced it with a svelte navigation bar. As reported by the designer Douglas Bowman of stopdesign, there are 4 flavors to choose from, and the bar... «more»
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Rip. Mix. Feed. How? (August 17, 2004 05:33 PM)
Apple had the perhaps now ill-fated "Rip, Mix, Burn" concept for music-- I am looking for something similar (less lawyer intensive) for RSS feeds. It is taking feeds breaking them apart, and rebuilding them into something new. We can rebuild 'em. Stronger. Faster. The Six Million Dollar Feed.... So it... «more»
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Irony: Blogs/Expert-Centric Views to Learning/Teacher-Centric Views (August 17, 2004 08:19 AM)
I told myself I would stop my critical writing mode kick, but am not listening. The RSS readers this morning brought in a Radiant Marketing link with interviews from the three of the Cluetrain dudes on the "future of blogging". Normally I would pass on something from a "Marketing Group"... «more»
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Zillman Blog Endless Link Loop: Where's the White Paper? (August 16, 2004 07:34 PM)
Sifting through the EDU_RSS feeds this evening, I found this reference: Bots, blogs and news aggregators The brilliant Marcus P. Zillman has compiled a free 20-page whitepaper on Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators (PDF). Good stuff. I'm working on a similar effort for a new Social Media blog I'm about... «more»
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Web-Unwieldly And Bowl Driving Ear (August 15, 2004 11:24 PM)
(I am reaching for an all-time obscure title for this entry). Out of curiosity, I followed a link from a TrackBack notification to this entry on Rino's Blog (in dutch): Weblogs voor studenten OK, we zijn het er na de posts van Alan Levine , Scott Leslie, Sybilla, Pierre, en... «more»
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Is Someone Calling Us? (August 15, 2004 09:51 PM)
flickr foto Is Someone Calling Us?available on my flickr Cadu and Mickey hear the sound of a bag of potato chips being opened... 3 miles away! It's hard enough to get people to pay attention to your blog, but when the dogs have wandering attention, what is one to... «more»
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To San Fran and Back: One Day for Horizon Project (August 14, 2004 10:49 PM)
I was a commuter today- a one day trip fro Phoenix to San Francisco for the NMC Horizon Project meeting... I am rather humbled and honored to be a part of a group of heavy hitters in the instructional technology realm- Phil Long from MIT (we first crossed paths at... «more»
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IndyJunior - maps of travels per year (August 13, 2004 11:27 PM)
It's been a while since I updated my data files for the nifty Flash mapping app- IndyJunior. This application reads coordinate data from an XML file, and maps locations and current geographic location. Check out the CDB travel maps for 2003 and 2004. By turning the template for this MT... «more»
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XSLT + RSS: Why Pretty for only some browsers or is some implementations? (August 13, 2004 10:40 PM)
I've been mildly curious about some of the new attempts at making RSS feeds more human readable at first click- rather than seeing ugly XML code, these "new" feed displays use CSS (Style sheets) and some sort of magical transform method called XSLT -- basically it means if you click... «more»
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Help Build a Free MediaSources Wiki? Please? (August 11, 2004 12:00 AM)
Taking some blindfolded tosses into the wiki pond, I am going to see if this stuff really works. It comes up in many circles, discussions of online course development, learning objects, and just today in the digital storytelling workshop: Where can I find sources of free media (images, audio, video)?... «more»
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Week of Digital Storytelling Workshop (August 10, 2004 01:34 PM)
I'm spending the bulk of this week helping out at a 40 hour "learnshop" our office sponsors for faculty, this one is on Bringing Digital Storytelling to the Classroom (ingore the June dates, this was so popular it has been repeated). Facilitators Linda Hicks and Rachel Woodburn have been co-teaching... «more»
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Best Quote (Today) About HTML (August 9, 2004 05:39 PM)
Phil Ringnalda provides a surgical view of the new MSN blog pages- beyond the wonderfully dense details, I loved this quote: The HTML is, of course, execrable. The one possible way they could have gotten some approving buzz from tech bloggers was to use extremely clean (X)HTML, but given the... «more»
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Gooey GUI Bloopers- Web Site Must Be a Self Referential Joke? (August 9, 2004 08:15 AM)
I picked this one off the pile of RSS feeds, GUI Bloopers a site supporting a book about software design "mistakes". I have to admit to not doing more than scanning the table of contents, so the book may be a fine treasure indeed, but the web page here just... «more»
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URL-ing it your way to easy audio, video clips- John Udell on Hypermedia and Blogging (August 8, 2004 09:42 AM)
Sometimes in the RSS grazing you zoom quickly past something that just has a tiny spark, and it registers- this might be big. I had that sensation upong finding this O'Reilly article from uber uber geek John Udell, Prime-Time Hypermedia: In the course of trying to transform my blog from... «more»
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Where the Wikis Are or Where Are the Wikis? (August 5, 2004 01:54 PM)
I believe in wikis.... but they are very strange internet things to wrap your head around. I met today with David, one of the co-chairs of our ePortfolio Ocotillo Action Group and we had an interesting discussion on how to make wikis approachable and appreciated (and used) by people who... «more»
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Feed2JS Build and Style Tools (August 4, 2004 05:56 PM)
Back to code. I modified the download-able version of our Feed2JS to provide local installations the same build and CSS select/modify tools we offer on the main site. The primary reason is getting it set up on a server in New Zealand for my pending visits there for workshops in... «more»
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Kick the Dog About the Blog (August 4, 2004 02:09 PM)
I asked for it. I got it. Some good, healthy, swift kicks regarding yesterdays 2 part frothy rants on This Ain't No Blogging (parts 1 and 2), both via comments and trackbacks. Thanks Scott, Dan. Stephen, James, David, Rino (I think, I cannot read Norwegian), Brian, Tom and everyone else... «more»
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"This A'int No Blogging" Part 2: Echo Blogging or Connecting (August 3, 2004 04:59 PM)
As hoped, I already got some bark backs on "This A'int No Blogging" Part 1: If a Blog Falls in the Woods.... And as rightfully pointed out, comments are not all there is to being part of the blogging community- see the well thought comments just made by Stephen Downes... «more»
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"This A'int No Blogging" Part 1: If a Blog Falls in the Woods... (August 3, 2004 07:38 AM)
I am going to write something in this first of two posts that I bet (and hope) a lot of people will disagree with. I want that. I want to hear your dissent. That is what this stuff is about. Here it is, I make my own artificial distinction between... «more»
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