Archive for August, 2007

Screencasting and other activities

August 28, 2007 1 comment

Sometimes a repeat article in more than one of my blogs is appropriate, so here is a duplicate of todays post in Webstuff2.

Leigh Blackall’s “What to Do” provides a group of instructional videos that engage you in some activities that will add to your PLE tool chest. I believe that as we experience new digital technologies we gain new potential as designer/developers and here you can pick and choose what is attractive and appropriate for your needs.

If you enjoy the videos and find some useful information, don’t hesitate to comment and thank Leigh for making these tutorials available. It never hurts to add a friend to our blogging network!

Categories: Learning things

Significance of Podcasting

August 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Podcasting is a simple technology that is achieved with an RSS file which uses an enclosure which adds audio, video, or still images to your feed. The addition of audio and video as well as images to your web communications greatly improves the potential effectiveness of your communication.

There are several ways of implementing a podcast and many uses for existing podcasts. We will focus on several skills related to podcasting in our Fundamentals of IMD class:

  1. Creating an original podcast using a simple microphone and Audacity software which is available for the Macintosh and Windows platforms as well as a portable app version that can be used from a pen drive. It is important to know how to create your own files simply because it opens the door to a lot of potential uses you may want to experience from creating a radio program or station using the internet for distribution, creating client content for specific projects, or just adding a special touch with having audio on your weblog.
  2. Use of web-based applications that are designed to create podcasts online and make them available for you through their site. All you have to do is link to the newly created files and your podcast is complete.
  3. Use a web-based services that create audio files of your weblog text.
  4. Learn how locate podcasts of interest to your personal learning goals

Podcasts are handy when you have an mp3 player as they allow you to listen to important or useful information when you have time to listen, such as during workouts, riding in a car, or any situation that leaves you free to do other things and yet have an audio input. Podcasts topics are available for practically any topic you are interested in, and there are many sources available similar to the blogging environment.

If you are new to podcasts and videocasts, I urge you to discover this fascinating world of online audio and video and make use of it for your unique purposes.

Categories: Class Activities

Sample Podcast

August 26, 2007 Leave a comment

The podcast about podcasting is an mp3 file created with Audacity on a Macintosh, exported as an mp3 file, and uploaded to the aidstudendworks directory. A user manual for using Audacity on a Mac or Windows system is located at the audacity wiki and contains all the information you will need to set up Auducity for your computer.

Categories: Class Activities

Stacy’s Personal Weblog

August 20, 2007 2 comments

Stacy’s personal blog has been added to the list of class blog sites. The listing is on the week 5 assignments page of the class website.

If anyone would like their personal blog listed on the aidfuser directory of student blogs, please email me and tell me so.

Categories: Uncategorized

Blogging and life

August 3, 2007 2 comments

I have to admit that I get inspired when I see others find meaning for themselves. The responses to Stephen Downes article made me feel like I understood each of you a little better, that you were real, honest, and engaged in the process of getting started with blogging. I hope you all learn what you want to learn from your experiences. Anytime that we find a way to communicate what is withheld, we learn and grow. Disclosure of the self is a wonderful growth experience and I agree with several of you that blogging can become a rich process for your life.

When you consider that there are around 53 million bloggers in the US alone (don’t get attached to those figures – but do Google blogging + statistics if you want to get a handle on it) obviously people are getting something out of the experience. My guess is that it is calming down a bit and we may see less blogs but I think more quality as those who provide good information become the mainstay of this unique form of communication. The Horizon Report for 2007 places “User-Created Content” at the top of its list of technologies to watch and that it will in all likihood find broad adoption in higher education within the next year. They indicate that “small tools and easy access have opened the doors for almost anyone to become an author, a creator, or a filmmaker.”

We will be working in class next week to help each other develop a plan for our blogs, using some of the concepts that Downes offers and some tools for planning. So bring your excitement and your ideas and let’s work to make it a reality for each of us.

Categories: Class Activities