Friday, July 31, 2009


I worked within the constructs of my school moodle--that way I can use it with Nagel students this year. The Moodle has a nice orderly set up that I think Middle School students could follow. The home page is not cluttered. I have the capability of highlighting the current assignment or class. I found it has lots of possibilities--quizes, surveys etc that can make this an interactive site. I like that you can be linked within the moodle or have outside links. It was relatively intuitive to set up. I had the most difficulty linking a PowerPoint but that was due updating PowerPoint. It is neat that you can have a wiki right within the site. I was wondering if this would be easier for Middle school students to use than a webquest?
I set my moodle up to be a back up to the required classes I teach in the media center to chat about reading and technology. I know that covers a lot but I do a lot and it is nice to have one site that will contain all elements. I have links to my wiki's and blogs--one stop shopping! I have used moodle for our TABLET cadre--it was a great way to have the self-directed learning and discussions.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Okay Okay So I Had the Skills Within Me!

Alright--so I go to a colleague who has used this before and she says--you're are doing it correctly. A few little property changes and I am on my way. So I think I have linked everything I can think of--except addtional resources--I will do that Sunday and I an going to upload it to Lunar Pages to our server at school. This is a lot of work. My tech person said, asked me why I didn't just use a site that has a template--that's what I would've used. Okay but know I am trying to prove that I can do this and I am sure I will have better problem solving skills because of this!
Now I need to do a little research on what the URL should be. I won't make the same major mistake twice--putting a "dot" in beteen 2 and 0 threw the whole html code into a tizzy! It is starting to come together! Karen :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dream or Nightmare?

So, I am moving along in Dreamweaver and now I can't link my pages within my website--so now it's time to collaborate with staff that has used this software. I have watched many tutorials and now am a little concerned about pulling this whole website together. More when I get some HELP! Karen :0

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dream On!

Okay so I contacted someone to help me to get started on Dreamweaver last week and now find out that we could use a template site but now that I am started on Dreamweaver--I guess I need to see it through! Perhaps extra credit points! The biggest problem I see right now is that my overall look as a first time web site will not look as good or professional as template would have! Oh well!

Here's what I know so far. In Dreamweaver you work in Tables. Everything is set up in tables. You can even have "nested" tables--tables within tables. Once you set up tables you can merge the cells to make bigger spaces. The text is really weird too! Everything is shifted to the left.
I can not just click my cursor and start typing. The cursor starts in the middle of the table--agh! And where is that really pale blue color that I wanted for a background? Not available I guess.

So dream on if you think this is going to be exactly what I want! :0

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Podcasting Terms

So here's what I found out:

An encoder is a device or programs that is used to encode or compress an Audio or a Video file so that it can be stored or transmitted.

WAV format is the format for storing sound in PC’s—can be used on all Windows software.

MP3 is another encoder that has 3 layers—that has the best resolution. It also removes sounds that we cannot even hear!

Unless the MP3 was chosen because it may have the better resolution.

I will be curious to see if all the kids will be able to open and play the podcast!


Podcasting has a lot of possibilities! I have used audacity in a couple of other classes for other projects. In Dr. Kovalik class we took PowerPoint and audacity and dropped them both into movie maker for a great looking presentation. In Dr. Harper's class we podcasted a book chat. Dr. Ingram used them in his design for feedback.

It was fun to decide what to podcast and then write a script. I think the key to a good podcast is practice, practice and more practice! I know when I have practiced enough--I don't have a lot of ums in my finished project.
My podcast went out to my summer readers today--I can't wait to hear what they think!

I still struggle with putting music in--not always easy! I am not sure I understand all the different files that music can be import/export. Now I did remember that we do not save this file but we export the file to be used in other software. For audacity to stand alone, this time we needed to export as an MP3. This was a little more challenging as well. I guess I neeeded to get a LAME encoder to export as a MP3 file. So I am off to Webopedia to get some definitions of these WEB terms. BBL Karen :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Switching Gears

Okay--since the website assingment overwhelmed me today--I switched gears--going to focus on podcast first. Did all of the readings that Dr. Ingram posted and used a book called:

Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology by Justin reich and Thomas Daccord (2008)

It has great application ideas! I think I will email Dr. Ingram with possible ideas!

Then a little down time--another 6 hours in front of a computer screen should be my limit!
Karen :)