Friday, December 31, 2004

IT Conversations

Want to hear the latest is among IT professionals? Go to this site. The subtitle of this site is "News Ideas Through Your Headphones" which refers to the fact that you can get podcasts of the conversations.
IT Conversations : What is podcasting?

This is the place to go to learn about podcasting. This site won't help you learn how to create a podcast; rather, it explains what podcasting is, supplies a directory of podcasts, and has a link to download iPodder, software needed to access podcasts. There are other Podcast readers (I guess that's what you call them), which can be found at : What is podcasting?

FORRET.COM Blog: How to Podcast with Blogger and SmartCast

Here's another website that explains how to to use Blogger and the SmartCast feature at FeedBurner to create a Podcast.
FORRET.COM Blog: How to Podcast with Blogger and SmartCast

Hugo Schotman: Using iSight as a Microphone for Podcasting

This article explains how to use the microphone that is built into the iSight camera to produced the audio clips for a Podcast.
Hugo Schotman: Using iSight as a Microphone for Podcasting

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Recording Skype Calls

Do you use Skype, the free Internet service for making phone calls? If you are a Macintosh user with OS X, you can record your Skype conversations using the instructions given at this site:
Webcrumbs: Recording Skype Calls

This may be a nice tool to use in a distance education (or even a F2F teaching situation (as long as the students have a computer in front of them that has a microphone). After the discussion is finished, the file could be posted on a web page for later accessing, or posted in a Course Management System, such as Blackboard.

How to create a Blogger Account and How to Podcast

There are a series of online videos that illustrate how to create a blogger account then use it to create a podcast. Links to these videos can be found at

The link provided at the top of this post will take you to the first video. It and the links to the others are provided here:

Set Up Your Free Blogger Account

Set Up Your Free Feedburner Account

Set Up Your Free Audioblogger Account

Your First Totally FREE Podcast

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) - Engadget -

Want to know how to create a Podcast. Look at this site. Some of the instructions are a little bit sketchy but this will give you the general idea.

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) - Engadget - "How to get Podcasts and also make your own"

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a "digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form." Like a paper library, [they] provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public." At this site, there are movies, still images, audio, texts,etc.

A page called Podcasting 101 can be found here.

Internet Archive

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Skype - Free Internet telephony that just works

Teaching a distance course? Try Skype. This software works with all platforms.
Skype - Free Internet telephony that just works

AquaMinds - NoteTaker

This is some neat software that I wish I used more because one of the neat things it can do is convert your documents into Web pages with tabs on the side for each of the major categories that you create in your Notebook. A free Reader is also available for OS X. I wish they would create a Reader for Windows XP so I could share my documents with my XP students.
AquaMinds - NoteTaker

Delicious Library

Need to catalog your personal library of books, music, and movies. This software allows you to read the barcode found on the back of the item using your iSight Camera. It then connects to Amazon, find the image and other information about the item, and puts that into your library. Works pretty well but you have to a little careful when you put the barcode up to the iSight camera so it reads it correctly.

Delicious Library

Friday, December 24, 2004

Firefox stopped working - didn't find solution

All of a sudden, for no apparent reason, Firefox quit working. When I would start it, the TalkBack feature started up. Talkback is a built-in feature in Firefox that starts up when Firefox crashes and gives you the opportunity to send a message to (I guess that's where it goes). When I dumped the Mozilla folder found within the Application Support folder (within the Library folder), and then restarted Firefox, I still got the same problem. For a while Mozilla worked but then it stopped working too. So, I discovered on one of the support pages at Mozilla that I can get a "rebuild" for the Mac by going to I downloaded this guy's latest version of Firefox and it seems to work so far.

Spoke too early--- I opened a tab and went to bloglines. ( As soon as I went there, Firefox crashed. Discovered that it also quit when I open more tabs. I've trashed it and given up. :-(

So now I have downloaded Netscape Navigator. Normally, I use Safari but when I compose posts for this blog, Safari doesn't show the various Compose features that are available in Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape. These features include various formatting features such as bold, italicized, hyperlinking, text justifying, numbered list, bulleted list, etc.

Flickr Animation of your Pics

You should really check out Flickr. There are some neat things you can do there. One of the neat things you can do is to put a Flash animation of your pics on your web site. Learn how to do this by going to

SnapZ Pro

SnapZ Pro is a nice product that allows you to capture an entire screen, a portion of the screen, or a window. If you pay more, you can get the version that allows you to create movies of the screen actions. You can get SnapZ Pro from Ambrosia.

[posted with ecto]


There is software called ecto that allows you to easily post to your blog. It has some nice editing features. It also spell checks as you type. One of the things I notice when posting to my blog in blogger is that if I use Safari, I don't have access to various editing features so I have to use Firefox or Mozilla.

Here's an example of what can be done with ecto.
  1. You can create a numbered list (which I have done here with ecto).
  2. You can choose the font and the the characters can be italicized, bold,
  3. underlined, and strike-through.
  4. You can change the font and the size (this is Geneva, 14 font).
  5. You can change the font color. (This the web-safe color, CC3333).
  6. You can create a hyperlink - My Learning Digitally Web site. You can specify whether the link will open in the same window, new window, same frame, or parent frame.
  7. There are other text-editing features that I'm not describing.
You can learn more about ecto by going to

[posted with ecto]

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Monday, December 13, 2004

Ryan next to sign at beach in Lincoln City, OR

This is my son after he climbed a hill at the beach in Lincoln City, OR. The sign indicates that you are not to pass this point.
Ryan next to sign at beach in Lincoln City, OR
Originally uploaded by JMJBioMan. has a nice service which allows you to quickly post a picture you have posted at Flickr onto Blogger.

Friday, November 19, 2004


I just learned about podcasting a couple of days ago. I guess this technology, which involves attaching a mp3 file to a RSS feed. The attachment is called an enclosure. I think there are some great possible uses for podcasting in education. Go to Podcasting for Education to see some thoughts on this topic.

You can also go to the wikipedia site on podcasting to learn more about podcasting - Wikipedia-Podcasting

For those of you who use WordPress to generate blogs, podcasting has come to WordPress. Go to Podcasting coming to WordPress to learn more.

Here's an article about how to create your own Podcast - How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own).

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Hello : Introducing BloggerBot

I just discovered another site (in addition to Flickr that allows you to upload your pictures to your blog. Click on the link below to go to

Hello : Introducing BloggerBot

Shakespearean Insult Generator

I will be showing a Shakespeare class how to set up a blog. During my ramblings this morning, I came across the Shakespearean Insult Generator. I'm not sure if they will think it's funny. :-)
Shakespearean Insult Generator

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Olympic Park in Atlanta

This was taken while attending the SITE conference in March of 2004. If you click on the picture, it will take you to the web site for Flikr, the free web service that allows you to post your photos online for others to see and to automatically post them to your blog.
Originally uploaded by JMJBioMan.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Creating Audio files for your blog

You can learn about audio files by clicking on the link above and then by going to Audioblogger. You can also go to FAQ for Audioblogger to get more info.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Audio files are now possible on your blog

this is an audio post - click to play

You can now add audiofiles to your blog. Click on the link above and a new window will open with a short audioclip welcome.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Weblogs in Education

I'm wanting to learn more about how blogging is used in education. A good site to check out is Weblogg-ed:Using Weblogs in Education. Here are some articles about the topic:

A company that will sell you software for creating your own weblogs and will host your blogs on their server is Radio UserLand. The service costs $40/year.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

One of the books that I am currently reading is Creating Significant Learning Experiences by L. Dee Fink. Although this book is not specifically aimed at the use of instructional technology, many of the principles that are discussed can be implemented using instructional technology.