Thursday, October 27, 2011

43 Interesting Ways to use QR Codes in the Classroom!

My first DEN LC Blog Post!

I'll be posting on Tuesdays to the DEN LC Blog for the State of Georgia-- Sign up to get the blog posts if you haven't yet become a STAR Educator on the Discovery Site!
ALWAYS use the GPB link to access Discovery Education if you work in Georgia.  It sends a vital message that we use the program by counting the number of times we access the site!

Become a STAR educator on the Discovery Site! It's easy, FREE, and you'll have access to numerous resources, ideas, tutorials.  Let's have 100% of our staff become STARS this month! After logging in, click BECOME A STAR EDUCATOR on the top right.  You'll also get free goodies in the mail from time to time.  And who doesn't need free goodies??
To login to DIscovery Education:
1.- Go here:
2.- Scroll down- look on the LEFT side of the page- Login to Discovery using pass code your school media center will provide if you are in Georgia- or use your personal login if you have one.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

DEN Discovery Educators Network Tech or Treat 2011 at GPB!

Tech or treat 2011 highlights-

Georgia Backyard - great, yet underused, resource

Today in Georgia history on Gpb website- great to integrate w/ morning news show

GBI - Sue Dowling presented about Cyber Safety initiative and how to receive training

Virtual Conference- Wes Fryer

How to use multimedia in more innovative ways....180 photo challenge, SHARE playing with audio, Soundcloud, think about a Sound Blog!Record audio about what is happening at school. - allows you. Email audio,video,images and quickly blog. Search this site for a sound blog. - I learned a new term today- PHLOG - a phone log online

what does every classroom need?
Every classroom needs 3 things: Home Base (website), Newspapers (blogs, etc to share work and info), and Digital Lockers
Google sites are great for this- everyone needs a blog which allows for comments. Every website should have moderated comments.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dropbox will Simplify Your Life- David Pogue

David Pogue-  One of my favorite columnists- very  witty and intelligent!
I'd subscribe to his RSS feed if I were you! :)

Weebly- Websites and Blogs for Students and Teachers

I have been using Weebly to create websites and blogs (coming soon) for myself and my students.  What a simple, user-friendly site! If you end up signing up for Weebly- please use my link because I might get another free student account or a toaster or something for everyone who uses this link:

Here is an idea for Weebly use in the media center-- a "book request" form for students to fill out when requesting new titles.  A "Tech Support" request for students needing help or instructions.  An application to become a library assistant.
Anything you are having patrons complete with paper and pencil can become a form in Weebly--
I did buy the "pro" version and it is a purchase I have used repeatedly in my media center.
It also allowed me to create 40 STUDENT websites (linkled to my one paid account).  It has been a valuable tool and I do plan to renew this license.

Here are the instructions I sent home with students:

October 10, 2011,  From: Sandi Dennis, F.AVE Media/Tech Specialist  
WELCOME Junior Media Specialists!
You are receiving this letter because you turned in your signed form on time and checked YES for creating a website.

I am so glad you have decided to make a website about the books you read!
This set of instructions might seem complicated- but just take it step by step and do a little bit every day and your site will be great really soon!

Your website login info. is attached. 
If you do not have Internet access at home, you may ask your teacher to allow you to work on your site during the school day.  Mrs. Dennis can help you during the day.

Your to-do list by the end of October: (steps 1-7)

1.     Look at Mrs. Dennis’ cat’s blog:  This is an example of how you will be reviewing books this year… from the point of view of an animal or pet.  Your animal’s website will be linked to my blog in November! J

2.  Log in to your animal’s website and experiment with the design styles.  The login is attached.  The COMPLETE beginner’s how-to guide is here-

3.  Give your site a title like “Buster’s Book Reviews” or “Scotty’s Super Books”.

4.  Take a picture of your pet.  OR- get a picture of an animal and save it to your computer.

5.  Try to upload the picture of your pet to your site.

6.  Introduce your pet and your website in a text box like Mrs. Dennis introduced her cat. Example of the right way to describe your pet: “Hi I’m Buster, Susie’s dog.”  Or “Welcome to Book Reviews for Ponies Who Love to Read (PWLTR)!”(See step 6a)

6a.   If you are very advanced, you may make a Voki ( to add an avatar to your site that looks like you or your pet.  (This is optional- in Voki, click PUBLISH, copy the embed code, then in Weebly add a “custom HTML” box, click in the box and PASTE your code, publish your site to see Voki avatar).

7.  Add a picture of the first book you will review (you do not have to write the review yet).  Use to find a picture, or take a digital photo, or draw your own picture and scan it in and upload it.

Important: Please DO NOT put your last name anywhere on the website.  FIRST NAMES ONLY!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to Embed almost Anything on your Website!

Learn how to embed almost anything in your HTML web pages from Flash videos to Spreadsheets to high resolution photographs to static images from Google Maps and more.
Embed RSS Feeds in Web Pages
Go to this page, replace the feed URL with your own feed, use the default color scheme or change it to something else and then click Get Code. You'll get a JavaScript snippet that can be easily placed in the sidebar of your blog.
If you like to embed feeds from multiple sources, merge all of them into one using Yahoo Pipes and then pass the combined feed to the Google Gadget. You can also use RSS widgets like WidgetBox or YourMinis that are done in Flash and not JavaScript.
Embed High Quality or HD YouTube Videos
To embed a high resolution version of YouTube clip in your web pages, first make sure that “Watch in High Quality” or “Watch in HD” link exists next to the YouTube player as most videos are only available in standard format.
Next copy the YouTube embed code and append &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 (for high quality) or &ap=%2526fmt%3D22 (for 720p High Definition) to the URL value of the movie parameter in both instances (see YouTube HD example).
Embed MP3 music and other Audio
If you like to embed audio files like songs, podcasts or interviews in your web pages, use Yahoo! Media Player - its a free Flash music player that automatically detects all links to MP3 files in the current web page and turns them into a music player.  Another alternative is the Google MP3 Player.
To embed other audio formats like 3GP, Midi, Real or Windows Media, it may be a good idea to convert these files into MP3 using Zamzar so that they play on almost any web browser.
Embed Flickr Photos and Slideshows
To embed an individual Flickr photograph in your blog, click the "Share This" link (available next to the photo title) and choose embed it. Flickr requires that the embedded image should link back to Flickr and this built-in embed option automatically takes care of that requirement. (see example)
To embed a Flickr photo slideshow in your web page, open any Slideshow in a new page (see example) and choose "Customize HTML" from the embed option (see example). Here you can specify a custom size for your Flash slideshow so that it fits just right into your web page.
Embed Picasa Web Albums
When you open a photo album inside Picasa, click the link in the right sidebar that says "Link to this album" and choose "Embed Slideshow". You can use the same approach to embed individual photographs that are available inside Picasa.
Embed Events from Google Calendar
Click the drop-down arrow next to any Google Calendar and select Calendar settings. Open the Google Embeddable Calendar Helper program by clicking the customize button and choose elements that you want to display or hide in the calendar.
Embed Very Large Photographs
To embed really large images in your blog, you may either use Deep Zoom or the Google Maps viewer. These programs break your photographs in small tiles and you can even pan / zoom across these images very similar to the default interface of Google Maps.
Embed Charts and Graphs in Web Pages
My personal favorite is Zoho Sheet – any chart created inside Zoho Sheet can be published as an external image without exposing the full spreadsheet. If you are interested in creating charts with low volume of data, use Google Charts. 
Embed GIF Animations and Screencasts
GIF animations (see example) are a perfect way to embed short screencasts in web pages as they require no plugins and auto-play inside feed readers. You should upload GIF files to your Flickr account as it preserve all the frames while lot of other image hosting website will drop anything after the first frame.
Embed Chat in your Blog
If you like to chat with visitors who are currently on your site, get the chat widget from Meebo Me and place it in the sidebar of your website. Visitors show up in your Meebo buddy list so you can strike up a conversation, answer questions, or just keep tabs on guests. Also see some more options to embed chat in blogs.
Embed Word Documents
Upload your document to Scribd and they'll give you the embed code in Flash. Scribd supports both doc and the new Office 2007 docx format in addition to Open Office documents. Even Barack Obama is using Scribd to upload his public documents and upcoming plan.
Embed PowerPoint Presentations
While the popular choice is Slideshare, you should also consider using Issuu (best web application) for presentations that are either large or formatted in the form of magazines or catalogues (see example). The only downside is that Issuu accepts PDFs so you need to convert the presentation before uploading onto Issuu.
Embed Spreadsheet Data
Both Zoho Sheet and Google Docs allow you to publish a range of cells from a spreadsheet into a web page but the embedding process in Zoho is less complicated - select a range and choose "Publish" from the contextual menu to embed that range into your web page.
Embed Adobe PDF Files
To embed PDFs in a web page, you can either use Issuu (for magazine style PDFs) or Scribd for PDFs has either have lot of text or have a top-to-bottom reading layout similar to Word documents.
Embed Flash (SWF) or Flash Video (FLV)
The best option to embed Flash content is via swfobject. It improves the overall user experience by providing alternatives in case Flash is missing and your Flash content also becomes more searchable. This tutorial has all the files and other details to help you get started with SwfObject 2.
Related: How to Embed FLV Flash Videos
Embed LinkedIn Profile
If you wish to display your LinkedIn profile in the sidebar of your blog, try LinkInABox. People (site visitors) can read a summary of your LinkedIn profile without leaving the site.
Embed Google Maps in Web Pages
Embedding a Google Map in your website is now almost as easy as adding an image – just open the Static Maps wizard, search for location that you want to embed and specify the dimensions of your map. They’ll provide a simple URL that actually points to a static image of that map.  
Embed Another Webpage in your Blog
If you like to embed another website into your web page, your best bet is an IFRAME tag also known as an Inline Frame. Just set the SRC value to the address of the web page that you want to embed into your current HTML document. You could try IFRAMEs for inserting live search results from Google into your web page without having to worry about APIs.
Embed Windows Media or QuickTime movies
While it is possible to embed mov or wmv videos in web pages directly using the OBJECT tag, I recommend that you put these videos onto and then embed them in web pages as Flash video.  That’s because your visitors can then play the video without extra plugins and two, they always have the option to download the video in the original format from servers.
Embed Other Fonts in Web Pages
Most web pages use universal fonts like Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana since they are installed on most computers and hence your web pages will render correctly. If you want to try something different and render pages in fonts like Microsoft Calibri or Adobe Garamond Pro that are only available on some machines, all you need is sIFR – it lets you use almost any font for your web pages using JavaScript + Flash and is perfect for writing “newspaper style” headlines.
Embed your Lifestream in a Web Page
You have a presence on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter,, Facebook, Amazon and a dozen other online places. It can get really tough for friends to track you at so many places so what you should do is create an account at FriendFeed, import all the different services that you use and then use the FriendFeed Badge to embed your lifestream activity on your main site. You can also create Lifestream with Google Reader.
Related tutorial: How to Embed Video in PowerPoint