More sharing goodness

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

From the “sharing continues” files, this just in,

12/17/2007 11:18 AM

Google now shows my friends shared items, my “friends” are my Google Talk friends. I just want more friends is all.

Also , I discovered that I can export my Jing captures to flickr. Sort of the Skitch for Windows alternative.  Unless there’s something else?

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Speaking with authority

I irritated when my own kids use the all too common inflection at the end of sentences that turn statements into questions? As we work to help our students write and even use videos to express themselves, kids generally have limited practice in speaking in public situations.

I like this talk. Clear, concise and demonstrates an important quality all too often missing in our kids today. I remember a chat with Christian Long in Boston where he expressed the desire for kids to have the wherewithal to express themselves clearly and confidently. Christian, if you’re still out there, I’d love to hear you chime in on this one.

In case you hadn’t realized,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you’re talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you’re saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s
have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions? You know?

Declarative sentences – so-called
because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true
as opposed to other things which were, like, not –
have been infected by a totally hip
and tragically cool interrogative tone? You know?
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Interactive, Simplistic Design

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

UPS Whiteboard

Cathy Nelson alerted me to this site via twitter and being that I’ve been immersed in my K12 presentation on design, I  began to consider why this works.

As Cathy alludes to, it’s very familiar format. Reminds me of a combination of the Apple ads and Lee LeFever’s plain English explanation videos of web 2.0 tools and concepts. There are certainly many similarities and I’m not sure which came first but there are some important design elements that make these effective communication. The common elements include:

  • Whitespace…both literally in the use of a plain white background but also negative space which focuses the ideas.No distractions, just you and the ideas.
  • Personal touch…with all the ability we have in technology to automate and create very slick interfaces and interactions, we are still drawn to people just talking; talking like they’re your friend, not a sales person. He’s not wearing a suit and tie, just a regular guy talking to regular people.
  • Simple messages….using familiar tools and approaches to convey ideas.  Pen and a white board.

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Recording audio with Microsoft Word or OneNote

As usually happens when I’m teaching others about a topic, this evening when I was sharing some tips about using the Macintosh operating system and Mac programs I learned a valuable tip: How to record audio and simultaneously take notes using Microsoft Word. I’d heard of this capability but never seen it demoed, and it wasn’t hard to do. We had to change the “view” in Word to “Notebook” to enable the functionality, and then select audio recording from the “tools” menu.

Interestingly, in doing some Google and del.icio.us searches for a screencast or tutorial about how to use this functionality of Word 2004, I couldn’t find any! I did find some references to this functionality in an old review of the program, but no tutorials. There are quite a few articles about using Microsoft OneNote on the Windows-side to record audio. I haven’t tried that either.

Has anyone had success recording teacher/instructor/professor lectures using either Word 2004 on a Mac or OneNote on a Windows PC? I’d be interested to hear what people think of the functional usability of these features. They sound great, but I’ve never talked with someone (in person or online) who has used … Read the rest