MES: LIT - Educational ICTs

Saturday, July 08, 2006

More Web Building Links

Hi Everyone

Kim gave me two other links to pass on to you. They are: and .

It's part of the web site supporting an up coming book on Web Design and Development. The site contains a large number of useful links that you might want to check out. The home page of the site is at



Friday, July 07, 2006

Jakob Nielsen's Work

I won't claim to have found this innovator or his website on my own, but I have found him to be particularly astute in cutting to the chase. Jakob Nielsen is the one who did the research on F-pattern website reading that Kim showed us today. He is also considered, by some, to be the leading expert on website usability. His site provides plenty of open source material (he has lots to sell, too) and one can subscribe to his newsletter if one really wants to get into the spirit of things. He takes a highly scaled-back approach to website development, and he has collected a body of research to support his approach. I don't believe most commercial websites would agree with him, but they could learn a few things. I have.

Fireworks Links

Hi Everyone

Here are Kim's Fireworks Links...

Graphics Basics


Fireworks Tutorials – Animated

Note: All of the above tutorials were made with Macromedia Captivate:

Fireworks Tutorials – Non Animated



Inspiration CaptivateTutorials

I ran across these tutorials on Inspiration last night. They could be useful for introducing kids to Inspiration. Delaine

WebQuests and Concept Maps

I have two different pieces of information to share. The first is on WebQuests. There is this amazing site that has a wealth of resources. The link is

Also since we have been looking at different concepting mapping tools I thought this information might be useful. Here is a website with some general information as well as an article comparing Inspiration and cmap. The links are and

Happy reading!!!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Cool Google Tools
Being the fan of Google that I am("Don’t Be Evil”) – A while back I discovered that Google has a service that will gather RRS feeds from news websites (as well as others). I’ve found that with a hectic schedule this is a great way to get the top news stories/headlines quickly and efficiently. Check it out: You have to build an account. Its free.

Also: Under the ‘more’ tab there are a PILE of cool, free tools!

Herding Cats

Have you ever wanted to see how they herd cats? How to build airplanes efficiently? The new wave in running in Spain? Check out this link!


Jas' Inevitable Knowledge Gain Blog

Jas' Inevitable Knowledge Gain Blog

On The bus this morning I saw a sight I have determined to be one of my biggest pet peeves. When older ladies get on the bus and young guys don't give up their seats I want to throttle them.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Inspiration Links

Hey everyone!

In my travels around the internet tonight I came across some Inspiration websites that I thought might be of interest to people especially with their focus on its integration into the classroom. The first site I came across is from a website hosted by a teacher named Vicki Blackwell. She actually has lots of good tutorials on a variety of technology and how they can be used in the classroom. The site is located at and has a very nice tutorial and lots of tips and links. Albeit it uses Inspiration 6 but it still has relevance.

Another site is a set of links from a school district. A couple of their links that might be of interest are "50 Things for Inspiration and Kidspiration" and "Inspiration in the Classroom." The site is located at

The last site is the Inspiration site which also has lots of great resources for teachers. The site ( has a very easy to navigate interface with lots of great ideas and articles.

Communication Overload

Do you feel like you are drinking water from a firehose somedays? Catch these articles. How do you manage the information coming and going from your life?

MES: LIT - Educational ICTs

MES: LIT - Educational ICTs

Love It!!!

This is the GREATEST class ever!!! Fun, exciting, good it lunch time yet? My brain hurts.

Watch out for the Ninja Skills

If you want to see some of what I'm thinking about...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Look at Educational Gaming and Simulation

I just posted a link to Bernie Dodge’s Educational and Simulation Course (EDTEC 670) at San Diego State University. Bernie’s “old school” i.e. he’s been working in the area in a highly productive manner for a long time. If you have an interest in educational gaming and simulation check it out.

Just as an after thought, Bernie is generally credited with conceiving the idea of the web quest…