Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Here is my flash tutorial results. I have always found flash difficult to immerse myself into and was pleased to be able to get done what I have done. However, after seeing some of your work, I think mine is sadly lacking.
Flash file: http://www.ualberta.ca/~ihancock/Flash%20Demo/Flash_demo/Forest_scene.html
Evaluating Post-Secondary Projects
Jasper Place Lan Tour
Here’s tomorrow’s agenda…
1. We’ll meet in Jasper Place’s north parking lot by 9:00 AM. It’s the one closest to the six story tower where the labs are. We’ll gather near the Tower door.
The school address is 8950-163 Street and you can access the parking lot from 163rd street. Go to http://www.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=edmonton&ie=UTF8&ll=53.520819,-113.555031&spn=0.047355,0.171661&om=1 to see a Google map of the area between the University and Jasper Place.
My cell phone number is 977-6806. Call me if you get lost.
2. Once everyone is there (no later than 9:00) we'll come up to the third floor.
3. At 9:00 I'll do my session on network and internet architecture. I'm going to try to be done by 10:15.
4. We’ll take a 15 minute break at that time. I’ll try to promote coffee and other goodies.
5. At 10:30 we’ll start the "chalk talk". (I'm guessing that this will take about an hour.)
6. At 11:30 we’ll break into three groups with one group getting a server tour (and a look a third floor lab switch), one group getting a lab tour (I'd like to talk about the underlying design of the 5th floor to make some lab design points...) and the third group working on their notes. We'll swap the groups so that everyone does all three activities. I'm guessing that it will take us an hour to cycle all three groups through the three activities.
7. At 12:30 we'd have a final opportunity for questions. I'm guessing that’ we'll be done by 1:00 or shortly after and we’ll then go to lunch and have our debriefing session.
My guess is that we'll drift off this time line a bit but I think we'll be done at JP by 1:30 at the latest.
Contact me if you have questions.
Uploaded my Flash 8 movie to my public folder on server. Let me know what else you would like to see added or just comment on good/bad. Just look in the Flash_Folder.
Fireworks and Dreamweaver Tutorials
Here are the results of my tutorials. Nothing mind blowing but enjoy anyway.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
(Ian you look great!)
Page 117: Create Symbols and Instances (editing a car and a wheel)
Page 125: Add Button Animation and Navigation
Page 153: Create a Timeline Animation
Page 199: Add Text to a document
Page 225: Write Scripts
Page 235: Add Interactivity
Page 245: Create a form with conditional logic and send data
Fireworks and Dreamweaver
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Flash Tutorial Assignment
Hi! I am looking for a smart, well meaning person well versed in technological issues and software to critically evaluate my Course Summary Proposal! If you are a self motivated person between the ages of 5 and 99 and your first name starts with a letter between A and Z (including A and Z), then I invite you to come take a look and provide feedback. Click the title to start!
FinePrint: Offer only valid in Alberta. Message will self destruct in 5 years.
Well, in an effort to improve communication between school and home, all staff were encouraged to create web pages. Of course, this is a daunting idea to most of us! A colleague and I found this easy template at www.scholastic.com where teachers can get some free space, and create an easy web for students to keep track of assignments, deadlines, homework as well as download any digital documents that teachers wanted to post. It's also easy to link to your school's site. I would say, that after about 1 year, the success rate of this was HUGE. Teachers embraced it because it was easy to manage and update, and students and parents loved it because it made communication so easy (both ways, when the 'email me' link is enabled!) Anyway, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to get some 'technophobes' on board, this might be a ticket! Here's a link to the page I used this year.
Well, I think I've got these where they need to be. http://www.ualberta.ca/~buzak/Fireworks%20Demo/
DreamWeaver 8 Tutorial Critiques
tried all of the five Dreamweaver 8 tutorials. only seemed to make 3 of the 5 websites come up.
Here is a link for my impressions of each.
However, it was for an older version, as I couldn't access the rose graphic!.I did however, like the directions at the beginning and was able to transfer them somewhat into a later FW version.
To get some further background about FW- particularly to familiarize myself with terms washttp://www.trainingtools.com/online/fireworks4/index.htm
Again, the material is based on an earlier version.
The best site I found was :http://www.webdevfoundations.net/fireworks8/
The link 'should' take you to my Fireworks tutorial summary.
(Filling in forms through IE reminds me of what a horrible speller I am. There is a plug in located at : http://www.iespell.com/ which will check your spelling in forms like this one in Blogger)
FireWorks tutorial critique
Follow Link to read my reviews of the above.http://www.ualberta.ca/~alchan1/Fireworks%20Folder/FW_Tutorials/MES-FireworksLinks%20Critique.doc
I found the video stuff was great to watch the screen so far as how to find what where but like many of you, going from screen to screen was cumbersome and I had audio problems which made things even more difficult.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Fireworks Here, Fireworks There, Fireworks Everywhere!
I have to say that I enjoyed doing the tutorials. However (thankfully) I found that as I got more familiar with the program, I didn't have to keep flipping back and forth between windows so much. I particularly enjoyed the Pixels2life site. I found that there was a good variety of tutorials (which even incorporated some from the other sites) and that most of the tutorials were easy to follow. Unlike a lot of you it seems, I didn't enjoy the ones with the video. I was always having rewind as I went through each step particularly if it was a tougher one to do. It just seemed easier to me to scroll up and down rather than having to rewind the videos. I especially enjoyed doing the glassy ball. I hope this all makes sense as it is
12:40 a.m right now!
Like LeanneB, I liked both the Joyce J Evans and pixel2life tutorials in Fireworks. I liked the cbtcafe audios. Entheos was good, but I must have zigged when I should have zagged on the Night Vision Effects; I didn't see geese. I printed off some instructions about "awesomeness niglets". Hmmm. . . . I wasn't so sure about them, but then I think I was in the wrong website since I checked all of Kim's links again and couldn' find the "niglets"! Some tutorials were easier than others. Some just didn't want to work for me; e.g. the beveled text with a transparent center from Joyce Evans. I'm not sure what i was doing wrong.
Bill- the Guru (love him or not ) speaks on education...
Considering our conversation this morning, Bill Gates adds his thoughts on education from 1999 interviews
check out his answer to Question #3 http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speedofthought/looking/transcript.asp#introduction
and with Simon Perez (scroll down to Perez's last question)
Kim passed on these links to me earlier in the day to supplement her presentation on Dreamweaver.
My recommendation is to start with the first one. As a vendor support site it should be pretty good.
On the home page, there is a search function you may use to find specific examples of 'questionable' stories and urban legends.
Check out this link. It does cool things.
Heaven forbid that we see any colleagues dance like that ;)
On a separate note, this secret video shows how Italy won the World Cup. Yes, I am a LITTLE bitter.
So, personally, I really enjoyed messing around with the Fireworks tutorials. The one(s) I liked the best were from that fabulous Joyce Evans. I felt that hers were particularly easy to follow with the video format, and her voice was very reassuring :o) Anyway, this one on creating rounded corners for pictures was a bit of fun to do. Enjoy!
I was just browsing the latest copy of Innovate and came across this rather timely article.
It's an excellent summary of projected educational practice involving wikis. Click on the title of this post to check it out.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Our course deals with the exploration of the Tools, Techniques, Tasks and Theoretical Underpinnings associated with the educational use of Information and Communication Technologies.
One such technology is the relatively new approach to on-line communications called the Wiki. Wikipedia describes the technology as "a type of website that allows users to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most content very quickly and easily, sometimes without the need for registration."
Originally designed to foster the development of on-line private and public knowledge bases, wikis are increasingly being used as on-line collaboration tools. The name "wiki" means fast in Hawaiian and refers to the main characteristic of wikis, namely the ease with which even non-technical users can rapidly add and update content.
See Wikipedia entry on Wiki's for more information.
To give everyone a brief exposure to wikis I've but together a wiki site called MES:LIT - Aspects of Educational ICT at http://mes-eduict.pbwiki.com. This particular wiki uses the Peanut butter wiki engine. To find out more about the Peanut butter wiki engine go to http://pbwiki.com
If you would like to try out the wiki, email me and I'll send you the password and you can try your hand at posting.
I'll be looking at other wiki engines such as the Course Forum engine. I've profiled PBWiki on Kim's recommendation. I'll profile Course Forum because it has been specifically designed for educators.
While I was researching the aspect of “usability” and web design, these sites appeared to be quite interesting. Some of you may already have discovered them. I like to learn by reviewing ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’.
Examples of poorly designed web pages
Usability rules for good websites