Mar 31, 2011

Google is changing the way we read on the web!


There are now 5 new options for reading/viewing blogs on the web. When you go to a blog, type in "view" at the end of the URL.

EXAMPLE:

You then get options to change the view:


I tried all of them and here is what they look like on my blog:

Mosaic View:


Sidebar View:

Snapshot View:



Flipcard View:
Timeslide View:

I appreciate these options when I am surfing through different blogs because I can scan for information more effectively. I can definitely see using the mosaic view and snapshot view the most when I am deciding whether or not to follow a blog. The timeslide and flipcard view will certainly help me find the main ideas of posts pretty quickly and then I can find the most interesting posts quickly.






Mar 15, 2011

Testing, testing...can you hear me?

I tried "Ustream" yesterday and ran into an audio problem. The video streamed but there was no audio. I google searched to find a solution to the problem and then began to search for other streaming sites and found "Justin.tv" and then "Livestream." Justin.tv was not what I needed for my school site because you could not embed the code (or at least I could not find the place to embed after google searching for that answer) and I wanted something more mainstream. Fortunately, I found "Livestream" which is very similar to "UStream", except the audio works! It is pretty user friendly, was easy to create a channel and super easy finding the code to embed into my blog. If someone asked me which streaming site to use, I would recommend Livestream.

So what did I learn?

A. The audio does not work in Ustream for some odd reason.
and...
B. You can always use google search to find answers however when you can't find an answer, find another tool that does work!! (there are so many out there!)


Mar 13, 2011

Ustream it to the world!


A really cool 2.0 tool that I have been watching for a while is Ustream. Ustream is a place where anyone can broadcast information. You can find broadcasts from NASA, PBS and Rolling Stones, to name a few.

Ustream was launched in 2007 and in 2008 more than 400,000 users were streaming video. You can watch live streamed athletic events, or watch university lectures (Educause, 2008). Tomorrow morning, we are going to try it at our school for our morning announcements.

This is a great opportunity for our school community to tune in to hear what is going on in the school during the week and even see who is being recognized with a "Caught Being Green Award." This will be a trial run, but I am hopeful that it will be engaging for everyone.