Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Downloading YouTube Videos

In the Webheads chat a few Sundays ago at TappedIn, someone mentioned that it would be a good idea to download educational YouTube videos to your own hard drive. The reasoning was that the videos might disappear from YouTube at some point and would then be unavailable for teaching purposes.

Serendipitously, in checking the latest assignment for my grad students which was to start a del.icio.us account, I noticed a link to an article on downloading YouTube videos. What I like about this program called vconvert is that it doesn't require any downloading of software. The comments on the article were also worth reading.

I have downloaded some videos and put vconvert.net in my del.icio.us account for future reference. It seems like a good resource to have.

I've also discovered something that I need to learn how to do. I don't know how to include an image from a another site in my blog. For example, I wanted to put an image of the vconvert page as a thumbnail in this post, but don't know how. Maybe that will be my next learning project.

Monday, August 20, 2007


I've discovered that I like a tool called Twitter. When I first read about it a few months ago, it sounded like a really useless Internet tool, but, like many things, until you try it out, you don't know.

Twitter is a social networking tool that can be used many ways. I have only used it on my computer to keep in touch with a teacher friend to see what she's been up to. I'd really like to get some of my family members to participate. We all live spread out around the country and it's hard to really keep in touch. This tool lets you catch little snippets of friends' lives and makes you feel closer to them.

Personally I love asynchronous tools because they don't intrude on everyone's busy schedules. People just check in when it's convenient.

Sunday, August 05, 2007


The new semester is quickly approaching and I'm trying to finish revising the syllabi for my fall 07 courses. I do so much reading and experimenting with new tools that I learn about through online networking that it is hard to decide what to include and what to leave out.

I always assume that the students in my classes will learn about principles of teaching and learning in other courses. So what I try to do in my courses is offer them the opportunity to become familiar with free-online tools that they can utilize to apply these principles and to make their professional lives more fruitful.

I am always hopeful that the students will end up learning how useful it is in today's digital world to become part of a digital community of practice. Such a network can be a great source of inspiration and a good place to offer and receive feedback on ideas. My present network can be seen in this Gliffy visualization.

This summer has been soooo busy that I haven't had as much time as usual to work on revisions, but next week I plan to finish up. This summer has included learning how to take care of a 14-year-old cocker spaniel who suffers from separation anxiety; marketing/selling my condo; putting almost everything I own in storage; moving in with my son and daughter-in-law, putting their town house on the market and planning and building a new home together. Whew!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Linking to a PPt

This time I'm just going to add a link here to my PPt hosted on SlideShare. Let's see if it works.http://www.slideshare.net/burgosm/tips-for-quest-garden

Uploading a PPt to a Blogger

I searched the Blogger help groups and found this information.
You would need to upload the powerpoint somewhere and then place a link in your post that says Download powerpoint presentation here.

The key seems to be that your PPt has to already be located somewhere on the web. Using Ellg as a host and snipURL to shorten the URL, I was able to insert a PPt in the sidebar. Now I'll try to insert it here in this post. Quest Garden Tips

Okay. By using the same html code that I used in the sidbar, I was able to insert this PPt in the post. It's very unnerving because I am just copying code without knowing what it means. To do the same thing in Word Press is much less comlicated.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Expressing My Opinion

I'm glad to live close enough to D.C. to participate in this type of rally where I can voice my political opinions.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

How to Upload a Video

Re Road Blocks

Well, I learned that to switch my Blogger account to the new version, on the page asking if you had a Google account I had to say No even though I do have an account.

The next page then let me input my Google account. I love technology, but sometimes I can't follow the logic of the programmers. I guess one thing I have to keep relearning is that you have to try all sorts of solutions to come up with the answer to a problem!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Road blocks

I just signed up for the Electronic Village Online group on web publishing. I'm hoping that will be my motivation for trying new things especially podcasting.

Today I tried out my new Belkin TuneTalk stereo recorder for my video Ipod. I was able to create some memos, but I have to keep working with it to see how long a recording I can make. As I learn new things, I will post them here for myself and anyone else who may be learning how to use these tools.

I ran into a problem today when I accessed this blog. I haven't updated it in a while and it says that I can switch i t to a newer version. Supposedly there are 2 steps. The first one (entering your ID and password and checking an agreement box are fine. However, the second page asks if you already have a Google account. I do, but under "yes" all I see is a blank box and there doesn't seem to be any way to registser my "yes" answer. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.