Presentations/Training Spring/Summer 2010

March 30, 2010

This takes me up to early June (and dreaming of vacation), but here is what is on my schedule:

March 30, 7 pm. Semantic web & metadata (I’m tentatively calling this Semantic Web for Catalogers): Guest Lecturer/VSU MLIS program

April 15, 7 pm: Intro to Free Image Editors: Gimp, Aviary & more : UGA Linux Group/Chugalug Open to anyone on the UGA Linux Group and Dweebs

April 19, 2pm; (Encore April 23 @ 10am): Get Blogging: Learn about blogging and microblogging (Twitter!) and get started! — w/ Amy Watts (part of the 10 Weeks to a Web2.0 U; Social media & Web 2.0 training program for UGA Libraries — more on that later, when I can breathe)

April 22: Image Editing: It’s not all about Photoshop, Lunch n Learn @ 11am (UGA Web Editors; we are going to try to video this one)
Do you know there are both downloadable opensource image editors free for use as well as online image editors? Have you ever been away from Photoshop but wanted to quickly edit a photo? Or perhaps, you have a colleague who just needs to quickly resize a photo, but doesn’t have access to Photoshop? Interested in collaborative EDITING online, in addition to just sharing? We’ll look at a few popular choices including GIMP, Aviary, and Picnik. Open to anyone on the UGA Dweebs listserv

May 3, 2pm (Encore May 7 @ 10am): Get Photo Saavy: Learn about FREE online photo editing and management tools such as flickr and picnic. Discover some of the basics of editing photographs and how to share photos using feeds and widgets. Sample images will be provided, but feel free to bring your digital camera. (part of the 10 Weeks to a Web2.0 U; Social media & Web 2.0 training program for UGA Libraries — more on that later, when I can breathe)

May 5, 2-4pm Drupal Basics for Libraries offered through Lyrasis; introduction to Content Management Systems, Drupal and a demo.

June 1, 10-12 Drupal Basics for Libraries offered through Lyrasis; introduction to Content Management Systems, Drupal and a demo.

As you can see, heavy on the web stuff; it’s true, I frequently do this kind of stuff at lunch or after “regular” (what is that, these days?) hours. I am kind of booked up at the moment, but I’m always looking for speaking/lecture opportunities. Drop me a line @

Question of the day: How to embed youtube videos & make them fit…

March 26, 2010

Depending on what browser and resolution you are using, you may find that your content (such as blog posts) which have embedded videos are running over your blog post area. You COULD change your stylesheet, but if everything works except for embedded Youtube videos, an easier answer might be to change the width of the Youtube player. This is super easy to do.

First you need to find a video that you want to use. 😉 Not all Youtube videos are embeddable and many copyrighted ones are not. If that is the case, you’ll need to just link to them.

Get the code from Youtube

If you’re looking at the main user channel, you may not see the embed links, but you can get to them in a number of ways.

Underneath each of the videos posted on the channel, is a tab/button which says Info. Click on Info and you will see
View comments, related videos, and more
Click on this get to the video with its embeddable info.

The Embed box holds the code for the embeddable video. If you look carefully in the Embed box, you can usually see what the size is — object width is the width that the embeddable video will be.

If the pre-configured options will work, you can skip customizing the code; just grab a copy (Ctrl + A) of the code from the Embed box. You’ll be ready for the blogger section then.

To customize the embeddable video:
Click on the tiny star icon (whoa, is that easy to miss!). Clicking on this will show you the different pre-configured sizes for an embedded video including size and color for the player.

Below the Embed box you will now see a bunch of options to configure your players.

Note: Include related videos may or may not include videos from the same user or necessarily on the same topic. If you want to create a group of videos, your better bet is to make a playlist, which can then be embedded.

In the Embed box, you will hit Ctrl + A (or right click Select All, if you have that functionality).

Embedding a video into a Blogger post
For Blogger (blogspot blogs) you MUST switch to the Edit Html button in order to embed the video. In any other blog service or product, you will need to somehow get to the html, unless you have embed Youtube functionality.

Edit Html
Find a spot in your post where you want to add your video.
Now hit Ctrl + P (paste) or right click paste if you have that functionality.

It will paste in something that looks
like this. Recognize that stuff? It is
indeed, the code from Youtube.

If you click on Compose, you will not see the video.Don’t worry, the code is still there and if you click Edit Html you will see the code.

If for some reason, you need to edit the width and height even more you can do it by tweaking the height and width even more, directly in the code.

..and that’s how to do it (or at least, one way to do it). I realize this question has probably been answered alot over the ‘net, but it was a question asked to me, so there you go!

If you do it right, you’ll get something like this… yes, I am in this movie… LOL

Free learning from Microsoft

March 1, 2010

Just passing along a link and bookmarking for myself 😉

Free mobile learning/education webinar

February 16, 2010

Sorry for the late notice, this just came across my desk.
As far as I can see, it is free.

Mobile Learning Fundamentals: Innovation Showcase and Real-World Examples – Presented by A.J. Ripin with special guest, Dr. David Metcalf

The way that we live, work, play, and learn is being impacted by the increasing mobility of our global society. As leaders, it is our responsibility to design for the needs of our changing audience. Learn the key trends and technologies that are fast emerging to meet the challenges and changes of today and tomorrow.

Come hear this conversation as we explore advanced concepts like mobile performance support, compliance, games and simulations, location awareness, transcoding, mobile social networking and collaboration. Learn firsthand how world leaders from industry, academia, military and organizations like Google, Microsoft, Tyco International, Tufts University and others are delivering value through Mobile Learning content.

“Mind over Technology” – The value of content design in “mobile education” – Presented by Supra Manohar, EVP Emantras

The discussion of mobility in education has primarily focused on technology and devices. It is critical to understand that the maturation of the market is driving the need for understanding content design and why it is probably one of the most critical aspects of any mobile learning initiative.

Understanding how we learn in specific environments is critical to learning design. Using online content without pedagogical modifications within mobile environments probably does not work. The primary thrust of mobile education must be the design of the content and utilization of technology to deliver this content. This presentation will explore learning design for mobile environments and critical factors that need to be considered for a successful initiative (relative to content).

Drupal basics for librarians

February 8, 2010

Class size is limited. Live interactive demo, too!

As the Open Source and Free Software movements gain ground, more and more open-source options are becoming available to libraries. In this two-hour online class, will discuss what Open Source does and doesn’t mean, and will introduce a variety of different types of library applications (with an emphasis on web site tools) for which there are open-source versions available.

Yay, I’m teaching… (again)….

Question of the Day: how does texting to email work?

February 1, 2010

A question asked by one of my coworkers (and you all thought I just answered social media, opensource, or database questions, right? LOL)

Q: How does a phone text to email? Does the computer have to have anything magic?
A: You can text to any email system. It’s the phone that has the magic. Each texting phone (which is just about every cell phone except for a few REALLY old ones) has an email address attached to the phone number, so it’s essentially email to email. SMS (short message service) = texting, which is based on really old GSM (Global System Messaging) which was back with early cells. It is also limited to 140 characters, which is probably one reason twitter limits to 140 characters. Smart phones actually give you the capability of doing straight email via a web browser or mobile device, so no character limits on those, unless you are texting. 😉

… I realize this is a really basic answer and it’s all a little more complicated than that, but that answered the question. 😉

Google docs add templates

November 14, 2009

Didn’t know that there were more templates beyond what is listed in google docs (and didn’t notice that ‘search templates’ link in google docs?) Well, now you do. You can also get ’em here.… and here is how to create your own (well, sort of).

Question of the day: Move facebook profile photo to album

November 2, 2009

So, this should be super easy if ALL of the photo albums in Facebook work the same way but they do not (What?!?! … )

In the Profile Photos album, there is no way to move a photo to a different album…. but there is a workaround of sorts.

  • Click on profile photo to go to the Profile Photos album.
  • Find the photo you want to move and click on it.
  • Click on the link under the photo “Edit this photo”
  • Then click on Move to (and choose your album)
  • Save.
  • To do the next photo in your profile album, click on the top menu link Profile, Click on your profile pix, and repeat. (I couldn’t find an easier way to do this step…)