Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Learning New Things all the time

I was working on my Web2.0 California Library Association project and followed one of their links to Eric Langhorst's page. He is an eighth-grade history teacher in Liberty, Missouri who has been using collaborative web 2.0 tools with his classes for the past few years. He is very willing to share what he's learned with teachers all over the world. Without Web 2.0 tools, this would be nigh on to impossible.
Anyway, when I clicked on a "slideshare" presentation in his blog about why it's so important for educators to embrace Web 2.0 tools and use them with their students, I saw a link where I could embed his presentation in my blog. When I clicked on the link, it gave me a choice. I could copy the .html code and paste it into a post, OR I could click on the "Blogger" icon, type in my username and password, and have it embedded automatically. I clicked on that link, and within a minute, the presentation was embedded in my blog.

Please take time to click through Mr. Langhorst's presentation. It is very persuasive and inspirational.


Dr. Dellinger Blogs

Dr. Dellinger is going to China from April 8 to April 21.
He will keep in touch with us via his blog.
Here is the link:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Still trying to upload a video and have it play successfully in Blogger

I had a lot of trouble uploading videos to the blog. They would play in the preview mode when I was in the "dashboard" view of my blog, but there would be a blank area with a little white box with as red x in it.
I deleted the post (actually updating this on Sunday, April 20, 2008), and then I uploaded a small video I had created using PhotoStory3. This one uploaded and played in the blog itself.

I still want to have the blog by M. Wensch be able to play here instead.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The video won't play at home, either.

Well, since the video won't play on my home computer where there is no blocking, it must be some other problem. Back to the drawing board.

The Experiment Continues

Well, I uploaded the converted video from my desktop to my blog. The upload time was not too bad, but it took a long time to publish it to my blog.
Unfortunately, when I went to look at the new blog post at school, there was a red x in a little white box where the video should be playing.
I went back into Blogger to "edit" my post and clicked on preview. The video played fine there, so there wasn't a problem with uploading it. Even converted to a .mpg in Zamzar, it must keep some of the coding that lets the blocking software know the video originates from YouTube.
I will have to see if the video will play when I am on my home computer.
It's all a leaning experience.
We have to work out the bugs.

Using Zamzar to convert a YouTube video

I followed Warren's instructions and was able to copy the video that is blocked in my entry below. The video file that I saved to the the new server on Drive Y is over 46mb, and I'm concerned about uploading it to this blog as I'm not sure of limitations. Well, I'll give it a try. If it uploads properly, this will be a good way to deal with the blocking of YouTube at school.

March 18, 2008 - I just deleted the uploaded movie. When I used Zamzar, I converted the movie from YouTube (Flash format) into an .mpg. When I clicked on the filmstrip to see about uploading it again, I saw that Blogger will accept the following formats: AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, Real, and Windows Media. There is a 100MB limit.
I am going to try and convert the file into one of the accepted formats and upload it again - another day.

Friday, March 14, 2008

YouTube Blocking at School

The video I embedded played at home, but when I opened my blog at school, there was only a shadow of the box where it would play. That is because YouTube is blocked. I fully understand why it is blocked and agree with the policy. It is unfortunate that some people mount such inappropriate content on YouTube which is a repository for some very good video selections.
I am going to try and follow Warren's directions on using the newly-created video server space and see if I can embed this video so it will be available.

By the way, the times on these posts are incorrect. I have to figure out how to adjust the settings in the blog to reflect the correct time. I was not up and working on the blog at 3:00 in the morning.

Trying to Embed a video from youtube

The Machine is Us/ing Us - Final Version by MWesch

I will be atttending the 6th Annual Northeast Media Literacy conference at UConn on April 11, 2008.
The author of this video is one of the keynote speakers.