Simpson's avatarSometimes I feel like I live in Springfield, so why not have a Simpson’s avatar? You, too, can have one. Visit this website, let the page load and play music (give it a few seconds) and then click on Create Your Simpson’s Avatar. Notice mine has shoes to match the hair. Very nice.








civil rights digital library

Check out the Civil Rights Digital Library, now online at Among the text, image and video archives is an educator resource that includes annotated bibliographies, learning modules, study guides, slideshows and more. The project is a result of an IMLS grant to the University of Georgia, and the partnership includes a variety of academic and lifelong learning sources.


You may have noticed a new collection of videos on this blog (see bottom of column to the left). This is the result of some experimentation with “Vodpod.” Vodpod is a tool that allows you to “collect” video. You may then visit your collection, share it with others, or even add it to your blog. If you’d like to try, follow the instructions below, created for Blue 2.0.

  1. Go to Vodpod at
  2. Click on Sign Up Now! in the top right corner.
  3. Enter the requested information and click on the SIGN UP button.
  4. On the next page, if you don’t want to find friends now, skip down to the bottom and click on the blue words take me to my account.
  5. Once you can access your VodPod page, look for the words Learn more about how and where You can collect your videos for your pod. This is the page it will take you to.
  6. If you download the browser button, it can be found later under your browser Tools or on your toolbar (depending upon your browser).
  7. If you choose to add from your Vodpod homepage, you can just search out videos or paste their embed code (if you already have it) into the appropriate space on your page (you’ll need to click on paste embed code first. Then you’ll need to click PREVIEW, type in the name and description, and click SAVE. You have now started your Vodpod. You are so cool.

Interested in automatically importing the video into your blog? If available from your blog host, you can simply add the Vodpod “widget” under the widgets or add-in section of your blog administrative area, filling in the requested identifying information. Or, you can add it from Vodpod itself (you have to do it this way for Blogger and some other blog hosts): 1) Start on your Vodpod page, then click on “add Vodpod to your blog.” 2) On the next page, scroll down to the bottom and click on Vodpod Widgets. Click on Get a Widget. The next page will help you with your setup. 3) From the dropdown list at top left, choose Blogger. 4) Click the Add to (insert your blog host here) button. 5) Select your blog from the dropdown list, give it whatever title you like, then click the ADD WIDGET button. 6) You can then rearrange page elements, but if you just want to ignore that, click SAVE. That did it. Your videos will now show up to the side of your blog entries.

Blue 2.0 kicks off …

Today kicks off the Blue 2.0 online learning for Integrated Academic Services. Come take a look:

stay curious

I always liked the creative little PBS spots like “be more” and “stay curious.” Here’s a favorite that makes good use of old technology. 😉 Have a great long weekend.

creative commons?

If you have published on the Internet (text, video, other), then you may have run into the term “Creative Commons.” What does it mean? It actually refers to the nonprofit Creative Commons organization, which strives to make copyrighted materials available to a greater audience. For background, here’s an article from Encyclopaedia Brittanica and one from Wikipedia. Creative Commons provides free tools to allow authors to share work with specific notes on copyright. Licenses include “Attribution,” which allows others to copy, distribute, display and perform your copyrighted work, but only if they give credit in the way you request; “Noncommercial,” which means the work can be shared, but only for noncommercial purposes; and others choices. See a more complete discussion on the Creative Commons website, and especially under About.

Some websites to which you add your content will ask you which Creative Commons license option you would like to choose. For those that do not, or if you are working on your own website, instructions for posting your Creative Commons license option are here.

wiki wiki wiki

The wiki is something that I still have difficulty using. I understand it. I see how it works. I can envision applications. I don’t have one that is active. In any case, I watch for information about the wiki’s application to learning. This article in the Campus Technology provides some ideas of how wikis are being used at MIT and Johns Hopkins University:

Linda L Briggs, “Wikis Get Users Talking at MIT, Johns Hopkins ,” Campus Technology, 5/14/2008,