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Discussion Boards, Blogs and Wikis

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th February 2015

Differences between Discussion Boards, Blogs and Wikis

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/staff/resources/tutorials/content/Differences_between_Discussion_Boards__Blogs_and_Wikis.html

Differences

Discussion Forums are TOPIC centred.

  • discussions are organised into topics by ‘threads’
  • anyone in the community can start a thread on a topic of their choosing
  • all participants have an equal voice
  • posts require someone to reply for a discussion to take place
  • you can follow through a thread on a particular topic
Blogs are AUTHOR centred.

  • posts are made by the blog’s author only (may be a group)
  • posts are usually opinion pieces and written in the authors voice
  • readers can add comments to the author’s post
  • organised in reverse chronological order so the most recent posts show on the entry page
  • reflect the authors identity in the tone, look and feel and content
Wikis are CONTENT/DOCUMENT centred.

  • wikis are for group authoring
  • editable website with a complete version history kept
  • aim is to reach a consensus or compromise on the content of the page
  • the focus is the content produced, not the individual authors
  • usually neutral and objective
  • discussion/comment is separated from the wiki content

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web development

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th February 2015

Xara Web Designer: http://www.xara.com/us/

if you’re looking for a more affordable and easier to use Web development system than Dreamweaver, I may have just the thing for you: Xara Web Designer 9.

http://www.cio.com/article/2385755/developer/no-more-adobe-dreamweaver–so-how-about-xara-web-designer-.html

Other IMS blog entries on Web development:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2015/01/29/dreamweaver-cc/

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Where the iPad should go next: Look toward Windows 10

Posted by Julia Robeck on 4th February 2015

What Microsoft is getting right with tablets–seamless synching between devices, more computing power, and accessories–and why Apple should go there too.

“The iPad is nearly 5 years old. That product, ever since, has continued to ride a thin dividing line between iPhones and Macs: mobile, and computers.

…Will there be both a 12-inch iPad and a 12-inch MacBook Air in 2015? If so, how will they co-exist? Could they be meant for different customers?

…the iPad needs a change. It needs something to ignite interest. It needs a few new ideas.

Microsoft — with its hardware, and with its upcoming Windows 10 operating system — is actually blazing a bold trail. One that Apple may actually be able to learn from.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/where-the-ipad-should-go-next-look-toward-windows-10/

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Wearable APP concepts

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st February 2015

Wearable APP concepts

http://www.wired.com/2014/03/3-insights-wearable-design-smart-concept-epileptics/

What’s the “killer app” for wearables? Think context.

https://gigaom.com/2014/01/16/whats-the-killer-app-for-wearables-think-context/

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664771/wearable-technology-should-be-simpler-here-are-eight-ideas

Apple Watch App Concepts

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=wearable

http://theultralinx.com/2013/06/22-beautiful-ios-app-concepts-dribbble.html

PR, N. (2014, August 5). Accenture and Philips announce proof of concept app to show how ALS patients could gain greater control of their lives through brain, voice and eye commands. PR Newswire US.
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ABI, R. (0002, April). In-vehicle Wearable Integration to Accelerate Convergence; Global Penetration in New Cars to Exceed 90% by 2019, Says ABI Research. Business Wire (English).

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P.B. (2003). Is THIS the industry’s next killer app?. Solid State Technology, 46(7), 26.

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Embed Google Form

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th January 2015

http://www.earlybirdstrategy.com/customize-google-forms/

Here how to embed a Google form on your site without using the ugly “Google embed” code. This works great for both polls or signup boxes right in a blog post. Yay, let’s beautify the Internet! Here’s how:

1. Create your Google Form
From your Google Drive account, click Create >> Form. Add all the fields and items that you need in your form.


2. Click “View live form”
View live form
Clicking that button will take you to a page that previews what your form looks like. The url will look something like this: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/234234k3lj4k3j4kl23j43kl/viewform

3. Right-click anywhere and select “View Page Source”
Right-click View Page Source

4. In the code, find the “form action” URL, which end on “formResponse.”

it will look (start and end) like this:

URL google formResponse

URL google formResponse

5. Copy that URL and paste in the code of your Web page

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Dreamweaver CC

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th January 2015

Beginning several versions ago and continuing through the current version of Dreamweaver, the program dispensed with the old method of applying these sorts of character formatting (which was to use the HTML <font> tag) in favor of using CSS styles. This change happened mostly behind the scenes in Code view, so if you have been using Dreamweaver for quite some time, you may not have even noticed the change. Beginning with Dreamweaver CS4, the program enforces the use of CSS for text styling by requiring you to participate in defining CSS rules for changing fonts, font sizes, and font colors.

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2130937&seqNum=6

My Note: I disagree with the statement in bold above. The difference in terms of text formatting between CS5 and CC reminds me painfully that decisive moment when iMovie changed from its simple layout to the FinalCut Pro layout. I clearly understand the reason why: the software is much more powerful, but the learning curve is also much steeper and does not allow novices (students) to be introduced to web development using Dreamweaver. Surely DW cannot satisfy all its customers, but the move is about to turn off the newbies.

The reason for the change to CSS is important. Pages styled with CSS are much more flexible than pages that use HTML <font> tags, and they can be maintained more easily. For example, when a site is redesigned, every page that uses <font> tags must be individually changed to match the new design. If you have hundreds or thousands of pages in your site, that’s a lot of work. Sites that use CSS to style text only need to change the style sheet document, and the changes automatically ripple through the whole site.

Using Adobe Edge web fonts

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2130937&seqNum=14

Previewing Files and Modifying Existing CSS Layouts Using Adobe Dreamweaver CC

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2044340

Posted in web development, web editing | 1 Comment »

wearables by Microsoft Facebook and Google

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th January 2015

The competition narrows down between Microsoft HoloLens, Facebook Oculus and Google Glass. Each of them bets on different possibilities, which wearable bring.

Facebook Oculus

https://www.oculus.com/


Also available as podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/apm-marketplace-tech/id73330855

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/20/oculus-platform/

Microsoft HoloLens

http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2015/01/25/microsofts-hololens/

Google Glass

http://www.google.com/glass/start/

Pls consider our related IMS blog entries:
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=wearable

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=google+glass

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=oculus

Posted in Facebook, mobile devices, mobile learning | No Comments »

Microsoft’s HoloLens

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th January 2015

Microsoft’s HoloLens explained: How it works and why it’s different

http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-hololens-explained-how-it-works-and-why-its-different/

Microsoft’s HoloLens prototype has all the innards of a computer built directly into the headset. That means no cords or even a smartphone required.

Just as VR rivals Oculus (owned by Facebook) and Google are trying to reimagine virtual experiences with their head-worn devices, Microsoft wants us to imagine a world without screens, where information merely floats in front of you.

 

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content marketing

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd January 2015

7 Powerful Stats That’ll Make You Better at Content Marketing

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/7-powerful-stats-thatll-make-you-better-content-marketing-0

1. 82% of marketers who blog see positive ROI for their inbound marketing

2. 70% of consumers want to get to know a company through articles, rather than ads

3. Content costs 62% less than traditional marketing, and generates 3x as many leads

4. Visual content generates 94% more views than text based posts

5. By 2017, 87% of internet device sales will be smartphones and tablets

6. 69% of marketers cite a lack of time as the biggest challenge when creating content

7. An incredible 27,000,000 pieces of content are shared each day

Posted in blog, mobile apps, mobile devices, social media | No Comments »

Technology Fails To Revolutionize Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th January 2015

Why Technology Fails To Revolutionize Education

http://www.wimp.com/failseducation/

Posted in instructional technology, learning, technology, technology literacy | No Comments »