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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

Posted in Google +, web development | No Comments »

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.

 

Posted in gaming, information technology, mobile devices, mobile learning, technology literacy | No Comments »

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 »

VSCO Cam

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th January 2015

How To Use The App That Will Make Your Photos Look So Much Better

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-vsco-cam-2015-1?op=1#ixzz3OeN3Fss0

VSCO Cam available for mobile devices

VSCO Cam allows users to transform bland photos into gallery-worthy artistic images.

Posted in Digital literacy, information technology, instructional technology, mobile learning, social media, technology, technology literacy | No Comments »

Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th December 2014

How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/11/how-to-create-jeopardy-style-game-in.html

use Flippity

Posted in gamification, gaming, Google +, instructional technology, student-centered learning, technology, technology literacy | No Comments »

wearables

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th December 2014

Virtual Reality Aims for the Mobile Phone

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/532351/virtual-reality-aims-for-the-mobile-phone/

The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

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

more at:

https://www.google.com/search?q=marketplace+tech+samsung+virtual+reality&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb

Posted in gamification, interactive apps, mobile apps, mobile devices, mobile learning, student-centered learning, technology, technology literacy, virtualization | 2 Comments »

Digital Literacy in Public Libraries

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th November 2014

State Library Guidebook: Support for Digital Literacy in Public Libraries

http://webjunction.org/content/dam/WebJunction/Documents/webJunction/DLG_Complete_v2.pdf

In their January 2013 Digital Literacy Task Force Report, the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (ALA OITP) defines digital literacy as the following:
“Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.”1

p. 5
Key findings from the press kit, executive summary, and full report state that from a national perspective:
• 62% of libraries report that they are the only source of free Internet access in their communities.
• More than 90% of public libraries offer formal or informal technology training.
• 91% of public libraries provide free Wi-Fi, and 74% of libraries report use of Wi-Fi increased in 2011.
• Over 60% of libraries report increased use of public access workstations.
• 65% of libraries report having an insufficient number of public computers to meet demand.
• 57% of libraries report flat or decreased operating budgets in FY2011.
• For the third year in a row, 40% of state libraries report decreased state funding for public libraries.1

What if LRS offers technology training at the SC Public Library?

Posted in Digital literacy, Library and information science, technology | No Comments »