Wordle

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Wordle

Have you ever wondered how to create a typography graphic? It might take a good amount of time to create such a graphic in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. But, with Wordle you can create the typography graphic within a minute!! You have a full control of the words, colors, fonts, and layout. Ton of options are available! Please visit Wordle to create one online. Type, create, and print! Enjoy!

Thanks to Sylvia. I saw her Wordle on the twitter and I loved it!

Paper.Li

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Paper.Li

Today Sylvia and Mary showed me their Paper.Li pages, and I liked how easy it is to publish the content. I also like the feel of newspapers on the screen. Paper.Li creates a paper by retrieving content from either your twitter and/or Facebook account. You can even filter the published content with keywords. The automatic publication feature is also awesome. You can set the time and frequency of your publication. Background is customizable, too!

I already started two Paper. One is “My Twitter Daily” and another is “Golffy Newsletter.”  I will publish the newsletter weekly. The screenshots of my paper are below. If you are an active twitter user, you should try this Paper.Li!! Don’t forget to visit Sylvia’s and Marry’s papers!

Face-lifted Facebook

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Face-lifted Facebook

I had to admit that I was hesitate a little in deciding if I wanted to change my Facebook interface. Then, I saw a lot of friends using and bragging about it. So, I decided to give it a try. Oh WOWWWW! I’m digesting it now LOL! Ton and ton of my facebook activities will be exposed!! I’m not sure if this is a good thing…

Like I said.. I’m digesting haha! Facebook timeline went all the way back to the date I signed up an account. Can you believe that? I mean.. you have to try it for yourself and then you will see what I mean. The process to change the interface isn’t bad at all. You can follow the instruction here.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Adobe Flash’s Unclear Future

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Adobe Flash’s Unclear Future

As you know, Adobe Flash was abandoned by Apple. Your iPhone and iPad will not be able to display anything that contains Flash. It has been debating whether it was Apple’s bad decision or Flash really sucks. Guess what? Microsoft’s declared that the tablet version of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will be a “plug-in free” browser. In another word, Flash get ditched for Microsoft’s upcoming mobile devices. This sounds like a confirmation to support Apple’s decision. Ouch!… Adobe might need to change their game plans to save Flash’s future.

You can read more information on LifeHacker

Skype 5.4 for Mac

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Skype 5.4 for Mac

Since Skype for Mac had major update last month, it’s time to update your Skype again. This time Skype integrates Facebook features to its program interface. For Windows’ users, you will have the same updated features. You can manually update the Skype by visiting the download page.

Sakai Part 1 and 2

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Sakai Part 1 and 2

Today I was a backup for the Sakai Part 1&2 workshop at the College of Business. Sakai is our new Learning Management System which is going to replace eCollege soon. We trained USA faculty how to access the eCampus, set up a project site in Sakai, manage site tools, import contents and resources from one project site to another, and activate the gradebook.

Tonka and Sylvia did a great job as usual. I just helped around and made sure the faculty complete all the assigned tasks. I also tried to remember what needed to be trained for the part 1 because I will have to teach next month. Part 1 is very important. The overall concepts and Sakai basic tools and settings were introduced to the faculty in this part.

So far our training approach has been working very well. We introduced the tools, let the faculty watched the tutorial videos, and asked them to complete the activity. They can use the given job aids or ask for any assistance during the hands-on activity.

After long hour workshop, we stopped by Cold Snap yogurt ice cream shop. It was OK, little pricey. But, I liked the concept of make-it-yourself ice cream. They offered a lot of toppings and they all looked yummy!

 

 

Kaltura Media Gallery

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Kaltura Media Gallery

Yesterday Jason conducted the ILC staff training on Kaltura Media Gallery in Sakai. Kaltura is an open source system that serves as a media respository. It handles a variety of media on the sever, such as audios, videos, and graphics.

We learned how to access the Kaltura via Sakai, upload a file, create a collection, and change the privacy settings. Although the Kaltura is still under development, it will be available to the USA faculty in the next couple of months.

Click here to read the data sheet of Kaltura MediaSpace for Education

 

 

Play It Yourself

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Play It Yourself

พึ่งดาวน์โหลดโปรแกรมตัวใหม่ลง ไอแพด แอปตัวนี้มีชื่ิอว่า Play It Yourself เป็นโปรแกรมที่มีโน้ตเพลงคลาสสิคมาให้ แล้วเราก็เอานิ้วจิ้ม ตามคีย์เปียโนที่มีแถบสีแดงขึ้นมาบอกให้เรารู้ว่าควรจะจิ้มตอนไหน คีย์อะไร เสียงเปียโนเพราะดี ฟังแล้วเพลินดี เล่นไม่ยากแต่ต้องมีสมาธิ

เพลง Fur Elise (short version) เป็นเพลงเดียวที่มากับโปรแกรม เราจะต้องเล่นให้ผ่านเกณฑ์ก่อน ถึงจะได้เครดิตเพิ่มเพื่ิอปลดล็อคเพลงอื่นได้ เกณฑ์ตัดสินก็ไม่ยากอะไร ขึ้นกับความเร็วและความแม่นยำ แต่ละเพลงมีความยาวความยากและเกณฑ์บังคับต่างกันไป

กอล์ฟพึ่งปลดล็อคเพลง The Entertainer ฉบับเต็มมา ยาวถึง 18นาทีแน่ะ ยังไม่ผ่านเลย พึ่งเล่นครั้งแรก โปรแกรมนี้ฟรี ยังไงเพื่อนลองไปโหลดเล่นดู เล่นแก้เส็งและก็ยังได้ฝึกฝนเปียโนอีกด้วย ชอบไม่ชอบยังไง อย่าลืมฝากความเห็นทิ้งไว้ข้างล่างด้วยนะครับ

 

 

 

 

A Quick Storyboard

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A Quick Storyboard

Did I mention yet how much I love the Zite app on iPad? Zite is the must-have app for iPad users. It’s a personalized e-magazine that will create a collection of content in which you are interested. You can personally customize the content that you would like to read. It could be any topic content, such as food, fashion, higher education, web design, social media, etc. And, yes, Zite is a FREE app!

So, a few days ago I read the article, The Art of Storyboard, from the Zite. The author emphasized the usefulness of the storyboard for e-Learning project development. He used three analogies for viewing the storyboard as a tool, an art, and a project. I also view the step of storyboard development as an important step when I worked on any such projects as websites, computer-based programs, and multimedia presentations. I create storyboards for almost everything.

To me, a storyboard helps me organize ideas in my head, create a visual prototype, plan an interface design, and convey my thoughts and ideas to other team members and clients. Also, a storyboards is like a business plan but  in an informal visual aid. So, without a plan any project can easily become chaotic. As an Instructional Designer and training platform developer, when designing an e-learning project, I used the storyboard to plan, design, and control the program structure, navigation, interaction design, multimedia placement, and scripts. It sounds a lot of work but necessary to plan them all out before the development starts. The storyboard needs to have enough details in order to allow other team members to see a big picture and the design details, as well as to keep everyone on the same page.

A storyboard can be created quickly and easily using common software application, such as MS Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop. I used Photoshop to design a mock-up program interface. Photoshop allows me to select a color scheme very quickly. You can also design a program background and navigation buttons in Photoshop. Then, I brought all the design elements into MS PowerPoint to figure out the placements of buttons, texts, video clips, and graphics. It’s easier to go through each slide in PowerPoint when you are dealing with multiple pages/screens. If you have a narration script to go with each screen, you can put the text under the Note section for each slide. Also, you can create internal links to jump among pages/screens, so you can design the program navigation and interaction. If you have any media that going to be used in the program, you can import to the Powerpoint too.

Remember that the storyboard is just a prototype or mockup version of your project. You should not spend too much time to make everything look perfect, but you should cover all essential design elements so that you can visualize what the final project is going to look like. Some people even create a storyboard by sketching everything on a piece of paper. I think that’s OK too, but it might not be effective when you have several people working in the team and trying to figure out what you wrote and what you drew. In addition, it’s a lot easier to archive and treat the storyboard as a design document if you put everything in digital format using MS Words, PowerPoint, and Photoshop.

I hope this post would help you realize how important the storyboard is and provide you with small tips about the tools I used to create a quick storyboard. If you have any questions and would like to know more, leave me a comment!

Note: Images used in this post retrieved from Google.

Camtasia Studio Workshop with Melissa

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Camtasia Studio Workshop with Melissa

This week our ILC training is the basic of Camtasia Studio by Melissa. This training is specifically for our new staff memebers.

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