Archive for January, 2008

Nebraska Highway Cams

Because you want to see!


Sprout Sprout is a new way to produce interactive content online. Here is what they say at their site:

How It Works

“With Sprout, you can create sophisticated and dynamic interactive content with sprout in three steps, as follows:”


“Building a sprout is easy. Choose from dozens of pre-built templates or start from scratch. Drag-and-drop shapes, text, images, video, and more. Then add components such as slideshows, jukeboxes, and countdown clocks, as well as interactive services such as chat (Meebo), phone (Ribbit), fundraising (ChipIn), and more. Once you’ve got your content in place, use advanced editing and navigation tools to perfect your sprout.”


“Publishing your sprout is easy, too! Just click “publish” and then cut and paste your sprout code into any Web page, or use the “quick post” feature to automatically place your sprout into blogs and social networking sites. For more advanced options, publish your sprout via any of our distribution partners, including Clearspring, Gigya, and Spring Widgets.”


“Once your sprout is published, your audience can copy and spread it to their Web pages and communities. You can then track usage stats such as how many copies were made, how many times your sprout was viewed, and more. You can also edit your Sprout, and ALL copies of your sprout will be instantly updated! Add or change content as needed to keep your audience engaged and informed.”


“Sprout’s mission is to make it quick and easy for anyone to build sophisticated multimedia web content.”

I’m going to give it a try. Share what you create here!!!


I am teaching a workshop on creating and publishing media online.  The following are some online resources that I have found to be good places to post content.  What are some that you all recommend?


Google Video





School Notes





Hulu I finally got my Hulu private beta invitation today. Like Joost, Hulu offers “television” programming, but the offerings are different and I had a better experience with Hulu. I must say that I am totally impressed. I just finished the first episode of WKRP in Cincinnati and was pleased with the loading and presentation of the media. There are quick ads during the program, and they were short and to the point. When the ads come on you cannot gain access to the controls (I was just curious how that would work), but I had no problem with the brief ads. The picture quality is great, and I am hooked here at the beginning. What the future holds for this business remains to be seen. Will they charge for the content, subscription model, can ads keep it going? These are questions that come to mind, but I know that more and more my family gets their entertainment media from online sources. Could this be the end of the satellite dish? Will the computer soon be hooked up to the LCD TV? It may not be too much longer before it happens with offerings like Hulu.

PBS Frontline special (Can be viewed online at the program web site):  “Growing Up Online.”

I am remiss to post this a day late, but nonetheless I humbly and thankfully share the words of a great man:

I am a dad of 5 beautiful children.  One is a teenager and another will soon be one. Parents often find themselves waiting for these kids as they are yet to get a driver’s permit. Tonight I wait at Taco Johns, free wifi, and make this latest post using my iPod Touch. It has been fun to wait tonight! Peace!

OSWDOpen Source Web Design is a place to gather free web templates. I have shared this site before, but each time I use it as a resource I am further impressed. As they say on their site: “Open Source Web Design is a site to download free web design templates and share yours with others. We help make the internet a prettier place.” Here is a little something I put together this week using one of the designs from the site and one from last fall I used to create an example of using OSWD. If you are looking for a quick way to piece together an attractive web page or site go to Open Source Web Design today! Enjoy!

A visit to David Warlick’s 2¢ Worth tipped me off that the Library of Congress has some beautiful pictures posted in two collections on Flickr: 1930s-40s in Color and News in the 1910s.  What wonderful images and great subjects to use in the classroom!

LOC Picture

iPod TouchAs did many others, I updated my iPod Touch today with the new features. I had not expected the $19.99 update but reluctantly paid for apps I had hoped for on the iPod Touch. I really like the addition of mail and notes, and these are features that I know I will use repeatedly. I wish for a working Flash player as I browse the web, and I believe such a player is needed especially if one is inclined to use this device in a classroom setting. Where I am, we have the standard online assessments that I would like to try out on the iPod Touch; however, without Flash, accessing the assessments are limited. I see this as the type of device that will become prevalent in the near future, and if affordable may become the answer to portability challenges schools face when it comes to sharing limited computing equipment. What do you think?

I watched this some time ago, but want to share it (View it and other great clips at TED Talks + check out Pangea Day, get involved!).

Here is the link to the video:  “Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

“Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our new wave of overprotected kids — and spells out 5 (and really, he’s got 6) dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.

This talk comes from TED University 2007, a pre-conference program where TEDsters share ideas.”


Einstein RingThe NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a never-before-seen optical alignment in space: a pair of glowing rings, one nestled inside the other like a bull’s-eye pattern. The double-ring pattern is caused by the complex bending of light from two distant galaxies strung directly behind a foreground massive galaxy, like three beads on a string.” Cool!!!

Edutopia has a great article on the many great and wonderful National Park sites on the web.  Enjoy!

PrismPrism video conversion software is a free video file format converter for Windows. It can convert video files from avi, divX, mpg, vob, wmv (Windows Media Video formats), 3gp (mobile phone format) and more into avi, asf or wmv files. It can also convert your DVD discs into many different formats.

With Prism you can convert your video files into the formats you need to watch on TV, put on a website, create a presentation, watch on your iPod and much more. In fact, the possibilities are endless using this powerful video file converter.

Prism video converter is very easy to use. Just add the files you want to convert to the list, select the format you want to use, and then click the convert button. We make Prism free in the hope you will like it so much you will upgrade to Prism Plus which supports additional encode-to formats.”

They also have a FREE audio converter: Switch Audio File Conversion Software

This appears to have wonderful possibilities for Windows users! I use QuickTime Pro for most of these features on a Mac. Enjoy!

I read this article last week and I see this world with my own young ones. An interesting read: “Web Playgrounds of the Very Young.”  NeoPets is the site of choice right now at our home.