My Blogging Experience

April 15, 2010

Final Reflection on ECMP 455

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , — debyj @ 3:25 pm

Here is a video that gives a reflection of what I have learned from this class and what I look forward to learning in the future.  I wanted to put more photos and transitions on it, but I had a horrible time trying to get Windows Movie Maker to function for more than 5 minutes at a time.  Has anyone ever come across a great online movie-maker program?? I would really like to try something else, but I also do not want to put $$ into it!

I uploaded my video onto youtube but it was about 10 seconds too long, so my closing sentence got cut off!  The last sentence is: I look forward to continuing my learning about technology and education and hope to stay in touch with my classmates and continue learning from them for many years to come!

Hope you enjoy the movie!

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March 4, 2010

Diigo Exploration #4

Filed under: Diigo — Tags: , , — debyj @ 9:24 am

Diigo Tools

There are a lot of different extra tools that you can explore to enhance your Diigo experience. If you click on “tools” at the top of your Diigo account, you can view a variety of options.

One thing I found very challenging was understanding what exactly these tools were and how to use them. For most of the tools, Diigo gave a very brief description of what the purpose was. For example, I clicked on “Diigolet”. Here is the description:

“Diigolet is not as feature-rich as the Diigo toolbar, but it can be set-up by simple drag-and-drop – no download or installation needed, and it works for all major browsers. Much more powerful than bookmarklets offered by other social bookmarking sites, Diigolet is a “super bookmarklet” that allows you to highlight and add sticky-notes, in addition to simple bookmarking”

I wasn’t really sure why I needed this or what it really did so I tried following the instructions to install it. My browser said that I could not add Diigolet because I already had the Diigo toolbar. My assumption then was that the Diigolet is a simple substitute for the Diigo toolbar. This way, if I want to use a computer at school, I can add the Diigolet to the toolbar easily and use most of the Diigo tools I use at home on this public computer. It took a lot of guessing and assuming to come to that conclusion and I am still not 100% sure that is what the Diigolet does. I definitely think Diigo could do a little more explaining in their “tools” section to help the “unfamiliar” become more “familiar” with these tools.

Other times, I figured out what the tool was but I could not get it to work. For example, I thought that Diigo as a widget would be really great! But…it turns out I cannot figure out how to get it to work after many many attempts. There just simply is not enough “how-to” description to accompany these tools.

If you can figure out what they are and how to get them working, I can see how these tools could be very useful, especially to people who have their own blog or website. The tools also allow you to import and export bookmarks between other social bookmarking sites or your web browser bookmarks. Next time you are on your Diigo account, check out the “tools” option and you might find something that will make your life easier!

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