Monday, December 3, 2007

WildVoiceStudio - Podcasting software and hosting

CSouthard asked through Twitter about Podcasting sites as podcastpeople is "playing up".
Remembered I had once saved a list of Podcasting tools and resources from Mashable.

Took another look at the list and found WildVoiceStudio which offers free download of a podcasting studio and free hosting for your podcasts - Very user friendly. Also includes free hosting, if you don't mind ads. Only disadvantges I have found so far, you need to have on your computer and you have to sign in to the site in order to create a podcast, (or maybe my pc was just playing up)

As I don't like ads when they're all pasted over my page, I came up with this solution. Created podcast in the free podcast studio app and uploaded directly from app to my page on the site. (The mp3 is also saved on your computer) Copied link to mp3 and pasted in Ning music player. Copied embed code for the Ning music player and added it to my blogger. Way easy!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Checking out Flock

Downloaded Flock and am now checking out the blog tool.  I guess I'm supposed to be able to blog directly from here.  Been overexposed to web20 lately and will take some time for me to get thoughts straight enough for my serious blog.  So will post this to isandbox.


Blogged with Flock

Monday, November 19, 2007

flauntR widget

If the embed works the widget should include a set of images, pulled in from a webpage, which can then be edited. Could be a useful tool for classroom.

Note- although the thumbnail doesn't seem to want to appear - the widget does work!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Internet Children's Digital Library

Book of the Day

Create online quizzes, games and more - embed, link or save as webpage - extremely easy to use. This embed allows students to add sticky notes to a picture.

click here for full screen version

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Happy New Year

From: tsairi, 1 minute ago

PPT of New Year Greeting available online at

Removing the Blogger Navbar

Many teachers have expressed a desire to remove the Blogger navbar from their blogger blogs. This wish is based on the fact that by clicking on the "Next Blog" link can lead students to blogs with unsuitable content.

It is possible to completely remove the navbar - read on:

I took the following css suggested here and added it to the template on a test blog of mine, so far it works:

#navbar-iframe {

Adding an RSS feed of latest comments to your blog

In order to set up the RSS for all comments on your blogger blog, click on:
Settings, Site Feed, Advanced Mode,

Make your choices from the options and save.

The URL for your feed will be
change the part of the URL YOURBLOGNAME !

You will now be able to subscribe to all comments added to your blog.

If you wish to add a widget displaying the comments, the Blogger widget for this doesn't seem to work correctly, however it is possible to create widgets on other sites. The widget showing comments in the sidebar on this blog was created on

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Personalized Embeddable Google Maps

It is now possible to embed your Google Maps in other websites or blogs. To get a link or embed code, all you need to do is click on "Link to this page" which appears just above the map itself.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Automatic Translation of This Blog ;-)

If you actually visit this blog you will see that I have added a translation bar at the top. Click on one of the flags and after a few seconds you will be taken to the machine translated version.

I checked the Hebrew translation and have to say it was the best laugh I've had since Jay or "Yankel" sent me the following quote from his "Boidem" column, after uncovering yet another of my online identities:-

In Thomas Pynchon's classic novel V. people admit to ruling the world, even
if it isn't completely true.

Stencil shrank at the cold air moving in through the window.
"I'm not a priest. Don't try appealing to someone you've only known in a written confession. We do not walk ganged, Stencil, all our separate selves, like Siamese quintuplets or more. God knows how many Stencils have chased V. about the world."
"Fairing," Stencil croaked, "in whose Parish Stencil was shot, preceded your Father Avalanche."
"I could have told you. Told you the name."
"Saw no advantage in making things worse."
Stencil's eyes narrowed. Majistral turned, caught him looking cagy.
"Yes, yes. Thirteen of us rule the world in secret."

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ning in Hebrew

I spent a very intensive 3 days translating Ning to Hebrew, so that hopefully I will be able to use it in school. It's more or less done, bar some new privacy features which came out after I received my version of the code and a few gliches caused by the neccessary RTL directionality for Hebrew. If anyone with a good understanding of css is reading this post, I could really do with a helping hand. For my part as soon as the translation is 100% I will make it available to the ning community and of course will credit those who helped make it possible

For those of you who may not know Ning, it is an "online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds."

Saturday, August 11, 2007 online javascript for cms

Not sure how useful this is but as this is my playground, who cares? The text and picture below are embedded.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Preezo - Online Presentation Creator
Easily create online linear and non-linear powerpointlike presentations, on the fly publishing, embed in blog and send by email. Add links to text or images. At present no animations or special effects.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Playing Tag - 8 random things meme

Well, I've never been tagged so this is a first 2 times over, (that's what comes of keeping multiple blogs.) I think this could be an excellent getting to know you exercise in a collaborative project between different classes/schools, so thanks to Reuven Werber and Ken Pruitt for passing on this idea.

Anyway, here are the rules:

  • Post these rules before you give your facts
  • List 8 random facts about yourself
  • At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
  • Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

8 Random Facts About Me

1. I hated school and swore I would never be a teacher.

2. At 13 I got my first "job" selling flowers in an outdoor market

3. My favorite book is 100 Years of Solitude

4. I can't see the letters on my cellphone in order to send text

5. My strangest job was teaching EFL over the phone in conference calls

6. I'm left handed but use the mouse with my right hand

7. I still intend to learn to play piano

8. My husband, 3 children, 2 dogs and I live on a farm in Israel. Uninvited guests in my house to date: a family of sheep in the living room, a cow at my front door, a bat in my jeans, and the occasional snakes, scorpions and lizards (almost makes me miss England!)

So those are my 8 random facts - I'm going to tag JoNelle Gardner, Hans Feldmeier, DDeubel Eduardo Lina Susanb from this blog and add 3 more tags from my other blog.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Create online timelines at Circavie

The latest online timeline creator, and in my opinion the easiest to use.
Input important dates, upload or link to photos, link to videos, embed in your blog.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SlideShows Scrapbooks and Digital storytelling

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I love the summer as I have so much time to "play" on the web. This is the time when I explore, discover and test new applications to see which I may be able to employ in the coming year. I like to try the tools first before introducing them in the classroom, just so I'm as sure as I possibly can be that there will be no "surprises". I have been checking out different applications for digital storytelling. Instead of writing about them I decided to give Bubblehshare a test run. You can see my growing list of slideshow, video and digital storytelling applications at this URL:

Friday, July 27, 2007

ToonDoo Doo it again - Create a Flip Book

rajendranWanna learn how to do a ToonBook?
Here are eight simple steps.
The guys at toondoo just keep coming up with winners! This is the latest, create a flip book from your toons. Other recent additions include: Fantasy world, (witches, wizards, trolls etc) create your own characters, upload photos and now of course The flip book. Of course I like toondoo because they also support utf8 so my students can create toons too!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Skribl Graffiti Whiteboard for your webpage or blog

You can add a live whiteboard to your webpage or blog - courtesy of

Monday, July 16, 2007

RTL aligned wikispace wiki for Arabic and Hebrew

Wikispaces provide free, ad-free, password protected wikis for K12 educational use.

Until now anyone needing to align their wiki from right to left (Hebrew or Arabic) had to add a special tag around the RTL text. Not any more!

With the help of Dominic Bellizi of Wikispaces, I have created a CSS template which sets a wiki up for RTL languages.

The template and help files including screencast of CSS setup are available at:

The above wiki is in English Language and so is not itself aligned RTL but a working wiki based on the RTL wiki CSS can be seen on the Hebrew demo/help site :

I am hoping to find the time to translate wikispaces help pages to Hebrew - any collaborators would be welcome!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Classroom 2.0 badge

Just noticed the option of adding a classroom 2.0 badge to my blog. There are various useful badges to choose from, however there was no doubt in my mind as to which badge I was going to add.

Not the classroom 2.0 media player which streams videos that have been added to classroom 2.0 - a cool way to add a video widget containing video previewed and recommended by educators.

Definitely Not the stylish music player.

Not the cool photo player displaying a selection of my photos

Not even the Classroom 2.0 profile badge that I can "Wear with Pride" on my website or MySpace page.

Oh no, being loyal to the cause I chose to "Spread the word!" and "Get a Classroom 2.0, dynamically updating with the networks most popular members." badge!

Woohoo, finally for the first time in my life, my pic was there among the most popular members! How did this happen? Well either the badge is coded to include the profile picture from the page that calls it, which is a high probability. Or it is simply that I accept nearly every friendship invitation sent me, and Classroom 2.0 members are very generous at sending friendship invitations. Why not? What is a network friend anyway? Indeed, what is a friend? Never having had many friends, I thought I'd look the word up. Most of the results were similar, here is the definition from the "American Heritage Dictionary"

A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. (doesn't quite fit the bill)
A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. (nope..I don't know anyone there, really.)
Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker. (that must be it!)

These next two feel close to home:
A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.

One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement
: friends of the clean air movement. strike the last bit I smoke 60 a day, but putting the example aside, the definition does seem to describe what is going on at Classroom 2.0. A group of educators, allied in the cause of moving education forward to better prepare their students for the real life that awaits them when they finish school. So that's what a friend is, why don't we just all add each other automatically? I have to say that as a newbie it was very encouraging to be welcomed that way into the community.

Of course there is possibly another reason I am so friendly - my mother's maiden name was..that's right, Friend :-)

Wouldn't you just know it? After that spiel, blogger won't accept the badge code, in the post window, will have to add it as a side widget instead. The things I am willing to do for the cause....

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Start Your Own Social Network - Kickapps

An alternative to Ning? Run your own social network. I'd be interested to know what others think of the application. Last time I tried, uploading video took too long and caused a time out. However the blog features are interesting, members can create text, video or audio blogs right from inside the site. Group creation is also possible as are both user and media moderation. The app also includes member profile page, message boards/forums and widgets that can be embedded in other websites and blogs.
My biggest problem is the Google Ads Box which is slap bang at the top of every page. (I may have mentioned before that the ads that appear in Hebrew are often quite unsuitable for en educational setting.)

I've set up a test site if anyone wants to just try it out for size.

Visitors select a username and password to join the community. User profiles contain all of the popular social networking features, including:

Biography and personal questions. As defined by your webmaster. Videos, Photos and Audio. Upload, share, tag, and save favorites. Blogs. Video, audio, or plain text. RSS feeds. Your feeds and new ones added by your members Guest books. Members can leave and receive messages Friends. Link to other community members, invite others to join

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Upload to TV
Where there's a Screen there's a Way

Upload from Anywhere Show it Everywhere
Outloud TV takes video sharing one step further by adding a direct link between Internet and TV. Videos uploaded to Outloud are transferred to broadcast TV, street screens, festivals, schools, and cultural venues such as museums, galleries clubs and more.

Be a Broadcaster
With Outloud anyone can be a broadcaster. Request for an Outloud jukebox and create playlists you can play on any given screen!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Blogger in Draft - video upload capabilities

Liking to think of myself as an "early adopter" I clicked on the link to blogger in draft in my blogger dashboard and discovered that I can now upload videos, add polls and also create "enclosures", the latter is still a bit unclear to me but hey, if I can upload videos here then sounds good to me. Lets have a go this video from From The Fischbowl:

Uploading seems to be taking for ever... 21:00 21:11 21:21 21:33 going to cancel upload and try again. 00:08 - 00:17 - 00:35 - 00-41 well giving up on that video - you can see it at the above website, in the meantime lets try another.

21:35 21:37 much better probably a smaller video - yes about 9 mega smaller!

Scribd -

Put your documents online.
PDF player to publish and view documents right in your web browser. Try it out!-->Scribd's mission is to create the world's largest open library of documents. Explore the thousands of docs already uploaded or contribute your own!
What kinds of things can I do with documents on Scribd?
To name a few:
Display documents in a web browser using our custom Flash PDF player
Perform high quality conversions between many different formats, including Word, PDF, plain text, HTML, JPEG, PowerPoint, Excel, Postscript, LIT, and even audio format
See all sorts of detailed information on who is viewing each of your documents, including the geographic locations of visitors and how people got to your doc (i.e., Google queries)
Publish a document online with its own public URL that will be indexed by Google and other search engines and be read by a lot of people
Embed a long or complex document in your blog or personal webpage
Convert a document to an mp3 that you can listen to on your iPod
Bulk upload files (that's right, storage is unlimited!)
Receive "likes" and comments on your documents
Choose among a variety of copyright licenses for each of your documents
Discover documents related to your own using our similarity algorithm
Analyze the text of your docs (how does your sentence length compare to the Scribd average?)
Browse popular documents using view counts, likes, tags, our similarity algorithm, and other ways that let you find content that is interesting to you

WengoVisio live audio visio widget

Get a free live audio visio widget at
Also at free audio video conference for up to 5 people.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Zoho Notebook

Zoho notebook one of the newer Zoho applications. See example below.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Maish Cave - VideoEgg


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


So I'm "claiming my blog" on Technorati, Technorati Profile
apparently it'll be worth my while! Fact is i'm signing up just because that's what I do, and because I was 'encouraged' to do so on (yes, I just registered there too)

Why did I register on cocomment? Because I am finding it hard to keep tabs on the discussions taking place on

What is Classroom20? A rapidly growing "social networking site for people interested in the practical application of computer technology (especially Web 2.0) in the classroom and in their own professional development." Actually it's a diverse bunch of people from all over the globe with an interest in technology and education as a common denominator, and a truly interesting place to spend time.

Create Cartoons on ToonDoo

Life without internet

New Blogger Tag Cloud / Label Cloud

My Blogger label widget was taking up too much space, found a nice script to make a compact cloud instead.
New Blogger Tag Cloud / Label Cloud

Welcome to My Playground

I confess, I'm a bit of a web junky. This isn't helped by the fact that I teach technology at school and admin 2 school websites.

I find that the better part of my day and night is spent on the web looking for that "perfect" tool. The one that does everything and does it in Hebrew correctly aligned to the right!

On my travels through the web I register for any new tool/app? that seems to have promise from an educators point of view. Often these tools offer embed, RSS feeds or "publish to blog" at the click of a button. Well obviously, I can't be publishing to my "real" blog every bit of waffle that I manage to produce for these test sessions, on the other hand, if I don't test the feature, how will I know if and how it works?

So, welcome to my playground. Watch out widgets ahead!!

Build a Custom Search Engine

Google customized, collaborative search engines.
Google Co-op - Custom Search Engine
Fill in a form, add URLs and collaborators, embed some code in your blog or website.
It really is that easy. Take a look at my Hebrew Reference for k12 in the widget bar at the side.

Literary HotSpots

Add your favorite children's writer to the map.(Map can be displayed on Google Earth.)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Esnips Toolbar

With all my ranting about the Google toolbar, I forgot to mention the one toolbar which I do find useful - the esnips toolbar pictured above.

As you can see the esnips toolbar has different functions to other run of the mill toolbars. From it I can snip and save webpages, take screen captures, record audio, video and upload everything to my esnips account. These uploads can be private or public and embedded into web pages and blogs. Screen captures can be whole or part of page and can be uploaded or saved to disc at the click of a button.
You'll find an esnips audio recording in the sidebar, unfortunately couldn't embed the widget directly into the post here in blogger. But here is the link

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Google Toolbar - Finally added it

Let me start by saying I hate adding toolbars to my browser! They fill up my screen and do things I don't want them to do, particularly the dreaded, hated popup blocker.

However since starting this blog I've been looking for a way to post from web pages directly. Blogger used to have a nice little bookmarklet which did just that.
It seems that the new blogger doesn't have a stand alone bookmarklet and so I had to make the choice either continue saving snippets for later or get the bookmarklet which is now packaged along with the Google toolbar.

I decided to go for the latter and so have added the toolbar.

The previous post pointing to an Introduction to Rss on Infinite Thinking Machine was posted this way.

RSS - Really Simple Syndication

A thorough and clear explanation of RSS.
Infinite Thinking Machine

Still have to find my favorite reader/aggregator for RSS feeds.

Voice Mail Direct from the Blog

It's a shame - so many nice things that could be put in the sidebar, but who wants to scroll in order to find them? Not even me.
Trying to embed a Chingo Voice Message Box into a regular post.
The free account allows for recording 2 minute messages which can be moderated or not. I decided to moderate.

Go Google!

So google have added charts to their spreadsheets, and a gadget generator for 'igoogle' the new spruced up google personal homepage.

Never understood the logic of charts so my example, based on a fictional attendance rota, looks more like wallpaper than anything else - but then this is my sandbox so what the heck!

The gadget generator lets you create one of 7 different gadgets which you can then add to your Google personal homepage. You can also choose to add your gadget to the gadget directory for others to share. It takes 10 days for your gadget to appear in the directory, in these times of instant content creation that seems like an eternity! I wonder if these gadgets can also be added to other web pages. For now here is a screen print of my Countdown to the Summer Vacation - for all teachers and students who are feeling end of year fidgety.

Gadgets you can create: Countdown, Framed Photo - a rotating photo collection (rotation is either daily or on browser refresh), GoogleGram, a different message every day with a cute little picture that updates every day that passes, YouTube Channel, Personal List, Free form (text and picture), Daily Me - current status, what I'm reading, thinking etc. Nearly can mail your gadgets to your friends!

Hebrew Reference Search Engine for K6

the audacity of it

Voice Conference