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While doing my research and planning my RILS experience, I conducted a “play-test” of my design to see how things would run. I will be the first to admit that I am not the best traditional artist. My strengths are more in video and photo manipulation, though I love painting and try to practice as much as I can. Continue reading to learn about my experience running my RILS exercise.

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Queeky.com is home to a collaborative community focused on creating and sharing works of art in a friendly, professional, and healthy online setting. The artists there range from amateurs to professionals, to everything in between (like myself.) The premise here is that you can paint and draw whatever you like and have a community of artists view your work and offer advice and critiques.

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I was checking out Mark’s blog and reading his review of a site, Erly.com, which allows you to create and post events in a way similar to a photo album. What makes the site unique is that you can log in to this site, then link your photos from almost any social media network, and post them to a large, shared event. His suggested uses were for his students to post photos from their field trips! I think that’s an awesome idea, and I think it could be taken even further too! To check it out, click here!

Image of the Erly post

The social media sites that you can post from to the Erly site.

Beyond the Erly review, I also strolled over to Valerie’s page and took a look at her review for the PowToon site! PowToon is geared toward a business model for presentations. That being said, Valerie mentions that it appears that educational presentations were an afterthought of the product. After watching her video produced in the software, I liked some of the ideas, but also had some reservations about the program. Click here to read more.

PowToon

Valerie’s screen capture of her PowToon presentation!

I had the opportunity to sit down and spend a little time with a new piece of software (at least to me) today, entitled Pixlr (www.pixlr.com). It is, all in all, a very interesting idea; a web-based alternative to the ever popular Photoshop software. There are some things is does very well, and a few other areas where it can’t quite stack up to it’s competition.

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I have always been one to have a TON of bookmarks in my browsers. I like to keep track of everything, and there’s no way I can remember the web addresses of all of the required sites to be used for this program 🙂 I also keep my own sites that I like to visit bookmarked. It’s easy, and it saves time. The biggest issue though is that, if I don’t have my laptop, I don’t have my bookmarks either.

After being introduced to Symbaloo, I was blown away. I know it sounds like a sales pitch, but it isn’t. I love how simple and clean the interface is. It only took me about two minutes to figure out how to work everything, and then I was off and running. I added in all of the sites I knew I would need, like my staff and student e-mails, and FSO support etc. Adding in the wordpress blog links was great and easy as well. After getting all of the required assets in, I started to explore some and add in other things. I play fantasy football, so I added a link to my league page. I use a couple of tools for my own workflow (Rescue Time is a big one) so I added those as well.

I spent about half an hour getting those setup, then decided to really explore what Symbaloo had to offer. Upon looking through, there appears to be literally THOUSANDS of different things I can place on my page. I chose a few that interest me; The Discovery Channel, CNN Tech News, and ESPN Sports News. The interesting thing is that these are all RSS feeds, which I can have sent straight into the Symbaloo interface.

I haven’t finished my exploration yet of Symbaloo, but I will definitely be working with it throughout this month. In my followup blogs I’m sure I will have populated my home site with tons of interesting blocks!

My Symbaloo Interface

My Symbaloo interface as it is on creation.

Hello world!

Welcome to my second blog for the EMDT program! This one will be Super Awesome Blogging 🙂 Hopefully everyone can learn a little something and be entertained along the way!

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