Friday, April 11, 2003

I'm still working with different types of webMedia and am having fun. One of my colleagues (Geoff) in CTL 1799 has been able to clue me in to some of the differences between WAV and MP3 files and I look forward to presenting some examples of each, if I can.

During discussions with my prof in CTL 1799 the topic of "objects" has arisen again. Seems as though there are a lot of questions within our group about objects and how exactly they might work in educational settings. Regular readers of this blog will know that this is an answer I've been "in search of" since I began this forum in January 2002.

I keep coming back to the work of David Wiley at Utah State University. I first happened across Wiley's work when tracking references M.David Merrill made at last year's Training Conference in Atlanta. Again, this is old news for some of you. The point is that I continue to be impressed with Wiley's work, and he's been busy.

His Keeping the Baby and the Bathwater page provides an example of the "state of the art" where objects are concerned and is a good point of entry for anyone wanting to know more about objects and how they're being used. The bathwater page contains a reference to eduCommons -- here's a link to a "quiz" I made with a development tool they've produced.

Those interested in knowing more about objects will find the Wiley's Writings page valuable for the wealth of information on object-based education.

I see that Wiley has added a link to his blog since the last time I visited his site (i.e., within the last month).

Wiley continues fantastic work in this area and I look forward to continuing to keep abreast of the "good works" he's involved in and continue to believe very strongly in the efficacy of the "social system" outlook he brings to the examination of objects and on-line learning communities.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Made it home from Phoenix.

Here's a GIF of my swing with the "big dog."

Animated GIF of my golf swing from a MOV file I made in Phoenix earlier this week

Monday, April 07, 2003

More from Phoenix, AZ.

Yesterday I managed to get out for some golf. I played nine holes at the Maryvale Golf Course, one of the municipal golf courses operated by the city of Phoenix.

Following the round I headed to range to work on my swing.

As you can see from the animated GIF below, it needs work ;-)

An animated GIF of me working the kinks out of my swing

I used the AMI GIF Construction Set to make this animation out of a series of JPG files I made with the Screen Capture Tool of SMART Notebook software and Microsoft Paint.

I used Notebook to take a series of "area captures" of a QuickTime (MOV) movie I'd made of my swing. I then copied and pasted these "captured" images into Paint and saved each as a JPG. I then used the GIF Constructor Set Animation Wizard to make the animation.

You can see that a couple of the frames were a different size than the rest. This resulted in the "white lines" across the bottom and sides of a couple of frames in the animation above.

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Another post from Phoenix, AZ.

I've been out taking some pictures around the city and have put together a couple of panoramic shots. One from Camelback Mountain and one from South Mountain Park.

Camelback Mountain is north of downtown and you can see downtown Phoenix on the horizon, center-right, in the picture below. The mountains of South Moutain Park can be seen center-left.

A picture of downtown Phoenix from Camelback Mountain

As its name suggests, South Mountain Park is south of downtown Phoenix. Take Center Ave south to access the park. In the picture below you can see downtown Phoenix and Camelback Mountain, center-right, in the backgroud.

A picture of Phoenix and area from South Mountain Park