2011 Connect Session Schedule

on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Learn how to create a podcast, edit a video, hold an online meeting, and work with Prezi, a zooming presentation software that will thrill your PowerPoint-jaded audiences!

Here is the Winter-Spring 2011 Connect session schedule. All sessions start at 9, and will last less than an hour. Get them on your calender today!

Jan 5 – New features in Adobe Connect 8
Jan 19 – Creative Commons and online image databases (w/Joanne Littlefield)
Feb 2 – Working with Prezi
Feb 16 – CSU social media policies (w/Joanne Littlefield)
March 2 – Skype and Innerpass File sharing
March 16 – CSU Graphic standards and best practices (w/Joanne Littlefield).
April 6 – Working with Adobe Premeire video editing software
April 20 – Working with blogs
May 4 – Working with Audacity recording software
May 18 – Creating podcasts


on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Markup.io, at http://markup.io/, is a free tool that allows you to draw and add text to any webpage, then publish the result to share with others. Best of all, there are no downloads necessary, no registration required.

Go to http://markup.io/ and drag the markup icon to your bookmarks menu. Then whenever you want to mark up a webpage, choose the bookmark. A toolbox will appear in the upper lefthand corner (screenshot at upper left), allowing you to add shapes and text to a page. In the example below, I've circled a link and added text saying the link doesn't work.

When your markup is done, you click Publish. You'll be prompted to move a slider from left to right. When you do, a URL will appear. Copy the URL, send it to whoever you'd like to share your markup with (see below). Fast and easy. v To see the markup page used in this example, go to http://markup.io/v/akcccc06gwe3

Thanks to Loretta Lohman and Erin Pheil for the tip!

Archiving Facebook Data

on Thursday, December 9, 2010

Facebook has now made it possible to download and archive all of your Facebook data: status updates, messages, photos and profile information. It's yours after all, and provides you with a day-to-day history of your own life.

Here's how:

In Facebook, click Account, then click Account Settings.

Click on Learn more to the right of Download Your Information.

Click the Download button at the bottom of the page (you'll then get a second Download button; click that one too).

It will take awhile. Facebook will send you an email when the download is complete. It will be a .zip file (here are instructions on using j-Zip to open a zip file). The extracted files will include an html folder, an images folder, and a file called index.html, which you use to access the rest of the information. Open the index.html in your browser, and you will be able to access profile, wall, photos, friends, notes, events and messages from here.

Thanks to Darrin Goodman for the tip!


on Thursday, December 2, 2010

Just in time to replace Drop.io, which is being shut down this month, is Zendit. Zendit, located at http://live.zendit.com/ allows you to store up to 1 GB of data online, for free. There are no restrictions on file format.

The interface is drag and drop, which can be a little cumbersome, as a "browse for files" option would be nice. Still, it's 1 GB of storage for free, it uploads and downloads very quickly, so I won't complain. Zendit also has many social media features integrated into it, to allow you to easily share files and communicate with others. Personally, I use it for music and as a backup for Word documents.

Zendit is still in beta testing, so you need to request an account at http://www.zendit.com/. They will follow up with an email allowing you to join within a few days. The URL is somewhat customizable as well, in that it is based on your username. So, for example, if your username was ninja, the URL for your Zendit account would be www.zendit.com/ninja.

Give it a try. Did I mention it's free?