Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working with PDFs

'PDF' is an acronym for 'Portable Document Format'. A PDF file contains one or more page images, each of which you can zoom in on or out from.

PDF files are especially useful when you want to preserve the original appearance and format of a document, especially when sharing working between different computers/operating systems. The The PDF file is designed to look the same on a screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or printer someone is using and regardless of what software package was originally used to create it. PDF files are also highly compressed, so that complex information can be downloaded efficiently.

Read more on generating and work with PDF documents.


Friday, March 6, 2015

HippoBytes HB130: Intro to Google Drive + Creating Slideshows for Blogs


This session focused on
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  • how to use Google's free service - Drive
  • how to create  slideshows for blogs

About Google Drive

Drive's storage space (30GB for Google Apps accounts and 15GB for Gmail accounts) allows you to store files online and access them anywhere using the cloud. It also gives you access to free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, and more.

Because files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, Drive eliminates the need to email or save a file to a USB drive. And because Drive allows you to share files, working with others becomes much easier.

✱  Note the difference between the old Google Drive interface and the new one
old Drive interface                                                                      new Drive interface

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HippoBytes HB243: Digital Storytelling

A digital story about digital storytelling. Whoa, so meta. Note that this
digital story uses film rather still images, which won't be a good idea
if you have limited bandwidth.
Continuing on our theme of visual literacy, this session focused on how you can use video to practice research and citation skills, narrative or informational storytelling, and to provide students with an alternative, media-rich way to demonstrate knowledge of content standards. The vehicle for doing these things is digital storytelling, which strictly speaking is using a combination of images and voiceover to tell an aspect of your life story, but can be more loosely thought of as using images and audio to communicate an important message to an audience.

Downloading Videos from the Internet

ClipGrab is a cross-platform program for downloading web videos to your computer. ClipGrab works on almost every computer – Linux, Mac and Windows – and you can download videos off a wide variety of web sites (YouTube, Clipfish, Collegehumor, Dailymotion, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou, and Vimeo).


How to Use ClipGrab:

  • Open up the ClipGrab application
  • Copy the URL of any video you want to download and paste in the Downloads window. If ClipGrab is already running, the URL will automatically show in the Downloads window.  (NB. For Youtube videos, you can use the Search window to search directly without having to go to Youtube in your browser).
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  • Select the video you want, then go to the 'Downloads' tab and select the desired format and quality, and click the button Grab this clip.
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You can determine the download location in the 'Settings' tab