“Idea Catching”: Tools to Unite your “Inspiration” Mind and your “Perspiration” Mind

Image by Tiago Daniel via Flickr “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!“ -Thomas Alva Edison “I discovered the meaning of life but I forgot to write it down.“ -Hugh Gallagher You know those times when you are struck with a brilliant, life-altering, million-dollar, save-the-world idea at the exact moment …

GRUML: Google Reader on your Desktop

Image by Sue Waters via Flickr As you may have gathered from my defense of desktop email clients, I prefer desktop apps to webapps any day of the week. Even if the app is powered by a web data service (like Gmail), desktop applications can take advantage of the massive …

Beast Bloggers Content Plan

Image by solbronumberone via Flickr This is a presentation I made to help my Beast Bloggers’ Support Group create a Content Plan for their blogs. I wanted them to take a broad view of their objectives and strengths as they develop their blogging identities. I had them list out their …

Replace Your Firefox Plugins with Mozilla Ubiquity

Image by flod via Flickr Everybody loves Firefox. Even with all the other fast, standards-compliant modern browsers out there (like Chrome, Safari, and Opera– sorry IE!) Firefox stands alone for its rich variety of extensions. If you’re using Firefox, you can be sure that “there’s an extension for that”. It’s …

Podcast an Audiobook to Reach Struggling Readers

Image via Wikipedia Even in the upper grades, students are struggling to make the transition from “learning-to-read” to “reading-to-learn”. Give a struggling reader a context-reduced novel written in old, antiquated language and you will realize that students need as much life-like context as we can provide. One way to help …

Finding copyright-friendly Images: A blogger’s guide

Image via Wikipedia Flickr.com, Yahoo.com, and Google (and now Bing.com) can be great places to find images of just about anything under the sun. Unfortunately, many of the images you find are the intellectual property of someone else– so you can’t include them with having to worry about being hauled …