Friday, July 30, 2010


Greetings to all who have arrived here. I'm sure you are classmates from PP105. I'd like to take the time to say a few words about creating the content of this blog. Here are some things I learned.

1. Adverbs of Time: In a blog, you really shouldn't use them. I find myself starting posts with words like next or then or now when those words really don't belong here. Example, the first thing I wrote on this blog is at the bottom. So, when I start a post with the word "then," it creates a problem. The reader hasn't read that happened first yet! It seems that you would want to reverse the order of your posts... but then the reader would have to scroll down to get to the latest item. It's a conundrum.

2. Surprise: Just when you think it can't be done, you click on something AND-IT-CAN! So often I felt that I was at the end of my Blogger's rope. But by reading, and re-reading, things Steve put up about embedding and links and stuff like that. In the end, I was able to upload everything I wanted, in the order I wanted. That makes me happy.

Overall, I am really pleased and excited about what I've learned in this class. I hope to use all these pieces of information daily. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Making a movie... Very scary.

The most exciting thing I did in PP105 was to create a short video of surya namaskar b. It took a lot of time... Recording the bits and pieces was easy... getting it all the flow together perfectly... a bit of a challenge. Enjoy. (Please forgive my poor poses.)


I also got to make just the silliest picture of me using someone else head. Can you guess who she is?

Making pictures Smaller

Over the years, I have been working on getting pictures just the right size to send to friends and family. Being overseas, I was much more cautious in the size of the photos I would email.

Here are the photos I used for PP105. The picture with more ice is the "bigger" photo. The guy with me is my husband. :)

Voice Thread

I think this was one of the most amazing discoveries in PP105. There is so much possibility here! I want to find several ways to use this in my classrooms and in my life!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Then, we were asked to make a sound file using Audacity. I really enjoyed working in this new sound editing software, mostly because it is free. It was one of the only assignments I didn't share with my classmates and only put it in the dropbox. To be honest, it's kind of embarrassing...

I took a favorite song of mine and just read the words aloud while it played. So, here you go... Beck


I'm having trouble getting the RSS feed to play. I think this might work. I'm trying... It's kind of fun to see if we can make things work... It's such a trial and error puzzle. I like that.

Message 008 - sarah.sahr

First Assignment

So, lets get started... I'm really excited about the amount of stuff I leaned in this class. So much so, that I have decided to post everything I have done in the PP105. And some extra things about me (look right and up). Starting with the first assignment we had to place in the drop box. Enjoy

A description of what I hope to accomplish in this class…

I hope to accomplish many things here at Creating/Using Multimedia for Online Instruction. Mostly, I’d like to get familiar with Wikis, podcasts and blogs. Reason being I think several NNESTs are looking for on line support and training. The above mentioned applications can help reach this group of wonderful teachers. (I’d also like to learn a bit about Moodles, but I think Principles and Practices has a whole course on that…)

I think because I was away from the US for so long, I am missing some key technology points in my education grab-bag. So, I hope to get a firm understanding of how to produce a user-friendly blog that uses Wikis, podcasts, video, and the like.

Huh... looking back, I notice that I wanted to learn how to use Wikis in this class. And yet, when faced with the opportunity to use on, I went with Blogs. Funny.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blog it is...

The more I think about it, the more I need to make my final project a blog. I do think there will be time for Wikis... just not this week. SO... I'm planning to post all the work I've done in this class. And, I'll post some stuff from other websites I like...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My first post with indecision...

okay... I'm going to get started, but I'm not going to commit. I am torn between creating a blog or a wiki. Most of me wants to go with a blog because I just want to post information. I'm not interested in having people change what I have posted. I'm looking for a place to post some projects, some pictures, my on line CV... stuff like that. And I want to do it in an informal way.

I guess I'll be making a blog.