More on College RSS Feeds and Podcasts is a site that has news of the podcasting world and a good section on podcasting gear.

Apple's iTunes, which gave podcasting its biggest boost, is not the only place to find podcasts (or "netcasts", the term Leo Laporte is promoting in case Apple really gets crazy about suing about "pod" usage). There are plenty of categories educational and otherwise in this podcast directory, including Arts & Humanities, Audio Books, BBC Podcasts, Entertainment, UK & other international podcasts - you might start with the Higher Education section.

Petersons is best known for products for college search and selection, financial aid, online services like EssayEdge(for admission essays & personal statements), ResumeEdge and web-based products, such as CollegesWantYou, GradSchoolsWantYou, and online practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, SAT and others.

They also offer a free directory of education RSS feeds from the higher education world.

You'll need a news aggregator such as NewsGator or Bloglines to take advantage of them.

You can also add a feed from your school to the directory. They are reviewed by an editor at Thomson Peterson's before being published and they supply a feed validator check to make sure your RSS is up to standards.

Online Graphics Creation

If you're not a PhotoShop user and need a graphic, there are websites that allow you to create them online.

Cool Text is a free graphics generator for creating logos & buttons. Most likely that would be for web pages, but they would work for presentations or documents too. Without a lot of design work, you choose what kind of image you would like, sizes, fill out a form, the image is created on the fly and then you save it to your computer. You can save images as .jpg, .gif or .png files. There's no registration.

The site has extensive font styles to choose from - about the only fonts you won't find are the common ones like Arial or Times New Roman.

Want your own logos in those unique Google and Yahoo! font styles?
You can make your own online.

If you already have a graphic and want to transform it, try WebFX which is a graphics manipulation tool. Again, no downloads, plug-ins or registration. It has about 50 different effects that you can apply to an existing web graphic. Some are animated .GIFs and the others are standard JPGs. Just put in the URL for the graphic (like this one) and then apply an effect - I selected "TV set" and got the image below.

Take a look at the sample transformations you can apply.

Family Circus Plus Nietzsche


Here's a post to start your week.

It's a mashup of the very tame newspaper cartoon Family Circus which is connected to a quote from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche which becomes the caption.

Illogical, nonsensical - right? But it works.

Since the cartoons are all one panel of someone talking to others, the characters become quite philosophical parents and children.

I question the random factor because some that I turned up were so perfectly matched! (like the kids looking at a car driving away and the quote about memory).

You can try it yourself at click refresh and it generates another pairing.

You can copy the permalink if there's one you really like and want to able to send it to someone as a link.

How To DIY Sites

MAKE is a regular DIY magazine about "technology on your time" but you can get a lot of the "how to" stuff online. Need to know how to make sushi, or a corn starch flamethrower or (right now) Halloween stuff?

There's also VideoJug which is described as "Life explained. On film." All short videos about how to DIY.

Here's their recent Top 10 videos

  1. How to Fold a T-Shirt In 2 Seconds
  2. How To Kiss Someone Passionately
  3. How to Use the Shower
  4. How to Tie a Tie - Half Windsor Knot
  5. How to Become Breast Self Aware
  6. How to Tie a Tie - Full Windsor Knot
  7. How to get out of a car without showing your knickers
  8. How to Iron a Shirt
  9. How to Perform the Perfect Golf Swing
  10. How to Juggle 3 Balls

Free EdTech magazines!

CDW-G (subsidiary of CDW Corporation) is a vendor for government and education markets offers two magazines for K12 and higher ed educators using technology. Subscriptions for the paper editions are free and you can read it online as text or as full-featured online magazines.

EdTech K12
magazine - here's a sample article: "Boot Camp For Teachers" - Schools are increasingly realizing that professional development is the key to integrating technology into class lessons... and this one from the EdTech Higher Ed - "IT Practice & Pedagogy: E-Learning on Campus" - A new learning management system at the University of Maryland bolsters knowledge sharing and community building. magazine view and a text view...

Tech Learning
is a free magazine that also focuses on the K12 educator, but I find a lot of good material for higher ed. The current cover story is "A Day in the Life of Web 2.0" by David Warlick, and it's a good overview of classroom wikis to text messaging, the multimedia tools collectively known as Web 2.0 which stand to change the rules of the game.

That site also offers several other magazines including School CIO.

Are there free education and/or technology subscription magazines that you would recommend reading online or on paper? Leave a comment below...
 is the social networking site getting a lot of buzz. It comes from the suburban Montgomery Township, New Jersey brains of the brother & sister team of Dave (now a frosh at U of Colorado) and Catherine Cook (high school senior), who wanted to buzz past the traditional yearbook.

Cook #3 is their 27 year old brother, Internet entrepreneur Geoff Cook. While at Harvard, Geoff founded and which he sold in 2002 for nearly $10 million - so he knows what to tell his younger sibs about the business (and he kicked in $250K to start the site rolling).

  • MediaMetrix calls them the youngest social networking site on the Internet, and the only site growing faster than competitor MySpace (1.5 million members in 10 months)
  • MediaMatrix ranks as the 5th top-gaining Web property overall
  • The site attracted more than four million visitors in June 2006.
  • Launched in April 2005 for use by the students at just one suburban high school
  • the site went wide August 2005
  • the site adds 5,000 new members each day
  • 75% of its new members are in the United States
  • this past July they hit one million members

Some history on the site, from the site:

It all started during Spring Break 2005, flipping through a yearbook in my room and realizing it sucked. This is 2005 - why the hell is anyone buying yearbooks anymore?

We wanted more than the typical stuff -- superlatives, autographs, will, pictures -- although those had to be there too. What would make this site different -- and loved -- is it would be full of the people you know and meet in real life everyday. And it would go with you your whole life. It was real life on the Internet.

Then we realized it could be more.

It could reinvent real life. It could make real life better. Making it easier to meet the people you see every day. Making it easier to approach the cute girl in a different class. Making it easier to find out who else shares your likes, dislikes, favorite movies, music, Chinese food place, ...Catherine wrote the name down on her notebook, put smiley faces in the "O's." myYearbook was born.

It wasn't long before we realized this was bigger than just high school or just college. This would be the best social networking site in history, if we could figure out what we were doing.

Let's face it, friendster gets boring, myspace is creepy, and classmates is a rip off. myYearbook would be the only community of people worth going to -- full of people you meet or used to meet everyday, the people you might actually be friends with, bump into, date, knock their books down, or marry. It would have every high school, every college, every graduate school, every summer program, every employer, everyone.

And it would connect everyone to everyone like never before.

And it would have no ads.

This is about building a site you want to use the rest of your life. It's about making myYearbook something that will be around billions of years from now.

And by the way, myYearbook will always be free. We're never going to even consider charging. Why? Because it's against everything we stand for. This only works if everyone loves the site as much as we do and wants to make this site the coolest way of hanging out online and the best way to find more about the people you see everyday in real life.

Geoff, 27, is our older brother/investor/alcohol buyer. You might call him: "smart money." Geoff is a freak. He got every question right on the SATs. He went to Harvard, made a silly claim in a newspaper at age 20 about being a millionaire by age 24, and then did it. He started a multi-million dollar business at school, sold it to an evil multinational, and now bounces around, and throws money at us when we need it. Still, 27 is old. I'm glad I'm not 27.

Did I join? Of course. How else can you review a site and stay on top of web 2.0?