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...