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Podcast 23: iTunes and Art Club … AGAIN!

Click to play or download.The 23rd podcast is here, there’s no use trying to stop it! In this show I don’t really wax philosophic too much … maybe next time.

Show Notes:iTunes 4.9 Now has me listed in it’s podcast directory, although it lists them all out of order for some reason. (I still think iPodderX is a nicer podcatcher.)

My school’s Technology Coordinator and I cleared out the old “Jostens Lab” to use for the Art Club. I’ve posted photos. There were some ancient computers that were beyond upgrading but we now have 8 or 9 boxes ready for tinkering – including a beige G3 donated by Phil Shapiro! (Thanks, Phil!) Computer and digital camera donations would still be appreciated.

22nd Podcast: iTunes and Art Club

Click to play or download.22 won’t win you a game of blackjack, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the podcast.

Show Notes:iTunes 4.9 is not just an mp3 player, it’s a podcatcher as well! I think the true geeks will keep using programs like iPodderX, but iTunes is a nice way to get podcasting to the masses.

Art Club updates: we’ve got computers, we have space, we have supplies, things are looking up!

You Are Here is a 12.5 meg quicktime music video by Sam Bisbee. His music’s nice, but the video is a wonderful blend of still photography and stop motion animation. He even put the contact sheets online and licensed it under Creative Commons so you can remix it! If you have broadband I reccomend checking this out.

21st Podcast: Furl comments and

Click to play or download.21st podcast – Does this mean it’s “legal?”

Show Notes:New background music. The nice thing about GarageBand is anyone can arrange music. The down side is that ANYONE can arrange music. I hope my efforts don’t disappoint.

Please, for the sake of those subscribing to your Furl or feeds, include comments with your links. Thank you.

A while back I complained about not working so well, but made sure to mention that they were in fact alpha testing their service so improvements were almost a given. Well, it’s now better than ever with an almost instant submission turnaround time. Combine this with the fact that all content shows up on and I think I’ve found my new podcast host. :)

19th Podcast

Click to play or download.19th podcast – one more and it’ll no longer be a teenager.

Show Notes:Congratulations to Steve Dembo of fame, he recently got hired as a kindergarten teacher for a charter school. Steve, does that mean you’ll change your podcast description to “musings of a kindergarten teacher?” – I’ve only just barely scratched the surface of this site, and I already like it. They have plenty of “games,” but they all have an educational nature too them. Registration is free and VERY fast, activities are organized by subject, and a “Teacher Guide” is included to let you know the grade appropriate objectives for each activity.

Art Club – We’ve hit some snags, but we’re working on it.

18th Podcast: Making Stuff and Strange Angels

Click to play or download.18th podcast … does that mean it can vote? … most likely not.

Show Notes:School ends on Friday! So, how many educators will continue to blog/podcast over the summer?

Making Stuff – A great blog that documents one woman making all kinds of cool crafts. Reading her stuff really inspires me.

Artboy – This site has all kinds of content, but I mention it because of it’s podcast: Strange Angels. Think of it as the internet version of NPR’s Art & Culture segments.

Education Podcast Network – Another wonderful education resource by David Warlick. This site organizes educational podcasts by category.

17th Podcast: 5 Security Tips

Click to play or download. Can you believe this is my 17th podcast? … yeah, so can I.

Show Notes:Of course the best way to be secure online is to buy a Mac, but that’s not an option for everyone so I’ve compiled some tips to help out those of us still using Windows.

By the way, if you’re already a Technology Coordinator or fan of Leo Laporte‘s you can probably just skip over this. The whole podcast is really for the less technical members of my listener base.

  1. Explorer (as well as AOL’s web browser, which is essentially the same as Explorer) is inherently flawed. Use them for System Updates because you have to, but for everything else you should switch to Firefox as your web browser of choice. It’s less vulnerable to spyware and virus attacks and even has a built in pop-up blocker! Mac users get a lot of the same features with Safari, although I must admit I really like the beta version of Camino.
  2. Get yourself a good firewall. There are a number of software options that are quite good (Microsoft XP’s built in firewall software isn’t so hot, Macintosh’s is a little more decent), but nothing beats a good old fashioned router. If you’re using a router, whether wireless or otherwise, you’ve already got a hardware firewall.
  3. Firewalls don’t block everything, (if they did, you wouldn’t be able to get online!) so you also need a decent antivirus. Some people swear by Norton, others like McAffe (I think AOL has this built in now), Leo Laporte swears by NOD32, and still others prefer the free version of AVG since it’s … well … free. Two things to remember though: A) An antivirus that isn’t updated regularly might as well not even be there. and B) Antivirus programs don’t play well together, so only have one on your system at a time.
  4. Ok, so now we have a decent browser, a firewall, and an antivirus. You should be secure, right? So why do you still have all those pop-up windows?!?! The problem is that you could still have spyware on your computer. Using Firefox may protect you from some of these, but they can still get in and antivirus programs don’t usually check for them. THe purpose of most spyware programs (their creators will insist that they be called “adware,” not “spyware”) is to saturate you with advertisements, from which they make a pretty penny. Besides being annoying they can also mess up your bookmarks or in many cases really screw up your system. Luckily there are three decent anti-spyware programs you can get for free that (unlike antiviruses) really do play nice with each other. If you don’t have them already, you should go and download the free versions of AdAware, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Microsoft’s own anti-spyware program. Each one will catch spyware programs that the others won’t catch, so you should install at least two of them if not all three.
  5. By the way, are you keeping your system updated? Security holes are being discovered and patched every month, so you really have no excuse not to make sure you have all the patches installed. I even have to do this with my Mac, and Firefox had some problems recently. You see, as soon as a patch comes out hackers around the world look at it and discover flaws they didn’t know were there. If you don’t install the patch then you’re vulnerable to whatever flaws the update was made to fix. Bottom line: updates are good.

Well that covers most of the basics right there. If you want more information you can always go to Leo Laporte’s Tips Section. That’s where I learned most of the stuff I spouted off just now. Until next time, fare thee well!

16th Podcast: Comments and Podcast Sites

Click to play or download.Sweet 16, Boo-YA!

Show Notes:Like the background music? It’s mine.

In this podcast I also respond to comments by Flint and Deb.

I have several podcast directories to reccomend:

And I wrapped things up by plugging these podcasts:

  • Tips from the Top Floor – A must listen for anyone interested in improving their skill with a digital camera.
  • – The home of Steve Dembo: The man, the myth, the legend.
  • Connect Learning – Another great project by David Warlick. This man’s really got his hands full!
  • History According to Bob – All the cool history that we didn’t learn in school … but should have.

15th Podcast: DSL and Creative Commons

Click to play or download.Beware the ides of … podcasting

Show Notes:

A Basement of Broken Dreams – An album by John Holowach, hosted on I used his song called My Piano Sings (Part 3).

Thanks for the listener mail, Steve! Comments are always appreciated. – A nice site for anyone who wants to share their works without making it public domain.Yahoo! Creative Commons Search – use Yahoo’s search engine to look for things licensed under Creative Commons.

Lawrence Lessig – an author, blogger, and supporter of Creative Commons licensing.

14th Podcast: Risks and Email

Click to play or download.It’s the 14th! Valentine’s day!

… no, wait, it’s the 14th podcast. Sorry about that.

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Show Notes:

A Basement of Broken Dreams – An album by John Holowach, hosted on I used his song called My Piano Sings (Part 3).

If you don’t push the students you’ll always have good results, but if you push the students then they will LEARN.

When sending email about the art schedule, some messages aren’t finding their way to my gmail account. Chalk it up to computer glitch or user error, but art sign-ups were up 100 percent so I still think my system works.

Podcast Alley: Education Podcasts – Lots of good podcasts here, many of them much better than my own. I recommend casting your vote for Connect Learning (ranked 13th place), or the one for which I cast my vote: Teach42 (ranked 4th place). Either of these is worth a spot at number 1.