HTML Cheat Sheet

HTML is used as the basic building blocks of a website and learning some simple HTML tags can make writing your blogs, wiki or website a little simpler. HTML code is what you will use to embed videos, pictures and links as well as manipulating text and causing Headaches bringing flavour to your website.

A fantastic source I found while looking for a comprehensive list of HTML commands is this HTML cheat sheet which is an easy way to lookup the most common and uncommon HTML tags. Have a play with what you can do with you new found HTML mastery and the extended tools that the Edublogs pro account that John has negotiated for us all.

For the sake of interest this is what this post looks like on the back end with all the HTML tags in the post

I was about to post a link to this on Edmodo when I saw someone was having a hard time embedding videos on their blog, here is the quick and easy way to do it using the magic of HTML.

  • Click the “Share button that appears at the end of the video or underneath the video
  • Click “Embed” to get the embed code, notice its already formatted in HTML code for your convenience?
  • Highlight the embed code and either right click copy, or ctrl+c if your prefer keyboard shortcuts
  • Go back to your blog post and right click paste or ctrl+v to insert the code into your blog and VOILA

which should embed the video onto your blog, I just have to email John and see about getting this blog upgraded to pro.

RSS feeds and the art of procrastinating

This is my Google reader page on a good day, only 187 unread items. This number usually hovers around 300 and can go up dramatically if I have had a busy day or two and have not checked it. RSS is a great thing for people that visit websites that regularly update their content but as much as it is a great time saving tool it can also be a trap for procrastinating and distraction. This is when the “Mark all as Read” button can be your saviour, you don’t have to read everything.

Other great sites that are useful but can be a dangerous time sink for those of us easily distracted or prone to procrastination include

Moderation is the key, manage your time or else it will suddenly be 2am and you will be saying to yourself “just one more f5”
You have been warned!.

Edmodo Library Feature

Edmodo menubar

You may or may not have noticed the Library tab on the Edmodo menu bar, this is probably the most useful feature I have seen in Edmodo so far (I am fairly burnt out on social networking so it takes a lot to excite me). The library is a useful tool that is described by on the information page as

Our new, intelligent Library automatically saves any link, embed, or file that you have ever sent or received. In the Library, you can easily find and manage all of your resources. You can find, view, archive, and delete any of your files and web resources by group, message type, and eventually tags.

Put simply this means all the documents, links, pictures etc that you use in your Edmodo posts will be saved to your Library and will be easily accessible for future use. This is useful as it becomes a one stop storage solution for all your education related resources. The library is useful in that it works in the background, not bothering you with obtrusive alerts or notifications to save your docs but when you need a certain resource that you have used on Edmodo it is easy to find through your library database. The library is also useful for sharing resources to groups or individuals as you can create folders and save specific resources to that folder and then share the folder with other users. The library feature also has inherent drawbacks as there is no option for saving these resources externally in the event that Edmodo servers fail or the site simply falls in popularity and disuse, thus losing what could potentially be your resource goldmine.

The library is a good idea and is implemented well in an unobtrusive manner, being able to share your saved resources within groups or with other individuals adds extra utility to what is already a well thought out feature. However I would advise users to create backups for important resources so as to avoid a catastrophic loss.

Care of XKCD

Care of XKCD

I am using a old blog on Edublogs as it turns out I have made to many and if I want to make more I need to update to a pro account. This post is a quick one to have a play and familiarise myself with Edublogs, which means I may have to unmark Edublogs emails as spam….but they do send a lot of emails, especially every time they put in a new feature. Anyway, before I keep rambling to much I’ll get to work on the Edmodo post.