About me As many people will know, I am a web developer as well as a teacher. I have a history of developing useful tools for users, for example, when [ … ]
I recently spent a lot of time updating CompEdNet – the Scottish Forum for Computing Science Teachers. This post is a potted history of the site and a little information about what was involved in creating it’s most recent incarnation.
Ok, this is exciting. My Consolarium/Glow Toolbars are now in beta. New features include a login manager which automates/remembers you Glow login and automatic URL shortening using the glo.li service.
I’ve created two toolbars, one for Internet Explorer and the other for Firefox. These are for the Consolarium mainly but they also include links to other LTS content. These toolbars link to the Consolarium Blog, LTS Online Service, the Glow Blog, the Glo.li short url service etc. The best thing about the toolbar, as it stands, is that it integrates with the new Glow Search and, just like the Google Search bar, it will keep track of your search history.
I’ve been busy hacking together some code to allow GlowBlog users and Glow users to access glo.li to make their own short urls. We all know how long Glow urls can be and wouldn’t it be great if there was a web part which automatically generated a short glo.li address for any page that it was added to?
Today in about 15 minutes I set up my own URL shortening service using http://bit.ly/pro. This free service from the guys at bit.ly allows me to use a custom short domain for any and all shortened URLs I create using their service. I can also use my API key with apps like Seesmic on Android and TweetDeck on iPhone to automatically create my own shortened URLs on those platforms.
I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking recently about the essential elements and functions of a learning social network. Glow has been an interesting first few steps in the [ … ]
In my last post I described how I created a custom theme for Glow. Attached in the zip below are the files I used to do it. If you have admin rights for your own Glow groups (and this includes your own MyGlow page) you can now customise it’s look just as you want. All it takes is a little .CSS knowledge.
It would be great if you could customise your pages in GLOW, the Scottish National Intranet for Education, in the same way you can style MySpace? In this post I explain how I did just that and it only took me 8 hours!