links for 2010-12-11

  • 30 services which aid in mobile app development
  • video in which teacher explains how he uses Nanogone recording plugin in Moodle for reading running records 
  • Posted 2 years ago, this complete text on Moodle by William Rice is available in a embeddable form on slideshare
  • It was once asked “why does Moodle need a Mobile app anyway?” (I think especially referring to the iPad app); for iPad, I tend to agree.  Moodle sites can look beautiful and almost zero functionality is lost.  But at least one app had a novel feature which was missed in transition from computer to iPad and that was the copy/paste buffer which was ultimately handy when moving between resources and web pages.  For mobile in general though, simpler, faster loading pages and courses make for a better experience so I definitely think there’s a place/need for additional development.
  • Crispy Peanut Butter Treats With Chocolate Chips


    1 box brown rice crisps cereal
    1 3/4 cups brown rice syrup
    Fine sea salt
    3/4 cup Earth Balance® Peanut Butter
    1/2 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips

    Pour the rice cereal into a large bowl.
    Heat the syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat.
    When the rice syrup liquefies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined.
    Pour over the rice cereal and mix well with a wooden spoon.
    Once thoroughly mixed and cooled to room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips.
    Make sure the mixture is cool, or you will end up with melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips in your treats.
    Turn the mixture into an 8"x8" or 9"x13" baking dish.
    Wet your wooden spoon lightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
    Let cool for 1 hour – if you can – before cutting into squares or bars.

  • Capture screen, window, rectangular areaGlobal hotkeys to instantly activate screen capturingOptions to specify output destination (file, editor, clipboard, printer, e-mail)Save in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, PSD, and TIFF formatsRun minimized or minimize to System Tray areaInclude mousepointer, play sound on captureSupports multiple monitors and DualviewAutomatically save screen captures, automatic filename generationSend screen captures to Paint or to your favorite image editing program Send screen captures by build-in e-mail (supports Exchange Server)
    Upload screen captures by build-in FTP engine (File Transfer Protocol) -LifeRocks 2.0Runs on Windows 98/ME/2k/2k3/2k8/XP/Vista/Windows 7.
  • 7 layer Mexican dip
    Serves: 6-10

    2-Corn tortillas
    1 can refried beans
    2-3 avocados
    1 teaspoons lime juice
    1/2 container vegan sour cream
    1/2 packet or more taco seasoning
    1/2 can black beans
    1/2 cup corn
    2-3 tomatoes, chopped
    1/2 cup or more vegan cheese (I use Daiya)
    Low fat tortilla chips

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

    Lay 2 corn tortillas in the bottom of a medium sized glass bowl or pan.  Tear them to fit if needed. Perfection is not important.

    Spread 1 can of refried beans over the tortillas and smooth out.

    Mash 2-3 avocados up with lime juice  in a small bowl until well mixed.  Spread the mixture on top of the refried beans.

    Mix together the vegan sour cream and taco seasoning in a small bowl .  Spread the mixture on top of the avocados.

    Top with black beans, corn and tomatoes.

    Spread the vegan cheese evenly on top and cover with a lid or foil and bake for 25-35 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and serve warm with tortilla chips.  ENJOY!


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