What in the World is a Widget?

According to Wikipedia, one of my favorite information sites, "A web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are derived from the idea of code reuse. Other terms used to describe web widgets include: gadget, badge, module, webjit, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Web widgets usually but not always use DHTML, JavaScript, or Adobe Flash. Widgets often take the form of on-screen tools (clocks, event countdowns, auction-tickers, stock market tickers, flight arrival information, daily weather etc)."
So, if I had to rephrase this, I would tell you that a widget is a cool tool that helps you to put a mini clock, calendar, music player, weather forecast, and much more on your blog. If you want your friends to think you are a techie geek, talk about all the awesome widgets you want to add to your blog!
To really truly impress your friends though, you need to KNOW how to add a widget and DO IT! So here are some voicethreads to help you out!

Widget: Dashboard Location...coming soon.

Widget: Google Calendar

Once you learn how to add widgets to your blog, you'll feel like a techno geek! Below is a voicethread that details how to add google calendar to your edublog mainpage. You must have a google calendar--which means you must have a gmail account. Also, you will have to make your google calendar public in order for the widget to work. Watch the voicethread to learn how to embed this into your blog.

Must Have Widgets, from our friend Sue Waters, Edublogger Queen

Widget: PLAYLIST!...coming soon!