Blog Assignment

Your assignment is to create a blog. Decide upon a plan for using a blog in your classroom and setup a basic scaffolding for your blog there. Share with the rest of us, using your blog, what your vision and plan for a blog for class would be. Some of you might decide to create a blog that is not focused on your classroom, but on other topics of interest to educators. I’m happy to be flexible with the exact focus. My primary objective is that you have an opportunity to setup a new blog that is professionally oriented around topics such as teaching, learning, your classroom, educational technology, school administration, etc.

Once you have setup your blog, please share the link to it in our Blog Discussion Forum in FoxTALE.

If you have any questions about the assignment, please use the Blog Discussion Forum.

Found a great offline blog editor

I’m working on the next issue of the ICCTE Journal,¬†which I recently moved from Plone to WordPress. We generally have our copy ready articles in either RTF or Word format. To prepare them for production in a web environment, I have relied upon a number of methods in the past from hand coding to using the HTML editor in Moodle to purge Word’s HTML cruft before posting the production ready copy into my CMS.

This will be our second issue in WordPress so I was rethinking my workflow and how I could most efficiently convert from Word and RTF format into WordPress. After a quick Google search for offline blog editors, I found a reference to the fact that Word 2007 can be used as an offline blog editor to post directly to your blog (it supports WordPress and a number of other blog engines).

Now, I know what your thinking–Word as offline HTML/blog editor? What is that going to do to my HTML? Well, surprisingly enough, with careful use of the Clear Formatting tool in Word, you can achieve extremely clean HTML in your postings.

So far, I’m very happy and very greatful that I can prepare a document directly in Word and then use the Publsh command to upload it to WordPress. Unfortunately, right now it doesn’t let me specifiy whether I want it to create a page or a post, but I can live with that.

Compared to my experience before with offline blog editors, Word 2007 is an excellent option, particularly if it’s already part of your workflow.

Posting via email

I don’t know how long this has been available, but someone at WordPress just blogged that it’s possible to post to your blog via email now. To enable the feature, login to WordPress.com, click on the My Blogs link, and then click on the enable button next to the blog you’d like to enable post via email on.

Have fun!

Technology for Methods Course

I met with some wonderful MAT students last night to discuss and explore different technologies for enhancing their teaching.

Here is my presentation from our session on using wikis for teaching.

As promised, here are some of the resources that we talked about in class (including a few others that I didn’t mention):

Wikis

Blogs

Experimenting with tumblr

Been experimenting with tumblr as a means of aggregating content related to Second Life that I’m creating. Each time I tag an item with Secondlife in del.icio.us, Flickr, and here on EdTechnology, my tumblr pulls the feed and adds the content to my tumblr. I really like tumblr as it is a quick way to share microcontent with others, whether it’s a quote, a picture, or link…The above means of aggregating content seems to be the best use for me at this point of leveraging my tumblr. How are you using it or other tools to aggregate your own content?