Telling the new story Part 1 Podcast 16

I’m beginning a series of 4 podcasts with 3 outstanding teachers. The theme of these podcasts is telling the new story based on the original concept as laid out by David Warlick.
The first is Darren Kuropatwa from Winnipeg. Darren talks about his journey as a teacher and the experience he and his students have taken in understanding the power blogging and sharing their learning with a global audience.

Show notes: (courtesy of Darren)

Alan Levine’s BlogshopPre-Cal 40S

Dean’s workshops blog

Pre-Cal 30S (Pop Goes The Weasle)

Pre-Cal 40S (Winter ’06)

The Scribe Post Hall Of Fame

How To Be An Expert (Kathy Sierra)

David Warlick’s posts on Educational Gaming: here and here

Chris Harbeck’s Class Blogs Hub

Van’s Comment

Michael’s Scribe

The Desire to be Emperor

About Dean’s Digital Cameras Post

Karl Fisch’s Comment

Learn More About Scribe Posts

A del.icio.us idea (reprise)

Resonance and Disonance (my post about kids who dislike blogging and learning styles)

Blogging on Blogging (sample instructional post)

Coming of Age (Terry Freedman’s book)

Maybe there would be other questions you wished I would have asked Darren. Leave them as a comment and I’m sure Darren or I will answer.

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I wish I never wrote about digital cameras and why stats matter

In October of 2005, I wrote a post about buying digital cameras for less than $100. (Notice I didn’t even link to it here). A good number of my readers find my blog by doing this type of search. It’s not exactly what I’d like to be known for and I know I’ve written much more thoughtful, insightful posts than that but nevertheless, it is a popular post.

I just finished a great conversation with Darren (a podcast I’ll post shortly) and he talked about how others have found his class blogs. He talked to his students about what they were writing about and how others really want to learn from him and his students.

 

Statistics for your blog is more than an ego boost. It helps you understand what people think is important and what they want to read about. So for now I’ll think about my digital camera post in the same way that car dealerships entice you with free golf clubs or fishing equipment (I actually got one of these in the mail today). They really don’t care why you came, as long as you spend money. So come to my blog and hopefully you’ll learn I’m … Read the rest

Feedburner feed going nuts

I was hoping the move to this new location to be a smooth one. Everything appeared to be going well but a couple of things have come up.

My feed won’t validate. I’m not bright enough to figure out how to fix this? Any feedgeeks willing to help?

feed validity

My subscribers went from 156 to 349 in one day. Now it would be nice to think that my brilliant posts could potentially increase readership by over 100% but I’m suspect. Not sure what’s happening but something seems fishy. Now it would be nice to think that my brilliant posts could potentially increase readership by over 100% but I’m suspect. Not sure what’s happening but something seems fishy.

feedburner

So if anyone cares to comment or offer advice on this one, please do so.… Read the rest

From the mouth of babes..

Kathy Cassidy writes:

Today we commented on the articles written by a grade one class in Manitoba. One of the children in that class hadn’t written an article since Christmas. I had to smile when one of my student’s comments to that child’s blog was “Christmas is past. Write something new.” Now there is a student who understands what blogging is about.

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Moving Day

Well, I’ve finally made the switch to my own space. Let me show you around:

First, you’ll notice my new address. I purchased the domain, ideasandthoughts.org.
Then I set up my site on my reseller account through webserve.ca. Then thanks to Rob Wall, installed WordPress 2.0. [WordPress 2.0] has an absolutely wonderful import tool which brought all my previous work from blogger over in literally one click….beautiful.

I spent a few hours installing themes until I found one that I could customize to my liking. I choose the blue horizon theme. One of the things I wanted to incorporate was the rotating banner that Darcy Norman so elegantly uses. I had installed it on a previous install I did for a client but wanted to include my own photos. So everytime you come you’ll see a different header. All photos are taken by me and I include the details on the bottom left corner. I’m not much of a photographer but love taking photos and playing around with them.

I also wanted a theme that utilizes the page feature. At present, I only have the About page but will add more.

I’ll also slowly recategorize … Read the rest