Monthly Archives: November 2010

Just One of My Reasons to Give Thanks

Just before Thanksgiving, we purchased a domain and year of hosting with Siteground for a grand total of $9.95 for the entire year! They are running a special right now and we couldn’t pass it up. When we first inquired, my husband was told that installing WordPress blogs and Moodle were super easy. This was far from the truth!

My husband and I installed and researched solutions as to why we were unable to create sub directories or sub domains. I forgot which. My husband is the technical guru in the house here. He consulted with tech support and tech support set up sub domains (or vice versa) and that isn’t what we wanted for the URL. We spent hours and hours and my husband gave up for the time being but I persisted! I contacted Sue Waters (@suewaters) on Skype and told her what we were trying to do and what we were actually seeing. She was super busy with Edublogger things but said when she got free she would assist me.

In the meantime, I had solicited assistance and advice on Twitter and was overwhelmed by the response I got. Several of my Twitter followers referred me to WordPress gurus. @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne was instrumental in helping us solve the problem. I don’t know exactly what the problem was but @mrjarbenne explained it to my husband. He understood but it is all Greek to me. It had something to do with the .htaccess config file or something like that. Regardless, @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne were phenomenal and I am very thankful for their efforts this Thanksgiving.

When all was said and done it was about midnight CST in San Antonio, Texas. @grade1, @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne were up in Canada. In the span of three hours, the problem was resolved. I messaged Sue on Skype and told her all was taken care of and we were all set. While this situation was very frustrating, it was interesting to me to see this unfold. There were tons of messages and DMs back and forth on Twitter.

Despite our difficulties and struggles getting WordPress set up, we are still glad we went with Siteground as the website and Moodle set up were very easy. The initial install of WordPress was super easy but we were complicating things by wanting a distinct set up. Other than this hiccup, the installation and use of the control panel were ‘super easy’ as they claimed.

If you are interested in a bargain for a new domain and an entire year of hosting for only $9.95 as part of Siteground’s Thanksgiving special I encourage you to explore their offerings. If this is a first time purchase for you I think you will find it very easy to use if your setup is for just one person. The trouble we encountered was with the multi-site and network set up that was causing our frustration. Special thanks goes out to @jenwagner on Twitter for sharing this bargain special with me!

I knew that after this issue was resolved, I was going to write a blog post on our multi-site WordPress blog about the difficulties we encountered and how my Professional/Personal Learning Network (PLN) was responsible for assisting us with the blog setup. Aviva (@grade1) summed it up perfectly when she said, “Wow! Definitely speaks to the power of a PLN!” as shown in the Tweet above (click the image to enlarge).

I will continue with this blog and my NEW blog at our new domain of http://www.pumpuplearning.com (still under construction).  I titled it, as a result of a suggestion from my hubby, @martycaisejr. So on this day of Thanksgiving, I give thanks for everyone that contributed to this learning opportunity and hope it was a blessed day for you and your family.

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Just One of My Reasons to Give Thanks

Just before Thanksgiving, we purchased a domain and year of hosting with Siteground for a grand total of $9.95 for the entire year! They are running a special right now and we couldn’t pass it up. When we first inquired, my husband was told that installing WordPress blogs and Moodle were super easy. This was far from the truth!

My husband and I installed and researched solutions as to why we were unable to create sub directories or sub domains. I forgot which. My husband is the technical guru in the house here. He consulted with tech support and tech support set up sub domains (or vice versa) and that isn’t what we wanted for the URL. We spent hours and hours and my husband gave up for the time being but I persisted! I contacted Sue Waters (@suewaters) on Skype and told her what we were trying to do and what we were actually seeing. She was super busy with Edublogger things but said she would assist me when she was free.

In the meantime, I had solicited assistance and advice on Twitter and was overwhelmed by the response I got. Several of my Twitter followers referred me to WordPress gurus. @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne was instrumental in helping us solve the problem. I don’t know exactly what the problem was but @mrjarbenne explained it to my husband. He understood but it is all Greek to me. It had something to do with the .htaccess config file or something like that. Regardless, @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne were phenomenal and I am very thankful for their efforts this Thanksgiving.

When all was said and done it was about midnight CST in San Antonio, Texas. @grade1, @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne were up in Canada. In the span of three hours, the problem was resolved. I messaged Sue on Skype and told her all was taken care of and we were all set. While this situation was very frustrating, it was interesting to me to see this unfold. There were tons of messages and DMs back and forth on Twitter.

Despite our difficulties and struggles getting WordPress set up, we are still glad we went with Siteground as the website and Moodle set up were very easy. The initial install of WordPress was super easy but we were complicating things by wanting a distinct set up. Other than this hiccup, the installation and use of the control panel were ‘super easy’ as they claimed.

If you are interested in a bargain for a new domain and an entire year of hosting for only $9.95 as part of Siteground’s Thanksgiving special I encourage you to explore their offerings. If this is a first time purchase for you I think you will find it very easy to use if your setup is for just one person. The trouble we encountered was with the multi-site and network set up that was causing our frustration. Special thanks goes out to @jenwagner on Twitter for sharing this bargain special with me!

I knew that after this issue was resolved, I was going to write a blog post on our multi-site WordPress blog about the difficulties we encountered and how my Professional/Personal Learning Network (PLN) was responsible for assisting us with the blog setup. Aviva (@grade1) summed it up perfectly when she said, “Wow! Definitely speaks to the power of a PLN!” as shown in the Tweet above (click the image to enlarge).

I will continue with my old blog and my NEW blog at our new domain of http://www.pumpuplearning.com (still under construction).  I titled it, as a result of a suggestion from my hubby, @martycaisejr. So on this day of Thanksgiving, I give thanks for everyone that contributed to this learning opportunity and hope it was a blessed day for you and your family.

2010 Edublog Awards Nomination

The following are my nominations for the 2010 Edublogs Awards:

Best resource sharing blog – Free Technology for Teachers Blog by Richard Byrne   http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Best individual blog – Around the Corner by Miguel Guhlin  http://mguhlin.org

Best teacher blog – Cool Cat Teacher by Vicki Davis http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com

Best use of a PLN – Initiative started by Beth Still to send a teacher to ISTE that has never been before   http://bethstill.edublogs.org/

Best educational use of a social network – Classroom 2.0 Ning  http://www.classroom20.com

Best educational use of video / visual – K12 Online Conference by Conference Organizer Wes Fryer  http://www.k12onlineconference.org

Most influential blog post – This year I have selected a blog post by Karen McMillan aka ‘McTeach’ where she shared about an interesting idea to use with students to teach proper blog etiquette and commenting on students blogs. This blog post/idea was shared by McTeach when she presented for us on ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’. Several teachers in the session implemented this activity with their students and we still get questions of interest several weeks later. Karen heard a presenter at CUE who shared this and Karen’s blog post shared her reflections and observations when she implemented this activity with her students. The concept, although implemented with students, is an important one for bloggers of all ages and topics.  http://www.notesfrommcteach.com/2010/09/learning-to-blog-using-paper.html

Most influential tweeter (plurker) – Kevin Honeycutt  http://www.twitter.com/kevinhoneycutt

Best educational podcast – Teachers Teaching Teachers at EdTechTalk http://www.edtechtalk.com

Best educational use of a virtual world – Discovery Island in Second Life by Discovery Education http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/category/second-life/

Best student blog/website – Artsnacks by Kevin Honeycutt

Best group blog -Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Blogs http://community.discoveryeducation.com/blogs.cfm

Best educational use of audio – Parents as Partners audio episodes at EdTechTalk by Lorna Costantini http://www.edtechtalk.com

Best webinar series – DEN webinars http://www.discoveryeducation.com

Best educational tech support blog – Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wes Fryer http://www.speedofcreativity.org/

Lifetime achievement – Kevin Honeycutt  Kevin is one of the most amazing educators I know. I have gotten to know him via his tweets/plurks and love approach to learning and hosting conferences – create an ‘experience’ for the participants. I know this is the basis for the Podstock Conference he organizes but it is also seen in the Artsnacks/Mathsnacks websites he created for students and teachers to share and discuss instructional strategies. Kevin’s enthusiasm is infectious and makes for such a rich, inspiring experience for everyone involved!  http://mathsnacks.com/ http://essdackartsnacks.ning.com/

Good luck to all of the nominations submitted this year!

2010 Edublog Awards

The following are my nominations for the 2010 Edublogs Awards:

Best resource sharing blog – Free Technology for Teachers Blog by Richard Byrne   http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Best individual blog – Around the Corner by Miguel Guhlin  http://mguhlin.org

Best teacher blog – Cool Cat Teacher by Vicki Davis http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com

Best use of a PLN – Initiative started by Beth Still to send a teacher to ISTE that has never been before   http://bethstill.edublogs.org/

Best educational use of a social network – Classroom 2.0 Ning  http://www.classroom20.com

Best educational use of video / visual – K12 Online Conference by Conference Organizer Wes Fryer  http://www.k12onlineconference.org

Most influential blog post – This year I have selected a blog post by Karen McMillan aka ‘McTeach’ where she shared about an interesting idea to use with students to teach proper blog etiquette and commenting on students blogs. This blog post/idea was shared by McTeach when she presented for us on ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’. Several teachers in the session implemented this activity with their students and we still get questions of interest several weeks later. Karen heard a presenter at CUE who shared this and Karen’s blog post shared her reflections and observations when she implemented this activity with her students. The concept, although implemented with students, is an important one for bloggers of all ages and topics.  http://www.notesfrommcteach.com/2010/09/learning-to-blog-using-paper.html

Most influential tweeter (plurker) – Kevin Honeycutt  http://www.twitter.com/kevinhoneycutt

Best educational podcast – Teachers Teaching Teachers at EdTechTalk http://www.edtechtalk.com

Best educational use of a virtual world – Discovery Island in Second Life by Discovery Education http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/category/second-life/

Best student blog/website – Artsnacks by Kevin Honeycutt

Best group blog -Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Blogs http://community.discoveryeducation.com/blogs.cfm

Best educational use of audio – Parents as Partners audio episodes at EdTechTalk by Lorna Costantini http://www.edtechtalk.com

Best webinar series – DEN webinars http://www.discoveryeducation.com

Best educational tech support blog – Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wes Fryer http://www.speedofcreativity.org/

Lifetime achievement – Kevin Honeycutt  Kevin is one of the most amazing educators I know. I have gotten to know him via his tweets/plurks and love approach to learning and hosting conferences – create an ‘experience’ for the participants. I know this is the basis for the Podstock Conference he organizes but it is also seen in the Artsnacks/Mathsnacks websites he created for students and teachers to share and discuss instructional strategies. Kevin’s enthusiasm is infectious and makes for such a rich, inspiring experience for everyone involved!  http://mathsnacks.com/ http://essdackartsnacks.ning.com/

Good luck to all of the nominations submitted this year!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE! meets the Australia Series

Wednesday evening the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! co-hosts (Peggy George, Lorna Costantini and myself) presented with Anne Mirtschin and Carole McCulloch of Australia as part of the many presenters featured in the Global Education Conference. We had a wonderful time and about 25 people join our session. Anne and Carole co-host several webinars as part of their, “The Australia Series” featured at LearnCentral.

Our presentation featured the ways we each prepare for our webinars, find guests and communicate behind the scenes in preparation for our weekly webinars. Both webinar series have many international guests joining the sessions, serving as presenters and participating in conversations about topics relevant to teaching our students and colleagues about global collaboration and connections.

As in all of our Classroom 2.0 LIVE! webinars, we featured a Gl.am link in honor of the ‘glamorous’ co-hosts: http://gl.am/D4k3c. We also created a VoiceThread as one of the follow up resources and invite everyone to post their comments and reflections to the VoiceThread regardless of whether you joined our session last night or viewed the recording of the presentation. The VoiceThread asks ways that you connect globally and requests you share your favorite web tools to connect with other educators. The slidedeck is displayed below the VoiceThread.

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In the event you have been under a rock or missed hearing about the Global Education Conference because you just started using the internet, all of the sessions were recorded and will be available  for you to watch and share with your colleagues. The list of recordings can be found here.