Yeh, I know I’m not actually American, or even in the States, and technically it’s the day after… but what the heck, this stuff is catching.
There’s gotta be something in the air today… cos we’re kickin’ it like Mary J :)
Check out these three, gorgeous, powerful and… dare I say… a bit revolutionary WordPress MU Themes.
Phew, this has been quite a project, but finally (we should probably have had this in place a year ago) we have a fully functional sandpit in which you can experience the wonders that is Edublogs Campus (and also the wonder that is a fully functional WPMU installation), and it’s called:
My nominations for The 2008 Edublog Awards are:
I’ve put up a quick video tutorial on how to simply install WPMU from scratch with a $7 hosting account (that’s free for the first month :)
First up – my sincere apologies for the inconvenience that edublogs.org performance issues must have caused a lot of people these past couple of days.
Have reached that magical point when all memories of what an almighty pain it is to organize conferences are all in the distant past and hence, here we go again ;)
It’s bad enough when you get blocked by an over zealous filter, but Edublogs.org is currently blocked by the widely used Barracuda email spam system and it’s not doing us any good!
A few months back, Cristoph Merrill purchased Blogsavvy off me… and now, one hefty redesign later, it’s up and running and all shiny and new.
Best of luck with the site Christoph :) It’s great to see new life back in the old girl.
If you don’t allow people to simply unsubscribe from opt-out newsletters without having to log in, then that’s spam.
I’m looking at you Yelp and
spreadshirt! Don’t be surprised when you start getting filtered by gmail etc.
Update: Spreadshirt are currently fixing their newsletter system up so they’re cool… plus an email from one of their staff and their CEO, nice work guys!
I just signed up for a 6 month SEOMoz Pro license basically because they rock the house.
I’ve been reading the blog for, probably, 4 months or so now and when you;re giving this kinda stuff away for free, what you get when you pay has got to be unreal :)
Anyway, am looking forward to playing with their tools, lots, over the next few weeks and getting stuck into some serious forum action.
And, just cost it makes me happy, here’s their Trifecta rundown of Edublogs as a domain (click on it for all the glorious detail):
I agree with D’Arcy entirely when he says:
I don’t know what the future of education is, or will be, but I do know that it’s not “web 2.0?
But I’m sorry ol’ boy, but you’re being as naive as the people who claim it is web 2.0 when you suggest that its in fact it’s:
storytelling… valuing and respecting the work of all participants (students, teachers, and others)… working together to teach our children, and ourselves… extending the activity outside of some industrialized classroom and into the community
Because, like it or not, the conceptual model of education that 98% of us (myself included) subscribe to and happily plod along with in the developed world is about learning stuff to achieve an aim – whether that’s to please your parents, to not struggle in elementary school, become a whole and rounded person, to go to a good uni, get a good job or have some nice letters around your name. And heaps more other stuff besides.
And how we get there reflects the society that we live in – you don’t get community without ‘community’, respect without ‘respect’, storytelling without ‘storytelling’, a non-industrialized classroom in a completely industrialized context.
So, what can we, as educators (or, ahem, sometime educators, turned business people ;) do to achieve our lofty, but entirely desirable, pedagogical aims in a classroom, online or mixed up context?
We sure as hell can’t change what’s around us alongside what drives pretty much everything, change the ‘World’ if you will.
But we can change the way in which we experience the World in that classroom context, by the way we teach, the outlook we take, the tools we use and the environment in which we work.
And hang it all, when you’re in an online context, that means you get to choose between transmissive and constructive tools an environments – and let’s not worry too much about the future, ‘cos that impacts what we live with today… more than most people realise.