I know it’s a bit late in the game (just 4 days off) but I added the following proposal to the session wiki for EduBloggerCon San Antonio this evening:
WordPress as a Blogging Platform: Plug-Ins, Options, Pitfalls and Benefits
Wordpress is an outstanding open source blogging engine. Let’s visit about our favorite plug-ins for WordPress, discuss what makes WordPress great, what pitfalls / challenges it presents, discuss templates, sidebar add-ons, upgrade procedures / best practices, and anything else you can think of related to WordPress. Whether you have been using WordPress for years or are interested in learning more about its benefits and how to get started, let’s have some conversations that can help us all move forward in our use of WordPress!
There are several reasons I added this session:
- I’d love to learn more about WordPress from other educators who have and continue to use WordPress regularly! A keyword search for “WordPress” in the NECC 2008 program search turns up zero results, so I’m thinking this isn’t a topic we’ll see addressed formally at the main conference. I’m particularly interested in learning what plug-ins other WordPress users consider essential which I’m not using and/or don’t know about yet. (I have my current list of plug-ins listed on my blog about page.)
- We need to evangelize and advocate for great open source software solutions like WordPress both formally and informally. Since it’s open source, I’m guessing we’re not going to see or hear a lot of hoopla on the vendor floor for WordPress. Yet it is a fantastic blogging platform for both individual and team blogs, and I think everyone in education should have some familiarity with it!
- I’ve got some specific questions about PodPress and WordPress 2.5 that I’m hoping some other folks can help answer for me. I have updated four of the five WordPress blogs I maintain to version 2.5+, but not all of them, and podcasting/podpress is the main reason I’ve held off on one. I can’t find the PodPress stats on my WordPress 2.5+ blogs! I’m not entirely sure Podpress is fully supported on WordPress 2.5.
Incidentally, I’ve proposed that Karen Montgomery, Vicki Allen and I share a live “Technology Shopping Cart Podcast” on Tuesday, July 1st fro 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Emerging Technologies Lounge at NECC. I was inspired by the WOW2 live webcast last year at NECC in Atlanta… This would provide us with a great chance to discuss iPhones in the classroom and webapps for learning!
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- iPad App Smashing with Google Forms, Haiku Deck, Explain Everything, and YouTube - 2014
- Mapping Media to the Common Core: Volume I eBook Now Available - 2013
- A Live Action Charlie Chaplin Google Doodle #gct - 2011
- Google Docs now supports free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - 2010
- International Spy Museum Report and iPhone GS powered Google Maps - 2009
- K12Online09 Call for Proposals and Keynoters announced! - 2009
- Monitor NECC 2008 Ning discussions with RSS - 2008
- links for 2008-06-25 - 2008
- NECC 2008 certain to challenge conference bandwidth limits - 2008
- Schools are no longer the knowledge gatekeepers - 2007