Tomorrow!

I spent some time in the computer lab this morning making sure all of the computers were ready to go. For the most part, that involved turning them on and letting them download updates.

The conference is looking great. VS and her team have done a ton of work to make it great, and I believe it will be.

I did find a minor glitch with this blog. For some reason, my Slideshare presentation won’t show up on IE at school. It’s fine at home, but not in the lab. It’s just as well, I suppose, since I’ve already updated that presentation about 3 times since I posted it!

2 Days Left!

We’ve got a class! VS sent me my list of participants today–15 folks! I sent out an email to everyone a few minutes ago; I’ll post it here as well for those folks who will be attending but aren’t on my list. This is going to be fun!

Dear Fellow Blogger,

I’m excited about your attendance at the blogging workshop during the North Alabama Technology Conference. We’re going to learn a lot about blogging as well as the usage of web-based technologies in our classrooms. Plus, I think we’ll have a good time!

To make sure you’re ready to create a blog, I need you to bring some things with you. Don’t worry, they won’t be hard to carry.

Please bring:

– An email address that you can use to sign up with Edublogs. I personally use my school address; I have never received spam as a result of signing up with Edublogs. You will receive email related to the daily use of your blog, however, so make sure it’s an address that you will check regularly. Important note: You must be able to check your email account from the computer lab on Tuesday!

– A selection of possible addresses for your blog. Your blog URL will look like this: http://www.yourname.edublogs.org . You’ll need to come up with a name to replace “yourname.” Bring a few in case the one you choose is already taken. Be creative, but be memorable. My blogs can be found at “room322.edublogs.org” (that’s my blog for the upcoming year, so it’s not too far along) and “technology911.edublogs.org” (the blog for this conference). Other blog names I’ve seen include “blueskunk,” “dogtrax,” “passionatelycurious,” and “missrumphiuseffect.” This is an address you’ll be sharing with all of your future readers, so make it a good one! Note: The address for your blog can’t be changed. Ever.

– A name for your blog. This will appear at the header of your new blog. This does not have to be the same as your address, but it might be. For example, my <www.room322.edublogs.org> blog is titled “Room 322.” Again, be creative. Note: Unlike the address for your blog, the name of your blog can be changed later.

– A password in mind. This needs to follow the standard password drill: something you’ll remember, but isn’t too obvious.

During the conference I’m going to encourage the classroom teachers to create both a classroom blog and a personal/professional blog. If this is something that you think you would like to do, you’ll need to bring two sets of addresses and names for your blogs.

As I said before, I’m looking forward to meeting and learning with you on Tuesday. Our class starts at 8:30 and is slated to be held in room 117 of the Sparkman 9th Grade Academy. If you have any questions before we meet, please drop me an email and I’ll do what I can to answer them.

See you Tuesday!

Tim

Only 3 days?

Actually, I’m feeling pretty good about things. I finished my slide presentation yesterday and only need to make a decision about a handout today. I’m debating: a handout feels good to take home, but I don’t ever keep my handouts. To make matters more difficult, any material that I provide to take home is, in a word, perishable. One or two Edublogs updates and it’s all new! My slides are available (below!) and I’m going to emphasize the help function. Plus, the “Intro to Edublogs Manual” that Blogwalker put together is all I could ever create and more. I think I’ll call that my handout!

Here’s my presentation for Tuesday:

Late Note: for some reason, the Edublogs site is giving me fits on the night before the conference.  I’ve updated the slide presentation slightly but haven’t been able to upload it here.  So, I’ve posted it to my class wiki.  It can be found here.

4 Days left!

It seems like there’s so much to do before Tuesday.  To make matters harder, I’m still finding things that I would like to put into my presentation!

I’m convinced that (as with all learning) background knowledge is going to be key if I want the folks who will be there on Tuesday to be successful with their blogging endeavors.  I would imagine that Edublogs will be a starting point for their blogging; as such, I want to make sure that they have the information that they need to transfer their efforts to other blogging platforms. 

Three hours isn’t time to cover everything, though, so I’m trying to put quite a bit of material into the resources page of this blog. 

It’s going to be fun!

5 days to go!

I’m putting together the PowerPoint and having a great time with it!  It seems like there’s so much to talk about and so little time in which to do it!  I’m having to do a little research to learn about some new features.  For example, I know what tags are and I know what categories are; how do I describe them to someone who has heard of neither?  This will be fun!

Not a surprise…whew!

A while back, WordPress updated the admin area of their blogging service. WordPress “powers” Edublogs. Putting two and two together equals a soon-to-be-updated Edublogs.

I got the email the other day:

Also, in the next few weeks we’re going to upgrade your blog too. It’s a process that’ll to leave your posts and pages looking exactly the same for your readers, but give your admin area a very different look an feel (and some great new features to boot!)

Am I glad that I haven’t put my presentation together yet? Yup! The new platform is great: new, different, and better. I’m looking forward to working with it!

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