This is What Happened in the Live Event Yesterday

Yesterday we had our weekly live event in the chat of a Google Doc. I was in and out of the conversation, but it was great to see all the folks there and how the document ended up looking and the information it conveyed.

There are some great opportunities for collaboration with these tools. It really changes how we can work on a single document. Be that a teacher and a student, a group of students, or collaboration between family members or corporate work place.
I have had great success with Google docs in a real setting where I was a student in a class. I have also used them in a more artistic and fun fashion in the ds106 course I have been a part of.

Next week I think I am going to do a “live show” on either uStream or Stay tuned! Literally!

Q & A from Session About Blog Basics?

I am open and ready for business when it comes to questions about the basics of blogging. I’ll try to be prompt in response to questions. You can ask them here in the comment or you can ask them in other ways.

Our Pedagogy First Facebook Group provides a place to ask questions. You can email me at or you can Skype me at todd.a.conaway.

We have had a few meetings in Google+ hangouts and you can ask for or create a meeting time to meet there. Those are some more personal ways to get answers. You could also do a Google search for something like “blogging basics.”

We have lots of places to find answers in this class. Let’s take advantage of them!

Recording of Our Fun Friday Meeting

The first six minutes of the recording go over the Collaborate interface and my math anxiety. There is a short tour of our office here in the Verde Valley in the middle of Arizona.

We looked at what makes a good blog post. A personal narrative with links and images or video is a great model. Alan Levine is my favorite blogger. He is witty, smart, thoughtful, and always writes well.

I just had a conversation with the irrepressible Jim Groom, master of all things blog, master of Oblivion, master of “Commenting is the glue that holds the internet together, and master of everything else.  I told him I had just written a sentence that said, “Alan Levine is my favorite blogger.” Jim Exploded. So, after some hugs and make up, I told him I would revise my sentence above to read, Jim Groom and Alan Levine are my favorite bloggers.”

After that we look at some of the basic things that you can change in your blog. We look at how to get rid of the sample page and the “Hello World” blog post that comes by default on new WordPress blogs. We did look at the Edublog environment as well, but spend more time in the WordPress space.

We looked at the theme option and a couple widgets. Time flew and we were finished. Here is the link to the recording!

It is 52 minutes and we had five states represented. Next week we are going to try to have a chat in a Google Doc. I hope to see you there!

Fun Friday, I Hope!

How about we offer a synchronous event on some Fridays? How about we do it this Friday? I’ll be using the new Collaborate (the software formerly known as Elluminate) interface. If you are interested in seeing it, come along for the ride!

I have seen blogs here of late with the “Sample Page” still visible or unchanged or the “About” page still there but not really accurate. Not to worry if that is you! You can and will learn to make your blog awesome.

I will try to cover some of the blog basics in WordPress and Edublogs. I am more comfortable with WordPress but I will do my homework between now and then. So this Friday, September 9th at 9 am AZ time I will be here. I’ll record the session too if you can’t make it and share it shortly after.

let me know if you have questions or specific concerns ahead of time and I’ll be sure to address them if I can!