March Newsletter


My March newsletter is now online at: http://www.gecdsb.on.ca/d&g/Mar07/

In the newsletter, I have some fun with Edison 4 and also have some preliminary thoughts about the Julie Amero case. Sentencing in that case was supposed to be on March 2. It’s now been postponed until later this month.

This case could have a huge impact on the way tht we view computers and the internet in the classroom.

FirstClass…Now with Blogging


FirstClass…Now with Blogging
The new release of FirstClass enables a great deal of things that we’re now associating with Web 2.0.

One of these features is the version popular concept of keeping a web diary or web log, know on the streets as blogging. Journalling has long been known as a great way to communicate and illustrates growth or maturing wisdom over time.

Blogging, as implemented in FirstClass, is no more difficult than creating a new message. Just make sure that you do it in the proper spot within your FirstClass account and make sure that you’re aware that you’re opening up your thoughts to anyone with a web browser who wants to read it.

Unlike traditional web design, you don’t need an editing program to create your content. This is well handled with FirstClass…just pick the look that you want for your blog and it’s created for you.

One of the powerful concept of blogging is to generate an RSS feed so that people can track your thoughts. This also is well handled in FirstClass as it generates your RSS feed automatically. People just have to visit your blog once and subscribe to this feed and you’re ready to push content their way.

So, how do you set up your blog?

First, you need to download the latest FirstClass client. In the left panel, you’ll find a new panel of options. In this case, you’ll select Web Publishing.

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Let’s create a New Web Page.

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Look at all of the choices! Choose Blog.

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This creates a new folder in your web publishing area called Blog. Don’t change the name. Just select it and you now have the option to create a New Blog Entry.

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You’ll be presented with a familiar FirstClass message creation entry. Create your message as you would with any regular entry. You may wish to give it a particular colour theme. A number are built in; just select the Appearance button and choose the one that appeals to you.

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Save your message and you’re now blogging! The formatting and the RSS are all created for you. Share your blog by sharing your URL. Mine appears below; all that you need to do is insert your name in the appropriate spot.

http://fc.gecdsb.on.ca/~doug.peterson/blog/

What do you blog? How about homework, readings, research, ? The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

The latest FirstClass Client downloads are always available here.

Blogging on FirstClass


Please note that, as of this date, the new version of FirstClass has been installed and put into operation. There is a great deal of additional functionality in this release. The FirstClass Administrator has put the updated client online and it’s available for staff to download and install at home. The clients are available at: http://fc.gecdsb.on.ca/firstclass/client/. Please share this information with your staffs.

In addition to the standard function of the program, this new release features blogging, podcasting, etc.

There’s a great deal to experiment with in this new release.