This Week in Ontario Edublogs


The frustrating thing about my Friday post  is boiling down the great writing that’s happening with Ontario Edubloggers into three or four of the best articles!  I did and these really caught my interest.

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WEBTOOLS: NO REGISTRATION NEEDED FOR STUDENTS

Nathan Hall has curated a list of “no registration” resources for student use.  There are two advantages to this – one is respect for student privacy and the other is the ability to just use the tool rather than worrying about registration, logging on, passwords, etc.

We’ve got to get him to add Brian Aspinall’s work to this list!

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Three Steps to Better Leadership

I love this post.  It takes a very reflective educator and leader to do some reflection and make admissions as well as a “next steps” plan online.  Sue Dunlop shares what she considers three steps to becoming a better leader.  It’s hard to argue with any of her thoughts but I think we can ALL benefit right now from her third step.

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“WHY WOULD I WANT TO LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T WANT TO LEARN FROM ME?”

This is the million dollar question for education.  Read Donna Fry’s thoughts about the topic.  Life was so much easier when we just plain acknowledged that teachers were the holders of all information and students arrives to get their share of it!

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Use of Language

This is a little different.  I’m going to highlight a response in one of my posts.

Brandon

Brandon Grasley had a very thoughtful reply to a post that I had about language.  On the surface, his recommendations make a great deal of sense.  Spot and an error?  Just go back and fix it.  If you look further back in my blog this week, I did an analytic that included how many people read this blog.  The number that have opted to receive it via email far outweigh those who visit online.  Plus there’s the RSS readers and reader surfaces like Flipboard.  These may get their copy from the original post so even if I go through and fix any mistake that I find, those who are readers of the blog not using the blog, will have the original copy which has the errors!  Maybe there should be a warning that if you subscribe by email that you may get errors!

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Please check out these blogs in their entirety.  There’s some great reading and room for reflection there.

As always, my complete collection of Ontario Edublogs is located here.  Check them all out!  The list continues to grow and, if you’re in Ontario Education and not listed, add yourself to the form and you will be.

With a Little Help From My Friends


I don’t dwell on blog statistics.  I’m not into blogging for numbers but it’s nice to know that my hobby is read by others.  I normally get 1-200 visitors to the blogsite daily and there’s about another 100 that get the updates via email.  I’m very happy with every post that I make; they’re what I’m thinking about or playing with at the time.  It keeps me curious about things.

On Friday, I had been playing around with inklewriter and thought that it would be nice to share with you and so wrote a post to be announced at 5am on Saturday morning.  It was like any other post – announced on Twitter and Facebook in the early morning so that you can ignore it if you wish or if you want, you can go looking for it and take a read.

It was with some surprise that I noticed over the weekend that some online friends had re-tweeted the announcement of the post.  I thought that was awfully nice; I know that I like to share good reads with others.  So, thanks to Alfred Thompson, Ron Millar, Kyle Pace, the Couros boys, Tom Barrett and also a whole lot of others that I hadn’t seen in my Twitter timeline before but I hope to now since I’ve followed them.  It was kind of you.  After their messages, I noticed that their message was retweeted by their followers and it continued to happen over the weekend.  In among this, I noticed a few messages posted from Flipboard and Zite.  Obviously, those services had read the blog and were good enough to add it to the big stream of things and users decided to share.

But how much?

Just before writing this post, I had the urge to log into the blog and clear out the spam.  It just seems to be a never ending collection of nonsense and I go in every 3 or 4 days just to clear things out.  If you’re a WordPress user, you know that the first thing you get when you log into the Dashboard is a lot of statistics.  In this case, I did a double take.

There was a real spike on Saturday, the 25th.  It was more than double the regular number of visitors that I get on a daily basis.

If you look backwards, you’ll see that the number of visitors is pretty regular.  So, why the big difference on the 25th?  Well, it’s the day after the 24th.

I know that it’s probably not a spike because of the interest of the post from that day.  I rambled on about provincial Twitter hashtags which might be of interest to a few Canadians.  All that I can attribute it to is the network of the friends who had noticed the inklewriter post and shared it with others.

It seems to me that there’s a couple of things to learn from this.

  • If you read a post you like, promote it.  Personally, I use Shareaholic but most blogs have a Share or Twitter button.  How else will others know what you found?
  • If you’re blogging with your class, share the statistics with them and speculate why some days are better than others.  Talk about your authentic mathematics!
  • If you’re a blogger, keep at it.  There are days when you might just create a post that generates a great deal of interest.

Thank you so much to all of the readers of the blog.  Your interest generates a renewed enthusiasm for me for this hobby.  I just hope that the extra readers on the 25th make their way back.

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