Great Day of Sharing and Learning

I started today as I normally would.  I grab a bowl of cereal and my iPad.  I open the News folder and then the Zite application.

This is Doug’s current mode for finding out what’s happening.  It’s a big jump from the days when it used to be with a newspaper.  I’m constantly amazed at the breadth and depth and new interests possible now that my reading has gone digital.

It’s more of less like a regular day.  I find a lot of good things that pique my interest.  As per normal, I figure that if they interest me, they might interest someone else.  By sending the link to the article to Twitter via Zite, that sharing happens and sends a copy to my Diigo account for a permanent record.  In the middle of all this, I get a Twitter message from @barbaramcveigh.

What a nice comment!

I flip back through what I’d shared to that point ….

15 Tips & Tricks To Get More Out Of Google Drive


Tips for Sharing iPads in Schools


Test if your router’s UPnP is exposed to the Internet –


If It Were My Home: Compare Countries Visually


iOS App Recommendations for Literacy


A Must Have Poster on Digital Literacy


Three Infographics About Valentine’s Day, Including One Perfect For English Language Learners


2 Websites To Create Disposable Content On The Web


How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard


The Teacher Report: 5 Excuses Kids Give for Not Reading (and Ways to Respond)


Mobile Learning: It’s Not Just About the Kids; It’s Also About the Teachers!


Digital Storytelling with the iPad –


A Beginner’s Guide To Proofreading – Edudemic –


As I look back at these (and there were a few others), I have to agree.  Those were some pretty good resources.  Many others agreed as well.  I look at the interactions on my Twitter account and I see that people are retweeting and bookmarking these resources.  As an aside, I was wondering why my account was in English – and when I check my settings LOLKATZ is missing as a language.  Such is the price of using something marked Beta.

If I dig back just a little further, I see a resource that I had shared even earlier.  It’s a two thumbs up, five star, red ribbon, gotta have blog post from Sue Waters.

Getting More Out Of Student Blogging

But it’s not all about me.  Those are my humble contributions.  I’m reading and checking out resources from other Ontario Educators for which I have a great of respect.

That’s but the tip of the iceberg.  I could crop and paste all day long with the spectacular list of sharing that was happening.

Where else could you even begin to get this type of professional learning?  I think of the traditional view of learning which involved a book and I smile … how long does it take to research and write that book?  After it’s published, how much is dated?  Does that book include articles that are recent?  Yeah? How about within the past 24 hours?  How could I share a passage with that article with members of my department – oh, yes, go to the photocopier and put copies in their mailbox.  Tell me how I can get that richness from London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Stratford, Toronto, or London again that immediately.  Given those challenges, I suppose Perth (and not the Stratford or Ottawa one) would be totally out of the question.

And yet, we all are doing it, doing it well, and doing it daily.  We’re vetting, filtering, researching, sharing, and learning daily.

That, folks, is what it’s all about.  The topping?

It’s a little Twitter message from an individual in Luxembourg who I’ve never met but certainly hang on his posts and have had many interactions.

For the moment, take out the @dougpete reference.  It’s only important for the few seconds that Gust took to post the message.

Can you insert your own name there?  If you can, you’re doing it right.

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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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