I’ve been storing my documents, files and photos online for a while now. My number one option is Dropbox. Just recently I signed up for 100MB of storage (at $US9.99 a month) to help me transfer my work laptop files to my home laptop files before having to hand in my work laptop. I figured it would take less time (yes) and be more advantageous (aka: really make me think about whether I needed those files/documents/pdfs/photos or not!). – (Yes!!).
When I get settled, I’ll probably forgo the paid option of Dropbox and transfer files back to my home laptop as the amount of free Dropbox storage I’ve been able to accumulate thanks to a generous referral scheme will be suffice for my storage needs. If you’re not a dropbox user – click here to get your starting 2GB (& grow my space a little bit more) with the potential to earn up to 18GB more when referring your friends!
There are other cloud storage options out there, I also use Box which now gives away 5GB free storage when you join. When they started up, they were giving away a very generous 50GB – so I took advantage of that! Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a referral scheme to earn more storage space, by hey, 5GB for free – that’s still pretty generous! It’s the same amount that icloud gives you free.
I use icloud storage simply to backup files on my iphone/ipad that I don’t have anywhere else. I do that so that if something happens to either one of my personal devices, I can easily restore everything!
Now there’s a new kid on the block! It’s called Copy and they are giving away a massive 15GB storage FREE – yes, that’s right – FREE! Now, you know me, typical kiwi – I love free things and this offer is no exception!
I really like the fact I know have 3 options for storage and I don’t have to rely on just one or two sources. You can join Copy via this referral link to get your free 15GB of cloud storage and help my storage increase a little (because Copy has a referral scheme that allows you to earn up to 5GB more!)
To reflect the change in my professional life and in an effort to curb the extraordinary amount of spam I seem to be getting lately (188 in 3 days!), the URL of this blog is about to change slightly in a few days.
If you’re an RSS subscriber, or a faithful reader (and you would have to be considering my almost year long hiatus!) please update the feed (or not) to https://teachingsagittarian.com/blog
You will still be able to access this blog via https://teachingsagittarian.com but that URL will become a launching site to my various blogs.
Eeek! Last post to this blog – September 29, 2012!
Motivated by a spam comment notification received on my iPhone and not being able to spam it (for whatever reason) like I usually do on my phone ….. prompted me to log into the backend of my blog on my laptop.
Yeegads! 16 Updates required to take care of, one spam comment that made it through the always brilliant Askimet plugin for spam (yup – it needed updating!) Love the clean, uncluttered WordPress Platform update 3.5.1 too by the way!
Moments later, updates done – including a nifty little plugin that I installed (yes, back in September – note: head hanging down in shameful silence) called Jetpack for WordPress.
Jetpack is supposed to “supercharge” your self-hosted wordpress site with a whole lot of cool enhancements. One that caught my eye, and of course, prompted this blog post, is the Site Stats.
I actually had some stats to look at, and that really made me think. I’m still getting site visitors even though I haven’t updated my professional blog with a blog post since September 2013. Granted, I’ve got some pretty good stuff on here that’s relevant still for classroom teachers or technology coaches. I could list a raft of excuses for why I haven’t updated my blog recently (ok, in forever) – but I’m not going to (that’s negative). Instead, I’m thinking about the positive effects this little plugin had.
have proof know now that I’ve still got visitors almost everyday visiting my site. I know that they are probably looking for content (using inference of which posts/pages are being viewed the most). Jetpack breaks down so much of the traffic information for you, including where your visitors are coming from. All this information can help you make decisions about your audience and tailor your blog accordingly. I’m impressed but most of all I’m motivated. Motivated to write a blog post – this blog post. So that got me thinking about my students.
My gorgeous Grade 3 students have recently begun their own journey of blogging. Each student has their own individual blog (we’ve had a class blog together for half the year already and you can find the links to their on the right-hand sidebar if you’re interested in seeing what they are up to!) I taught all of them how to add a RevolverMap to their blog (to count site visitors and to be able to see in real time if anyone else was looking at their blog) and I also taught them how to add a flag counter. We recently discovered that you can change the settings on flag counter to show the number of visitors beside each flag! Both of these widgets are free and easy to install. I know these widgets are motivating – we tracked our visitors to our class blogs and counted flags and visitor totals which was very exciting! But ……
I’m wondering how I can go deeper with that motivation. Our blogs are hosted on our own server at school, it’s a multi-user platform so I know I can’t just install the JetPack plugin and get access to wider, more informative statistics.
Do you have any suggestions? What do you do to help motivate your students blog? How do you use the revolvermap or flagcounter statistics?
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I was just checking the Learning2.012 website for the registration information for this year’s conference at the Western Academy of Beijing (Thursday 11 October – Saturday 13 October) – and discovered that it’s full! Fantastic news! There is, however, a waiting list – click here if you would like to go on the waiting list.
The Learning 2.0 conference is a transformative, challenging experience for all participants; it is the conference that leads the change in education. As a participant, at Learning 2.012, you will attend a variety of sessions including extended workshops from recognized leaders in the region and worldwide, workshops, unconference sessions, and meetings with your cohort group. We want to ensure that the learning continues beyond the conference by facilitating network-building opportunities through conversations which are then extended, sustained and supported online.
The breakdown of sessions looks like this for each participant:
* Two Extended Sessions led by our Learning 2 Leaders (3 – 3.5 hours)
* One Learning 2 Leaders presentation: the big idea in a nutshell
* Two additional workshops or presentations
* Two ‘unconference’ sessions
* Three ‘cohort’ sessions in curriculum/common interest groupings
* Three sets of Learning 2 Talk sessions
I’m very excited about this conference! I love the new format and I haven’t been able to attend Learning2.0 for the past two years. This year I’m one of the Learning 2 Leaders for the strand 1:1 in the Elementary Classroom. Being in the classroom really is my passion and after two years as the Technology & Learning Coach at ISB, I’m pleased to say I’m returning to the classroom to teach Grade 3. I’ve missed being in the classroom very much and can’t wait to get right back into it!
Of course, I’m thrilled to be leading learning alongside old friends and technology greats such as Keri-Lee Beasley, Clint Hamada, Julie Lindsay, Jess McCulloch, Jabiz Raisdana, Dana Watts and Jeff Utecht. It will be fantastic to see them all face to face again – it’s been a while – and I’m looking forward to learning, growing, sharing and laughing with them all again. Whilst Kim Cofino, Simon May and Madeline Brooks aren’t leading any sessions this year – they have been furiously working behind the scenes with organisation – making this conference the best yet! I can’t wait to catch up with them too!
I’m especially excited about FINALLY meeting Chris Betcher face to face – we’ve been like ships passing in the night for several years now, enjoying a PLN friendship for a few years but never actually meeting face to face. Can’t wait!! I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from Dean Shareski and Lucy Gray too – both have featured in my PLN for several years now too.
If you’re registered and going to Learning2.012 in October – see you there! Please come up and say hi – I’d love to talk to you! If you’re interested, get yourself on that waiting list – you just never know!
Today I’ve been playing around with Cooliris Express trying to create a 3-D photo wall to embed in my blog. The cool thing about this photowall is that it will update as pictures are added to my flickr photostream. For the photowall below, I’m using the 366 2012 set to pull photos for the Cooliris Express. I think for another wall, I will use “cooliris” as a tag for the photos I want to be picked up by the feed.
It is possible to pull content, not only from flickr, but from picassa, facebook, YouTube and Media RSS. You can customize a few things in your 3-D photo wall such as colour, how many rows of photos (1-5) and there’s a choice of 6 themes for your photo wall.
It’s relatively simple to set up (log into Cooliris Express using your facebook or google account) and you can save your wall. Filtering is easy too as you can name a particular set or tag of photos you want displayed on your blog. As I write this, I’m just wondering if you can embed the 3-D wall in the sidebar – I guess you can but it would be pretty small, and I kinda like the flickr app I already have in my sidebar.