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Teaching Hacks WordPress Plugins

First – Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!

If you use WordPress for your blog and are interested in the plugins that I am using, then the following list will be useful to you.

  • The Amazon Media Manager for WordPress – Tracks my books and other media that I am reading or reviewing.
  • Anti-Spam Image – This plugin inserts a security image for the WP comment page, requiring the poster to enter the right characters in the image.
  • Category Cloud – Template tag to display a categories in a tag cloud.
  • Kramer – One of my new favourites – Implements Technorati inbound links to a post as Pingbacks. Also provides a template function to display general inbound links.
  • PodPress – The podPress pluggin gives you everything you need in one easy plugin to use WordPress for Podcasting.
  • Social Bookmarking Links – Add social bookmark links to your posts – I modified this plugin to add del.icio.us linkbacks on posts.
  • Translator – Translates blog dynamically (from English) to eight languages.
  • WordPress Email Notification Plugin – Allow People To Sign Up For E-Mail Notifications.
  • Feedstats - RSS feed statistics.
  • Search Meter – Keeps track of what your visitors are searching for.
  • Editor Monkey – Turns the normal WordPress textarea into a WYSIWYG editor using TinyMCE or FCKeditor. Also integrates spell checking into the editor interface.
  • Survey Fly – Creates Multi-Style Surveys.
  • Google Sitemaps – This generator will create a Google compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog.

Love to hear about WordPress plugins that you really like.

Update:
I forgot about the Semiologic theme and CMS which has quite a few built in plugins.

I’m a B-List Blogger and Proud of It!

Well, I knew I was never on the a-list, but being on the b-list was a nice treat. I was looking over at Stephen Downes web site, when I caught a glimpse of his a-list blogger image from Kineda.com.

I couldn’t resist trying it out, so here is my result.

B-List Blogger
I’m in the high-authority group. Cool :-)

Polar Science 2006

I am passing this opportunity along to participate in Polar Science This project was last year’s winner of the Edublog Awards “Best example/case study of use of weblogs within teaching and learning.” Please pass this opportunity to interested educators.

Educators: Use internet communication and collaboration tools that help engage students in learning through this unique experience.

Administrators: Teachers are supported through experienced project leaders, who are able to help educators through any challenges they may face.

IT Geeks: Encourage your staff to participate in the read/write web, and watch communication and collaboration grow in your schools.

YES I Can! Science has now opened registration for what is promising to be a fantastic learning experience for students – *Polar Science 2006*.

Building on the tremendous success of last year’s project with York University scientist Dr. Thomas Hawke, we are following Dr. Shane Kanatous from Colorado State University on a scientific expedition to Antarctica. From October to December, 2006, Dr. Kanatous and his team will be investigating the adaptations that allow young Weddell seals to develop into elite divers. Studying these adaptations may have tremendous implications for human medicine. By understanding how another mammal has successfully overcome the debilitating effects of working under low oxygen conditions, scientists may be able to learn new therapeutic approaches to assist humans with heart or lung disease.

Students from grades 4-12 will have the opportunity to read the expedition team’s weekly updates, conduct their own experiments and research, and communicate with the scientists through the Polar Science web site.

We are very excited about the upcoming expedition. This year we have added something new to the project; an /Ice Team/ and a /Lab Team/. The /Ice Team/ led by Dr. Kanatous will be performing the field research, analysis and collecting samples from the Weddell seals in Antarctica.

The /Lab Team/, led by Dr. Thomas Hawke will be performing experiments and analyzing samples in his lab at York University in Toronto. The Teams will be in constant communication via email and web logs (that you will get to look in on!). This is a great opportunity to see how research is conducted and students will get the chance to see discoveries made in real-time!

For complete information about the project and to register your class visit:

http://www.polar06.yesican-projects.ca .

(As with all YES I Can! Science project, there is no cost to take part.)

ECOO Edublogger Meetup

 ECOO Edublogger Meetup

 (From left to right: Janice; Konrad; Clare; Robert; John and Me)       

It was really nice to get together with a other edubloggers at the ECOO conference.  It isn't often that we get this sort of opportunity and I would like to thank everyone who came by to chat.  I hope that we can arrange a few other chats.

Ontario Edublogger Meetup

Attention Ontario Edubloggers – I was hoping to organize another edublogger meet-up at the upcoming ECOO conference.  If you are interested in meeting for lunch, sharing stories, and learning from each other in person.  We can meet at 11:45 am on Friday, May 5th at the main registration area and have lunch together.  I will post a few signs around the conference as well.

If you are interested in meeting drop me an email at qdsouza (AT) gmail.com

Grade One Students Podcasting

This one comes up in the amazing category (I have to create that one still). Kathy Cassidy a Grade One Teacher in Moosejaw, Sask. has her students podcasting and blogging. Go Kathy!!

(via Ideas and Thoughts from EdTech)

Weblogs In Education

The Weblogs In Education portion of the wiki is coming along well.ÂÂ

I’m been working on:

I’m not the type of person who likes to think about the difficulty of a task until I am immersed in it. I find that too much time is often wasted on arguing why something is difficult or can’t be done, without even trying to do it. So that’s the idea behind this whole project.

I figure I will have a good base of examples, ideas and content to be comfortable with in the Weblogs in Education section by April, and then I will switch my concentration to a different section.

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