March 11: Presenting about #udsnf12 during #openeducationwk

Open Education Week – March 11-15, 2013.

UPDATE: Link to the info and materials for this presentation.

Only a few days to go before my presentation titled “The multiple facets of openness for #udsnf12” for Open Education Week. It will basically be an extended and more complete report of the fall 2012 course I taught (EDUC439/639 Social Networking), and that I previously presented at the 2013 Winter Faculty Institute (where I only had 15 minutes to present –video of the presentation with Richard Gordon now available, and previous post here).

I am still working on my presentation, but I’d like to ask my great former students to attend, either online on Google Hangouts (please follow the Open Education Week’s G+ account to be included) or face-to-face at 201 East Hall. I’d like to draw upon your experience as students on the value of openness for teaching and learning. Please leave your responses as comments, or as links to your own longer response on your blog.

I’ll present from East Hall, room 201 (2nd floor, in the IT-ATS consulting space), starting at 10 a.m., EDT.

See you then, and stay awesome!


Slides for my presentation about openness for #udsnf12 #wfi2013

On January 22, as a part of the University of Delaware’s Winter Faculty Institute, I’m presenting with Richard Gordon about course tool sets and openness. The event will be streamed, starting at 9:00 a.m., and we’ll be presenting at 3:00 p.m.

Slides are below.

Safe social media in K12? #udsnf12 #Educon

Yes, I teach a class on the use of social media for educators. And yes, I feel like a total poser when it comes to using social media with young people, aka “kids”. So here I am, baring my neck, and asking for help for my #udsnf12 class.

As an experiment, I’d like to ask my super-awesome personal learning network if they have  examples of:

1) Links to policies restricting access to certain web 2.0 sites in school districts;

2) Examples of how these policies help/hinder student learning;

3) Workarounds or safe tools used in K12 (mobile tools too);

4) Educators who were able to convince school districts to unlock access to certain services for pedagogical reasons;

5) Practices and case studies related to the use of web 2.0 tools in K12.

Thanks in advance! Did I tell you how awesome you guys are? I’ll see some of you at Educon in January, for sure!


Mobile module for WordPress – WpTouch

Playing with my course site for EDUC439/639 Social Networking has allowed me to learn a lot more about standalone WordPress (i.e., not a hosted version like this blog). I just enabled the WpTouch plugin for the site, and wanted to share some screenshots of what it looks like on a mobile device.

Home screen

The home screen doesn’t have all the bell and whistles the regular version has. It focuses on blog posts, which is good.


I customized the menu to show different icons for different types of pages.



Posts are clean and use the whole screen. You can also expand the comments and comment from your browser.

Some glitches

Some pages might not render very well, such as the calendar. this is because the content is an embed from Google Calendar, and is set with a fixed pixel value larger that my device.


Final thoughts

If you’re using a site, you don’t need to enable a mobile theme, it comes standard. But you might want to check your settings to make sure your mobile experience is what you want it to be.

Is there a better option out there? Just fishin’ 😉