Blog ‘o the month, virtually!

After a tweet from Scot Merrick, I discovered that November is definitely the month of fun for me.

This blog has been selected for the the Blogger’s Hut @ ISTE Island in Second Life. This is just so much fun, and a real delight to be featured in the Bloggers Hut. Isn’t it nice to have an international ISTE member added to the monthly list!

So now its time to get into Second Life and vote. Come on in and join the fun.

We’re voting on:

Learning Visions”–Cammy Bean
http://learningvisions.blogspot.com/

“HeyJude”–Judy O’Connell
http://heyjude.wordpress.com/

“Bud the Teacher”–Bud Hunt
http://budtheteacher.com/blog/

“A Piece of My Mind”–Scott S. Floyd
http://scottsfloyd.edublogs.org/

Writing over coffee

As I sit in the coffee shop at home in my own suburb I am pondering how things on the communication front have changed in the years that I have been frequenting this excellent little shop.

How proud I was when I got a mobile phone so I could ring home while having coffee to get the kids to take the washing off the line. I could liase over my mobile to meet friends after school to talk. Now?

I am writing on my blog using the free wifi on my iTouch (though it could have been my eePC) after checking my email and twitter. Is this relaxing? Funny thing is that it is for me, but it is clearly not the chosen way for most people to relax! No one else here is on ‘a device’!

What does this mean? Is my behaviour part of a new wave or am I an abberation amongst my peers?

So cool, so easy!

Naturally, I am now testing the other bits of fun associated with Posterous.   Well, I am using my Gmail account, because my work email sends to Posterous all the privacy stuff that we have at the bottom of our emails. Now, to test sending a pic along with the post.

Here's a pic from my phone.  Oh, and we can't send stuff via SMS from OZ yet…unless we dial to the UK.  Sometimes, just sometimes, it might be worth it.  Otherwise via email is pretty cool.

So this is crossposting to my blog, twitter, and of course to Posterous. Nice  :-)

Click here to download:

River.tga (768 KB)

Posted by email from Heyjude’s posterous

Innovation these days? New tools new options!

I’ve just set up a posterous account via email, and it totally blew me away. This is the quickest thing on earth to set up and get kids blogging. It’s the quickest thing on earth for cross posting. Well, I just like it …it’s fun.

What’s more you can attach any type of file and they’ll post it along with the text of your email.
They’ll do smarter things for photos, MP3’s, documents and video links

I’m off to test this with an email right now!!  Cool.  Thanks to Maureen for sending me a recommendation :-)

Male bravado?

The Pew Internet Post provides New Numbers for Blogging and Blog Readership. In their spring tracking survery they used two new questioning measurements of blog reading, each of which captures a slightly different set of behaviors.

Our first measure of blog readership uses the present-tense question, “Do you ever read someone else’s online journal or blog?”. In total, 33% of internet users (the equivalent of 24% of all adults) say they read blogs, with 11% of internet users doing so on a typical day.

Our second blog readership question is based on a slightly different question construction: the past-tense “Have you ever read someone else’s online journal or blog?” This figure is consistently higher than the one discussed above; this is because its wording captures people who once read blogs but now do not for whatever reason. 42% of internet users (representing 32% of all adults) answer this question affirmatively.

Apparently because of the power of questioning, we are seeing a difference between males and females.

male and female internet users are equally likely to say that they do read other people’s blogs (35% for men, 32% for women). However, among internet users men are more likely to say that they have read other people’s blogs (48% vs. 38%). We suspect that this is due to the male-heavy nature of the initial blog readership population–men are generally heavily represented among the early adopters for most.

Oh please! give me a break. Even if there is research that says males are more likely to be early adopters – you can’t just assume this is the cause of the difference in response.

Maybe guys felt easier about saying the they have read other peoples blogs than owning up to not reading blogs …. easy to stretch the truth and make it look as if they’re cool.  Maybe its something else entirely.

Either way - ‘Apparently!‘ wouldn’t be quite legitimate social research analysis would it!

Konrad Glogowski and Jokaydians

We love inspiring each other! So those Jokaydians who are at NECC were stoked to be able to meet up with Konrad our fellow Jokaydian whose research and thinking provides the bedrock to educators working with online tools, and in-world tools.

In true Jokaydian fashion we jumped on the opportunity to stream Konrad’s presentation into Jokaydia, for our SL friends. Dean Groom, Al Upton and myself grabbed our gear and set up to stream into Second Life. Will Richardson came into the room and jumped in with us to Ustream the session!

Konrad’s presentation Blogging Communities in the Classroom: Creating Engaging Learning Experiences inspired us in ways to transform our classrooms into a blogging community that will help students become competent writers and capable, critical thinkers.

Catch the video/chat recording at Will’s blog. Jump on over to read Konrad’s Blog of Proximal Development.