A longtime friend, colleague, and collaborator of mine who works in new teacher education is starting a blog, and asked me for some help on getting started. Here’s my email response… Hi Friend, There’s some degree of “stage fright” that comes with blogging, so I’ve
I am by no means an SEO expert, but I have learned a few tricks about driving meaningful traffic to my blog, TedCurran.net. This post outlines some of the tricks I use to average around 1500 hits a day on an education technology blog.
Sometimes in life, you just need a cheezy image of four ethnically diverse people in business attire in a boardroom smiling. You could buy a stock image or search through the sea of creative commons licensed images. Both of these approaches have benefits and drawbacks. There is
In the 21st Century world of abundant free educational content, teachers are challenged to shed the role of “content area expert” and adopt the role of “content curator”. Part of the shifting role of teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”
I’m very interested in how open source publishing tools like WordPress can empower individuals to own their data, understand and learn from their tools, and protect against the strange encroachments of privacy and power that commercial cloud services can impose on our digital lives.
I have a speculative explanation for the death of Google Reader. I remember in 2010 when Eric Schmidt was having high-level talks with news outlets, trying to help them envision a new model to maintain the value of their content. Schmidt even penned an op-ed in the
I’ve been blabbering on recently about #Markdown here on TedCurran.net, and I just managed to interest a roomful of seemingly sane people why putting weird characters all over your writing is a good idea. I’m taking this as a sign that people get it– we
Most of us grew up writing in a word processor, editing our words for the printed page. I argued recently that we need to re-train ourselves to write for the web instead of the printed page. Since I wrote that post I’ve been looking for
There are lots of situations where a screenshot of your computer can communicate much more than words. From giving students detailed directions to helping your tech support people (ahem) solve issues you’re experiencing, screenshots can make it easier for people to see what you’re talking
In my last post, I recommended using a password manager like LastPass to help you create strong, unique passwords for all of the different sites you use. If you don’t like the idea of storing passwords in the cloud, the next best way is to create