Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Physicist puts Nobel prize medal up for auction | Science | The Guardian “For Leon Lederman, at 92, the details of the work that went into discovering a subatomic particle have become hazy over the decades. “I don’t have any real stories to tell about it,” he said. “I sit on my deck and look at the mountains.” “ tags: weekly nobel prize perspective Open Music Theory – Open Music Theory “Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. OMT was built on resources authored by Kris Shaffer, Bryn Hughes, and Brian Moseley. It is edited by Kris Shaffer and Robin Wharton, and is published by Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing. Major funding and technological support (including the building of the technology behind the interactive music notation modules found in this text) came from the team at Trinket.” tags: weekly slack text open github jekyl textbook fork music theory reticent – Phocabulary word – Photo Word of the Day to improve and enhance word memory. Beginner, intermediate, advanced words including definition, synonyms, and antonyms. Found this via a trackback. An interesting idea and easy to make in WordPress. tags: vocabulary images words language weekly Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Phone-absorbed man bitten after accidentally stepping on snake “Tim Malone has been the DJ at Skateland in […]


Rampages Growth Plotted

As part of the gen ed seminar I pulled the rampages.us user signup data for Kristina Anthony. It was just a straight export from the wp_users table and stripped of everything but the date. She pulled it into Excel and used a pivot table to make it manageable. Which is awesome. So I pulled it down and pushed it back up into Google Docs so that I could embed the chart in this post. It makes me feel better to look at the growth over what amounts to around a year of actual use. I tend to focus on places for improvement (and there are many) but it’s worth looking at what ALT Lab has managed to achieve in a fairly short period of time.1 The July to February jump of about 6000 users is pretty insane. I have every expectation that we’ll add another 6000 or so users next year. Things will certainly only get more interesting. This has been done without huge student training initiatives. For the most part faculty members are able to support their own students. We have some of that filter up and we deal with some troubleshooting online but there’s no dedicated person(s) to support WordPress issues or train students. That’s a testament to WordPress. 1 In the higher ed dimension a year is […]

WordPress Comment Subscriptions by Category

flickr photo shared by duncan under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license It’s particularly helpful in a rather specific situation- i.e. one where you’re doing a mother blog and want to see all the student comments (like Allen did with the #thoughtvectors reader) but since we have students using their blogs for more than one class things get messy fast. Enter me asking smarter people on Twitter, almost going to the forsaken land of Yahoo Pipes,1 and being saved by Google liking Mark more than me. So anyway, here’s the structure to get the comments for specific categories/tags. by name – http://bionicteaching.com/comments/feed/?category_name=apple by category ID – http://bionicteaching.com/comments/feed/?cat=18 by tag name – http://bionicteaching.com/comments/feed/?tag=tutorial-2 This is one of those things that barely rates a post but given I didn’t know how to do it maybe it’ll help some other wanderer and for people who want this it’ll be really useful. Thanks to Mark, Alan, and Martin for helping me out. 1 I like Yahoo Pipes but one has to assume Yahoo will kill it dead very soon . . . although I’ve been hearing that for several years.

The Web Provides – All Tab URLs to HTML

I gave a quick talk to University Seminar on General Education this morning. As is my want, I did it live from the browser with many, many tabs open. At the end of the presentation I was asked if I could give those tabs to the other humans in attendance. I could have gone the long route and cut/pasted my way to the answer but I was pretty sure someone had already figured out a better way.1 Sure enough, a quick search for chrome grab open tabs and I ended up with the lovely Chrome extension Copy All URLs. I used the HTML option and then did a quick find/replace to make it in list format although you could do it all in the “custom” option. Update >>> I like Jon’s alternate plugin better if you’re not going to craft your own structures. It has a bit more flexibility in terms of saving the session etc. Here’s the list of URLs for anyone interested. University Seminar on General Education Motherblog Get Involved Flickr – Photo Sharing! Rethink Your Space Passenger Pigeons Bones in 3D Submit a marker | Hollywood Cemetery Ram Pages | An online community for VCU Dashboard ‹ Network Admin: Rampages.us — WordPress Site-Wide Activity | Ram Pages Mother Blog | Items of Interest augmenting.me/trials/inequality2.html augmenting.me/trials/before_after/phpindex.php PSY 323: […]

Committing to Committing – OLE & #twp15

flickr photo shared by yewenyi under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license There will be never be enough time.1 So in honor of that I’m going to be participating in UBC’s Teaching with WordPress while ALT Lab runs a similar course at VCU that we call OLE.2 The UBC course is obviously focused on teaching online with WordPress and has a strong open/connectivist/Canadian3 vibe. OLE is more broadly focused on connected learning and online teaching in general but also has strong WordPress emphasis. And you should play along in either or both with me. I’ll be doing my best to entwine the two groups in interesting ways. We even have an early optional assignment that is mean to do just that. Embrace it all with reckless exuberance. Consider this a formal invitation.4 I’ll tell you a bit about what we’ve built out, in WordPress so it’s useful to #TWP15 and the OLE group,Throw your sets up. as the backbone of the OLE course. First, the site is using the Skips theme that Mark Luetke5 developed with other good people at VCU Arts. It does a few interesting tricks like loading the child pages into one continuous scroll and highlighting that navigational element as you move through the components. It’s easier to go there and try it if that description […]