Web Development Podcasts
My podcast listening ebbs and flows.
I am currently in the flow state.1
Anyway, I like these three podcasts that are all web development related.2
Those of you who are looking for upbeat lesson ideas should immediately go look at this If Hollywood taught science class link. Lots of fun things to think about with that one. Lots of applications in any subject and it requires students to think about what is really true in order to make fun of the Hollywood stuff. It’s like reverse psychology. Now stop. If you want to read why I cry at night continue below. _________________________________________________________________ Three fairly different “Internet objects”Not sure what else to collectively call a Slideshare presentation, a video and a blog post. You’ve got to love the Internet for making such a varied combination possible in one place. have come together to crystallize some ideas for meOh, and some Hydracodone for a recently root canaled tooth probably helped.. This Ted Talk on Motivation by Pink This book review mentioning the false gods of NCLB This Netflix Culture Presentation So all this stuff has come together over the last little while and it all gets at why teachers and students, especially in k12, are having such a dismal timeOr it at least explains my irritation with education.. Motivation Education is designed around grades for motivation when dealing with studentsand shame is another major player, according to this post which is really making way too much sense […]
I’ve been slowly migrating all of our individual WP installs into WPMU over the last few days. It’s going to really make life a lot easier around here while adding some real advantages. You’ve seen Jim showing a million reasons to use WPMU in the college environment and while most (maybe all) can be transferred over to K12 there are some advantages to using WPMU in K12 that are worth looking at a little more directly. Flexibility – WordPress can handle just about any web need I have in a school setting. I can of course use it to blog but it can just as easily be the backbone for my school’s website and act more like a CMS. And imagine a school website that was both current and easy for multiple users to updated without expensive software. The ability to quickly and easily change themes is attractive to users but it is also a key component in creating engaging web experiences for students. BlackBoard and other CMS options tend to pretend to give you control over how your particular page or site looks but real customization is not an option at the user level and it makes a difference. Being able to control all the aspects of the Richard III page made things far more professional and interesting to […]
I got an email from a professor who was using Gravity Forms to allow students to create blog posts. The problem was that when they submitted posts via the form the category ended up being the default category no matter what was selected. Here’s a few of the things I did trying to figure out what was going on. It’s just a matter of isolating variables but occasionally it’s helpful to see how people work through this sort of thing. First, I googled it but that well was dry.I’ll try to keep the language interesting. I made sure the Gravity Forms category selection worked on other sites on the same installation. It did. That let me know it was at least blog dependent. There were only two other plugins active. They were both turned on and off with no change. That meant no plugin conflicts. On the input side, I tried selecting multiple categories. No dice. I tried changing the default category. It change the default category but didn’t fix the issue. I couldn’t think of any more input based variables to mess with so I moved a bit deeper into things. On the form side, I tried changing the category selection options. I tried using checkboxes, multiple select, all categories, select categories etc. None of that made any difference. […]