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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 19,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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I have been thinking about ways to entice the old guard into the digital world in a meaningful way that gets them to look at their strategies for teaching in a new light.  As I’ve contemplated this challenge I have tried to take a list of benchmarks (I know, I know!!!) as a baseline to build an online course (based on an open courseware approach).

In a matter of roughly five hours I have created the following framework for a project-based learning approach.  The projects/assessments are not there specifically as I would have students piece that together based on their needs (see student resources).  It is a work in progress, but I am considering some sort of professional development that follows this approach.

Hokanson’s American History

2002

I have been, sporadically now, blogging for three years and have now moved into the fourth.  Time has passed very fast, and I have been wrapping my head around that ticking sound I can hear from our “bird clock.”  25 years ago to this very day I entered the MTC in Provo, Utah for a 3 week training that sent me off to the then Colorado Denver Mission.  I spent time in northwestern Kansas, in the mission office in Littleton, Colorado, in Grand Junction, Colorado, and finished off in Cheyenne, Wyoming with responsibilities over Kimball and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  That all seems like ancient history to me and especially to my young children (Remember there are 5 children, and some of them aren’t young anymore – Hannah soon to be 18!).  Much has been accomplished in my adult life, but my youth set the very important stage, or foundation, for all that has come to pass.  Time is what allowed it all to happen.

2009

As a historian I am always amazed at the process of looking back and how age provides perspective.  It is difficult in our youth to grasp the past or find interest in it.  When we are young time is slow, especially on a warm summer day fishing beside a meandering stream.  Imagination plays a larger role in our lives as youngsters, and its too bad we lose some of that along the way, or at least forget to imagine.  I imagine great things ahead in my life and my family’s life.  I can see a future wrought with challenges, but I also have the perspective to realize that all things can be overcome.  That’s what I like about being here in my mid 40s.  As a doctor recently stated to me, “You have half your life ahead of you.”  Interesting to think about and quite exciting at the same time!  What will it bring?

I know that the choices I have made in the past are benefitting me greatly at this point in life.  Sure, there have been bumps in the road, but this old world deals those on a daily basis.  There will be many more choices along the way, and I hope to enjoy and reap what I sow.  My children are in the same boat, and my dream is that they feel somewhat the same way I do when they reach this point in their lives.  It’s nice to be a part of their growth, and I enjoy helping them speed through time.  It is fast, fun, and fantastic!

Seth Godin and Tom Peters explain why!

This is a post to welcome some new bloggers to the blogosphere!  It is an interesting world and fun too!  Students can definitely benefit from teachers that blog, and a classroom blog extends your classroom and shares what is happening with the rest of the world.

A blog is simply a type of website that is easy to put together and maintain (See the video clip below!).  Here is hoping that you enjoy blogging!

2 Year Blog Anniversary!

Posted: February 8, 2009 in blog, blogging, Blogs, Thanks

2nd-anniversaryIt slipped by without much fanfare, but my H I T blog has been on the web for over two years now.  It is 390 posts strong, or weak ;-), and serves as a great resource for me.  I want to thank Jeff VanDrimmelen at Edutechie.com for being the first to contact me when I first started, to offer advice, and to be the first to comment at my blog.  This has been a mostly personal experience, but there seem to be a few that have found tid bits along the way that have been useful.  As with anything in life, this blog gets attention in between busy days spent raising my family, working with wonderful teachers, students, and staff, church, boy scouts, and the occasional leisure time.  Thanks to all that wander this way, and special thanks for your comments.  Peace be unto you all!!!

wordpress_logoOnce again we find changes to the Dashboard of WordPress with the new WordPress 2.7. The following tutorials are to help new users get started and old users get acclimated to the new Dashboard look.

There are several tutorials that are appearing on the web, and I hope to narrow those down that are most helpful without reinventing the wheel. The WordPress site does have links to articles that provide text and images that may be helpful to new and old users (I have also listed links to some of these below) and the following link is to an article on recent changes: December 2008 Dashboard Changes. Enjoy!

My new WordPress Tutorials

WordPress Dashboard Introduction

WordPress Create a New Post

WordPress Edit Post

WordPress Create a Link

WordPress Add an Image

WordPress Embed a Video

Most of the older WordPress version “Screencasts” now take users to various articles on using the new Dashboard; however, some go to older articles and videos/screencasts  (links below):

WordPress Created Tutorials

Getting Started/Troubleshooting

What should I do first? [screencast]

How do I change my password? [screencast]

I lost my password – what now? [screencast]

Settings

General Settings [screencast]

Discussion Settings [screencast]

Reading Settings [screencast]

Basics

Where’s my dashboard (and what’s it for)? [screencast]

HTML & QuickTags vs. Visual Editor [screencast]

How can I edit the title and permalink of my post? [screencast]

How do I add links to other sites using the HTML or Visual editor? [screencast]

Having a static page at the front of the blog [screencast]

How do I manage (organize, edit, delete) my posts after they’ve been written or published? [screencast]

How do I manage (organize, edit, delete) pages after they’ve been published or saved? [screencast]

How do I save and manage draft posts? How does auto-save work? [screencast]

How do I change the time or date for my post? How do I set my post to publish in the future? [screencast]

How do I manage (approve, unapprove, mark as spam, delete) comments made to my blog? [screencast]

Adding Media

What filetypes can I upload?

How do I add video files to my posts? [screencast]

How do I post a Youtube video? [screencast]

How do I upload pictures? [screencast]

How do I add an audio file to my post? [screencast]

How do I add documents or other media to my blog posts? [screencast]

How do I post or embed a PowerPoint in WordPress? (Video Tutorial by Neil Hokanson)

How do I create a picture gallery in my blog post? [screencast]

Intermediate

What is a widget? [screencast]

How do I add summaries/excerpts to my posts so that the full post doesn’t display on my blog’s front page? [screencast]

What’s a tag? How do I add tags to my posts? How do I manage tags? [screencast]

What’s a category? How do I add and manage categories? [screencast]

How do I manage (edit, delete, add, arrange) my tags? [screencast]

How do I manage (arrange, add, delete) categories? [screencast]

Which keyboard shortcuts can I use in the WordPress editor? [screencast]

Advanced

Blog Stats [screencast]

How do I add more authors / users to my blog? [screencast]

How do I change the author of a post? [screencast]

How do I stop another author editing a post at the same time as me? [screencast]

How do I use the Press This! bookmarklet [screencast]

Using Windows Live Writer [screencast]

Bringing content into WordPress from Microsoft Word [screencast]

How do I write WordPress blog posts with the ScribeFire Firefox add-on? [screencast]