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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]

The following are links to our HAL student’s blogs. They are off to a great start. I really enjoy working with these wonderful people. I am proud of their efforts. Click, read, enjoy, and after you give them a glance, please respond to our poll!!!

We are using Edublogs as our blogging engine, and it is quite easy to set up student accounts, administer them, and moderate at the teacher level.  Edublogs utilizes WordPress and has many of its features available to students and educators.

http://hal6alexise.edublogs.org

http://hal6alexr.edublogs.org

http://hal6annb.edublogs.org

http://hal6austinl.edublogs.org

http://hal6brandenh.edublogs.org

http://hal6garrettk.edublogs.org

http://hal6logano.edublogs.org

http://hal6myrissan.edublogs.org

http://hal6nathanm.edublogs.org

http://hal6sarahf.edublogs.org

http://hal7alecw.edublogs.org

http://hal7alexise.edublogs.org

http://hal7andrewp.edublogs.org

http://hal7blaket.edublogs.org

http://hal7bryannas.edublogs.org

http://hal7catelynl.edublogs.org

http://hal7charlieh.edublogs.org

http://hal7connerc.edublogs.org

http://hal7graysonf.edublogs.org

http://hal7greggn.edublogs.org

http://hal7hayleys.edublogs.org

http://hal7ianb.edublogs.org

http://hal7kaylar.edublogs.org

http://hal7kristenw.edublogs.org

http://hal7laurac.edublogs.org

http://hal7lilyw.edublogs.org

http://hal7maddief.edublogs.org

http://hal7manuelm.edublogs.org

http://hal7mckennam.edublogs.org

http://hal7megans.edublogs.org

http://hal7mikar.edublogs.org

http://hal7sloanew.edublogs.org

http://hal7timothyd.edublogs.org

http://hal7vincentg.edublogs.org

http://hal8aceh.edublogs.org

http://hal8cameronb.edublogs.org

http://hal8elysek.edublogs.org

http://hal8ettam.edublogs.org

http://hal8jessicab.edublogs.org

http://hal8kyliew.edublogs.org

http://hal8loganne.edublogs.org

http://hal8marcusm.edublogs.org

http://hal8mattd.edublogs.org

http://hal8michaelo.edublogs.org

http://hal8samb.edublogs.org

http://hal8sarahe.edublogs.org

http://hal8shaylenes.edublogs.org

http://hal8tessb.edublogs.org

http://hal8tomb.edublogs.org

http://hal8tylera.edublogs.org

Here is a tutorial I created on how to delete a post in WordPress:  WordPress- Delete a Post.  Enjoy!

In my WordPress Basics tutorials I failed to go over Design –> Extras.  Here is the tutorial I created today and an explanation of its features:  WordPress Design Extras.  Enjoy!

If I would only search a little deeper, life wouldn’t be so complicated! 😉 The following link will give you a search for WordPress screencast “how to” videos: WordPress Screencast Tutorial Videos. Enjoy!

I have also divided the screencasts into categories or levels here:

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 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]

With the new WordPress this past spring it was time to find some basic video tutorials for my workshops. Unfortunately I did not have much luck; so, I have thrown together some of my own.

I used the FREE program Jing to create the tutorials, and they are .swf (Shockwave Flash) files. The tutorials are for beginning bloggers; so, have a look and listen and let me know what you think!

H I T WordPress Tutorials: The Basics

WordPress- Sign Up

WordPress- Logging In

WordPress- The Dashboard

WordPress- Design and Theme

WordPress- Design and Widgets

WordPress- Write a Post

WordPress- Write a Page

WordPress- Comments

WordPress- Settings (Change Title)

WordPress- Other Ways to Sign In or Log In

*Not bad for an old cowboy!  😉

I am in a class with some up and coming bloggers today (and for the next couple of days)! We are experimenting with our new blogs and coming up with ways we can use these tools in our classrooms and other areas. Stayed tuned and I will share what we are creating if the bloggers feel so inclined.

Wordpress Logo If you are new to using WordPress.com, especially if I have encouraged you to do so as of late, you will notice the new administration design in the dashboard. In our blogging workshop this past Thursday I was able to warn those in attendance, but now I send out a message to everyone else to relax and remain calm. 😉

My good friend Brad Kovach has a nice explanation of the new features of WordPress 2.5. Obviously he is using the actual install, but what he shares is beneficial and I know it will answer several questions that may arise. Read his article at the following link: A look at WordPress 2.5

The changes you see now in the WordPress dashboard will take some getting used to, but I believe we will see the redesign as better organized for the user. Let me know your thoughts and comments on the new design; and, of course, please ask questions so that you can find your way if you aren’t sure where something is located now!

So, let’s see, I suppose we are due for some new video tutorials aren’t we!?! I will have to get my headset mic ready and fire up Jing next week. In the meantime remember: relax and remain calm. 🙂

Peace!

Anniversary Last week was the one year anniversary of this fledgling blog that has become a wonderful personal resource and has seemed to help a few people along the way. It seems that life has been so very busy as of late that it is difficult to keep up with posting interesting tidbits, but I keep plugging away and manage to get things that are of at least value to me published here at H I T. I am very appreciative of my encouraging and faithful readers who share more with me than I can ever imagine sharing with them. My RSS reader is full of great content every day and with this busy life I find myself unable to keep up with that either! It is time to simplify a bit, reorganize, and focus. Thanks again to all who come this way from time to time, and may peace be unto you all forever.

Students2oh

Posted: January 3, 2008 in Blogs, Learning, School, Students

I like this blog:  Students 2.0!

Today is a continuing education day in our district and several offerings are on tap for staff to partake of (Several offerings are associated with Atomic Learning tutorials!):

Blogging (WordPress)

Web 2.0 (Vicki Davis)

Quia (Another Tutorial Resource:  Hot Potatoes)

Microsoft Office Word 2007

SMART Boards & CPS Clickers

Early Childhood & Technology Integration