Only put your best work out on the public web. You do not want potential employers to find your inferior, embarrassing work. You will look bad. Because, they will judge you solely on THAT and not where it sits in a continuum or body of work. I’m countering that with the “Front Stage” videos I […]
I see writing here as a way of working out ideas, not issuing profound certainties. Beyond my assured hatcheting of grammar and spelling (hi Sandy), I learn as I share, where I am often (a) wrong, (b) blind or (c) wrong. Upon an insightful comment form Maha Bali I am rethinking the assertion on Over […]
A credible, textbook design process includes extensive pre-planning, testing, reviewing feedback, and making public once it has been thoroughly scrutinized. That’s not happening here. The previous post was syndicated here from a new project being hastily assembled by me and Brian Lamb at TRU as part of my Fellowship. Part of the package was running […]
Now that our first video is on the front stage, let’s do this the You Show way and talk about the making of this video. Brian and I knew we were on a hurry up ramp to at least get … Continued
Saying I am excited is an understatement for the tinkering that has produced the previously described TRU Writer site. I spent time on a Friday night just fiddling with functionality no one will ever notice. In summary, the notion of the SPLOTs I am working on here at TRU with Brian Lamb is… well here […]
So far on my fellowship here at TRU I have partially developed three Smallest Possible Learning Online Tools (again give all credit/blame for the acronym to Señor Borregoruido). I am not quite convinced they will evolve into anything usable, but hey, that’s what experimentation is about. A main principle we are trying to is give […]
From some banter via twitter this morning with Clint Lalonde and Pat Lockley, it occurred to me a great challenge to Creative Commons is that the license is metadata that is usually separated from the content it refers too– e.g. it is extra code in a web page, or additional information stored with a photo […]
I’ve been grateful for the deluxe accommodations that has been provided for my fourth month visit at Thompson Rivers University. I’m on the fancy floor of suites, above 10 floors of student residences. The floor I am on (I think) they run out of their Hospitality program, so there are students in that program working […]
I keep a TV on mainly as having some background sound so it’s not so empty in this apartment. I was not even watching what I left on, my the tone… the frequency of the actress was so brash, yet alluring. And thus I fell into a Mae West rabbit hole. How little of this […]
That’s meant to be blank like _________ like make your own site that operates like the DS106 Daily Create. I’ve been mumbling about it for like months, and sat down to start tinkering about a week ago.
I think most of the parts are in place, I’d say it is several Greek letters prior to “alpha”, and am writing now to check in as a progress to myself post. Much of what is left is cosmetic and structural layout, documentation, and much more testing.
The idea is that like the Assignment Bank Theme you can create a kind of site that generates any kind of Daily task, assignment, challenge. A Daily [fill in the blank]!
Unlike the The Daily Create, you do not have to respond by uploading and tagging to a specific social media site. Whatever you do as a response, you simply tweet to a specific twitter account the site owner creates, and include the link and a hashtag associated with the Daily _______.
This is what I saw as things to figure out, and what I got done last week:
- Set up an admin options page for details specific to your site. This was easy a copy of what I did for thr assignment bank theme.
- Figure Out How to Connect/Query a Twitter Account All new stuff, found a library/plugin for managing the authentication of the account, and a lot of play in using it to request tweets to a specific account. The other challenge is setting up a way for the site to automatically check twitter on a regular basis; it’s sort of working.
- Create a Content type to store the responses I wanted to a site to keep a local copy, not relying on twitter, so a custom content type is needed.
- Add extra features/settings to a normal post to make it into a Daily Blank item.
- Make some modifications to the WordPress dashboard, to better reflect the kind of content in the site.
- Whats Next? when can you use this?
I modified the home page template to display just the most recent item (like the Daily Create).
What follow is an excruciatingly long, code-filled post. I’m putting it below the fold, so if you are reading this in one of those antique RSS readers, you might have to click through to see it on my blog (which, I must say, is looking gorgeous in its new clothes).