Showing posts with label Thank You. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thank You. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

11 Years Later...

On this day eleven years I published my first blog post here on Free Technology for Teachers. I had a little bit of an idea of what I wanted to do and no idea that eleven years and nearly 14,000 posts later I would still be doing it. Some of you have been with me for almost all of last eleven years, thank you!

I think that now is as good a time as any to reflect on what's happened in the eleven years since I hit publish on the first post here.

A few observations on what's changed in eleven years of blogging
  • 11 years ago everyone was talking about wikis. One of Common Craft's earliest videos explained wikis in plain English. Today, the biggest classroom wiki services no longer exist and I haven't had anyone ask me about wikis in a couple of years.
  • 11 years ago netbooks were the low cost way to get more computers into classrooms. The first iPads were more than two years away and the first Chromebooks were almost four years away.
  • 11 years ago I checked my email on my laptop and took pictures with a camera that couldn't make phone calls or send texts. You probably did the same.
  • 11 years ago I bookmarked websites by using Delicious on Firefox. Chrome was still a couple years away.
  • Google Docs morphed into Google Drive into Google Apps for Education into G Suite for Education. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

5 Years and 52,000 Subscribers Later...

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This post is straight out of the navel gazing department.

Five years ago today Free Technology for Teachers got started with this post. When I started I didn't really know what I was doing, I was just trying to write about neat things that I was finding and trying out. Five years and nearly 7,000 posts later I know a little more about blogging and I'm still having fun finding and trying neat things that can be used in classrooms.

When I started this blog on November 28, 2007 I had no idea or vision that someday more than 52,000 people would be subscribed to my blog. For the first few months it was only family (thanks Mom) and some colleagues that were reading my blog (thanks Walter). Slowly more people started reading in the early days and I'm still connected with and appreciate those early supporters like Harold Shaw, Skip Z, Jeff & Dan at Wicked Decent Learning, and Jim & Jim & Jim at MLTI (only one of the Jims is still with MLTI fulltime). Slowly the blog grew from that early group to what it is now. Every person that has subscribed to the blog, shared posts, connected with me on Twitter, and said hello at conferences has made writing this blog a truly awesome experience. Thank you!

And I just renewed the domain (and a bunch of associated domains) yesterday so I'm going to keep writing for another year. I hope that you'll keep learning with me.

Image Credit: cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Will Clayton:

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thank You - Social Networking Proven Valuable Again

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook probably know that my school district recently proposed new Internet use policies that would have effectively decreased by 50% the number of websites that teachers and students can use. When I first read the proposed policies I put out some pleas for help on Twitter. Many of you responded with links to articles and studies that defend the value of open access to the Internet. Since that time I organized an ad-hoc committee of teachers and administrators in my school district to look at those examples. Although the committee was able to make suggestions, the final decision making power rested with administration. This afternoon I was notified that the district has reversed course and is going to allow access to social networking sites (including Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter), wikis, and blogs!

Thank you to everyone that sent me links, suggestions, and encouragement over the last four weeks. Without your help, I'm not sure my district administrators would have changed course. For those of you engaged in similar fights, keep at it. Here are a handful of the links that were sent to me when I needed help.

A Second Life for Educators
New Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development
Understanding Content Filtering
Content Filtering in Schools: Best Practices for K-12
ALA Statement on Library Use of Filtering Software