Category: Tools

Getting Started with WordPress in OU Create

It’s back to school season, and for me that means helping students and faculty set up websites. The Office of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma provides a service called OU Create which provides a web domain and server space for students, staff, and faculty to build websites. Working in partnership with Reclaim Hosting, […]

Google Sheets Blogging CMS, part 2

This is the second post in a three part series on using Google Sheets as the database for  a blogging CMS. In this post, I’ll walk you through the Google Sheet itself and the Google scripts (their version of js) that drive it. In the first post, I explained the motivations for building the system. In […]

Google Sheets Blogging CMS, part 1

This is the first post in a three part series on using Google Sheets as the database for  a blogging CMS. In this post, I’ll explain the motivations for building the system. In the second post, I’ll walk you through the Google Sheet itself and the Google scripts (their version of js) that drive it. […]

Getting Ready for Gutenberg

Sometime in the fall, we will get WordPress 5.0. This new release is called Gutenberg after the 15th century Bible printer.  I have installed a beta version of it on a test website called gutenberg.johnastewart.org, and wrote this post using the new interface. Last week I attended a talk on the coming “Gutenpocalyse” at WPCampus 18. Many of […]

Time Management Tips

Kate Sheppard is my idol for all things related to time management as an academic. Kate is still the model that we hold up in the History of Science department at OU for finishing on time as a grad student, and she’s even more impressive as a faculty member. She’s already published a monograph and […]

AirTable Review

I have been trying out different project management tools over the last few weeks. So far, I’ve used Notion, Trello, and AirTable and also looked at half a dozen others. I also tried a notebook and paper, but I definitely prefer the digital. via GIPHY My first goal is to try to find something that […]

Playing With #OLCInnovate 2018 Twitter Data

A word cloud of tweets from #OLCInnovate 2018. Here's the decreasing list of terms that make up the word cloud with their relative number of times used: online (204); ruha9 (184); great (175); session (165); learning (158); olctoday (138); education (134); time (126); work (111); design (102); innovation (102); keynote (100); students (96); conference (93); literacy (93); today (91); thanks (89); just (88); student (85); edtech (82); new (82); need (81); video (81); social (75); like (73); make (73); want (73); people (72); drip (70); jlknott (70); using (69); come (67); join (66); technology (65); faculty (62); conversation (60); jordosh (60); live (60); use (60); olc (59); think (59); award (58); calimorrison (56); talk (54); booth (53); keeganslw (53); tools (53); visual (53); best (52); day (52); kthompso (52); research (52); check (51); technological (50); it's (49); thank (49); way (49); nashville (48); presentation (48)
For #OLCInnovate this year, I setup Tags Explorer to view the Twitter usage of the conference. Since I also did this in 2016, there are opportunities for comparisons between the major topics discussed between the two years. I’ll only have a small chance to play with this data (for now), so I wanted to release […]

My Tables are Awesome

This past spring, I was having a conversation with Mia Zamora, Alan Levine, and Keegan Long Wheeler about the NetNarr course. Alan was putting together a table for a website that looked really slick, and when I asked what tool he was using, he said Awesome Tables. Four months later, I’m obsessed. I am particularly susceptible to […]

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