I am in New Rockford having a great time. The teachers are all awake, which is pretty awesome considering that we started at 8:00 AM.
I noticed some odd behavior the other day, and I’m surprised it never came up earlier.
When uploading any file using Blogs@EduTech, if you click on the “Choose Files to Upload” button, it doesn’t do anything. After clicking on the button about a dozen times using different browsers and platforms, I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn’t working (I’m a little slow sometimes). The Browser Uploader works fine. After thinking over what has changed in the last week or so, the only thing I could think of was I finally updated my browser plugin from Flash 9 to Flash 10. Some searching brought me to this post which appears to confirm that Flash 10 is incompatible with WordPress v 2.6 (which we run). The support post was made almost a year ago which REALLY seems to indicate I don’t update my plugins very often….
When we move to WordPress 2.7 the Flash Uploader will work happily once again.
Those of you using Internet Explorer have probably been driven quite mad by all of the security popup windows that you have to click through every time you change screens. The reason for the popups is that we make all connections pass through a secure connection (https). However some of the content on the pages is loaded via standard http. Internet Explorer warns you every time you open a page with mixed content. Firefox doesn’t seem to care.
We will eventually have all the page content load via https, but for now if the security warnings are driving you crazy when you use Internet Explorer, go to Tools–>Internet Options. Click on the Security tab and click on the Custom Level button. You’re looking for an option to Display mixed content. The options are Disable, Enable or Prompt. Select Enable and save your new settings.
One Blogs@EduTech feature that has been requested a handful of times is allowing a person to post their tweets (Twitter postings) to their Blogs@EduTech blog. Some also want their Blogs@EduTech blog posts to automatically get sent out as tweets.
These are both great ideas. I have found a host plugins that provide this functionality to WordPress and have toyed around with several of them on our testing platform. Here’s what I’ve found so far: Continue reading
This is so cool. Today we really opened some doors for our Blogs@EduTech service!
It will be possible to post from lots of 3rd party tools such as Word 2007, Windows LiveWriter, WordPress App from iTunes, Alfresco, etc…. It’s been a fun day just seeing the walls come down on so many things.
I’m also testing Twitter integration now. That one makes me kind of afraid since I don’t know if it will anger school districts to have a way for students to tweet using their EduTech blogs. I’m hoping for some feedback.