🔖 PressForward in the classroom

Bookmarked PressForward in the classroom (pressforward.org)
Do you want to work with students to publish class assignments or research? Instructors use PressForward in the classroom to consolidate and review student assignments, help students learn to survey their fields, and create opportunities for collaboration, communication, and research. The Lewis & Clark College Environmental Studies Program produces Environment Across Boundaries, a student-led publication that cultivates interdisciplinary perspectives on environmental issues. Participation gives students an opportunity to engage with their discipline through experiential, project based learning. They develop skills both in their field and with a suite of digital tools.
An interesting use case for PressForward: creating a "planet" website to aggregate and/or showcase work of students in an entire classroom who are all posting content to their own separate web spaces. Sketch idea: create a standalone WordPress site for a course, install the PressForward plugin, input the RSS feeds for students' websites to aggregate…

👓 Announcing PressForward 5.0! | PressForward

Read Announcing PressForward 5.0! by Laura Crossley and Amanda Regan (PressForward)

👓 Using Custom Fields with PressForward and WordPress | PressForward

Read Using Custom Fields with PressForward and WordPress by Amanda Regan
One of the questions that the PressForward team gets repeatedly is how publications can use custom fields to automatically print data about a post once it is published. Publications often wish to display a generic name, such as “The Editors,” on a post rather than the name of the user who published the post. On Digital Humanities Now we use custom fields to store the names of our Editors-at-Large for the week a piece is featured as well as the name of the Editor-in-Chief for that week.

Transitioning from Pocket to PressForward

I've recently been attempting to own all of my online bookmarks and online articles I'd like to read to replace services like Pocket and Instapaper. While I feel like I'm almost there using PressForward, there are still one or two rough edges. One of them is creating a simple mobile workflow to take headlines from Twitter…

PressForward and Hypothes.is Work Great Together

I've just noticed that the metadata PressForward scrapes is enough to allow highlights and marginalia from Hypothes.is on the original web page to also appear in my copy on my own website! How awesome is that? Example: http://boffosocko.com/2017/01/19/obamas-secret-to-surviving-the-white-house-years-books-the-new-york-times/ #ownallthethings

PressForward as an IndieWeb WordPress-based RSS Feed Reader & Pocket/Instapaper Replacement

As many know, for the past 6 months or so, I've been slowly improving some of the IndieWeb tools and workflow I use to own what I'm reading both online and in physical print as well as status updates indicating those things. [1][2][3] Since just before IndieWebCamp LA, I've been working on better ways to…
Replied to Feed WordPress 101: Feeding The Machine by Alan LevineAlan Levine (CogDogBlog)
If you are just syndicating a few feeds into your own site, or maybe for a single class of students, it’s not much work to manually add the feeds. Collecting them can be as simple as asking students to email you the address for their blog, or collecting them via something like a Google Form. Many of us dream of a single one button solution, but my experience in creating at least half a dozen of these sites are is… feeds can be messy.
Alan, this series is great. Coincidentally I came across it courtesy of Greg McVerry (#) after having spent some time over the past few days discussing feed discovery with David Shanske who recently wrote a small WordPress plugin for helping to uncover RSS feeds for tags and categories. Today he wrote some broader thoughts about…

How to follow the complete output of journalists and other writers?

In a digital era with a seemingly ever-decreasing number of larger news outlets paying journalists and other writers for their work, the number of working writers who find themselves working for one or more outlets is rapidly increasing.  This is sure to leave journalists wondering how to better serve their own personal brand either when…

Domains, power, the commons, credit, SEO, and some code implications

How to provide better credit on the web using the standard rel=“canonical” by looking at an example from the Open Learner Patchbook A couple of weeks back, I noticed and began following Cassie Nooyen when I became aware of her at the Domains 2019 conference which I followed fairly closely online. She was a presenter…

Reply to Taylor Jadin about planet functionality for education

Replied to a tweet by Taylor JadinTaylor Jadin (Twitter)
It was a pretty productive Open Domains Lab for me. Got my sort "funnel" site set somewhat set up using FeedWordpress. http://taylor.jadin.me/
I'm curious to hear your thoughts after using it. It sounds like it has a lot of functionality overlap with Press Forward (for WordPress). Planet-like functionality is commonly requested in the education and technology space. Are there others? Stephen Downes' gRSShopper perhaps?    

👓 A quick introduction to Blogmesh | Blogmesh

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Blogmesh aims to make blogging more social, and in doing so create an alternative for existing social networks. The main idea is to connect existing blogs in a way that resembles other social networks, like Twitter. Simply follow your friends and see a timeline of their updates.

Because blogs are usually self-hosted, this means Blogmesh has the potential to become a decentralized network that belongs to its users, and where every user owns their own content.

Blogmesh uses existing, well-established standards like RSS. This means that many existing sites are already Blogmesh-ready.

I ran across a reference to Blogmesh this morning via the Twitter hashtag for #IndieWeb. (hat tip to @Bjorn_W) Hi @simonw remember blogmesh? my friend @roytanck behind blogmesh made this https://t.co/wMPe5tQpVC to show how to re-blog. This proof-of-concept uses WordPress. It's super easy to re-create the social aspects of walled garden social media with RSS…

Reply to Ian O’Bryne on annotations

Replied to a tweet by William Ian O'ByrneWilliam Ian O'Byrne (Twitter)
Ian, thanks for putting together all of these examples. I think my preference is for option three which provides the most context and seems easiest to read and understand. I like the way you've incorporated the blue arrow, which makes semantic sense as well. I'm sure I've seen other versions, but Jon Udell has at…

Reply to Dan Cohen tweet

Replied to a tweet by Dan CohenDan Cohen (Twitter)
Dan, There are a lot of moving pieces in your question and a variety of ways to implement them depending on your needs and particular website set up. Fortunately there are lots of educators playing around in these spaces already who are experimenting with various means and methods as well as some of their short…

Organizing my research related reading

There's so much great material out there to read and not nearly enough time. The question becomes: "How to best organize it all, so you can read even more?" I just came across a tweet from Michael Nielsen about the topic, which is far deeper than even a few tweets could do justice to, so…

IndieWeb Collection

Over the past several years I've written a broad number of pieces about the IndieWeb. I find that many people are now actively searching for, reading, and implementing various versions of what I've done, particularly on the WordPress Platform. Because of some discussions at IndieWebCamp Baltimore, work I'm doing on my related book, interactions with…