Technology Challenges

Posted by Paige on July 21, 2009 in Rants |

If you have visited my site in the last few days you may have noticed a couple of things: 1. no new posts and 2. odd & continual design changes, or perhaps 3. you weren’t even able to access the site. If any of the those sounds right, I apologize.

1. No new posts: I am the kind of teacher that “saves” everything up for summer. During the school year there just isn’t time to start new things, or take on big projects. Summer is it. Jim Burke mentioned in one of his blogs about the misconception that teachers are just lounging around by the pool all summer. Right. Well, I have been “lounging” in front of my computer since we finished school. Literally! Not only did I take on the challenge of hosting and setting-up this website, then last week I decided I wanted to do the same for my class website, Lahaise’s Lair. So for the past 5 days I have been focused on setting it up, transferring everything over from our old site, and general styling. It has been challenging.

2. At some point yesterday things started clicking with Lahaise’s Lair. Everything was working, things were lining up. It was a beautiful thing! I breathed a sigh of relief and told my husband I was ready to go, let’s make it live. That’s when things got weird. Running everything off a home server…yep it’s a learning experience for me.

Well, while he was working on that I thought I would do some style changes here, at Paige’s Prose. I am a very picky person and have not been able to find the “perfect” style to suit me and what I want to do here. Gosh does style really matter? No, it’s about the information. I know that, but I just couldn’t help myself. You’ve heard a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, right? It is so true. Because of all this I now have “a little CSS & HTML coding” knowledge. Just enough to get me in trouble. So I tried some different themes, started tweaking elements, and started breaking things. Agh! It was scary.

The upshot is I had to sit down and think of all the elements that reflect me and my blogging goals. I think the current design expresses me nicely. Although there are still things that aren’t “perfect”. However this time I went to the source for help instead of wasting my time breaking code. LOL.

3. This one is pretty obvious. At a few points my husband had to take this site down because of getting the other site going.

At this point everything is running nicely (surely not to last) and maybe I will go out and lounge by the pool with my iPhone

After a long month of sitting at my computer it seems like I am at the conclusion of the challenging part, so here’s the bottom line…

I think every teacher should have a website, or two really. One certainly for the students, like my Lahaise’s Lair, and maybe one just for them. My advice though: use a free service like PBWorks for a class wiki and WordPress.com for your own site. Life will be much simpler for you!

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