Archive for April, 2011
This has been a request for quite sometime. It took me a while to wrap my head around how to embed it into the existing structure.
Well, its done, and thank you all for asking. Now you can add other teachers to your class!!
Better yet, you could create a new class, add another teacher, and collaboratively add your students.
I hope to try this with a colleague. I will be making four classes of five students and will add her as a teacher to each class. She can then add her five students to each of my four classes giving us cross classroom groupings!! You could even go across the globe!
Simple yet powerful collaboration!!
Perhaps your school uses twiducate. Now you can have all teachers of that school inside the same network sharing resources, etc.
The possibilities are endless…..
I do believe this feature has vaulted twiducate into the collaborative direction I had initially planned! Please share!
Well, it has been a while since I have posted. Twiducate has exploded in terms of daily traffic. So much so I am looking at a second upgrade (first being a month ago).
Many, like myself, have encountered severe slowness on twiducate throughout regular school hours and my inbox has certainly filled with complaints. I just want to make a few things clear:
1) I am also a teacher
2) I am the sole individual behind this tool, there is no business team, just me and my Acer (I neglect family to troubleshoot emails and debug code on weekends)
3) I pay for the hosting and domain out of my own pocket – See #1
4) twiducate has not generated revenue (until this week – see below)
5) This site started as a fun experiment after a discussion I had with my former students.
I cannot stress enough the frustrations I am also experiencing with twiducate. However, I am proud of the excess of traffic and have explored hosting options. Clearly there is value in Ed 2.0.
Currently twiducate resides on a shared server. This means resources are shared with other websites. As traffic is usually greater throughout North American business days, we all experience slowness. In order to increase speed, I must purchase a dedicated server and move the site over. This will triple my monthly costs. See #1 above.
This past week I implemented security captchas from Solve Media. Not only do they increase security by reducing spam and bot access, but they provide minimal revenue based on US traffic. Remember, I am Canadian and so is the majority of traffic (#2 US, #3 being from Spain).
It is not appropriate to embed Google ads or adbrite into our twiducate sites. Many of our students are young (some in kindergarten!!) and ads based on keywords will not suffice in public educational systems. I figured the login ads were the best option….A little confusing at first, but a necessity now.
After my jaw dropping phone call to my hosting prover regarding upgrade costs, I decided to write this post. I am very interested in your comments.
I am happy to remove the login captchas but MUST have an alternative as I can no longer afford these monthly costs. You can help by purchasing some gear on our cafe press store!!
Please share this with everyone you know who uses twiducate.