One of the interesting aspects of transforming a class to focus on the latest technological innovations is that the technology has glitches–bugs–that need to be resolved. In the Victorian period the Luddites actually tired to stop innovation (i.e., the mechanization that became the Industrial Revolution) by throwing wrenches and other “stuff” into the gears of machines. Those wrenches were eventually called “monkey wrenches.” And we would call that today industrial terrorism. The computer “bug,” some accounts record, is named after a lone bug that invaded some computer hardware and created problems.
Where’s all this going? Well, this is a blog post, remember, so let’s see: the unveiling of the English 305 Portfolio did not evade the proverbial monkey wrench or bug. I invited Jaena Manson and Emma Riehl, who created WordPress portfolios of their English 305 hard-copy portfolios, to conduct an introductory workshop of WordPress. They both know much more than I do about the workings of WordPress.
What could go wrong? Not much, except that no student could log into his or her WordPress site at the beginning of class!. Thankfully Casey Gates of Informational Technolgy was in in his office, so he came to our rescue. The reason for the log-in issue? It seems some “switch” in WordPress needed to be reset for each student. Once that was done, each student could log into his or her WordPress site . . . and I think we accomplished what we needed to do for the first introduction to the new English 305 electronic portfolio.
Let the transformation begin!