Testing color and grayscale image hover options

bakelite switches by garycycles

bakelite switches by garycycles CC-BY

Testing out the image hover options with this post, and wondering if it works strictly with images via the media library, or embedded photos as well.

I was visiting a few sites recently (Michelle Pacansky-Brock‘s in particular) and noticed the neat image hover options. I’m fond of black and white photos, but also like to have some color interspersed throughout my site.

After some online searching, I came across this helpful article that talked about how to use CSS styling, and combined with some plugin advice, I am ready to test it out…


Take 2…downloaded image to media library instead. And success! Now to figure out about that gray rectangular box across the top of the post…

Information flow: Ins and outs of Thing 4


Digital security is the topic of Thing 4 in the 23 Things course. Our activities included running through a scan of the permissions that the apps on our phones and/or devices use to see if any surprising info turned up. I went through a few of my phone’s apps and none of the settings stood out as unusual: I typically look at them prior to making the decision as to whether or not to use a particular service. Although it made me wonder what and why exactly each app needed access to particular components of the phone. I went through my Facebook settings and revoked privileges to a small handful of other platforms.

There was also a bonus activity that called for creating an about me page. Good timing as this is part of the digital presence revamp I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now. My own About page is very short, and doesn’t give much of a picture of what I do, etc. I bookmarked 99U’s post that discussed how to write an ‘About Me’ page. It has some exercises and examples for inspiration. Before I move on to the next Thing, I plan to update the page.

At first, I was a bit puzzled as to how the two activities linked together. It was not until I was ready to schedule this post and looked again at the fence image in the header that it started to sink in for me. Digital security and crafting the story about your online identity/es are about controlling access. Is it always appropriate to openly share all aspects of your life all the time? Probably not. Thinking back to the previous Thing, part of your digital footprint entails making intentional choices about how and why you are using particular services, including the types of information that you post.

Digital identity or digital presence?

Number 23 with colorful blocks

Source: 23Things course image

One of the big items I have had on my to-do list for too long has been to take a serious look at my digital spaces and outposts around the web. While I had great intentions of using the #indieweb POSSE method and related tools, in reality they are a bit tricky to use on a consistent basis for those of us who don’t have a deep and broad knowledge of the admin side of various systems.

Over the course of the next few months, from now until early December, I’ll be taking part in a UK-based course entitled 23 Things. The course is divided into small chunks that will introduce us participants to a range of digital tools for personal and professional development in various areas of our lives whether that’s as academics, researchers, students, etc.

I’m planning to use each of the Things to take a deeper look at my digital presence with the goal of gradually re-evaluating and redesigning it. I’m particularly inspired by Laura Gogia’s thoughtful work in this area: if you are not familiar with her, pop over to her blog and website and prepare to be amazed. I spent several enjoyable hours last Sunday reading about Connected Courses, Collaborative Curiosity, and the dissertation that resulted from those (and other) courses.



I’m in the process of setting up TAGS as a personal archive of my tweets. I currently send them out via either my personal website or a Known site, so I can keep track of them on the front end so to speak. However, it does not seem that either of those options provide a easy way to corral them from a data analysis perspective. Eventually, I’d like to see about merging my Twitter archive with the TAGS sheet to see about visualization options.

Syndicating this post to Twitter, and then hopefully it will appear on the newly-created archive…


@vconnecting and #dlrn15: session archives

Video tape archive storage

Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (right?) when I came across AK’s recap of Virtually Connecting videos, that prompted me to follow suit. (Thanks for the idea, AK!)

Digital Learning Research Network: Oct 2015

Session: Indie EdTech: Impact, Relevance, and Growth of the Reclaim Movement with Jim Groom and Adam Croom

This time, I was a virtual participant. If you’d like to find out how to join in the conversation at upcoming conferences, check out the list of events via Virtually Connecting.

@vconnecting and #opened15: session archives

archive studies

Open Education Conference: Nov 2015

Participants: Jen Ross, Amy Collier, Viv Rolfe, Laura Gogia, Mandy Honeyman, and many others in the hangout (Popular session!)

This time, I was an onsite conference attendee (in the room, but slightly off camera). If you’d like to find out how to join in the conversation at upcoming conferences, check out the list of events via Virtually Connecting.

@vconnecting and #dlrn15: session archives, Round 2

Archive (album jacket)

Digital Learning Research Network: Oct 2015

Session: breakout discussion with Bonnie Stewart

This time, I was a virtual buddy. If you’d like to find out how to join in the conversation at upcoming conferences, check out the list of events via Virtually Connecting.

Webmaker training and #netneutrality

Next week kicks off the start of a new round of Mozilla Webmaker training. It’s set up as four one-week long modules in which participants will explore, build, facilitate, and connect with various aspects of the web. And, it will be fun! It’s all about making and remixing stuff in a low-stakes, low-key environment, with friendly and helpful people that can lend a hand if/when needed.

On a deeper level, this training is important as it prompts us to question why we value the web, and gives us the tools to do something with and about it. If we choose to do so. I’m looking forward to the first week’s discussions about the open web, connected learning, and ownership and authority. Learning more about how the web works is a component of digital literacy. Head over to the sign up page if you want to join in!

Thanks to Mariana Funes, I came across Vi Hart’s explanation of what Net Neutrality is all about and why it matters to each of us, whether we realize it or not. Best line from her video: “You’re paying your ISP to deliver the content you choose.” That sums up the crux of the debate for me. Her description of common carriers (around the 7-min mark) seems to resonate a bit with the idea of the internet as a utility.

She also has an extensive listing of resources, and contacts for FCC & legislative representatives. Harness the power of the web to ensure your opinion about how the internet is governed reaches your elected officials.