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If you're just discovering Pressible, or have some questions you'd like to have answered by the team, we are hosting a Workshop series (Tuesday, September 7th, and Wednesday September 15th) at 4:00pm in the Second Floor Collaboration Space.   We are holding office hours right this very minute 2nd Floor Collaboration space, and will be here next thursday from 3 - 5pm as well.   Come by and say hello!
The Question The Pressible Team has been asked why Pressible doesn't allow for more Page-creation options. For example, the following issues have been raised by a Pressible User (who is an author and also a site administrator): Information in Posts get buried beneath other Posts A Post doesn't feel like a "landing page" A Page could be visible on the header, then deactivated so it was hidden. Analysis: The author is looking for a special way to put content on the web. O...
The journey to create better authoring tools for Pressible, that is. I am currently working on a Wordpress plugin codenamed Rec Tags Redux. It's top-secret official name will be unveiled at release. The purpose of this plugin is ultimately to modify the "Post Tags" box in the "New Post" page so that it recommends tags for your post based on a) the actual content of the post and b) the existing tags in your Wordpress database (if they appear in your post). In the long run, this may encourage people to use tags more often (and more correctly) since many Pressible users are unfortunately ob...
We received the following request: Would it be possible to add the following WordPress plugin to pressible? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-latex As Pressible grows we anticipate requests for WordPress plugins to increase. This post will illustrate some of the steps we take to evaluate if a plugin makes sense and is worth supporting network wide. First we asked ourselves what is WP LaTeX and what can it do? This plugin integrates the LaTeX markup and formatting system into WordP...
We pushed new code over the weekend, and now it's official: Pressible 1.0 is here! There are a lot of things we're excited about, but most notably: Twitter integration. Pressible will tweet for you when you publish a new post. Header makeover. Each Pressible site now allows for uploading a header image. Currently a default mask determines how the image is displayed, but look for additional options in the near future. Pressible.org makeover. The root site now features notable posts from across the network....
We are well into the launch event for Pressible, and I am currently watching Gus Andrews give a talk on the Media Show. Three prongs of the case study: Student oriented - production of MS as a means of teaching video production Teacher oriented - MS as a media literacy teaching tool Anyone oriented - MS as a ...
I'm very excited about our upcoming community launch event for Pressible. After four months of supporting the beta version, and six months of development, we are committing to a stable feature-set. We're going to call this version of Pressible our "1.0" (and adjust some of our past descriptions accordingly). We haven't finished building Pressible – there are many more aspects of this publishing network that we've imagined – but we do want to begin a serious effort of learning from users' experiences. That's what we'll be up to this summer. Stay tuned! From the library news item here: Pressible is a free, online publishing service supported by EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University. On Tuesday, June 1st, library staff will host an all-day event at the library to introduce patrons to this new service. With Pressible, you can create personal or multi-author sites. Sites can be used for a range of purposes, including personal blogging, group blogging, and other kinds of outreach. Pressible organizes content automatically, so you can focus on your ideas. Every site is part of the Pressible network – a constellation of sites with a focus on education. Pressible helps you circulate and repost content from within the network, increasing your site traffic. And as the network grows, so does your site’s web presence. How do you start? All you need is a Teachers College or Columbia University email address. Go to pressible.org, enter a domain name and title, and click “Create Site.” In-person support is available at the Gottesman Libraries. June 1st Activities: 10am: Doors open. Library staff will help you join Pressible, or help you better understand the options available. Second floor publishing exhibitions showcase current academic publishing by the TC community. 12-1:30pm: Seminar Lunch. Gus Andrews will present on using Pressible to publish a teaching case study on her media literacy project, The Media Show. 2-4pm: Discussions at the Publishing Bar. Topics: How to Use Pressible (2pm), Putting Your Ideas Online (2:30pm), Publishing from a Publisher's Perspective (3pm), Producing and Publishing Video (3:30pm) 4-6pm: Learn more! Pressible early adopters tell their stories; Q&A with the Pressible Development Team Live music throughout the day! Where: Second Floor Collaboration Space / Publishing Bar When: 10am - 6pm
We are a mere 13 days from the official launch of Pressible 1.0 on June 1st! To get the rest of the Lab geared up for what we've begun calling "The Summer of Pressible," we're presenting at the weekly EdLab Lunchtime Seminar outlining our ideas, our features, and our hopes for the summer. The Lab's director Gary Natriello, Brian, and Patrick will each lead part of the discussion. I'm hoping that we'll get some good questions and feedback from the audience--and some enthusiasm too! Commencing live-posting of the event in the threaded comments below!
"Outreach" is an abused term: overused, exploited, and misunderstood. The idea that there is one type of outreach, or a single method for a single product, is obviously absurd. But from politician's "community outreach efforts" to those of big corporations "giving back through outreach," it becomes clear that genuine human interaction is the key to a successful connection, whether deemed an "outreach effort" or not. As the rest of the team and I have begun to talk to people about Pressible, it is clear that we all have our own methods and strategies when it comes to explaining what we're bu...