Enhancing Posts with Vialogues

A number of Pressible users have added video content to their blogs via Youtube embedding, but when it comes to encouraging meaningful discussion around video, the Youtube comments field often quickly devolves into nothing that could be considered academic. We're not saying it's impossible to have a productive dialogue on Youtube, but Youtube comments also aren't referred to as "the worst of humanity" for nothing. Vialogues, a video tool by TC's Edlab, aims to provide a space where viewers can watch and participate in a thoughtful and productive time-stamped discussion around a video. You don't have to create content to …

Towards Open Access Scholarship

Those who have been following the open access movement will be pleased to hear that a major step forward has been made at one of our most elite (and well-endowed) universities in the United States. Just last week, the Harvard Library Faculty Advisory Council released a memorandum stating that the current cost of journal subscriptions is unsustainable for the future. The main thrust of the memo is a push for open access. The Council calls upon faculty to publish their scholarship in open access outlets and encourage their peers to do so as well. What is open access? I'm glad …

Newsweek making itself new

When I think of Newsweek Magazine, I think of a dull, conservative, mainstream mag that was perhaps relevant at some point in the 1980’s. This could explain why I didn’t notice that Newsweek had become hip--or at least the blog arm of Newsweek did--until a few days ago.  Newsweek upped its image when it started using Tumblr a few years ago, a move other mainstream magazines are replicating.  Click on the Newsweek Tumblr and you’ll notice a surprisingly (to me) snarky left-hand sidebar, replete with witty self-referential comments like, “Or hey, visit Newsweek on the web! If you click …

Flack Blog

After This American Life's recent retraction of Mike Daisey's monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, we’ve been talking about the morals and merits of faux nonfiction. I read Life of Pi in high school and felt slightly betrayed when I realized it was not actually a true story. For those not familiar, the book contains an author's introduction to "verbatim transcripts" of "interviews" with the book's protagonist, Pi  (I was pretty embarrassed that I had not realized that when I picked it out from Barnes & Noble's fiction section). Some "memoirs" have taken liberties that were less …

Taking it into their own hands online . . . a guide

Who else is making a professional go of it on the internet? As we've discussed many times here at Pressible, blogging has become an increasingly viable option for professional communication. Here is a blog roll of some of the people we here at Pressible follow on a variety of subjects. Wil Wheaton - I'm starting with the nerdiest example to be true to the history of the internet. He started out as an actor, sure you could say Stand By Me is why people remember him, but honestly, he'll always be Wesley Crusher to me. Louis CK - recently he took on …

The SOPA/PIPA Blackout . . . a Guide

Tomorrow a major action against SOPA and PIPA will be happening all over the internet. This continues a long standing fight against internet censorship. Blackout your own site (read this first) Who is participating in the blackout: (click through for official statement) Reddit: They led the charge with the blackout Wikipedia: so dust off your old Britanicas, learn to evaluate About.Com articles, figure out your librarian's e-mail address, or take it offline tonight Wordpress Imgur The IcanHazCheezburger Network There's a full list here if you scroll down Non-Blackout Action: Yahoo quits the US Chamber of Commerce in 2011 over …

2011 Pressible Stats via Google Analytics

2011 was a year of great growth for our young friend Pressible. I'm going to show you some of our networks stats and use that to show you some of the cool stuff google analytics can find out about your site. We had 148,576 Visits from 109,124 Unique Visitors. About 72% of our visitor's were new, with 27% returning visitors. The top five countries of origin for our visitors are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, and India. The number one browser used to access was Firefox, followed by Microsoft Internet Explorer. All of that is pretty straightforward, the part that …

Best of 2011 – The Voice

The voice isn't new or anything, but I think it's worthwhile to put on this Best of Pressible list every year. It's great. Watching an author explain their study, findings and papers is such an approachable way to stay up to date on all the newest events in a field. as an aside: the video team that does the voice also worked on this wonderful video about the Strage Prize Winner Christopher Emdin, more on that here.

Best of 2011- L@L’s Meet the Staff

All of the features on the Learning at the Library site are enjoyable, but we find the Meet the Staff to be particularly enjoyable. If you've ever wondered what the library staff are like, their favorite meals some of the weird jobs they've had over the years, Meet the Staff is ideal. Here are some highlights: "Song you love no matter how many times you hear it: You might laugh, but I like “Stay” by Lisa Loeb exactly the same amount every time I hear it. It’s a perfect song; it’s quiet and loud, it’s sentimental and practical, it has …

Best of 2011 – Archival Revival

As this year comes to a close, here are our favorite new additions to the Pressible family, the first addition we've loved having this year is the lantern slide collection being explored over at Archival Revival. Click through to see some of our favorite images.

@Pressible on Twitter

As you guys know, you can easily connect your twitter account to your Pressible site to let your twitter followers know what you're writing about. The network itself also has a twitter. We tweet all the things that show up on our front page, including the Events and Announcements and TC Community sites. We'd like to follow you! @ us and we'll follow you

What IS pressible?

Hello and Welcome to Pressible. If this is your first time joining us, find below some general info and FAQ about our site. The blog is the Team blog where we'll explain some of the quirkier elements of contributing content to the Network and the internet at large, as well as feature some of the cool things going on within Pressible, and in the college at large.  If you look through this blog, you'll find a bunch of tips and tricks on Pressible. If you look below this post on the front page you'll see the TC Family where we …

Back to School, what’s Pressible all About?

Well, another Fall at Teachers College begins. There are few people who can doubt the magic of this time of year, new pencils, fresh notebooks. The Pressible team would like to invite you back to school, and also explain a little bit about Pressible. Developed in theEdLab, part of the Gottesman Library (they have a Pressible too!), Pressible is a network of blog like sites which helps it's users interact with each other's content, along with making it really easy to build and develop a professional online presence. If you're setting up a pressible for the very first time, …

Cheat of the Week: Embedding images that are not already online

One of the biggest problems on the internet is run away images. People link, and link, and embed and suddenly there's an Image without no attribution or source. If your a photographer, this can be a problem professionally. As a researcher as well, suddenly there is no way to verify the context or reliability of the image. You can use your pressible site to host images, as well as to copy code to embed them into comments and other mediums that allow for embedding. Each image you upload to Pressible will be assigned a URL, using that, or another URL …

Welcome Yonkers Parents United.

We at the Pressbile base camp got a great e-mail from the newest group using Pressible for it's newest use.  Welcome to Yonkers Parents United By their own definition: We are parents of diverse identities and affiliations. What unites us is our desire to create a better Yonkers for the children of our community. We understand that what is best for them is also best for the future of Yonkers. Our children are our community’s future. Therefore, we work not only to save our city’s education programs, but to strengthen them. We are Yonkers Parents United This is our first politically …

Pressible at SLOAN-C: Emerging Technologies for Online Learning 2011

Last week Patrick and I flew out to San Jose to present Pressible and the idea of Small 'p' publishing to the lovely crowd at the 2011 et4ol (if you're interested in some of the in the moment responses, search #et4ol2011 on twitter). We were joined in San Fran by our colleagues on the Vialogues team. Their presentation was a hit with standing room only and many interesting questions. The Pressible presentation received quite a few excellent questions from our audience members. We were excited to meet people interested in the evolution of publishing and the development of supportive tools. …

what are your commenting habits?

As you know from our previous posting about our User Studies and the Evolution of Sites, the Pressible team is always snooping around Pressible looking at the new and interesting ways this network and it's tools are being used. The most recent focus has been on comments. Let me just say, Keep up the good work! Here are some tips we've found in reading up on commenting: If you respond to people's comments on your blog, you are likely to get more comments. A recent study (Ali-Hasan-2 et al., 2007) shows a positive correlation between Commenting is inconsistent (even in …

Article: Beyond Peer Reviewed Articles…

One of the things I found so striking about the article "Beyond Peer-Reviewed Articles: Using Blogs to Enrich Students’ Understanding of Scholarly Work" was how closely the descriptions of the usefulness of blogs in Information literacy instruction reflected our own goals and impressions of what Pressible might offer. This article discusses at length how scholarly communication online can be an invaluable tool in explaining the process and importance of peer reviewed articles in research and academic life. Referred to as the "Participatory web" in this article, the participation allows students to put the work into a real context. Also with academic …

Creativity, Play, and the Imagination

Starting on Thursday, May 26th, Teachers College will be host to the Creativity, Play, and the Imagination conference. Conference participants have already begun publishing to a Pressible site to share ideas before, during, and after the conference. Cool! From the conference site: In the spirit of Creativity, Play, and the Imagination, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together educators, artists, scholars, and game-makers from all disciplines to reflect on and experience creativity as a central site for learning and everyday living. By providing a space for participants to come together and share creative practices, processes, and products, the conference aims …

another week, another new use for pressible

when we first set about creating pressible we had an idea (and a hope) that new and creative uses would be found for this simple tool. We couldn't possibly have imagined it being used for such a warm hearted send off. The posts in this site include memories shared with Professor McClintock, as well as work created for some of his classes.