Sunday, April 26, 2009

We're going from pink to green!

Since my last post I approached the steering committee for the British Columbia Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) with the idea of transforming this blog into a shared space where community members can continue to build on Kate's amazing resource. The response was YES! Let's do it!

We've sketched out our next steps (and questions):
  1. Brand the blog as our own with the ETUG logo / colours / URL
  2. Invite ETUG members to take on an editing role for a period of time
  3. In keeping with the PinkFlamingo tradition, continue to maintain this blog as a "resource site"
  4. Keep PinkFlamingo's Resource Site as an archive
  5. Decide if we should leave the blog at blogspot or move to another platform
  6. Showcase the blog contributors. For example in ETUG News , in the community, through twitter / at the Learn Together Collaboratory, at the annual fall and spring workshops
A couple questions have come up (expect more!):
  • Should we invite blog editors as a term commitment -- say for one month, or one year? Or should we simply invite anyone who wishes to contribute? (Think motivation here, and best ways to ensure the blog remains active.)
  • What are some ways we can make it easy for ETUG members to contribute as part of their work flow?
What are your thoughts?

Meanwhile, as we work on the details I'll make this my home base for posting resources and get started on changing settings, colour scheme, and all that. Kate has been a huge help behind the scenes!

6 comments:

Kate Britt said...

I'm liking the idea of going green. Seems a popular color these days, LOL.

Question: Term blog editors or anybody-contributors?
My suggestion: Both! Something like a 1-month term, minimum # of posts from blog editor (eg: 1 per week). PLUS add "authors" status for anybody else who'd like to contribute. (blogger.com has a max of 100 per blog, so maybe after that max is reached, have a competition for authorship, maybe annually)

Make it easy to contribute? I quickie video tutorial about how to use the Google toolbar to add quick posts. I've used that method for years. All authors could then have that button available in their browser. (If you want, I could post an illustrative video?)

Sylvia Currie said...

@Kate Hey, now that's a good solution...just do both!

A quickie video tutorial would be great. I haven't used Google toolbar to post, but I'm checking it out now! As always, good tips and idea :-)

Newman said...

Three Cheers for Kate Britt!

Thanks so much for so many wonderful links and insights. I'm glad the tradition will continue and I look forward to what happens next.

- Newman

Sylvia Currie said...

@Newman Three cheers indeed! :-) We're making the transition gradually...but we're getting there!

Leva Lee said...

Things are looking good! Will check out the Google toolbar when I get a chance.

Leva Lee said...

Checking it out and things are looking good.
What a great resource to build on!

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