WordPress on the iPad

I use WordPress for this blog because it offers a number of great features and the basic service is free. 
Early in the life of the iPad, WordPress was a mess–both trying to use the “editing” portion of the site on the iPad (versus a “traditional” computer) and the iOS app. 
This past weekend, I had the pleasure to be in Ames, Iowa, for the 2011 IMEA Professional Development Conference. I attended a few sessions, and wanted to add links to my blog/Wordpress site. In the old days, this would have required the use of a “traditional” computer, as the iOS WordPress app wouldn’t allow the editing of links, and the web interface didn’t work, either. 
On a related note, I’m not a huge fan of the “magazine” style of browsing WordPress sites on an iPad, but I think some people might like viewing the site in that manner, and thus I leave that feature turned on. I may turn that off some day. 
At any rate, as I wanted to add some links while I was in Iowa, I decided to log on to WordPress on my iPad and was blown away–the entire editing site works from the iPad. Flawlessly. 
If you want to start a WordPress page, and all you have is an iPad with no other apps, you can do that. 
There are still benefits to using some of the second-hand blogging apps, such as Blogsy, which I am using to type this post. In general, Blogsy just makes some aspects of blogging (on a number of services, not just WordPress) easier…and Blogsy just released a new version with a number of new features. Pictures are also much easier to use on Blogsy than on the “standard” WordPress site, especially since the web app cannot tap into your photos directory on your iPad. Another bonus for Blogsy is that the developers of the app have also created a number of “how to” videos–which are fantastic for people just learning how to use the app for the first time. 
As a final note, the techinmusiced blog remains free–any ads (save the ad for my book) are added by WordPress to help fund their “free blog” efforts. None of the revenue from those ads goes back to this blog. Originally, ads were more present when viewing WordPress on an iOS device–but I’ve consistently seen more ads even on a “traditional” computer browser.

Another site to read: Music Education Magic

I presented a session at the IMEA 2011 Professional Development Conference yesterday. The presider of the session was Chad Criswell, head of technology for the IMEA, freelance education writer and columnist, and author of several recurring articles for publications including technology articles for NAfME’s Teaching Music, including an article on the iPad last year. We had a brief chance to talk after the session. He mentioned that he is working on some iOS apps.

Mr. Criswell offers a blog on music education–much of the focus on technology. He also links to articles written by other authors…overall, it is an attractive and useful blog that will be added to my RSS feed in the next few minutes.

A link appears at the bottom of this page or can be accessed here.

Web 2.0 Tools in the Music Classroom

I just attended a session at thr IMEA 2011 Music Education Professional Development Conference entitled “Web 2.0 Tools in the Music Classroom,” presented by Liz Fritz, a middle school music teacher in Decorah, Iowa. She also holds professional development classes and offers an online course, too.

The session included a lot of tools for interactive classrooms. An interesting tidbit was that up to 25% of Iowa schools have 1-to-1 technology initiatives. I believe that most of those initiatives are notebook-based.

Ms. Fritz’s website can be found here.

See you in Iowa!

On Saturday, November 19th, I will be presenting a session on “iPads in Music Education” at the 2011 IMEA Professional Development Conference. The session will be from 3:00-3:50pm in the Scheman Building on the campus of Iowa State University.

I’m in the process of packing up all of my portable technology for the presentation, and I’ll be heading down to Iowa (from Minnesota) tomorrow. Many thanks to the IMEA for sponsoring my presentation (they are graciously covering the cost of gas as well as housing while I am there).

I created a very basic sheet of notes for my presentation on Noteshelf, choosing to go low-tech and high-tech all at the same time. The handout is attached as a link at the end of this post.

If you are attending the conference, I look forward to working with you.

IMEA Notes