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Share it!

A great post by Seth Godin, “Did you publish?

They (whoever ‘they’ is) made it easy for you to raise your hand. They made it easy for you to put your words online, your song in the cloud, your building designs, business plans and videos out in the world. They made it easy for you to be generous, to connect, and to lead.

Did you?

Maybe today’s the day.


The world is filled with people who feel that what they do is not good enough to share… It is!

Why I Blog. Why blog with students?

Sharing and Building Upon by Silvia Tolisano

Sharing: The Moral Imperative by Dean Shareski

another reason to share… by George Couros

One link and a handful of sentences is all I’m sharing that is my own work here. I’m just hoping that I add value to a bigger conversation. The rest, above, is from a network of people that share openly, thoughtfully, and have gotten better at it from regular practice.

Start with an audience of one. Blog, tweet, vlog, share on Pinterest, Facebook, Scoop.It, or any other tool that lets you share ideas and links. Do it just for yourself, but do it publicly so others can benefit.

It doesn’t matter what tool you use, what’s important is sharing. Be generous.

Find your ‘voice’ and share it!

(Oh, and comments on blogs are another nice place to share:)

Goodbye Posterous

I started my Pair-a-Dimes for Your Thoughts blog on Elgg, because a friend invited me there to try out this think called ‘Blogging’. Elgg moved to Eduspaces killing all of my back-links. Frustrating. Eduspaces was being bought out and so I had enough and moved my blog to Once there, and while in China, I decided to move my little-used Posterous site to this address, as a place to easily upload photos of what I thought would be a daily hand-written journal. That didn’t last long.


But Posterous was nice and simple. Put a link to a video in an email, or email a photo, add a few comments in the body of the email, then put the title in the subject line, and even add some tags in brackets if you wanted. Then send the email… instant post.

But then Twitter bought Posterous. Instead of slick integration, like post a Twitter Thread or Storify… Twitter killed Posterous. Sad. Really Sad.

This is why I moved my blog to my own domain. This is why I suggest everyone do the same. Spend some hosting money, and claim your own part of the internet. Use wordpress, it’s free and you can even set up posting by email, although in the ipad/iphone app era, even that isn’t really needed.

I’ve lost archives of student blogs on Elgg, and also on Ning sites after they went from free to fee. I still have links to ‘retagr’ and ‘’ which were identity pages that are now defunct. But I’ve paid for until 2018, and I pay yearly or bi-yearly for web hosting and now I don’t have to worry about big company x buying out cool company y and making it go away because x and y don’t want to create happy formulas together.

Goodbye Posterous. You’ll be missed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to tweet about this post.

Words hurt more than you’ll ever know.

I’ve been pretty quiet on the topic of our loss of Amanda Todd. Mostly because things in the media are so polarized and everything about this story is complex, with interwoven issues that get lost in sensationalism.

But this is a beautiful song, inspired by a beautiful young spirit, whom we lost at too young of an age.

Words hurt more than you’ll ever know. Be kind, and when others are not kind, be brave and speak up.


Creative Programming!

I didn’t even know this happened until this student showed me today…


…And yes, I’ll need to talk to him about the appropriateness of this, but I just asked him to explain the technical pieces to me today… In my opinion it is more important to appreciate the cleverness & creative programming skills, than to jump into a conversation about misrepresentation. Besides, I want him on my tech support team! 🙂

Plagiarism 101

I don’t usually get mad about this stuff, but this is so blatant that it got me riled up enough to send this person an email. I’ll share the email below.


Also available here: As you can probabbly guess, I took some liberties with the green font text.

I’m not naming the person although technically I’m also sharing her work, but that’s out of respect for her since I really haven’t given her time to respond to my email. If she wants me to put her name on this post, I’m happy to do so. 

Greetings [InsertNameHere],

My name is David Truss and I recently came across your Educational Technology Philosophy via a Google Search.


It seems that you quoted me extensively from my statement, originally posted May 23rd, 2007 on my original blog, and now currently found here:

I know that you understand quoting because you have Carl Rogers quoted on several of your pages.

I openly share my work with a Creative Commons License: Which means you are welcome to share my work publicly, as long as I am attributed.

I’m requesting that you either quote me and give me credit, or that you remove the quotes from your page. It’s a small request considering that I chose not to copyright and actually choose to share, only asking that I get credit for my work.




Suggestion for the Edublog Awards

I was cleaning up some things on my blog today after adding a “Podcast” tab, and I realized that I only share ‘badges’ from two different sources. One is to show that I’m a Connected Principal. And the other is my Edublog Awards nominations… (That’s right ‘nominations’ not actual award winner). The interesting thing is that I really enjoyed reading over all the award nominations in previous years, but really didn’t engage this year. Why? The lists were overwhelmingly large and I didn’t know where to start.

My suggestion:

a) Require that people be nominated at least twice for an award.

b) Require the nominators to actually explain their reasons, share links to posts etc… like I do here:

and here:

…rather than naming the award and offering up a nomination with no further details or explanation.

c) Link back to the nominations so people can learn why these people were nominated.

Note: Without going back and checking, I think these criteria would have eliminated 3 or 4 of my 6 nominations. But I’m ok with that. It would lead both to me being more appreciative of the ones I did get, and it would promote my desire to explore the blogs of others who have been nominated… And isn’t that what the awards are all about?

If the awards are just a mass list like this again:

…Then I think it’s time for me to retire the badges from my blog.

Kindness Boomerang – “One Day”

I love this song, the message and the video!

This is a great video to share with students and staff alike!


Here it is from a totally different perspective… Not kindness, but rumours… Created by a group of students in a Middle School advisory: