The new WordPress editor is now official. It comes with a new editor Gutenberg. I’ve tested Gutenberg on and off for a while, mostly worrying about iOS in particular iPads. That has improved steadily.
My concern is pupils using Glow Blogs will find the new editor more complicated.
I am somewhat relived that pasting from Apple Notes on an iPad works fine in the blocks editor, paragraphs generating new blocks. Adding images above or below a particular block seems a little footery but nothing pupils will not handle 1.
Now WordPress 5 is out I need to think about my own use. I don’t usually write in the web editor, preferring to either cut and paste from a text editor or post via micro.blog or xml-rpc. TextMate has a lovely blogging bundle, and I use drafts and shortcuts on iOS.
I’ve installed WordPress 5 on a couple of other sites, and had a quick play. Posting from TextMate, via xml-rpc put the content in a classic block if Gutenberg is enabled.
I’ve also enabled the classic editor plugin on these sites and this one. The ability to toggle back and forward between editors seems like a good idea, but on the sites I’ve tried it has mostly failed 2. This would be a good way to introduce the editor to Glow Blogs users, start with the classic editor, add in the ability to toggle to Gutenberg. I do worry that having two editors will lead to folk having problems or getting confused. I am not looking forward to updating the Glow Blogs help. This is probably a bit in the future as we should wait and see how Gutenberg is going on multi-sites before upgrading.
My other personal worry is that at the moment the indieweb post_kinds plugin is not compatible with Gutenberg. This is compounded by the fact I can’t update that plugin on this site at the moment. I am presuming that things will get shaken out and improve over the next year or two.
My plan is now to upgrade this blog to WP 5 but use the classic editor, waiting to see how the indieweb plugins evolve. I’ll continue writing in TextMate, drafts and the like while I keep half an eye on developments.
“I would urge all parents to read this article. As a parent of a child who often struggles & can sometimes be ‘that’ child, I wish for more understanding. We’re working so hard to help him. As a teacher... well it made me cry https://t.co/sKeXB7FuK2”
Great link: Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid) – The Washington Post
12 years ago on this day in I posted: Glow and sharepoint, we have come a fair way since then although my opinion on the playfulness of sharepoint has not changed. Bonus blast for the past, link to tag on technorati.
I notice this is trailing the Gutenberg Editor by about 100000 instals. I am going to be taking things cautiously.
Aaron’s comments 📑 Making Change in Education – Champions are for Charlatans illuminate and extend Dave Cormier’s post: Making change in education – champions are for charlatans
A good read for thinking about how Teaching and Learning changes.
I am not sure that splitting folk into champions, middle 60% and Laggards is quite accurate as folk may be enthusiastic about one thing and not another. It is useful to think about. We certainly need to think about the idea of superstar teachers and promoters of change.
an informal outlet, blogs allow you to experiment with different writing styles and voices, enabling you to find a tone that is right for you.
Lorna Campbell, @LornaMCampbell
What is academic blogging and how can you use it to build your professional profile?.
There are many other good reasons that would apply inside and outside academia in this post/presentation.
Lorna is drinking her own blogwater with @cogdog‘s WordPress presentation splot too.
Interesting article and twitter thread. Really difficult stuff. Many sides.
Why we’re changing Flickr free accounts | Flickr Blog
Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.
I got my mail from Flickr today explaining the changes. I’ve a pro account so it will not affect my photos at all.
I’ll be more interested in how it affects search. I often use Flickr photos to illustrate blog post, presentations and in my classroom.
I also encourage my pupils to use cc licensed images. It is hard for 8-11 year olds to attribute but the flick API allows me to help them with FlickrCC Stampr.
I wonder if the search will be less useful. There was some chat about keeping CC Images. I do hope so.
Update thanks to ronguest and jemostrom in the comments:
Photos that were Creative Commons licensed before our announcement are also safe. We won’t be deleting anything that was uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018. Even if you had more than 1,000 photos or videos with a CC license. However, if you do have more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded, you’ll be unable to upload additional photos after January 8, 2019, unless you upgrade to a Pro account.
from: The Commons: The Past Is 100% Part of Our Future | Flickr Blog
That sound better:-)
Featured image for this post: flickr Scrabble by Dirk Dittmar used under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 license. Stamped with the tool mentioned above.