January 29, 2004

Fixed code!

Found out what was wrong with the collapsing archive list tip from Scriptygoddess: nothing! I had forgotten to add a code in one file to make sure that the server interpreted the PHP code in the template. But you should now see a collapsed (and expandable) list of months on the left. I wonder if it can be used for archived categories as well (i.e., a list of the most n recent entries in a category, but a list that one can expand). I suspect so. I just don't have the time to fiddle with code in a language (PHP) I don't know.

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HEC goes public

After a brief correspondence with someone from H-Net working on web support for sites, I've decided to take the history-of-education-and-childhood site public. It's just been sitting for a month, and so I tweaked the main index's template and announced it. I wish I could get it to run on a subdomain, but I can't, and it's no big deal. Now to get all those who contributed to the project database to resubmit here...

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January 21, 2004

Grant proposal drafted

The proposal for NIH on indirect measures of dropping out is drafted. Whew! Now to proof it until there are no errors left.

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January 19, 2004

Keeping up

It's a holiday, but I still need to get some things done before my family heads out of Tampa for the day: time to update some quizzes from last semester and upload them to Blackboard. Time to download student responses from last week and read/grade them. A former student e-mailed me a few days—very nice to hear from students—and so I replied this morning.

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January 9, 2004

Technology standards

I'm in the PT3 workshop right now, on campus, and thinking about how to use this in the initial-certification courses I teach. The relevant standard is the sixth one: social, ethical, legal, and human issues. The question is how to integrate an assignment with this standard—the standard isn't the problem, obviously, since it's right smack dab in the middle of my teaching area (social-science and humanities perspectives on education and schooling). But what task?

January 6, 2004

Web-page setup

I've been playing with a web site setup, with Movable Type, for colleagues in the history of education and childhood. Won't have time to fiddle with it for a few days ... or weeks.
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January 5, 2004

First day of class

Absolutely wonderful first day of class. Relaxed, only moderately cranky equipment, and the class began to rethink its collective interpretation of the 1640s Mass. general-court decrees on education.
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Behind already!

It would be extraordinarily silly to be bothered about this, but I just didn't get done with everything I hoped to accomplish over break. But I suppose break is not for getting everything done but for setting yourself up for a big to-do list just when students want and deserve your full attention. Ah, well.

Met today with Srinivas about our project. Meeting with him is a real pleasure—we gab a bit, we get our business done, and we then agree on when we're meeting next and what we hope to do then. Fabulous!

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January 4, 2004

Reorganization

I'm reorganizing a piece I'm doing for the Arizona State University Educational Policy Studies Lab, and it's giving me a bit of a fit this morning. I'm not sure how much of this is inherently an intellectual problem and how much of it is trying to work this morning while my children are enjoying the last days of their vacation. Probably much of it is the latter. So I'll chip away at it over the day and get done by the end. Inefficient, in theory, but saner.

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