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An Advent Calendar in #GlowBlogs⤴

from @ wwwd – John's World Wide Wall Display

I’ve been asked about this sort of thing a few times now and not had an answer. It came to me on Friday, but I couldn’t test it at lunchtime as we had no internet in school.

I’ve played around with the idea this weekend and it works. Of course it could be a lot prettier.

Basically I’ve set up an Advent Calendar where you can click on doors to revel information. You can only see the content that has been published and the info is qued up in Scheduled posts (pages in this case).

Using the Draw Attention and my favourite Display Posts plugins. Here is the Demo: Advent Calendar – An Example Glow Blog for Christmas

Here is a gif.

HeyPressto, a conference on Twitter⤴

from @ Sharing and learning

Pat Lockley (of the pedagogical and technical outfitters Pgogy Webstuff) and I did a thing last week: HeyPressto, a WordPress and ClassicPress conference which happened only on Twitter.  That’s right, a conference on Twitter: presentations were a series of 15 Tweets, one per minute with the conference hashtag, in a scheduled time slot. Adding images, gifs or links to the tweets allows presenters to go into a bit more depth than Twitter’s character limit would suggest. Replies to tweets, and other forms of engagement, allow discussion to develop around the issues raised.  It was also semi-synchronous–or asynchronous after the event if you like: the tweets persist, they can be revisited, engagement can be continued. One way in which the tweets persist is that Pat turned all the presentations into Twitter moments, so first thing you should do if you missed the event is to go to the schedule page and look at some of the presentations that are linked from it.


“We want to be the best we can” was a phrase Pat used in describing our efforts.

We wanted to be inclusive. Having the conference on Twitter faciliates this through removal of financial, geographic and logistical obstacles to participation. However, we know that Twitter’s not a great place for people from many groups, and so we felt that a code of conduct was important even though we doubt who has the authority to set and enforce such a code for an open-participation conference. Our code came originally from the Open Code of Conduct from the TODOGroup, and has been through a few other communities (such as #FemEdTech and Open Scotand), so thank you to them for providing a broader basis than we could manage ourselves. We also set ourselves goals for accessibility and privacy that I hope we lived up to. I was pleased that these were noticed and commented on more than once, I think they set a standard if nothing else.

We wanted participation from all around the world, and not just in English. It was clear that we wouldn’t deserve this if the call was only in English, so it had to be translated. It wasn’t easy to chose which languages to translate into: we looked at which are the most widely spoken languages, but also tried to take into account which languages were spoken by the people furthest from justice.  We were half successful. We had presentations from India, Africa, Europe and North America, but not in the proportions we would have liked and all in English. It’s hard to get out of your bubble, to do this properly we would have to start with more diversity on the organization side.

We wanted to value people’s work and the environment. We paid for what we used (translations, for example). Pat found the susty theme, which is incredibly lightweight  and so easier on the carbon footprint with the bonus that it is lightning fast (a cache slowed it down). We’ll be planting some trees to offset the carbon that we did use.


This isn’t the first conference Pat has done on Twitter, he and Natalie Lafferty have run the very successful PressEd conference on WordPress in Education for three years, indeed it was my helping out a little on last years PressEd that got Pat and I talking about HeyPressto. As well as experience of all the things that need doing, Pat has a WordPress plugin for running the conference that manages lots of the submission process, communication with authors, scheduling and creations of pages for each presentation. I found myself trying to be as useful as could be around the core activities that Pat had sussed.

Starting with initial discussions in April, we chose a name (a few hours of discussion, and then Pat’s partner coming up with the right name in an instant), set up social media accounts (Twitter mostly, obvs), set up a domain (thank you Reclaim), email address, and ko-fi account. Pat’s artistic skills gave us great visuals and our mascot Hopful Bunny. We drafted the call for proposals, spent quite a while trying to work out what languages to translate it into. The call went out at the end of July.

It’s hard getting a Twitter thing going from zero to conference in a couple of months. Our networks helped—thank you friends, it wouldn’t have happened without your support, amplification and participation—but one of the things that we wanted to do was to reach beyond our own social, cultural and geographic bubbles. We got picked up by a couple of podcast channels, so you can hear us talking about HeyPressto on Radio EduTalk and the Sentree blog Thank you John and Michelle. (I think these were the first podcast / internet radio things I have been on, I’ve been pretty good at refusing them until now, and they were nothing like as stressful as I had feared). We picked up followers, and some who supported us quite actively. I want to give a special shout out to @getClassicPress because the engagement from the ClassicPress community strongly contrasted with the blanking from the big noises in the  WordPress community.

Perhaps because we were going outside our own community, there were quite a few folk who didn’t seem to get what we were doing. We listened and re-doubled our efforts to explain, provide examples, respond to feedback on what was confusing. I’m proud of our efforts to fix things that weren’t clear.

The rest was smooth running. Proposals came in steadily. Presentations were scheduled. Advice given to presenters who were unfamiliar with the format. We continued to promote and made new friends who boosted our message. Time zones were a problem. Introductory Tweets were scheduled. Presentations were presented (mostly at the right time), and I think the day went really quite well.

Personal Highlights

I’ve mentioned some of my highlights in the process described above. I’ld also like to call out a few of the presenters that I personally appreciated, without prejudice to the others who also did a great job:

Jan Koch, our opening presenter, did a fine presentation but backed it up with a video version of great professionalism. Superb effort, Jan.

Frances Bell and Lorna M Campbell gave a great presentation on #FemEdTech that  absolutely hit the spot on a number of problematic issues such as being equitable, accessible & inclusive in a place that can be “driven by algorithms & plagued by bots”.

Chris Aldrich whose presentation gave a name and coherence to something that I have long wanted to try, and providing enough hints on how to do it that I might yet get there.

Many presenters (too many to list , it turns out, without just reproducing the schedule page) gave really useful hints on approaches they use, or stories of their experience in implementing them, and inspiration for what I want to try next.

Speaking of what I want to try next, the ClassicPress presentations (roughly covering “why” & “how“) deserve special mention for their engagement with this baffling thing that a conference on Twitter is.

Finally, I think the most important presentation of the day was from Ronald Huereca on Mental Illness in Tech

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Liked a tweet by WordPress.com⤴

from @ wwwd – John's World Wide Wall Display

Liked a tweet by wordpressdotcom
Today we’re announcing an all-new P2 beta as a standalone product, powered by http://WordPress.com. We’re excited to have you try it out: https://wordpress.com/blog/2020/08/06/improve-your-remote-collaboration-with-p2/

We had the p2 theme in Glow Blogs and I though it had a lot of potential. I wonder if running your own p2 will be on the cards? I’d love to see it back in Glow.

We removed the p2 theme from Glow a while back and it hasn’t been updated for a few years now.

HeyPressto! a WordPress and ClassicPress conference on Twitter⤴

from @ Sharing and learning

Pat Lockley (of Pgogy Webstuff) and I are organizing the 2020 Hey Pressto! conference on WordPress and ClassicPress, which will run on 24 September 2020.

HeyPressto happens only on Twitter — presentations are made up of up to 15 tweets, one per minute.  You may know that Pat has been involved in organizing the PressEd Conference with Natalie Lafferty for the last three years. When he asked whether I was interested in helping with a similar conference I jumped at the idea. The theme is generalized from PressEd, which focusses on WordPress in Education, to include any use of WordPress or ClassicPress. What ever you are doing with WordPress or ClassicPress, whether you are writing blog posts, running an aggregator, managing content, creating themes and plugins, contributing to the core, or concerned with governance, we would love to hear from you. We have a call for proposals which is open until midnight on Thursday Sept 3rd.

Why on Twitter?

There are lots of barriers to presenting and discussing interesting ideas through traditional channels: time zones, distance, language, family and other commitments. The format and semi-synchronous nature of Twitter helps over come some of these. We appreciates we live in a world with vast structural inequalities, and we can’t fix those ourselves. We want to be an event where we can celebrate knowledge from under represented and overlooked voices. Hey Pressto! runs for 12 hours, so hopefully you will have some time to join in or present wherever you are in the world. Hey Pressto! welcomes submissions in any language and welcomes presentations in any language; the call for submissions is currently available in 21 languages.

We know Twitter isn’t a great place for everyone (we want to be one of the good bits) and to help mitigate we’ve got anonymous accounts people can use should they wish to.

We also have a free and anonymous mentoring service you are welcome to use if you’d like help with your submission. Contact us if you have any questions about how the conference might work for you.

How on Twitter?

Simply, each presentation is 15 tweets, one tweet per minute, in a scheduled time slot, each with the conference hash tag, #HeyPresstoConf20. You can add images, gifs, videos or links to your tweets to add more depth. You can thread your tweets or simply number them in sequence. Other people paying attention to the conference can like, retweet and comment on the presentation tweets, building engagement, asking questions, creating discussion.

After the conference we, the organizers, will curate the presentation threads as archives on the conference website, Twitter moments and so on. Of you course you can do similar if you wish on your own web sites. These are solid presentations with lasting presence.

Conferences on Twitter are not a new thing. We take our inspiration from, and give thanks to, the public archaeology Twitter conference (organized by @lornarichardson and @James__Dixon) #PATC5. You can have a look at that for examples of how the presentations work, or at the PressEd conference website which has archives of previous editions.  If like you information a buit more meta, here is a thread from the #DoSTC2020 twitter where Pat discusses the PressEd Conference.

Want to help?

We welcome all offers of help, especially those that diversify Hey Pressto! and promote equitable participation. If you see us doing something wrong please let us know so that we can fix it. If you like what we are doing, then you can help, for example you could:

Submit a proposal for a presentation! or pass on the information to anyone you think might be interested.


A cartoon rabbit in a hat.

Follow the Hopful Bunny on twitter, amplify the tweets. We really want to get noticed by as many diverse audiences as we can. If you can amplify the tweets with a translation that would be awesome.

We have a Ko-Fi page. Donations will be used to recoup some of the costs of the conference, for example paying for translating the call for participation. We would like to provide more translations, but each costs about £50 (ca. US$65, €55). If there is something that you would like us to do that costs money, please get in touch about raising funds to do it.


We have no affiliation with WordPress or ClassicPress.

We are not a WordCamp or a WordPress endorsed meetup.

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Some thoughts on extending the LTI Plugin for WordPress⤴

from @ education

I'm making some sort of half-baked effort to clear some posts out of my drafts folder. I'm resigned to the understanding that many will never see the light of day - their time has now passed - but this one is still relevant, and something … Continue reading Some thoughts on extending the LTI Plugin for WordPress

PressEDConf19: Supporting Digital Skills with SPLOTs!⤴


This PressED Conference talk by @lornacampbell and @emcandre explored how @EdinburghUni’s Wikimedian in Residence and Academic Blogging Service have used WordPress SPLOTs to develop sustainable open licensed digital skills development resources on engaging with @Wikipedia and blogging to build your professional profile.

PressED Conference 2019 – Better late than never!⤴


This post is now six weeks overdue but I’m adding it here for the sake of completeness if nothing else!  The second PressED Conference, run by the apparently inexhaustible Pat Lockley and Natalie Lafferty, happened way back in April and it was just as fun and inspiring as last year’s event.  The range of presentations was really eclectic and thought provoking and I particularly enjoyed Lorna Jane Richardson’s keynote on the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference, which was the original inspiration for PressED, and Kevin Gannon’s keynote on Letting Students Own Their Learning.  I also learned some Not So Stupid WordPress Tricks from Alan Levine 🙂

This year I was involved in two presentations one, with Ewan McAndrew, on our use of SPLOTS to support digital skills, and one with Frances Bell, Maren Deepwell and Sheila MacNeil reflecting on our experience of facilitating the #femedtech Open Space for OER19.  I’ve posted both presentations in separate blog posts here: 

  • Supporting Digital Skills with SPLOTs!
  • Reflections on the #femedtech Open Space

Weirdly, I still find twitter presentations far more nerve-wracking than speaking in public, I’m not sure why because I’ve used twitter routinely for almost ten years, and it’s a medium I’m usually really comfortable with.  Maybe it’s some kind of odd performance anxiety :}  Here’s a Top Tip I wrote for newcomers to the conference to help with those nerves.



Setting up my own WordPress site – what was I thinking?⤴

from @ education

I said I'd share some recommendations for plugins and themes for a friend who is setting up his own blog (there was *definitely* no alcohol or coercion involved in this decision making, just to be clear) and so it seems sensible to do that by … Continue reading Setting up my own WordPress site – what was I thinking?

Watched: Jolly Brancher Demo⤴

from @ wwwd – John's World Wide Wall Display

Watched Jolly Brancher Demo from youtube.com

Following from this conversation
Tom Woodward whipped up a plugin to clone posts on a WordPress Multi-site blog to one of your own.

I think this could be a really useful way of giving pupils a template for e-Portfolio post. I’d be very interested in exploring getting this into Glow Blogs. I’ve been asked about this sort of functionality a few times.