On the right margin of this blog there’s now a ClustrMap, a visual record of the location of the computers that have visited my blog. Since I started the blog less than a week ago, it’s not all that impressive yet. I think maybe ten people have viewed the page.
In the process of writing this early-morning post (it’s Sunday at 6:15, and I expect my son to wake soon), I learned that about an hour ago, one of my few blog readers, my friend and former teaching colleague Ken Okoth, made an inaugural comment on my blog (thanks Ken!) I also learned that I have the power to approve comments. I duly approved Ken’s comment and it’s on the blog — but how nice that the default setting lets me choose whether to allow comments.
What’s particularly cool is that Ken made this comment from a computer in Tanzania, where he lives, and that will light up a dot in Tanzania on my ClustrMap, making me seem quite the international man of mystery 🙂
As this blog grows over the school year, I hope to expand the people my students and I contact — our “learning network” to use tech ed-speak jargon — so that my ClustrMap one day approaches that of one of my favorite bloggers, Will Richardson. It was seeing the map on Will’s page that made me want to put one on my page. Will has been blogging for just over nine years now, and he has a lot of quality things to say on his blog, Weblogg-Ed. Here’s what the map for Will’s blog looks like:
I’m not there yet, but I am proud of myself for figuring out how to add a ClustrMap to my blog. It was a mini-accomplishment for me to figure out that a WordPress blog does not have a navigation bar, but rather uses widgets (and I am in over my head here, tech-speak-wise, so I may be mangling the terms). The point is that setting up my ClustrMap was not intuitive (at least not for me) and I had to go online to figure out how to add the map. But in the age of Google, it did not take long to get help:
Point for my students: in today’s digital environment, the world is your teacher.
What do you want to learn today?