Winnie-the-Pooh welcomes Penguin to the Hundred Acre Wood this October

Coincidence or has Winnie-the-Pooh finally met Tux!

In an upcoming book celebrating the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, the Hundred Acre Wood welcomes a new character to its cast: Penguin.


Pooh meets his new pal Penguin in a story titled “Winter: in which Penguin arrives in the Forest” by Brian Sibley. (illustration © Mark Burgess, The Best Bear in All the World )


Why Use WordPress

Why use WordPress in a classroom and for production websites?  Well, one reason is that one in four websites is now powered by WordPress.

The milestone figure doesn’t represent a fraction of all websites that have a CMS: WordPress now powers 25 percent of the Web.

The latest data comes from W3Techs, which measures both usage and market share: “WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25.0% of all websites.” While these numbers naturally fluctuate over the course of the month, the general trend for WordPress has been slow but steady growth.


“We should be comfortably past 25% by the end of the year,” Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg declared. “The big opportunity is still the 57% of websites that don’t use any identifiable CMS yet, and that’s where I think there is still a ton of growth for us (and I’m also rooting for all the other open source CMSes).”


Windows Live Writer Is Now Open Live Writer


Scott Hanselman blogs about the release of Open Live Writer which replaces Windows Live Writer (not updated since 2012) which despite its lack of maintenance is a very popular blogging platform, especially with the WordPress community.  Give it a try and see.


We encourage you to install Open Live Writer and try it out! OLW will run side-by-side with your existing Windows Live Writer installation. Open Live Writer installs VERY quickly and updates itself automatically. Try it out! It’s early but it’s a start. Please bear with us as we work to improve Open Live Writer.

if you do find bugs, please share your bugs at be specific about what’s not working. And please, be patient. We are doing this as volunteers – we are NOT representing Microsoft. Open Live Writer is no longer a Microsoft project, so while we will do our best to support you, let’s all try to support one another!


Choosing the Platform

Choosing a platform upon which to teach or blog or run a server is a crucial step.  It isn’t simply that it is important to consider which is the latest and greatest, nor to discard that as often a newly developed system gives a much needed thorough housecleaning; however, it helps to consider which platform has an active and open community.

899FGTake Moodle for example, this plugin crossed my vision yesterday and I was reminded that a community that produces software because a platform allows it will always offer some advantage beyond the initial setup.

Reader: a plugin module to track and incentivize reading by students. Available for Moodle 2.x, the reviews suggest that "the gamification features make this a highly motivational tool to encourage reading for fun". Visit the site for more information


Google’s Coder Project for Raspberry Pi


This is from TheVerge, I am pondering it for my Raspberry Pi, which I have to get around to ordering.

Hackers and educators love the Raspberry Pi, and at least a few people at Google do too. For a year, Google has provided funding to a UK program that trains teachers on how to use the small, inexpensive computers in classrooms. This week, Google introduced Coder, a free software download built by a team of Googlers in New York that turns the Raspberry Pi into a tiny server that can host basic web apps for those learning to code in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Google says setting Coder up on the Raspberry Pi takes just ten minutes.

All you need to get started is a Raspberry Pi, of course, an SD card to store Coder, and a Wi-Fi connection. This being an open-sourced Google project, the software runs in the Chrome browser — what else would you expect? The entire code library is available on GitHub for experienced developers who want to edit to the software itself, rather than just use it to build stuff. Google says it built Coder to be used in programming projects from groups such as Codeacademy and Khan Academy. The software even includes a few web apps that users can get things started with, such as an eyeball that is animated to blink.