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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. It’s a bit affirming to think that there were 10,000 views this year.

Thanks everyone! And Happy New Year.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Australian Poetry Library

There I was, at the conference last week, talking about my age old dream for a site that would allow access to a range of contemporary Australian poetry for a micro-payment and lo and behold, I’m told that such a site already exists.

Called the Australian Poetry Library, the site is funded by the Australian Copyright Agency. They say:

The Australian Poetry Library has been developed to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts, many of which are now out of print, as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings. At present the site contains over 42,000 poems, which can be searched via keywords, and which are also indexed according to some selected poetic forms and main themes. It will be progressively developed over the coming years to include work by more poets, as well as more critical and contextual material.

Through keyword searches the site will allow teachers and/or students to select poems relating to a particular subject or theme that students are studying, and to create their own personal anthologies. Teachers and/or students will be able to download and print poems for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via the Copyright Agency Limited. Further reproduction, electronic display, email or other communication is not permitted except in reliance on the statutory licence scheme under Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968

Well worth a look, with thousands of poems available.

New template (ocean-y)

How embarrassment to find, when I linked to Graham Wegner’s edublog site – Teaching Generation Z earlier tonight, to find that I was using exactly the same template as he was. His was prettier, especially with his gold logie in the blogroll! but it felt funny all the same so I’ve been fiddling around with some others, and have settled on this one for a while.

The pages are still there, just buried a little more under the button ‘web 2.0 in schools’. This theme doesn’t handle pages as well, but it’s nicer in other ways. The image is part of a photo I took a couple of years ago above Main Creek, near Flinders in Victoria.