December 16, 2015 — This talk will give a view of how blogging with WordPress fits well with Scottish education’s ‘Curriculum for excellence’. Some loose linkage of Community, Connections & Openness in software and education. How Glow blogs, a set of 32 multi-sites with a total of >160,000 blogs are used and are developing. Some notes of the ‘Product Owner’ role and working at large scale to fit the needs of stake holders from a wide range of ages and needs.
December 12, 2015 — WordPress and open source software have powered Penn Manor School District’s websites for 7 years. But can WordPress, and open source principles, help teachers transform classrooms and inspire kids to build remarkable learning communities? The answer may surprise you. Discover how our schools use WordPress, open source software, and a unique student technology apprenticeship program to prepare the next generation of writers and hackers for careers, college, and beyond.
September 23, 2015 — Finding success as a professional freelancer can be a difficult and challenging journey! You have to know the right stuff and have the proper skills in order to survive in the freelancing economy.
James Dalman will share seven key strategies so that you’ll be better equipped to survive – and thrive – in your own freelancing career or business. All the lessons are based on his 27 years experience as a professional freelancer and are applicable no matter where you are at in your journey.
Eating crickets during this session is optional.
August 3, 2015 — I recently replaced a proprietary SaaS CMS for the largest school district in the state (Newark, NJ). We launched our 70+ schools sites on Aug 29, 2014 on top of WordPress. Our district site is 30,000 pages and 300,000+ media assets. In the end, we cut our annual web site management budget in half and have beautiful new web sites powered by WordPress that ease the pain points our content owners, administrators and technology coordinators have when managing their school websites. This presentation covers how this was achieved using WordPress, how it has solved many of the problems we were facing with our vendor-controlled proprietary system, and how we have embraced the concept of WordPress as an Application Framework, allowing us to create all kinds of sites, applications, and mobile apps directly from WordPress.
July 14, 2015 — Learn how Newark Public Schools (NJ’s largest school district – 40,000 students; 70 schools) cut their annual web site technology budget in half by migrating to WordPress from a closed-source, proprietary, expensive, vendor-controlled SaaS CMS. Hear stories from the trenches about budget battles, angry/clueless technology vendors, frustrated administrators from one guy with a vision to disrupt the market and bring better web site technology to our public schools.