Replied to Announcing WP-Lens a new, simple WordPress Theme for Photographers (CogDogBlog)
Here is another new experimenting in porting a Creative Commons licensed HTML5 Up template into a WordPress theme, say hello to WP-Lens. This joins my three previous HTML5 Up to WordPress themes.
This looks like a really slick theme Alan. It has me thinking that it would be cool as a repository. Really want to spin it up and test it out. Wondering about using it with External URL Featured Image to co-claim? Or using it with SNAP to syndicate to Flickr, Tumblr etc.

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Replied to Quick Peek at TWU Portfolios Project (CogDogBlog)
Here are the sample sites that are used as ones that are cloned: TWU Inspire Portfolio (theme source https://github.com/TWUOnline/TWU-Inspire-Portfolio) TWU Hearts Portfolio (theme source https://github.com/TWUOnline/TWU-Hearts-Portfolio) TWU Minds Portfolio (theme source https://github.com/TWUOnline/TWU-Minds-Portfolio)
Your work on portfolios Alan reminds me a bit of Edufolios and the way they baked in the teaching standards to their solution.
Replied to Constellations. Metaphors. SPLOT? It’s in the Stars. (CogDogBlog)
The thing about these collections is that sequencing is not a factor. A constellation is a collection of 3-15? 20? resources that Mary might assemble to assign to Todd, and then maybe a slightly different set for the people in Customer Service. But the whole idea of the thing under the hood is that as a collection of stars, each has parameters that contribute to its relative size (number of views, ratings, how often it is used in constellations), and that an arrangement of stars in a constellation is a function of how similar they are (common categories, tags, overall content length, similar words?).
I love your work on SPLOTS Alan. This addition is really intriguing. It reminds me in part of Mike Caulfield’s Wikity project, in that users are encouraged to build knowledge and understanding. I could see it being used as a research tool as much as a means of packaging content. I collect together resources in my Collect blog, but I sometimes feel that what is missing are meta pages, in the style of Ryan Boren.
Bookmarked At Almost Ten Years Old, Five Card Flickr Tells Its Survival Story (CogDogBlog)
How many web sites you use now will be around in ten years? Your odds are better if you make it your own, Keep on Reclaiming.
Interestingly, PechaFlickr came up in comversation the other day. Sadly, that website seems to have a PHP error too.

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Bookmarked 003: Land of 1000 SPLOTs (Reclaim Today)
In this episode of Reclaim Today we are joined by Alan Levine (better know as Cogdog online) to talk all things SPLOT (the simplest possible learning open tool thingy). But forget the acronym and focus on the opportunity because Reclaim is working closely with Alan and wants to work with others to build out a library of tools for educators and technologists working in and on the web.
Liked SPLOTting a Path to Coventry (bavatuesdays)
Continued excitement around SPLOTs is timely given the day before heading to Coventry, Tim and I spoke with Alan Levine about starting to roll SPLOTs out as stand-alone application installers. Big Picture Calling Card will be the first, but hopefully more will follow given Tim is on an Installatron application installation roll. One of the big benefits of stand-alone apps is all updates Alan makes to the SPLOTs will get rolled out to users, through the current WordPress installation of SPLOTs there is no way to incorporate updates.