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Sitewide RSS feed

September 24th, 2010 1 comment

We are trying out a new sitewide rss feed that will enable you to see the newest posts from every public blog on the Dickinson Blogs site.  Try it out!

Full Feed

Posts Feed

Comments Feed

Pages Feed

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Go Mobile!

September 20th, 2010 4 comments

Start updating your Dickinson blog from anywhere with your mobile device.  If you have a Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch there is an app that will allow you to publish posts, add photos, moderate comments, and more.  Select the link below for your specific device to find out more.

*Most of these apps require XML-RPC to be enabled.  Be sure to enable it on your blog by logging in to the dashboard and going to Settings > Writing and putting a check mark in the box next to XML-RPC.

for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Wordpress for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch


It’s a whole new WordPress for a whole new platform.

WordPress for iOS is now optimized to take advantage of the iPad’s new user interface, making blogging even easier than ever before.

Download it from the App Store today.

for Android

Wordpress for Android


WordPress for Android is an Open Source app that empowers you to write new posts, edit content, and manage comments with built-in notifications.

Download it now and get blogging in no time.

Download it in Android Market.

for Blackberry

Wordpress for BlackBerry


The all new WordPress for BlackBerry app allows you to write posts, upload photos and videos, edit pages, and manage comments.

Download it and start blogging on the go in no time.

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RSS Feeds on the Dickinson Blog

August 31st, 2010 3 comments

What is RSS?

If you are unfamilar with RSS it stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. It can be described as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to through a RSS reader.  Subscribing to a RSS feed is like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your RSS Reader every time your favorite website updates.  For a more indepth look at RSS take a look at this Common Craft video.

How do I look at RSS feeds?

You can view RSS feeds with RSS readers.  RSS readers work a little like email. As you subscribe to feeds you’ll see that unread entries from the sites you’re subscribed to will be marked in bold. As you click on them you’ll see the latest update and can read it in the RSS reader.  You are also given the option to click through to the actual site or move onto the next unread item marking the last one as read.  The RSS reader that Instruction & Media Services recommends is Google Reader.  The Common Craft show explains Google Reader in detail in this video.

How does this relate to Dickinson Blogs!?

Each blog on Dickinson Blogs has it’s own RSS feed.  For example if you would like to get the RSS feed for the Norwich Humanities blog, go to the Norwich blog and type in “feed” at the end of the url.  This will allow you to choose what blog you would like to subscribe too.  There are also a few other tricks you can use with feeds that will work across all the blogs on blogs.dickinson.edu.  They are outlined below:

Get any blogs main feed
Norwich blog main feed: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/norwichhumanities/feed/

You can also get a feed for a specific category or tag.

Get a specific category feed
Churches and Cathedrals category feed: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/norwichhumanities/category/churches-and-cathedrals/feed/

Get a specific tag feed
Volunteering tag feed: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/norwichhumanities/tag/volunteering/feed/

Get a comments feed
Comments feed: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/norwichhumanities/comments/feed/

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The 2009 Edublog Awards

December 8th, 2009 5 comments

My Nominations for The 2009 Edublog Awards :

Best individual blog-Bryan Alexander-http://blogs.nitle.org/

Best class blog-The Luce Semester –http://blogs.dickinson.edu/luce09/
This initiative combines classroom activities, community-based fieldwork research, independent study, and extensive travel and immersion in two comparative watershed regions: the Chesapeake Bay and the lower Mississippi River Basin.

Best teacher blog-Dave Richeson-http://divisbyzero.com/

Best educational use of audio-Professor Chris Francese-http://blogs.dickinson.edu/latin-poetry-podcast/

Best educational use of video / visual-Shalom Staub-http://itech.dickinson.edu/southasian/

Best educational wiki-Toulouse Study Abroad-http://wiki.dickinson.edu/index.php/Toulouse_Study_Abroad_Program

Best educational use of a social networking service-Akiko Meguro-http://blogs.dickinson.edu/languages/2009/12/08/social-networks-and-language-learning/

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Add a profile picture to the blog

November 5th, 2009 No comments

Go here: http://en.gravatar.com/
Click: “Get your Gravatar today”
Sign up with the email you use for blogs @ Dickinson

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Ask President Durden

September 24th, 2009 No comments

Dickinson College students now have a new medium to reach President William Durden: the radio. Starting this September, on the last Thursday of the month at noon, Marc Katz ’10 will be hosting an hour-long interview with President William G. Durden ’71 on WDCV 88.3 FM, answering questions submitted by anyone who is interested in hearing directly from the President of Dickinson College.

Both Katz and Durden are very excited for the show’s commencement and its potential. “President Durden has always been very approachable on and off campus,” said Katz. “The show is another way of him reaching out to the Dickinson community.”

Durden is especially enthusiastic for the show. “I personally see it as but another venue to communicate with the community, talk with folks further about higher education…most likely, have a chance to deal directly with the robust rumors that populate environments such as school and college campuses,” he said.durdenblog

Questions can deal with such diverse issues as rumors on campus, campus activities, student problems, academic interests, world issues, and the like. Comments, in addition to questions, are also welcome.

The show is directed toward the whole Dickinson community, not only students. Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit questions and comments, as are parents and Carlisle residents.

“I know a lot of students have questions about the new policies on campus and the best person to talk to about these things is the President,” said George Mazzoli ’10.

The show, entitled “Ask President Durden,” will air at noon on Thursdays during common hour to maximize the amount of potential listeners. It will be replayed the following Thursdays at the same time until the new show has aired. In addition, a live stream of WDCV will be available online through the WDCV webpage, www.wdcvfm.com.Anyone who wishes to hear the show at any time can catch it on the Dickinson College webpage.

Students who wish to submit a question to President Durden must send in their questions by midnight on the Sunday prior to the show’s airing to Katz at  katzm at dickinson.edu. Although anonymous e-mailswill not be accepted, names will not be read on air. Questions should be submitted with the subject “Ask President Durden.”

Listen to the podcasts

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New Themes!

September 8th, 2009 No comments

Lots of new themes have been added.  To see them login to your blog and go to Appearance > Themes on the left hand sidebar.

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Learning Communities

September 2nd, 2009 No comments


At Dickinson College, Learning Communities are an extension of the First-Year Seminar Program. Two or more seminars are linked or clustered around a theme. They enroll students in a common residential learning environment.

The Learning Communities at Dickinson allow first-year students to participate in a community with other students who have an opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff and other students.

By selecting to participate in a Learning Community, students and faculty commit to taking the learning out of the classroom and into the residence hall, the community, and the wider world.

In 2009-2010, learning communities will be housed in the following residence halls:

  • Drayer Hall (Image and Identity, Identity and Social Justice)
  • Davidson-Wilson Hall (Culture, Science and Environmental Sustainability)


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Norwich Humanities

September 2nd, 2009 No comments

This site was initially created by Prof. Karl Qualls at Dickinson College, but its development is as much a product of his labors as that of his students in Dickinson College’s Humanities Program in England.


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Latin Poetry Podcast

September 1st, 2009 No comments

latinA podcast blog by Chris Francese


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Sustainability Symposium: Charting the Path for a Sustainable Dickinson

April 16th, 2009 2 comments
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