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  It has been a month and a half (April 17, 2012) since I blogged about the issue I have had using Posterous with a private domain name.  Trouble with Posterous Accounts Since Purchase by Twitter?   I am sorry to say that after multiple email requests through the Posterous  help desk with out a response I looked up a previous helpdesk email I had where I did get a response and it happen to be with Sachin Agarwal (co founder of Posterous).  What ensued was a 7 email (my contribution to the email stream) conversation with Sachin … with his last request to send him some screencast of the issues I was experiencing.  The issue arose immediately after Twitter purchased  Posterous.  At that very moment one of my Posterous blogs (I have 11) and the only one using a private domain name would not respond to any editing and that obviously became problematic for the 503c charity the blog was serving.  I immediately sent Sachin the requested screen casts (April 9, 2012).  To date I have had no response from Posterous and/or Sachin.  I know that he has moved into a new position at Twitter what I do not understand is how Posterous does not respond at all to a clients requests for help nor why Sachin has not responded to what was a request made by him.

Since I started using Posterous I have been a very big fan and advocate of the product.  I have pushed it to  members of my professional and personal learning networks and it was always something I shared during conference presentations and participation.  My patience and needs could not withstand anymore indifference, at best, or blatant ignoring of the dilemma I was facing, at worst.  If this is their approach to users of Posterous I can only imagine that a very nice product will eventually die on the vine.   As a result I have moved the blog to WordPress.

Has this been your problem?  Have you moved your blog as a result?  Where have you moved it? Has Posterous made the decision for you?  Let me know….


Image Has anyone had problems with their Posterous accounts since Twitter purchased them?  I have 10 Posterous websites that I use for a variety of personal and professional reasons; one of them has a personal domain instead of the Posterous domain.  All of them were working beautifully and to date all of them are still functioning as they always have with the exception of one, the one with the personal domain.

I can:

  • log into the site on Posterous as I always have
  • see the site with all of its pages and links.
  • click on a page to edit and it takes me to the WYSIWYG editing environment
  • click into a spot on the page where I want to edit

The result … the cursor just stays there.  I cannot make any changes at all to any part of this site.

I have tried:

  • a different browser
  • a different computer
  • contacting and  having a conversation with GoDaddy where the domain was purchased to see if communication between GoDaddy and Posterous, at their end, was working. They responded in the affirmative.
  • contacting Posterous multiple times through their Helpdesk by Contacting Support and sending an email with the specifics of the problem (I have done this in the past and received immediate and very helpful support).  To date I have not received one acknowledgement or reply to my request for help.
  • contacting Twitter multiple times through their Help Center.  To date I have not received one acknowledgement or reply to my request for help.
  • contacted the Posterous respondent from one of my previous Contacting Support email requests and was in a dialogue with him and responded to his last request to send some screen casts (his email on 4/4/12).  Since them I have sent the screencasts and to him and 2 additional emails asking him to please respond… nothing to date

All of this leads to me to the following observations:

  • customer service is nonexistent since the purchase by Twitter
  • I am left with a problem that I cannot solve
  • the 503c organization that I built this web site for is High and Dry and is void of a functional website
  • the inability to contact a person on the phone and begin to climb up the ladder to get this resolved is a huge problem and now appears to be a control issue

This brings me back to my original question: Has anyone had problems with their Posterous accounts and/or customer service since Twitter purchased them? 

As I watched and listened to this video clip …. I was moved to share it with my colleagues … all too often in the hectic day to day of doing what we do … the routine can sometimes can cause us to lose sight of why we do what we do for students, families, and community…

Dr. Goldstein and Jeff Boswell have captured the essence of the challenges of the journey we participate in with our students…

I their words, the video is A heartfelt thank you to teachers across America for their unwavering dedication to the next generation.

By sharing this it is in my own way of saying thank you for all you do!

If interested in more information regarding the video you will find it here

Australasia Summer Trip

Margaret, Nathan and I are very excited about the upcoming trip this summer

This site will be the place we capture our adventure in word and media. We love to share … please feel free to comment…

Originally we planned to go to Caloundra, Queensland, Australia to be with Margaret's Mum Lois.  That will still be the whwere we spend the majority of our time.  We will leave Jun 4th and return August 13th. The change that has occurred happened suddenly this last week we Margaret's brother Bill calls and invites us to Indonesia for a week of Island hopping, SCUBA diving, and snorkeling followed by a week visit to his home in Jakarta.  Then it will be of to Caloundra for the rest of the summer

Posted via email from The Penningtons Walkabout

Will Richardson asked the following question…

So let's see who is paying attention…what phrase in the above quote needs to be changed so as to reflect the reality of what happens in the classroom?

My response…

Raise the bar on administrative leadership: New administrative-evaluation plan must be only a start.

There has to be 1) an acknowledgment of the need for change to prepare our students for what awaits them in the world they live 2) A cogent action plan to transition in to practices that will prepare students for that world

To date we are sorely void of both … there are pockets but no critical mass …

Teachers in the trenches are left to fend for themselves in an environment that lacks administrative understanding, support, and modeling. This "head in the sand" approach ignores the world in which students will be expected to function. This has created a lack of expectation on teachers (that demands support in the domains of professional development) and the way they should integrate modified pedagogical approaches that would leverage technology tools in more authentic ways for students. We loose the curiosity, energy, and creativity of our clientele as a result and do not prepare students for the world/society and the expectations it will impose on them. Grass roots approaches to change is not enough to move us off our status quo.

My $0.02

Posted via email from The Nexus for the 21st Century

Stephen Brown’s Blog WII Memorial Book Blog has posts, photos, and newly created documentary video narrated by Gary Sinise that showcase the very flight I was on last September. I placed a comment that you can follow as well on Stebve’s blog.  The memory of that days lives strong in my mind and my thanks to the Veterans runs even deeper with the passage of time. I look forward to the next time I can help Honor Flight Chicago.

American Haiku

I picked up on a post from Sheryl Nussbaum Beach of 21st Century Learning that reported on a call to post a six word memoir. The challenge came from John Norton on the Teacher Leaders Network (TLN). Sheryl threw the challenge out to her Twitter network. After some thought here goes:

Technology use favors the prepared mind…

If you want to take a shot at the six word memoir feel free to post below …

It takes courage to be a change agent in education and I value those who take a stand for what they believe that is why I resonate with the post by Chris LehmanWhat I Want to Talk About on Leadertalk. I receive a daily motivational email from by WALKTHETALK com and a few days ago there was one on courage and what it means in the context of Leadership (the motivational email on Courage is included below). About the same time I read Chris Lehman’s post … suddenly there was a convergence of thought that took place for me.

I continue to seek out new career challenges and opportunities and about two years ago I decided that I wanted to step out of my comfort zone as an assistant principal at a suburban high school outside of Chicago with primary responsibility for the oversight of Instruction and Technology and seek out a principal ship of my own. My desire/goal is to work with and for a learning community where we could collectively lead and guide ourselves in preparing students to be actively engaged global citizens.

I typically do not have a problem getting into the interview process and many times move through multiple rounds but have to date not been offered a position. As I apply for this leadership position It has become clear to me that there is a diminished value regarding the need for the understanding of technology for instruction, its implementation, and what that would look like for today’s students. This is striking in the light of what I see as the wide spread acceptance for the use of technology in the Data Driven Decision Making paradigm and the use of drill and practice type of credit recovery applications. The interviews are all basically the same in form and substance and the choreographed dance that it becomes never quite seems to address the value/importance of creating technologically savvy students as an expected/desired outcome of their learning experience.

To the contrary, what is interesting is that in every interview I get the following question, “Why are you interested in this position … you are a technology guy?” The first couple of times I sat quiet for a few seconds in disbelief and then very calmly respond “With all due respect, I think in the very near future I believe the question will/should be … why do you want this position you do not have any technology background?” I realize that there is a goodness of fit when selecting leaders and not all candidates are created equal. My time will come and my tenacity will see me through.

As I reflect I appreciate all of the pressures placed on schools to meet the required deadlines and demands of the high stakes testing environment that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has created. I live that every day. What I tend not to understand is the reluctance to embrace and in some instances what appears to be the deliberate denial of the world our students live in and the characteristics of today’s students (millennials). Acknowledgment of how different our students are and the world they live in is would almost certainly bring about the realization that our industrial education model needs a major overhaul and I echo the sentiments of Chris Lehman when he says in his post ” I want to tell them that we have to question every single system we have in our schools. I want to tell them that everything should be on the table. All of it.” That is a courageous statement in the face of the status quo.

Getting the motivational email and reading Chris’ post crystallized in my mind the renewal of what is important to me. I value and thank my small but growing contributors to my Personal Learning Network. They are truly a courageous bunch. I will make the commitment of contribution as this post signifies as my first serious effort. I have re-dedicated myself in my professional endeavors and when seeking a new position with all the challenges that come with it I will say what needs to be said and stay true to my beliefs and values. If I get the position I want it under the clearest of understandings of what are my values, my priorities, my plans of action and where I would like to go with that new learning community.

Disclaimer: I am not implying that anyone that does not see it my way is not of good character. On the contrary educators have the toughest of all jobs balancing many constituencies and demands. It is risky to go against the status quo and in some instances professionally dangerous. This post is about me and my personal decisions and not intended to malign anyone.


What does “courage” have to do with being a person of good character…with someone who stays true to honorable principles and noble values?



You see, being values-driven means two things:

  1. Doing what’s right– following our conscience; refusing to compromise ourselves, or our principles, despite pressures and temptations to the contrary, and
  2. Taking a stand against what’s wrong – speaking out, and acting out, whenever we see others do things that are incorrect or inappropriate.

Unquestionably, both of those require guts, nerve, and fortitude…they require courage. And individuals who do them consistently are truly courageous people. With that as a given, each of us needs to think about, and answer for ourselves, one simple question:

How courageous am I?

Courage is…

  • Following your conscience instead of “following the crowd.”
  • Refusing to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
  • Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
  • Speaking your mind even though others don’t agree.
  • Taking complete responsibility for your actions…and your mistakes.
  • Following the rules – and insisting that others do the same.
  • Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.

Doing what you know is right – regardless of the risks and potential consequences

Today’s lesson is from WALK the TALK: Translating Beliefs into Behaviors

by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura

For more information on this resource and other high-impact WALK THE TALK publications, please click here to learn more.

Today begins my adventure into the blogosphere I have lurked long enough! I am simultaneously excited and somewhat apprehensive of the prospect of laying myself out there for all to read on this maiden voyage. Needless to say this is a step out of my comfort zone and I know that true growth comes from this type of risk. I am eager to learn from digital colleagues and experts that make themselves available. ! and ready to begin the trip of self reflection and realize that what I may learn the most is about myself and what I truly believe in as I contemplate my posts.

They say you measure what you value and value what you measure and I believe that taking this leap to blogging about my experiences, my passions, my frustrations, and the exciting opportunities that exist now and in the future for learning communities to be globally connected talking about relevant issues and concerns will be the measured manifestation of what I value.