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Learning WordPress and VOICES from YOUNG WOMEN project

I am teaching myself how to build this site using WordPress. Right now, I’m testing out how Categories will manifest itself throughout the website by embedding a video from my Vimeo site. This video was created by Hallie A., one of my former 7th grade Digital Thinking II students for the end of the year project “Voices From Young Women“. This video makes me smile so much because Hallie successfully executed such an incredibly simple, yet poignant concept. I admire and will really miss my students as I travel! But,I hope to help students around the world create similar videos for the project.

So, back to scrapping and clawing my way through this WordPress site…

Although I teach technology, my strength is NOT in programming or building websites. I am very much a self-taught filmmaker and technologist. I also learn A LOT from friends, colleagues and, yes, strangers.

One of the most exciting things about the internet for me is the possibility of meeting, collaborating with, and learning from other people around the world. YES, there are dangers, and I am very much aware of how much information I share. But, the amount of How To video tutorials that exist amazes me. I was also fortunate to find the Baltimore WordPress Meetup where I met my friend Jim who got my learning off the ground. So, as I claw my way through building this site, I am still learning. There will be mistakes. What I’m saying is that if I can figure this website building stuff out, ANYONE can do it. Just start…

I leave for my travels in less than three weeks. Creating this site and just writing this blogpost is getting me so excited to start the trip. I’m really looking forward to the people I’ll meet and schools I will visit. I believe the traveling is going to show me a whole lot of beauty in this world.

  • cienjana

    You are BEAUTIFUL. I’m with you in spirit every step of the way and you are clawing your way through just fine. I loved the video.

    Love ya to the moon and back and all around the world.

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Thank you, Cienjana! You are beautiful too and have always been an inspiration to me. Your spirit is with me.

  • Franco

    Awesome video and amazing work! Looking forward to seeing your inspiring work as you make your way around the world! Much love….f

  • Lindsay

    I am so excited for your journey! I didn’t get the video to show on the blog post, but the link to the vimeo of it did work and it was great! Happy travels!

  • Diana

    Thanks for the comments. I love my students so much… and am excited at the thought of making videos with kids around the world. @Lindsay, someone else shared a similar problem with me. Which browser were you using? Thanks!

  • Emma

    Woooohooo i am so excited :)

  • dianagross

    Yeah, Emma! I am excited that you’ll be traveling with me! Have you started school yet? Which grade are you in this year?

  • Mary S.

    I am so SO excited for you Diana — I just can’t wait to keep reading and even more can’t wait to see you when you return. Remember to pick up fun Art lessons and supplies for me!

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Thanks, Mary! I am so excited too. I will DEFINITELY be thinking about ART projects while I’m traveling and visiting with schools. I already have some ideas!

  • Joanne

    Wow! Wonderful start to your website. I can’t wait to follow you and your travels.

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Thanks, Joannie! Coming from an award winning First Grade teacher like yourself, that means so much! I can’t wait to Skype with you and your kiddies!

  • Maura

    How exciting, Diana! I love how you have set up this blog and can’t wait to hear of all your adventures :)

    Maura

    • The Traveling Teacher

      Thanks, Maura! It’s definitely a work in progress, but lots of fun. I look forward to talking with you and your students somewhere along the way. Possibly in Africa?