Best of II, April 2010 (& exciting news!)
We have lots of exciting news to share here at II: Our traffic this month nearly doubled compared to last month, we are thrilled from the response so far of our recent survey, and we are proud to introduce our newest biweekly contributor to help us tackle the coverage of multimedia within the educational sector.
April’s traffic finally made me realize that I need to move II to a dedicated server. After Kat Down‘s “Behind the Scenes” post was picked up by Fast Company, Slashdot, and Wall Street Journal’s “All Things Digital,” I’m surprised we didn’t crash after the exciting traffic spike. In addition, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the great reaction to the list of international multimedia professionals and guest blogger Tim McLaughlin‘s in-depth analysis of the iPad, amongst others.
On that note, in closely monitoring dialogue surrounding II content, I have realized that the majority of it happens outside of II. Thus, the lack of comments directly on the site does not accurately capture the lively discussion taking place in other realms, such as Twitter. As a remedy, I have decided to replace the standard WordPress comment feature with DISQUS, a powerful system that aggregates all links, trackbacks and comments from all over the Web. I hope you find this system user-friendly and helpful. If you have any strong opinions one way or the other, please let us know!
We ended the month with an evaluative survey to assess our expansion strategy going forward. Your feedback has been invaluable thus far, and I look forward to sharing some general trends next week. In the mean time, if you haven’t filled out the survey, please consider doing so. It is only 10 questions and you can win one of two $10 Amazon gift cards for your participation (as well as our gratitude!).
I am extremely happy to introduce II’s newest contributor, Lynn Marentette, who will be blogging about multimedia within the academic sector on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month starting in May. Lynn blogs over at Interactive Multimedia Technology (IMT), and has extensive knowledge and experience in the use of multi-touch, mult-user interfaces for educational purposes. She has worked as a school psychologist in the Charlotte, N.C. area for twenty years, and integrates the use of interactive technology to help those with special needs, including autism.
We have been following Lynn for awhile now, and we are excited about the knowledge and content that she will be able to provide to the II community. Look for her first post next Thursday on SMART Technologies’ acquisition of NextWindow and what that might mean for the touch screen technology sector. In the mean time, you can also find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and her blog.
Lastly, we always welcome guest bloggers, so if you have a topic in mind that you are interested in writing about here at II, please email us your idea(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Five Posts:
1) Behind the scenes of Washington Postâ€™s â€œOn the trail of a serial rapistâ€
2) 25 international multimedia professionals to watch
3) Internship and Job Opportunities, April 2010
4) Multimedia Must-See: Prison Valley
5) Appleâ€™s iPad: Three weeks into the (magical) revolution?
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