Virtual School Meanderings

July 31, 2014

EDTECH537 – Statistics for July 2014

As readers of this blog are familiar with, generally at the end of each month I will post a back dated entry for 23:59pm on the last day of the month quickly outlining the statistics for the past month. As I mentioned last month, I am once again teaching my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course and I wanted to try to do a bit more detailed version of this entry, and reflect a little more for my students.

This past month there were 3,968 visitors to this blog. This is compared with 3,197 in the month of June and 5,184 from July 2013.  The most visited entries over the past 30 days were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. EDTECH537 – Potential Hazards Of Blogging
  3. EDTECH537 – Examining Generational Differences
  4. Master Mobile Learning Techniques for Increased Student Engagement
  5. iNACOL Summer Spotlight: Blended Learning
  6. CANeLearn 2014: Ontario Summit – What’s The Future Look Like Now That We Are All Online Learners? How Did We Get Here And Where Are We Going?
  7. EDTECH537 – Guest Blogger: Roles For MOOCs In Online And Blended Learning
  8. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  9. Virtual Schooling In The News
  10. Create Interactive eBooks with SoftChalk Create 9

In looking at where people came from to get to this blog (i.e., how they found these and other entries), search engines accounted for approximately a third of the referrers this past month. This was followed by Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Scoop.it.

Those folks that used search engines, used the following terms:

  • a decade later, pennsylvania cyber schools go viral
  • early bird
  • does georgia connections academy get 100 percent of state funding for each student
  • cyber school,nc
  • york city bearcat cyber academy
  • qsl physics lab kit
  • advanced placement conference 2014
  • open learning journal
  • phrase “from april 22 to the 24″
  • panow + credenda

Last month I promise that I would dive into the statistics that Feedburner keeps a little more, as my EDTECH537 students created Feedburner accounts to add to their blogs.

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Note that none of the top three entries recorded by Feedburner were listed in the top ten entries as collected by WordPress.  Also note that in the past 30 days, Feedburner recorded over 8,500 views and over 4,000 clicks from the entries – both of which are higher than the less than 4,000 recorded by WordPress.  What this tells me is that more than twice as many people access my blog through the RSS feed I have created in Feedburner, as opposed to directly on the blog itself.

Further, according to Google they described “uncommon uses” as:

FeedBurner manages hundreds of thousands of feeds and in doing so, we’ve catalogued thousands of common places where feeds are referenced throughout the web. These include email clients, web-based feed aggregators, news filters, and more, each outlined in detailed in the Subscriber section of your Analyze tab.

Beyond these known places, FeedBurner can also help identify “Uncommon Uses” of your feed content. These references could be a neat little news filter somebody wrote, a blog somebody assembled from feeds, or even blog spam. Whatever it is, we’ve found that publishers want to see where their content is republished and it’s very helpful to have something like FeedBurner to provide visibility into usage. When FeedBurner identifies an “uncommon” use, we highlight it in your main Analyze tab Dashboard and in the detailed Uncommon Uses section within this tab as well.

This essentially tells me that there are several places that scrape my content (see blog scraping).

As I end each statistics entry, the data from my old blog site (which I have left up to allow those that may have linked to specific entries to still be able to find them).

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July 1, 2014

EDTECH537 – Statistics for June 2014

As readers of this blog are familiar with, generally at the end of each month I will post a back dated entry for 23:59pm on the last day of the month quickly outlining the statistics for the past month.  As I am once again teaching my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, this month and next month I will try to do a bit more detailed version of this entry, and reflect a little more for my students.

This past month there were 3,197 visitors to this blog.  This is compared with 3,474 in the month of May and 3,933 from June 2013.  Longtime readers of this blog will remember – as I do – there was a time when this blog averaged between 8,000 and 12,000 hits each month.  I’ve reflected in the past – see my blogiversary entries – as to why this decrease occurred, so I won’t go into it here.  Suffice to that that for the past year and a half the numbers have ranged in the 3,000 to 5,000 range, with most months being closer to the 3,000 figure.

The most visited entries over the past 30 days were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. AERA 2012 – Affective and Motivational Factors of Learning in Online Mathematics
  3. FLVS Teach Me With Minecraft Contest
  4. Report Release: Speak Up 2013 National Findings, K-12 Educators and Parents
  5. [Download] Blended Learning Kit: The Latest Information About Blended Learning
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. Review – Frog Dissection
  8. Learner at the Center of a Networked World: Join EdTech Thought Leaders for A Discussion on Learning and the Internet
  9. How to Master Mobile Online Learning
  10. Early Bird Special – May 2013

This is a list that always fascinates me – for two reasons.  The first is to examine the longevity of some of the entries that I have written and also the currency of those entries.  For example, the most visited entry this past month is a familiar one – and one that has been near the top of the list for quite some time.  It was written back in February 2010, so it is over four years old now but still gets lots of hits each month.  That is a good example of longevity.  On the other hand, from the list above only five of the entries were posted in the last 30 days.  I’m not sure if five current and five “old” entries is a good balance between longevity and currency, but I personally like it when it is closer to six or seven.

In looking at where people came from to get to this blog (i.e., how they found these and other entries), search engines accounted for almost half of the referrers this past month.  This was followed by Twitter, an RSS reader, Facebook, and Google+.  Let this be a lesson that you should publicize your blog entries on the various social media networks that you are on because it can be a major traffic driver.

Those folks that used search engines, used the following terms:

  • motivational and affective factors
  • aect immersive learning award
  • ally swenson indiana virtual academy
  • kerka s. 2005. applying adult learning theory: self directed learning and tranformational learning in the classroom
  • connections academy message board
  • comparison of pa cyber schools
  • cyber schools in mississippi
  • cyber school statistics
  • thalia fournier blog
  • sevenstar academy reviews
  • generational differences
  • a research study on effectiveness of on-line high school credit courses
  • journal of computing teachers
  • an essay about learning styles including a title based on the articles of felder & brent(2005)
  • learnnowbc
  • virtual schools with a certified teacher for field experience
  • merridith murray, special education
  • jaln.xxx
  • a guide to personalized learning
  • oxford virtual academy reviews

I should note that most of these were only used three to five or six times.  So it is kind of deceptive when you compare the search terms with the popular entries.

These are all statistics that are available to WordPress users in their dashboard under the “Site Stats” feature.  For students using WordPress or EduBlogs, here is a brief tutorial on how to do that.

And for my Blogger users, here is how you can go about this.

Next month I’ll dive into the statistics that Feedburner keeps a little more, as last week students created Feedburner accounts and added those to their blogs as well.

As I end each statistics entry, the data from my old blog site (which I have left up to allow those that may have linked to specific entries to still be able to find them).

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May 31, 2014

Statistics for May 2014

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3,474 visitors to this blog – which is done about 800 visitors since April, and about 500 or so less than May 2013.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Review – Frog Dissection
  3. Press Release | edWeb.net And ClassFlow Announce A New Online Professional Learning Community For Educators On Reinventing The Classroom
  4. K12 Inc. And Higher Education
  5. Will You Be Presenting At The Most Prestigious Conference In Online Learning?
  6. K12 for Schools and Districts is Now Fuel Education
  7. Scale Online and Blended Learning through 13 Automated Processes
  8. “Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning” Books
  9. Become a Master of Mobile Online Learning
  10. A FREE, 3-Week, Online Mirco-Course For Educators – Using Technology to Improve Student Learning

In what is still kind of unusual, but has become a bit of pattern in recent months, seven of the ten entries were actually written in April (n.b., 1, 2, and 6 were not).  I wonder how this lack of activity from the archives impacts the overall usage.

Search engines account for 10 hits to this blog for every one hit from another source.  The top search terms that were used included:

  1. aect hyo-jeong so
  2. diana muir controversy
  3. north carolina cyber school
  4. todd yarch memphis charter
  5. virtual school meanderings
  6. virtual frog dissection
  7. http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/questions-about-the-school-of-tomorrow/
  8. frog dissection
  9. virtual school wordpress blog
  10. ela portal ncvps

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site.

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April 30, 2014

Statistics for April 2014

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 4,274 visitors to this blog – which is almost the exact same as March, and about a 100 or so more than April 2013.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Read The Latest White Papers On Online, Remote And Flipped Learning Models
  3. AERA 2014 – Legal Responsibility for Special Education in Cyber Charter Schools
  4. AERA 2014 – A Legal Framework for Special Education and Charter Schools
  5. AERA 2014 – Personalized, Blended Learning in K-12: Benefits, Challenges, and Future Directions
  6. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  7. NCAA And K-12 Online Learning
  8. U.S. Education Department Announces First-of-Its Kind Resolution of Virtual Charter School Civil Rights Investigation
  9. Review – Frog Dissection
  10. AERA 2014 – A Meta-Analysis of Online Learning in K-12

In what is kind of unusual, seven of the ten entries were actually written in April (n.b., 1, 6, and 9 were not).

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site.

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March 31, 2014

Statistics for March 2014

This entry is being posted in a very back-dated fashion.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 4,287 visitors to this blog – an increase of more than 1000 since February, and even a little more than March 2013.

Since I am writing this in May, I can’t really access many other statistics, so that is it for this month…

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