Virtual School Meanderings

October 31, 2014

Statistics for October 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 6,187  visitors to this blog – which is up about 2800 visitors since September (first big jump I’ve seen in a while), but still about 2600 or so less than October 2013.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Pick EdITLib This Autumn!
  2. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  3. Review Finds Major Methodological Errors In Florida Virtual School Report
  4. Article Notice – The Nature of Online Charter Schools: Evolution and Emerging Concerns
  5. 5 Steps to Blended Learning Success – 5 Minute Videos and Checklists
  6. Article Notice – K-12 Teachers’ Perceptions Of And Their Satisfaction With Interaction Type In Blended Learning Environments
  7. Article Notice – Reasons For Student Dropout In An Online Course In A Rural K–12 Setting
  8. Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning
  9. Student Holiday Notice
  10. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics

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

  • pros and conss of online school k-12
  • fueleducation .com
  • national distance learning week
  • same organs human and frogs have
  • “virtually the same but worlds apart” workshop review
  • ulearn conference modern learning practice
  • research on cyber charter schools
  • presence noddings
  • canelearn wordpress
  • center for research and educational outcomes 2009

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site.

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September 30, 2014

Statistics for September 2014

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In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3,370  visitors to this blog – which is down about 400 visitors since August, and about 100 or so less than September 2013.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. New Webinars | 10 Educators To Follow On Twitter, Coding For Kindergarten, And More!
  2. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  3. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  4. Student Holiday Notice
  5. Virtual Schooling (K-12 Online Education): Assistant/Associate Professor of Ed Tech – Job Announcement – Arizona State University
  6. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  7. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  8. Review – Frog Dissection
  9. Defining A Dissertation Topic – Which Aspect Of K-12 Online Learning?
  10. Video Creation, Online Pedagogy, and Hybrid Learning – Fall Webinars

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

  • dissertation cartoons
  • socio economics variables influencing students performance in biology
  • cyber school statistics
  • early bird
  • john eshelman quality science labs llc
  • frog dissection
  • cyber school hickory nc
  • delphi method for doctoral dissertation
  • ace school of tomorrow catalog
  • how to deal with time management in college

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site.

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August 31, 2014

Statistics for August 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 3,822 visitors to this blog – which is down about 100 visitors since July, and about 300 or so less than August 2013.

The top ten entries this past month were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  3. Guest Blogger: 5 Reasons Why K-12 Online Learning is Growing Fast
  4. Online Education – In Ontario
  5. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  6. Leadership Day 2014: Educational Leadership and Virtual Schooling
  7. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  8. Defining A Dissertation Topic – Which Aspect Of K-12 Online Learning?
  9. Cyber Schooling And Homeschooling
  10. Student Holiday Notice

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:

  • online education in ontario reviews
  • history virtual schooling
  • california catholic virtual school
  • middle school cartoons
  • ncaa high school online schooling
  • holiday note to students
  • studies on comics in rural schools
  • stats for students with ieps in cyberschools vs. brick and mortar schools
  • “bet you didn’t dream this” cartoon
  • education reformer school broken business remedy online

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site.

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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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