WordPress.org vs Blogger.com


I’ve spent the past few hours trying to find out what version of WordPress I am using. Since it must be an older version, I’m not finding the answer (mkmercurio.wordpress.com). I’m in the process of setting up a new blog and decided to set it up on WordPress because I love the vast Theme options, the extensive Dashboard, the Widget selection, the easy load and overall look of my wordpress blog.

On my blogger.com site – I have limited themes but robust stats that are extremely helpful. It’s a google product and it’s been good to me and works well but it sort of boring.

WordPress.org is open source, however, the directions to get it to the newest version make my eyes tired.

The Support links and FAQs give me list of commands, instructions and more … I just want to find out what version I’m running and how to get to the newest version.

Blogger must have this figured out … am I missing something here?


Do you like one over the other?

Can you help me update my wordpress.org blog without too much time and effort? Or should I just chuck it and go with Blogger?




Cyberspace Classrooms: A New Reality

Book readers, podcasts, webcams, cell phone texting platforms, chat rooms, webinars, videos, and open source software will be old school techniques when my grandson is in college in 2030.

Land based classrooms will not be an option. They will be as obsolete as the rotary telephone I grew up with that tethered me to a wall. The cyberspace classroom is being created now. Each new innovation erases an existing fixture in the educational realm.

Cell phones are allowing students the ability to attend webinars, seminars and to download podcasts allowing students to learn in ways that don’t involve paper, books or people.

Courses can be created and students can be grouped according to their interests. Students will have more freedom to pick and choose from a wide range of universities since location will no longer be an issue.

Success will come to students as they set goals that suit their personalities and fill their class load with courses that speak to them.

In an online learning environment, there will be no need for dormitories, buildings, librarians, janitors, parking attendants, football players, cafeterias or bookstores. Some colleges may decide to keep their science and medical departments but the others can go online.

The cyber-classroom will have everything a student needs to be successful. In addition to advisor and counseling forums, a student will be able to have chats with faculty, work groups with students and even create new environments as a way to share information.

Diversity will become a way of life as students from across the world attend class in cyberspace bringing their world view, culture, religion, history and attitude to the table.

The educational model we have today doesn’t work. It costs too much and doesn’t deliver the necessary tools for the graduate.

The Global Web of 195 countries may not even need tools. By the time my grandson is in college, the whiteboard may be replaced by a virtual circuit board giving him access to all existing information.  Put a ring on his finger …and he’s in the Louve looking at original art or he’s back in time watching the pyramids being created or he’s sitting next to John Steinbeck as he writes a novel.

He will tell his children, “There was a time when students had to go to a classroom to learn…”

Why is Open Source Learning so Important?

Take a few minutes to learn about Open Source learning and why it’s so important.

Richard Baraniuk believes it’s the wave of the future because it cuts out the middleman which keeps costs low.
The video shows how teachers have embraced open source learning as a tool that allows them to connect with other educators across the city, nation and world.