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Blogging Tips

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 | 0 comments

For the Makerbots and Mashups FSEM, you have 3 choices for a platform for your blog.

  1. Tumblr
  2. UMW Blogs
  3. Domain of One’s Own

All three options are free to you as students at UMW.  Tumblr is the easiest, and we recommend it for those of you who are not familiar with creating and maintaining web content.  Once you’ve signed up for a Tumblr account, you can post whatever you want to your site.  You can also customize your site to suit your individual preferences.  You should follow the Thinklab’s Tumblr blog.

UMW Blogs is a web publishing platform managed by UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies.  UMW Blogs uses Word Press, which is an easy way to create and post content to the web.  As a student at UMW, you can have a blog at no charge.

Domain of One’s Own is the most complicated of the three options.  Again, it is free as long as you are a student at UMW.  DOOO gives you a the opportunity to register your own Internet domain, which you can use to create a portfolio of all your work while at UMW.  The domain will remain yours after you graduate, provided you decide to start paying for it.

Blogging regularly is one of the expectations of students in this course.  The best way to approach your blog is to post as you go.  Use your camera to capture pictures of your work as you go along.  Document your successes — and your failures!  Talk about what worked and what didn’t work.  Share your ideas for things you’d really like to make.


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Maker Monday September 15

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 | 0 comments

The next Maker Monday will be September 15, from 5 to 9, in the ThinkLab.  Experiment with 3D printing, learn to sew, or create a game.  What do you want to make?

I am working on making a version of this Monster:

Mopsey the Monsterbot

I’m up to the point where I have to solder pieces together and program the Arudino.  My programming skills are getting better, but soldering is not working for me.  But I’m going to keep trying!  Come help, or learn how to make your own monster.


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Maker Monday begins September 8!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 |

What do you want to make?

Release you inner maker during our Open Hack time in the UMW ThinkLab, most Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.!

Explore 3D design and printing!  Tinker with e-textiles!  Sew!  Craft!  Create!

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What Makes a Good Tumblr Post

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 |

  • Include pictures or video
  • Show the steps you followed from start to finish
  • Talk about what worked — and what didn’t work!
  • Show where you got your inspiration
  • Have fun!
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