How to Get Started on Pressible

| August 31, 2010

If you are new to the Philosophy & Education blog, you might be wondering how one gets started. Never fear: here are some steps/guidelines! Once you are all set, come back to this post so you can learn how to make your first post by introducing yourself so we can begin to get to know others in our community and also begin to compile a handy online database of who is in our program and where their interests lay.

If you have a Columbia email address…
1) Point your browser to and create an account with your Columbia email address. You do not need to create a site (unless you want to! And in fact, with a Pressible account you can create an unlimited number of blogs) right now, just an account.
2) Email me at with your Columbia email address and username so I can add you to the blog.
3) Check your email for an invitation link.
4) Click the link.
5) Profit.

If you do not have a Columbia email address…
1) Email with your email address and your desired username.
2) Check your email for an invitation link.
3) Click the link.
4) Profit.

So now what? How do I use this thing?
Test out the interface by making an introduction post.

1) While you are logged in, navigate to “My Blogs” on the left side of your dashboard and select “Dashboard” under “Philosophy and Education.”
2) At the top of the page, click on “New Post.” Title it anything you’d like as long as it’s related to introductions.  Information that you might want to include is:

1. Your name
2. Your degree
3. Your educational background (e.g., undergraduate institution & majors/minors, postgraduate institutions & degrees, etc.)
4. Your teaching background, if applicable
5. What thinkers, topics, questions you are interested in
6. Any activities (reading groups, collaborative projects, etc.) that you would be interested in pursuing with others in the Philosophy and Education program
7. Anything else you think we should know?

3) On the right side of the screen, a little below the main text box, select some tags. Tag your post with your name, degree program (using the format “Program: ______”), and graduating year (using the format “Graduating Year: _______”).
4) Select the “People” and “Introductions” categories below the tag box.
5) You can save a draft if you’re not yet ready to go prime-time with your post. Otherwise, go for it and hit Publish!

What now?
After that, the sky’s the limit! Feel free to contribute content of your own. Some ideas include showcasing work you’re doing in the department or elsewhere in the field, commenting on topics related to your personal interests and those of others in the program, or directing our attention to newspaper and journal articles.  You can also add to Calls for Papers/Conference and Events pages.

Please remember that this site is related to the Teachers College Philosophy & Education program.  Please use common sense regarding inflammatory language, inappropriate content, etc. Have fun!