Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Aaah! Hyperlinks again.

I have been posting so many "essay style" posts lately that I decided to enjoy exploring my backlog in Bloglines. (I thought I had better comment on my backlog because it is the style for today. Thank goodness for holidays!!)

Of course, Cool Cat Teacher is one of my favorite blogs of the day. Vicki's Blog seems to be "just in time" training for me. ("Just in time" is an educational term, too, although Wikipedia hasn't discovered it yet.) Anyway, that's the best way to learn - being taught what you need to know just when you need to know it. So I really enjoyed "Security and Privacy Tips from Westwood Wiki" and "Teaching the Intuitive Learning of Software". The latter post is focussed on teaching students HOW to use software. Truth be told, the teacher - this teacher - needs that information, too.

Alec Couros overviews sites discussing the Learning Management Systems Patent. Ewan McIntosh of edublogs discussed "Boys' motivation through gaming" which has become a topic connected to my interest in boys' literacy. At Ideas and Thoughts, the entry "Technology and Vacations" gives great examples of how we can use technology on a vacation...these are transferrable to the classroom. Learning.now addresses the developing trend in on-line teacher rating sites.

The next skill I wish to acquire is podcasting. Both Will Richardson's Book and Blog are useful for helping in this area. I've read his book (several times, actually) but I am still implementing more preliminary skills. Today I connected my site to coComments as suggested by the Cool Cat Teacher. I discovered that there are many blogs that do not work with coComments.

And...one link for the fun of it...Bobby Socks Quilt Company discovered on Shareski's Bloggin' Experiment. I enjoyed the site, dreamed about all the things I'd like to make and now my quilting fantasies have been fulfilled for the year. I can vicariously live through someone else's creative quilting skills.

How much time per day do all of you invest into blogging every day, anyway?!! I'd love to be a fly on the wall and see what experienced bloggers/podcasters/subscribers/etc. do on a daily basis. Plus, I'm sure there are many options that I haven't installed and code that I haven't added to my blog...I'd like to see how all this is done. Will? Up for book #2? (Now that you've managed the basics, try this...!!?)


Blogger Jo McLeay said...

""just in time" training for me. ("Just in time" is an educational term, too, although Wikipedia hasn't discovered it yet.) "
Now how is wikipedia going to find it if you don't write the article yourself? There's lots of work for us to do isn't there? Maybe I'll start the entry and you can edit it.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Buddha said...

I am a "digital immigrant" and as such enjoy the idea of the blog but cannot apply myself to the time they take to maintain...well not always. Anyhow, the question I have is how are blogs "hooking" young people into writing as they seem to have increasingly little interest in being anchored to any given "bit" of information or tasks that maintain high levels of follow through and analysis of thought...

Is the Blog simply a place to "confess to the world for the cleansing of all things cerebral" or is it an actual intellectual exercise?

Perhaps it is a sociological anomoly that enraptures only a particular type of thinker?


7:54 PM  
Blogger Jeanette Wiens-Peckham said...

Thanks for the feedback.

Jo, if you start it and let me know, I'd be happy to help out with a Wikipedia entry.
Let me know when you are working on it.

Buddha, thanks for the great question about whether or not blogs will really hook kids. I have ideas forming in my head for an answer but I think I'll put it in an actual post later today as it is a longer answer. It's an important question to address.

By the way, if you have any hints for ed tech programs/skills/activities that are particularly useful - tried and true - feel free to share the ideas!!

8:43 AM  
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2:36 PM  

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