Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thing 4

Well, I can't get the confirmation email from Bloglines to complete my registration. I was able to set up my folders though. However, it would not allow me to delete the "Blogline News" folder.

I think the RSS feed will definitely make it easier to follow the blogs to which I subscribe. Instead of having to visit every single blog, their new posts will come to me. There are so many blogs out there, that I will have to be particular about what I choose for subscription. I don't want to spend hours reading all of the blog updates! Having separate folders for organizing my blogs will allow me to read in each category as my time allows.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thing 3

Aha! I found where I can change colors and the layout of my blog. I added a blog description and changed the font. Getting into color changes would occupy me for hours!

There is such a wide range of blogs on the Internet. There are as many different purposes for blogs too! For my purposes, I might enjoy a blog relating to books (being a librarian). Maybe students could post book reviews on a blog. I would have to allow them all permission to post in the settings of the blog and also would have to read their posts before allowing them to be published. There is also the issue of student privacy on the internet; we definitely could not post their full names. I'll have to keep thinking of more ways to use a blog in my teaching. Interesting stuff...

Thing 2

It was fun and easy to create a blog! The hardest part was coming up with a unique blog address that wasn't already in use. I also wished I had more color choices and ways to customize the look of my blog page.

I am participating in 23 Things because it sounded like a course that was truly relevant to my life and my job. I also enjoy learning new technology and like to be current on what's happening in the technology world.

As far as being a blogger... well, I'm alright with the instructors and class members reading this blog, but I am not one who enjoys posting my thoughts and feelings out there for the whole world to read. I am not a big writer, more of a reader. So, blogging will pull me out of my shell!

Thing 1

After reading David Warlick's article and rewatching the "Pay Attention" video, I truly realized how our schools are not teaching in the modern age. Students and staff alike use so much technology in our everyday lives, but this technology is not migrating into our teaching practices at the same speed. While reading Warlick's article, my mind kept wandering, trying to think of ways I could apply technology to my curriculum and teaching. I felt somewhat defeated by the lack of money in our school districts for buying technology and by the blocking of websites, such as YouTube, from our schools. So, I guess I need to learn what I CAN use in my teaching, working around limitations. Maybe there also is a way to change some of the issues that limit our use of technology in teaching. I can't wait to see what 23 Things will teach me!

Monday, February 16, 2009