Posts Tagged ‘ blogging ’

Still Learning

Here I am in the midst of my summer vacation, but I still am reading from the blogosphere and discussing education.  Is this cool or crazy!

Granted. I do know a few things in th Edtech. world, and this has significantly increased over the last six months, thanks to Alec.  However, I find I am still a neophyte in so many ways.

For example, I was just reading about CreativeCommons licenses.  Since many of the people in the tech. world have them, maybe I should too.  I feel a little more informed, but welcome any comments regarding the type of license I should get.  I hope to get some info. from the “experts,” like Dean, Alec, Jennifer, or Shawn just to name a few.  Does Lucy, Mic or Murcha still read this?  I have been somewhat dormant lately.

It astounds me at the amount of PD, etc. people continue to do over the summer.  I too was able to stream into some conference sessions.  All were interesting and a lot of fun.

Getting connected a little more each week.

BTW did anybody notice the slight name change on the blog?  Just trying to open things up a bit more.


Odds and Ends

Since the end of EC&I 831, the blog posting has slowed quite a bit from participants.  This is only natural.  Even though we all liked the course, it was still a class.  People sense the relief that another class is done.

I too am not writing as often (as predicted), but the blog continues.  I am still checking my google reader everyday and read many blogs.  So many people have such interesting ideas!

i am continuing to push myself into technology further.  Recently, I gave a short talk to my teachers about Teacher Tube and Delicious and the value of what each possesses.  I plan to follow up more with both and hopefully my staff will have accounts set up on both sites soon.  The opportunity for collaboration is increased, especially with delicious.  We’ll see where it goes from here.

I continue to try and build a wiki for my Law 30 class.  I would like each student to contribute various elements of Criminal law to the site, since this is our unit of study at this time.  Again, we will see where it goes from here.

BTW, visit the class blog, when you have a chance and leave a comment.  My students are now responsible for a weekly post.  It would be great to have other people engage in the conversation from outside our classroom.  Let them experience the influence of the blogosphere!!!  The issues posted are various and one does not need to know anything specific about Canadian Law.

Other notables:

  • Bircher’s Banter was mentioned on the Principal’s Page as a subscribed blog.  Great publicity or what!!!
  • I bought a new computer and already took back to store.  Why?  Get all hooked up and no sound.  I think they forgot to install something!

…and yes the EC&I experience, brought my Master’s program to a conclusion.  Seems kind of weird though.  I keep thinking about what I should do next?  For now, I guess just enjoy the feeling.  Not bad, I suppose, for a guy who left university once and was doubtful on ever returning, before any degrees were earned.  Will I go for three?  Not sure, but we’ll see how things go from here.

More Reflections

Recently, I thought about some of the things I learned during this class,  Granted, instead of doing a mass amount of reading from a text, there were specific articles to read, but also gaining info. from a varity of other sources, like video, podcasts, TED  talks and a couple of live/online web chats.  It really goes to show how one can gain information and become knowledgable using technology.  I suppose this is part of what connectivism is all about.

I continue to think of my digital project and my contribution to the collaborative wiki.  Was it enough?  Did I do what was required?  Yes, I have learned many new tools and ideas over the course of this semester, but was it sufficient? For me, or for Alec?  I think one of purposes of this class was how things would continiue when the class ends.  Do we still implement the ideas we have learned, maybe just not as rapidly?  Is this all going to end?  I know my digital project will continue to evolve.  For instance, I started a class wiki for my Law 30 students and connect to the course blog through it.  This was NOT part of the plan when I first started.  I find I am taking the initial project idea and am wanting to make it evolve into something better all the time.  Not because I have to but because I want too.  This reflective blog should continue as well because of the contacts I have made all over the world.

There have been side projects as well.  In addition to the wiki I just started, I have one or two teachers connecting their students with students, who are children of Cirque du Soleil performers.  I have to thank Sharon Peters for this.  I have Skyped with Clarence Fisher and gained new ideas as well.  My tech. catalyst teacher and myself are starting a school blog or wiki and will hopefully be running soon.  I hope to have all staff with Delicious acounts soon as well, so more collaboration can take place. 

Basically, I am saying that in addition to my formal projects, there are many side projects being developed now as well, even though I did not put them as part of my formal course, but I think they needed to be mentioned.  Overall, I see some good things developing in the future.


Check out the first part of this post as it relates to some of the blogging concerns we have discussed.  Also, there is an interesting part later on about John Chick of the Riders and how he lives with diabetes each day.

Thanks murcha (from the blogosphere) for your comment.

More Info. on Blogs Closing

I came across this post in the blogosphere and I thought it I should share it.

I get the part of student safety because it is very important. Of the stuff I have read to date, most info. centers around how technology is bad. Is the good being investigated as well???

Related posts.

Al Upton

Clarence Fisher

Better Late than Never

For some reason, this past week and a half has been a little overwhelming.  I truly feel I need to have my laptop tied to my hip. 

I like the idea of social networking.  After listening to Darren’s presentation, I think I can incorporate Web. 2.0 tools into my classroom.  I also am toying with the idea of having a blog for administrators in our division.  How to administer the blog is the question I am still trying to sort out.  I do beleive more than ever that I can only begin with baby steps and grow as needed.  I think Darren reinforced this as well.  The cool thing about the social web is that a person can use Web 2.0 tools however they like.  All creations are unique, and I think this is what we tell students to do as well.

One thing I found over the last while is that I spend so much time viewing other people’s blogs, that I tend to forget about my own!  If I comment too much on other blogs, will I have anything interesting to say on my own.  Mass marathon sessions in front of the computer do not help either.  Viewing for shorter time periods more often throughout a day is typically better, but do we want to be in front of the computer all the time?  I feel a visit to BEST BUY to get a palm pilot or whatever is coming on soon!

I find the new tools very interesting, but more than I can handle right now.  I signed up for a Flickr account, but have not investigated it thoroughly.  I read about Voicethread, but don’t have a clue how to use it.  I always felt I had a decent grip on technology but wow!  It seems like a Bill Cosby moment – that is, Bill had all different types of appliances but never used them.  Is this what I am becoming with Web 2.0 stuff?  Oy vey!!!