Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tool #2 Building Community in the Online Environment

I've completed something like this before in one of the previous years of "Things" blogging. Looking back at old posts, I seem to have thought that I would have used the readers and bookmarking sites, however I haven't in the past few years. Part of me likes the element of surprise when going to a favorite blog to see if there's a new post or not. I think in this day in age, we are "updated" way too often.

I like the idea of building a personal learning network. I always enjoy participating in programs where I meet educators from other schools, districts, cities, and states and getting ideas for things to try in my own classroom. The internet has made this even easier. Speaking of easy- it was NOT easy finding blogs related to my content that have been kept up. Here's one that I did find and have added to my favorites: History Tech I plan on checking this one out some more as we test out more technology in the social studies classroom.

Commenting on other blogs wasn't difficult, as I have done it in the past. However, since not everyone has gotten very far in this project, it was a little hard to make very constructive comments. Luckily, the 2 computer teachers on my campus have gotten pretty far and offered a lot of helpful info. Check them out: Dunn's Dithers and Lora's 11 Tools Blog

Finally, if you want a laugh, check out my hubby's Voki on his 11 Tools Blog: Lee's Blog


  1. I am very impressed with how your blog is set up. Mine looks so plain Jane compared to yours. . .
    But it only took me about 20 minutes to get started, so I am happy about that!! :)

  2. Some people are bloggers and some aren't. I have found that the ones that keep theirs going are usually very passionate about what they are teaching and usually want to share and not necessarily get feedback (some do). It is fun to find someone whom you connect with on a professional level and share ideas.


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