For my first blog post I made an attempt to enlighten the world concerning my opinions on technology, so it might be interesting to read that posting first. In the next post I will share my thoughts on establishing my very own Personal Learning Network (PLN). Hot topics of discussion today will be Social Bookmarking. Blogs, and Ning)
Social Bookmarking – https://delicious.com/swalker3030
I absolutely love Social Bookmarking! I set up my first Delicious account during a class last semester and have been using it ever since. This to me is like the greatest thing since sliced bread. It seems so simple but I am the world’s worst for finding useful resources that I want to include in my lessons and then not being able to find them later. Articles will not pull up or You Tube videos disappear….it’s quite dreadful! The greatest thing about Delicious is the “add to Delicious” button that you can put on the toolbar so whenever you find link you want to keep for later, you just click and add it! Brilliant I must say!
Last week I did a bookmark lesson with my students and had them sign up for a Delicious account. The only thing they seemed interested in at first was asking; why it was called Delicious? Very logical question, I would like to know myself.
Being a floating teacher at my school, I explained that using the bookmark toolbar wasn’t very helpful for me because it only saves it to the computer I am currently working on. I can work from five different computers in the building plus my home computer during the course of a day. By using the “add to Delicious” button it stores all my links to one location. They seemed to love it after that! Due to excessive snow days I haven’t been able to give them a formal lesson to look up items and save links yet…..hopefully next week.
Reviewing Diigo, I thought well, I already have Delicious so I probably won’t use it but I did notice it has some interesting features that Delicious does not. Maybe one day I can look into it further and see about switching.
Blogs – My first experience with a Blog was in a course last semester. I do not blog I guess because I feel like it’s just another thing that takes up time and keep me sitting in front of a computer….and I really don’t have that much to say most of the time or feel I have anything to blog about. However, I do feel it’s something my students should be introduced to and taught how to use it properly and professionally. My plans were to introduce blogging to my students this semester but with our eight snow days we’ve had I’m crunched for time. My goal is now to start my blogging lesson next school year.
Nings – When I first looked at the Ning choices I knew instantly that this was something I probably would not use on a consistent basis but I do find a few things interesting about each. I am still waiting for my membership to confirmed on each.
I joined the two that fit me the most.
I have found a couple of forums that I would like to respond to when my membership gets approved. One lady is asking about information regarding their school’s BYOD and inquiring about policy information. Our school has just starting piloting this program at one of our high school’s and I wanted to provide her with our requirements.
I probably found the video section the most useful in this PLN and look forward to searching through all the resources.
It has been my experience that when I try to participate in Webinars and online resources like PLN’s the material seems to be geared at lot toward the elementary school level or it’s teachers wanting to know how to incorporate technology into their classes. This too, always seems to be at the elementary level. I often feel that I find very little information that is beneficial to my subject matter and grade level that I just look at many of these resources as a waste of time.
Maybe one day when I finish taking online classes and become more settled again I can start a blog about the lesson plans I currently use and offer assistance to colleges who teach Computer Applications.