Ok, your interested in blogging as a way to keep in touch with other bloggers and to enhance your classroom instruction using technology but you just do not have the time to keep up on everyone's blog or media updates. One way is to use a tool called Technorati. This web tool tracks blogs and other forms of user-generated web based media. If you sign up for the service you can mark your favorite blogs and media. Technorati will provide you a list with last updated dates so you do not have to click on each blog or media to check for updates. I have provided a link on this blog's page.
Setting time limits would be advisable for anyone interested in blogging. Adults will find that it can be addictive, as you can see from the posting time on this post. Also, I do not want my students staying up late blogging and then coming to school the next day unable to stay awake and learn.
Before we go any further let me introduce My Bright Idea! Creating blogs or other web based materials will result in numerous logins and passwords for websites. Make life easier and save time by creating a login book using an address book. Record the login and passwords according to the website being used will save you frustration later. Trust me...it took me awhile to grasp the idea.
This blog is being developed to meet a requirement for my summer UHCL Applications for Technolgy (INST 6031) class. I already maintain my 23 Things SBISD blog, contact other bloggers, and build blogs with my students so my time is very valuable and limited. With this in mind I probably will not maintain this course required blog's content after finishing the class. However, I do plan to include something useful so the process will not be a total waste of my time.
Because I believe that the use of technology in the classroom helps better prepare my students for the future I will be adding instructional information on blogging to share with my students later.
Originally from Indiana I've called Texas my home for the last 9 years and absolutely loved living there. Moving away from my Texas friends was a hard choice but being closer to family was important at this time of my life. No, I don't miss the snow and cold weather in Indiana and would rather "bake" in the Texas heat! The love of my life for the past 38 years and I have a long distance marriage since our family situation requires him to be with them. I recently began cross stitching, quilting and kniting again. I look forward to giving more grandma hugs and meeting great people while enjoying the weather here in NC.