I have been very resistant to change most of my life. Since I know this, I always try very hard to be open, force myself to experiment, and embrace innovation desperately, especially in my teaching. On the other hand, I am a very private person and prefer to remain very low profile and social networks demand participation, socialization, sharing, communication, time ... but that's how knowledge is built, connected, created and re-created, right?
Blogging, let me count the ways and the blogs. I maintain (run, operate, publish ~ whatever) a clutch of blogs. Does anyone know the correct collective would be? Blogs are a flexible medium. There is no single definition or standard model for content, let alone a single straight jacket definition. There are, however, misconceptions. I've heard most of them from people telling me what a blog is or sometimes what they think mine should be. I don't keep a diary blog. Nor are any of my blogs… Continue
Let me start with a doubt. When talking about the Scottish student’s textspeak essay, M. Pegrum states that many people who aren’t digital natives would struggle with it. I wonder if all digital natives within the English speaking world would be able to understand it straightaway. I feel that, as textspeak is a new, informal linguistic form of expression, some of its “unconventional conventions” might not be immediately understood… Continue
Apparently, if you want to work collaboratively on a bubbl.us sheet, you need to click on the friends tab. If the person already has an account, you can find them by name or email. If they don't, you have to click on the option invite them by email. Then click on sharing to choose the kind of access you want to give people: "read only" or "full edit"
Vance, as you have an account, I just wrote your name and you… Continue
I have a fairly packed iGoogle page as well as a similarly decked out Yahoo main page that I never look at. I have a Netvibes account/naked page. I'm not sure about Pageflakes, seems slow loading ~ to much Flash. ProtoPage looks promising and is faster loading, which is what I like best about iGoogle... nimble and fleet of foot.
Sticking with iGoogle for now even if it may lack "portfolioness." I'll dance with the one that I came with...…
This week: e-portfolios/ blogging v microblogging. With a handful of personal, special interest and community blogs + two twitter accounts (personal/community + organization/action), that part of the week's work is more familiar than the first. ePortfolios will have the steeper learning and may not assimilate until later (like Williams James on learning to ice skate in the summer and… Continue
I truly intended to write about tagging and folksomonies last week when it would have been appropriate to syllabus and readings. Instead I've been tagging (not just evomlit related tagging either) and in the process thinking of my own personal tagging history, all the places I've come to tag, tags vs folders - aggregating, bookmarking.
I started with a Delicious account some years back, mostly as a reaction to having lost the big fat bookmarks file on my hard drive. Later I got back… Continue
I'm experimenting with this mind mapping tool Letizia mentioned in the Multiliteracies YG. I'm using it to represent the content of that article in Spanish I mentioned in my previous post. It gives you an embed code, so now I want to see if it works in Ning (sometimes Ning does not allow that, don't ask me why) Here it… Continue
I'm standing at the teacher's desk in my smart classroom at the University of Maryland, and my students are writing about "one or two cultural differences [they]'ve noticed while living in a foreign country...." I was looking at the tasks for Week 3, which begins today, and decided to have a look at Zaid Alkagoff's slideshare presentation "Twenty-Five Edublogs You Simply Don't Want… Continue
This has been a week with tagging, and I have tried to get my bookmarks organised in Delicious - I had an account but didn't really know how/why to use it. Actually I only realised how useful it can be when I was deleting links (from moodle) that my last year's students contributed to one course. This year I'm going to ask them to share their links in delicious, and create a bundle and share it in moodle. I'm not yet quite sure how to do that, but I know I can rely on your support if there are… Continue
I started to take this workshop last year, became overwhelmed and stopped. However, I did get to view Mike Wesch's video last year and posted to my blog about it: Being Disruptive which left me eagerly awaiting this workshop for this year.
I am determined to get involved this year, but find myself falling behind once again! However, I do have some time set aside to over the next few days and… Continue
Ok, well this is my first post on Ning. I haven't had the time to really explore everything suggested for weeks 1 and 2 but I'm planning to spend a bit more time in the next few weeks.
I've had some problems with what seem like basic tasks; putting my photo on the map (too big), putting my photo on the Google doc (just couldn't figure it out) and just keeping up with all the tools and figuring out how they work.
PS I put a tag on the bottom here (#evomlit) - as far as I… Continue
Or drowning in them. Sink or swim: coordinate or drown? I just clicked Vance's overload article. "How can teachers deal with technology overload?" at http://multiliteracies.ning.com/profiles/blogs/how-can-teachers-deal-with. As an example of overload, I started this post early in the first week, saved most of it to drafts without posting. We are now nearing the end of the second week, and, after over a week… Continue
Well - I finally got "the book" and so I'm ready to start week 1
Even though people are thinking about week 3, I'm going to idle at the introduction a moment, because it begins with the passage about a Scottish girl giving in an exam essay in txt spk.
I have kept an article from "The Guardian" February 03 (no precise reference ... just an approximation scrawled on the photocopy). because the article in the Guardian itself was entirely written in textspeak.. The funny thing is that I… Continue