Hello, Blog, my old friend
I’ve come to write on you again
I have been neglecting you,
Because now I have a wiki, too.
And the visions keep swarming in my brain
What a pain
Within the sound of silence
This song has been running through my mind for the past few days… So I gave it some new lyrics 😉
That is all.
A brilliant idea sprang into my mind today about one way in which to use a blog in my classroom. I really want to figure out the best ways possible to incorporate a blog and/or wiki into my daily lessons, so I will be posting my ideas as they come to me. My idea today is this…
Week of January 25- February 1, 2016
Many changes have been made over the course of this week to my blog. I customized the theme and am finally learning how to organize it like I want it. I still have to figure out how to change the font color of my menu so the ‘Home’ and ‘About’ tabs can be seen. My blogroll is finally coming along. I am confused as to why I have the blogs from class showing up twice. Hopefully someone will be able to show me what’s going on in class on Tuesday. Thanks to Christopher’s comment on my question about blogrolls, I was able to get as far as I did.
I read many articles about what makes a blog a blog. I really enjoyed reading about early blogs in Jill Walker Rettberg’s Blogging, chapter one. I also read Rebecca Blood’s post weblogs: a history and perspective on her blog, rebecca’s pocket. Since I couldn’t decide which other essay I should read, I decided to scan through some other blogs of my colleagues. I stopped to comment on Dominique’s Fitzpatrick Reflection, since she did such a fantastic job asking questions of her readers to open up conversations. I also commented on Micah’s post What makes a blog because I couldn’t resist his tempting lure of ice cream flavors. Very clever! After scanning, I chose to read Lilia Efimova’s ideas on a Weblog as a Personal Thinking Space. She presents a lot of great information in her paper about personal blogs and left me with many ideas about how to improve my blog in the future. The other post I commented on was Melissa’s. She brought forth even more information that I never knew existed.
I made other various posts and Tweets this week, too. I am enjoying this class more and more as I learn how to facilitate my site better and explore what blogs are all about. I am excited to see how blogs can be used in education. I would like to use a blog in my classroom as a way to manage my writer’s and reader’s workshop classes since they are so individualized already.
P.S. I found the calendar to change the date of the post as Tara replied to me about, but it is not working… On my questions list for Tuesday!
This week’s readings have given me and my colleagues in #en3177 much to ponder about “What makes a blog a blog?” My current understanding of a blog is this… Continue reading
So, I’m sitting here doing my homework and my 7-year-old daughter comes up to me and asks, “Mom do you want to see some of my blogs?” I am left speechless. I am looking at my daughter’s 2nd grade blog posts in awe of what kids are learning at such a young age in school! I love it! It makes me so excited for her future to know that she is learning how to maneuver in the technology world a full 30 years before I am! Maybe she can teach me some things! Ha!Ha!
I’m really undecided about whether or not I want to link to her blog. I know it is out there in public already, but this is my little girl. I am very proud of her blog, don’t get me wrong.
Do I really want to make it even more public? This is really tough for me…
In all of the readings I consumed for the first part of this assignment, I have come to the conclusion that connections are what makes a blog a blog. There are many different types of connections to speak of, but connections are the key to any type of blog.