The digital age is not only upon us, it has invaded us.
As educators, we are faced with a dilemma, either to embrace the new face of education, admit that trekking in this undiscovered country fills some of us with trepidation OR to run kicking and screaming from it and hope no one realizes that we still relying on only the same methods that we have used for years.
Recently,I have been working diligently to launch myself even more deeply into the world of Web 2.0 tools. What an amazing world it is – with endless possibilities for students, classrooms, and collaboration. I continue to be astonished by the endless number of the resources at our fingertips, resources that are multiplying as I type.
For starters, this is my new blog that will highlight messages of the week as well as provide you with links to resources I am researching for individual teachers, principals, our district, School Improvement Plans, instructional strategies, and staff development opportunities.
Now that you are here, let me share some of the functions of the site.
First, on the left side of the page, you will find today’s message and other past entries. You will also find “links” followed by a date. Thanks to Donna Murray, I have used Feedburner to link any new Delicious bookmarks directly to my blog. So, every morning, any new web pages I have bookmarked load directly onto my blog for viewing. Way cool!
Take a look at the right side of the page. Under the picture at the top of the page, you will see a box that reads: Subscribe to Heather’s Weblog by E-mail. By clicking here, you will receive an E-mail update any time I update my blog. You will receive my daily Delicious links as well as any content, weekly messages, etc that I add to this page.
Under this tab, you will find another tab that reads My Delicious Links. If you are interested in what I am marking on the web or searching my archives, tags, and bookmarks, just click here, and you will be directed to my Delicious page and my bookmarks by category/subject.
The last tab on the right side of the page is titled, What do you want? Here, you will find a list of tabs that serve as tags for concepts, topics, and information shared in the blog. If you know what you are looking for, you can simply click on a word or phrase, and you will be taken to a list of blog entries on that topic.
If you would like to comment on an entry, just click the Comments or No Comments links that follow each entry. Then, you can leave your comments or feedback for others to read.
What an amazing collaborative tool!
Many of you have professional blogs, Delicious accounts, and other wonderful collaborative resources. I urge you to share them with all of us.
Please take this opportunity today to share how you use web 2.0 tools to collaborate.
If you are interested in setting up your own Delicious account or blog for your classes, parents, grade level/department, or school, please let me know. I would love to assist you.
Have a great week!