As I mentioned last week, I have been spending time really trying to connect with other book bloggers and be more interactive. For the first time I participated in something called “Top Ten Tuesday”. This is a weekly feature started by another book blog, The Broke and The Bookish. They post topics each Tuesday and book bloggers and encouraged to make their own list, and link back to The Broke and The Bookish. This was a great opportunity to connect because book bloggers could go directly to my blog from the link I posted. I had a few new visitors comment on my list and they were very welcoming and encouraging! I am going to try and participate in Top Ten Tuesday more often as a way to get more involved.
How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Another thing I have been focusing on this week is being more interactive on twitter, I have been entering book blogger giveaways and directly tweeting other authors or book bloggers.
I am finding it difficult to keep my Reads by Amy blog, twitter, and instagram updated regularly while also trying to keep my personal/professional accounts updated. I am trying to find a balance it is very time consuming to keep updated on all these accounts.That being said- after I am done this post I am off to Reads by Amy to do my next book review! Check it out!
I am ecstatic to be done! It’s been a fun and challenging semester. Let’s talk about the major project first. This project initially looked entirely different. As I learned more and more about digital citizenship through this class, I realized that creating a practical resource for myself and other teachers, admin, and parents would be the best use of my time, as it would have purpose outside of this class. Too often in other classes term papers get written, then are left to collect dust on a shelf, or (cyberdust?) on Google Docs. I’m really happy with the results, and am glad I decided to create a resource that would support all those invested in teaching and supporting digital citizenship.
The following links provide a chronological summary of the content that speaks to the final project over the course of the semester:
Long time no blog. Well, not this one at least. Since the last two posts, and three screencasts later I have really realized that the time I have to keep at my final project is slowly dwindling down to nothing. And there’s still so much to do!
I made the mistake of thinking that the website design would fall into place, but after a week of nights I’m finally starting to get it to look the way I originally envisioned: A static front page with little clutter, and clear images that represent the different sections I am focusing on (9 elements, teachers, parents, schools).
I really don’t want to use anyone else’s images for this project, which will mean either creating my own in illustrator, or doing something else…
I am struggling with content for some of Ribble’s 9 elements, which is helping to answer the question I had earlier on in the year which was ‘why did Ribble stick to the elements, without giving some concrete examples of how they can be integrated into the classroom?’ I totally see why now. It’s hard to differentiate the different categories (and really, should you?), as many of them overlap.
I have had an easier time with resources for the teachers/parents/and schools sections, which is really the main focus: Getting reluctant teachers, parents, and schools a lifeline to start thinking about these issues, and how to easily implement them in their schools/homes. That said, I still plan on making several videos that will condense the information I will be sharing into an easy to digest format. I have realized through reading too many papers and articles this semester, that often it’s much easier to watch a video to help all the concepts gel much better. Plus, it’s easier to access for those busy people who don’t have time to read a bunch of stuff on the blurry screen of computerland.