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Do I have time for all of this?

This week I couldn’t help but think that I am going to have to quit my full time job or take a leave of absence from my family if I am going to be able to get into the social networking world as I should.  Our guest presenter last week , Sue Waters, had so much useful information about blogging, especially for educational purposes.  Her presentation inspired me to keep on my learning quest and I approached the grades 4/5 teacher at my school to see if she wanted to work with me on a project.  I happened to see that her class was doing a “blog” in print form.  My brain started to race at the possibilities!  Here was an opportunity to put my action where my mouth has been.  I could possibly mold my project around this idea and we could both benefit-hopefully.  I was hoping that she was not going to run at that moment, but lucky for me, she was willing to take the chance of being dragged into my social networking knowledge quest.  I still have to wonder…do I have enough knowledge at this point to actually teach someone what I know.

Knowledge is a funny thing-the more I learn, the more I want to learn. It may seem to some that my journey has not taken me very far, but for me every little thing that I learn prompts me to put myself out there and learn something else.  When I was reading comments that were made in response to my blog post, “Am I a candidate for on-line social communities?” I could not help but think  that there are so many people out there willing to help me on my journey.  It is hard not to be insulted by some of the comments or to take them personally.  Sean pointed out that I was not accepting my blog comments.  What?  I didn’t even know that I was supposed to be.  Why would this person care what I was doing?  Sean did not know me.  On the other hand-what a interesting and cool concept that someone that I did not even know would care about my progress on my journey.  Thanks for the information, my new friend.

There was so much information given last week by Sue, that I don’t really know where to start.  She challenged us to ask her 3 questions about educational blogging or building our own personal learning networks.  I gave this some thought and right now I think my 3 questions would be:

1.  How do I protect the privacy of my students and teachers as I teach them to participate in educational blogging?

2.  How do I teach students, parents and teachers to comment appropriately and usefully to the  posts?

3.  How do I set up my own personal blog so that I am making the most efficient use of the tools to manage it in the time I have?

Thanks Sue for all of your information and also for agreeing to reply to our questions.  There are so many helpful and knowledgeable people out there for us to draw information from.  Who knew that I had access to a whole different learning network that would be so useful to me? Of course I have time for that! Catch you on the back channel.

2 thoughts on “Do I have time for all of this?”

  1. Yes it can initially be really overwhelming and when you feel overwhelmed remember you can take your own time; do it at your own pace.

    1. How do I protect the privacy of my students and teachers as I teach them to participate in educational blogging?

    The key is learning to educate them about how much information is and isn’t appropriate to share online. Never disclose any identifying information such as full name, address, telephone number etc. Be careful when using images of students.

    2. How do I teach students, parents and teachers to comment appropriately and usefully to the posts?

    Gradually 🙂 — you start the students on commenting on blogs posts and spend lots of time discussing what is appropriate online. Then make sure you send home paper based information for parents that explain similar concepts in terms they can understand.

    3. How do I set up my own personal blog so that I am making the most efficient use of the tools to manage it in the time I have?

    Oh tough question and I’m not quite sure what aspect you are asking. If you let me know I will try to explain.

  2. I know blogging can seem scary to parents but I think if you teach the students and tell them to go home and give the parents some “homework”, the students love to teach their parents something new. At least this works with younger students, I’m not sure about high school students.

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