Right before April vacation, I went to a fantastic conference - A Celebration of Teaching and Learning, sponsored by PBS, among others. The focus of the conference was technology and global awareness. One of the speakers was Alan November. It was from his speech that I learned about rss feeds and aggregates, blogging, podcasting, vodcasting, delicious, and social networking.

So here I am, just two months later, feeling exhilarated and overwhelmed all at the same time. We, Christine Southard and I, started a blog site (thank you, David Warlick), did podcasting with our students and ourselves, and joined Classroom 2.0. My rss feeds bring me all the news that I want, I'm still working out Second Life (I just simply don't get why I have to learn to play a game before I can meet and converse with anyone), and have been learning about Wikispaces.

My biggest problem is finding assistance. I am frustrated trying out new sites. Some are easy...class blogmeister was a gem...some are a bit more difficult...wikispaces is doable but took some time...and some are downright impossible for me ...once again Second Life and now TappedIn. I know people use these sites, love these sites, swear by these sites, but where are they? Can't they teach classes in RL so that I don't have to spend so much time learning how to find help? I missed almost the entire SL conference this weekend, and just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how to sign up for a course in TappedIn. I need real people!

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Comment by Peg V on August 26, 2007 at 8:49am
I share the challenge of learning as much as I can in order to become a more effective teacher- and with the abundance of emerging technologies.. it is overwhelming. A good thing.. I am connected with more people outside of my RL world to learn more.
hope to share with you! : ) Peg v: )
Comment by Lisa Parisi on August 26, 2007 at 11:02am
Made so much progress even since writing this blog post. Found online support - connecting with like-minded people also learning on their own. So we help each other along. Finding people here, in Second Life, through webcast chats, in Twitter has been an amazing tool for me.


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