This blog post is for my EDTEC 700 Course at SDSU with Karl Richter.
I use iGoogle as a rss reader for Blogs. This year I have been unable to read and follow the blogs in my reader as often as I did in the Past. I follow blogs on Educational Technology, Spanish, Language Instruction, News and Entertainment.
I really enjoy reading Sherry Amorocho’s Blog More Spanish. Sherry is a Spanish Teacher in Ohio and we connected via Twitter. She and I have shared ideas and currently we are working on a project with our 3rd year Spanish Students. Sherry blogs about teaching Spanish and integrating technology into her classroom. I started using Google voice because of Sherry and I am excited to start using lingt with my students.
I read Ideas and Thoughts. Dean Shareski writes this Blog. He works with adults getting their teaching credentials in Canada. Each semester he asks for people who are using technology in their classes to participate with his teachers. I did this last year and I had 2 of his students guest blog with my students. I know the student teachers really enjoyed the experience and my students got a kick out of having other teachers work with them, read their blogs and tell them about Canada. He writes about teaching and blogging and the struggles of integrating online environments with students. Some of my favorite posts are about personal identity and help students understand their understand how to guard and create an identity online that they would be proud of.
One of my favorite blogs to read is Dy/Dan I started reading his blog last year. I was/am fascinated with how he approaches teaching and the teaching process. I spent a lot of time going back and reading his posts. Here is one I commented on.
Two more blogs I read are edte.ch by Tom Barrett in England and The Thinking Stick by Jeff Utecht in Bangkok, Thailand. Tom writes about his experiences using technology in his classroom. He has done a series of 10 ideas for using… for various technologies. I like that he talks about the successes and failures. He is very reflective and he discusses in detail how he integrates technology into his lessons. He also provides useful pictures. His posts at times are job aids to the technologies themselves. Jeff writes about Teaching and Technology. He wrote a recent post about Blogging. I found it very interesting because it touches on a struggle I’ve had. Blogging regularly. He talks about “finding your flow”. This is meaningful to me because like his students I have a lot of started blog posts and concern prior to posting. Knowing that what I write is public makes me do a lot of pausing before I hit the publish button.