Tweeting, blogging, surfing, pinning, posting, mailing, drowning

I have this urge as I follow the Live Twitter feed to type “STOP”. Perhaps I need to walk away from the computer at that point. How can I put this? There is too much new information coming in from too many directions. And it doesn’t help, it is not helpful, it is the opposite of help to give more places to read, view, or synthesize. I feel like I have become a bookmarking monster, and constantly tell myself that at some appointed time in the future I will go back and read all of these bookmarked blogs, articles, sites. But, let’s get real. In the future there will be more suggested sites to view, more blogs to read, more articles to consider. There are people out there right now, writing them. How does one manage the onslaught of resources?

Blogging

I took the time and read most of a blog entry that was recommended by a fellow classmate about blogging. I know, that’s almost boggling. 

Two things I took to heart which may be apparent in this entry and the previous entry: blogging is a good place to rant; and blog writers should include links within blog entries to fully utilize the power of the Internet. I just have to say, though, that all of those potential diversion points can make it difficult to complete a thought

Essential question #2 What tools might provide me insight into the learners in my classroom and how might I use this information?

In researching this week, I found various blogs, recommended tools,  and articles about recognizing and assisting different types of learners.  

In viewing just a sampling of the resources offering ideas on differentiating instruction, I watched a You-Tube video describing a strategy that could be implemented easily in any classroom that allowed for student choice.

I could see using this information if I came upon a particular situation where I felt learning had reached an impasse. There are always those students who spend a good part of their school day “not getting it”. This may be because of their learning style and looking for ways to teach core subjects in varying ways will reach those outliers as well as reinforce lessons taught in other ways. From doing the research on-line this week, as well as looking at other classmates resources at the 4th to 6th grade Wikispace, and other diffimooc Wikispace pages I was able to find many ideas to begin my research journey. If only I had more time to follow those leads…

 

Wikispace

I’ve decided to create a new wikispace page for 4th – 6th grade educators. It seemed like it needed to be done. I hope others will hop on board because I don’t want to be that person who can’t form a PLN. I tweeted about it in an effort to drum up some traffic.

In other news: I’m finding scads of stuff to post about this weeks topic, evaluating learning styles, the hard part is reading and processing what it says.

Quality of website resources

I am concerned about information that I find online. Our assignment is to find resources through articles, website and blogs about learners, but what is not addressed is the qualifications of the resources. Blogs require no official credentials. Many websites are based on trying to sell a product. Articles can be academic, but who has the time or inclination to read those en masse?

Livetext rant

I just got loaded up onto Livetext and it just seems so similar to the Blackboard through UAS, I am fatigued by all of the accounts! I assume that we are using Livetext to accommodate those people who are participating in this MOOC but are not students or in a different course.