Monday, January 12, 2009

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Basics for Beginners: What is Web 2.0?

I am learning so much about using the computer with teaching that I wanted to share this to my blog.  I have been on facebook since October.  I find this to be an excellent way to keep up with people.  Now I am using twitter mostly as a way to keep up with those I work with in professional development and to learn new things from other teachers.  It has been an unbeliveable journey into a territory I had never visited before.


I will have to dig out my photo of my grandfather who was a telegrapher because I think about him so often when I see all the new ways that we are communicating.  He would be amazed and very interested and involved.


I just signed up for an RSS Reader and am learning to use that.  I am just learning about "Web 2.0" and all of the vocabulary about it and how to use it.  I found this article because of twitter.  I wanted to share it on my blog. 


Last Wednesday, I wrote the following in my notes page of my planner, "Thought for today:  If I don't learn something new everyday, why did I bother to get up?"  That thought was really driven home when I met for breakfast with my retired teachers monthly breakfast meeting.  Most of us taught in the English department together.  It was pointed out, as it always is, that I am the oldest!  We also talked about why it is hard to step back into the classroom especially at the University level.   Some said, "I haven't kept up with the new stuff on the computer.  I don't even know what the students are talking about."  So it is...For some reason, I am trying to keep up.  I am trying to learn how to do all of this new stuff.  I am learning.  


Now, if I could only figure out where I put the hot pack that we use for our sore backs that I lost last week!  There are only two of us living in this house.  Where DID one of us put it???

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