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Podcasting? Am I going fishing?

When I hear podcasting I think it must be some fishing technique or fancy way to cast a rod.  Guess I’m revealing what a country girl I am, but I certainly never think it is a talk show you got over the internet.

In the age today of icons to click on and links that go here to there in the blink of an eye, I wondered what is the difference in a podcast, so I of course Googled it 😉  Merriam-Webster says a podcast is “a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automated download over the Internet”.  I also found that the name podcast came as a blended word to describe radio type broadcasts you could get on your iPod.  So, I am guessing this means a podcast is just an audio track???

For this tactile and visual learner, listening to a bunch of talk is hard for me to get motivated by, so I looked to a link provided by my fab-u-lous education technology professor Steve Knight.  He directed us to check out EdReach.  When I first got to this site I was a little confused…these are videos?!  Then I found this video about EdReach:

So, essentially this site is kind of like a TV channel, but on the internet, where people can broadcast their own talk shows about education.  I clicked around and watched a few podcasts.  I saw one on Edmoto, and one called Learning RedesignED.

My thoughts on this new discovery… I find using the dropdown of channels much easier to find something of interest to me rather than scrolling through the feed of recently posted shows.  As for the shows themselves, they open great discussions and provide links to other educators that would not otherwise be present, but I found in the fast past way of my internet use, they were looooong.  30 minutes of listening to the same people talk?  I’m going to be honest, after 10 minutes or so I tuned out.  😦  I did find that I increased my multi-tasking abilities as I began listening to the discussions while I worked on other things.  😉

Over all, it is great to know this resource is out there.  There are all times when I am working on something, especially if it is new, that I feel the need to connect to, or listen to others with experience on the topic.  Listening to a podcast in this scenario will be supportive and informative. 🙂

I tend to desire interaction and face to face talk, but as I begin this journey in teaching I certainly don’t know what the future holds.  Maybe one day even I will cast my fishing rod out and catch a pod.




To tweet or not to tweet…

That is the question!  Being a frequent Facebook user for personal connections, and a Pinterst user for both personal and professional projects, I haven’t previously found any need to expand my digital social circle any larger, then my professor recently sold me on this tweeting thing. After years of friends and kids I coached trying to persuade me, it is an education technology class that has pushed me over the edge.  That’s right, dare I say it, I tweet or chirp or whatever it is that you do on this thing.

As you can tell, I am absolutely a newbie.  Although I completely understand the additional connection twitter provides, I find I struggle.  Right now I just can’t find the time.  I have found however that it is an instant link to a wealth of brilliant educators.  I am still trying to navigate the waters though, and honestly I am still a little creeped out at the idea of following people I don’t know, and strangers following me.  However, I have already found some great articles, blogs and ideas posted by fellow educators.

Although I plunged into the waters of twitter first, I have actually found diigo to be a more helpful tool to me.  If you haven’t gone to diigo – you should go! I took over a 2nd grade class about 4 months ago.  Things have gone great, but I find the amount of information coming at me at all times is on hyper drive.  Trying to keep that information organized is an even more monumental task.

NEVER FEAR – DIIGO IS HERE!  This bookmarking site allows tagging, saved images so you can access info even if where it is housed moves.  It also has highlighting and notation abilities, so if you are like me and you come back later you won’t have to wonder why you thought this was great enough to mark in the first place.  Just highlight, note and know why! I am foreseeing that this will take me some time to adjust to, but the capabilities seem well worth the time!  I guess only time well tell.

Time. Summer is soon…maybe then I can have some time to figure out all this cool new technology;)  Well maybe after these summer classes are done.  Until then – I’ll see you at the computer!


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