January 29, 2008

Reflections on learning

computer addicted
This is a post for EVO session: Blogging4educators, week 3, task 4. I´d have to choose one of the titles and write about it. My choice was "Reflections on learning" more specifically "learning online". These are a few things I´ve learned while blogging:

  • People actually read what you write.
  • Leaving comments in blogs is a great way to get to know people. It´s nice to leave your blog address after your name so that the person can visit your blog as well.
  • I´ve discovered I love images. My posts HAVE to have images. :)
  • It can be addictive and overwhelming at first. I had to organize my time very well so as to keep an eye on my family and I normally write a lists of tasks for that day in order to guide myself surfing.
  • Become friends with technology: the more you use tools the easier and less scary they become. Use microphone, webcam, record yourself, BE BOLD.
  • Visit other people´s blogs and ask questions if you want to learn how to do something they have done in their own blogs. People are very willing to teach and help.
  • Share your knowledge with other people, involve other teachers and you can learn together.
And you, what have you learned with blogging so far? I´d love to hear from you.


Angela said...

Dear Ana Maria,

This is Angela, from Uberlândia, I don't think I know you but I know Luis (everyone knows him, right). I also know Camila Souza, Maira and Luciana Rocha, who work at Cultura.
I loved this post of yours. I must say I love pictures too. It's good to know that I can ask people how they did something cool because I did leave messages asking questions but wasn't sure it was a nice thing to do. It is my first time blogging and it is in fact addictive.
I'll try to follow your tips.
PS: hope to meet you some day

Illya said...

Hi Ana Maria,
This post is the story of my (current) life. I really don't know how I'd deal with a second life (even though I'd really like one!)
Kids complain that I'm always on the internet and there is so much to read that I sometimes have problems finding time to write!
Oh well. I'm having fun and learning a lot!

Ana Maria Menezes said...

Thanks Angela and Illya for the comments and visit. It´s always nice to know you´re being heard (read) somewhere. :)

Mary H said...

Ana Maria,
I loved reading your reflections about learning online! You are well-known for your visually-appealing blogs. I have to admit that I don't use images enough on my blog because I am such a text person! Could you share with me where you find such great visuals for your blog?
As always, it is great to co-moderate with you!

Ana Maria Menezes said...

Dear Mary,

Thank you so much for the compliment and that´s true, I love images. I normally get them from photobucket.com, rockyou.com, glassgiant or even screenshots of what I want to show. I guess pictures not only colour a post but also adds some visual info. I´m also enjoying the B4Ed experience tremendously. Great to be part of the team.

Paul Beaufait said...

Dear Ana Maria,

I truly appreciate the visual appeal of your blog, too.

Although browsing to learn about voice augmented tutorials brought me around (I've linked to your Pod-O-Matic tutorial already), I noticed that Mary asked where you get your visuals.

Another source I heard about today is the Flickr Creative Commons (Flickr CC).

Alan Levine suggests he uses Flickr CC images often in his July 5, 2007, CogDogBlog review and demo of VoiceThread:

Easy Peasy Rich Media - VoiceThreads

Working with VoiceThreads seems incredibly easy. If you get a full-fledged account, VoiceThreads might even replace screencasts to keep you from "getting crazy" (your first try, February 04, 2008).

Cheers, Paul