Sunday, January 31, 2010

What is it about ripples?

What is it about ripples?

Sometime in the past month I read an article about ripples; how what we do has an effect - positive or otherwise. This got me thinking about what kind of ripples I make in my personal and professional life.

Last spring Mary Astorino and I facilitated a similar Web 2.0 program and I wrote a weekly blog to reflect on what I was learning. As a learner I found that blogging helped me think things through and focus on uses of the tools I was exploring. Reading participant blogs helped me see the experience from a different perspective adding to my understanding and application of Web 2.0. As a facilitator, I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of how group members were experiencing the program.

When the program wrapped up last summer I missed creating my blog and reading the blogs of my peers. Now I subscribe to blogs written by educators and I am affected by their 'ripples'. I am amazed at what I have learned, what I have acted on, and what I want to share with others.

They say that one way to help you reach a goal is to write it and share it with others. Well, here goes .... I want to continue writing this blog after this Web 2.0 program wraps up. I expect that most of what I write will be about teaching and learning. I hope to make "ripples in education" by participating in the blogging world and sharing my perspective, my questions and my discoveries.

To wrap up this posting I will tell you a few more things about myself:
  • If I were a rich girl I would travel more. Through NBCC I have worked in India (3 times) and Cuba (once). I've backpacked in Thailand, taken photography workshops in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), visited with friends in Spain and Germany, saw Jesus Christ Superstar in London, walked through the red light district in Amsterdam, and traveled in Canada and the United States.
  • I like to play with photography. I have taken courses and workshops and really enjoy the creative aspect of this interest. I'll likely use some of my own images in future blogs. The image I used for this blog was found on Flickr through a Creative Commons search in Krossbow's photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/krossbow/4105125105/
  • I'm keen on learning more about Web 2.0 tools. Presently I am facilitating this program and I am teaching an elective Web 2.0 course for Computer Programming students at NBCCSJ. My students are blogging too!
  • I have an active Twitter account and my username is NBCCSue. You are welcome to follow me as I learn via educators around the globe. For those of you who receive my Friday emails, I get most of my sites from Twitter.
  • I am on the conference planning team for CNIE 2010. The conference also has a Ning site for collaboration before, during and after the conference and a Twitter account with the username CNIE2010. There are at least four faculty from NBCCSJ who will be presenting at this conference!
  • I am looking forward to learning with you over the remaining eight weeks and hope that you will continue blogging along with me.
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments on this blog. I am open to feedback!