That’s it. I’ve been inspired to start my own blog. George Couros (The Principal of Change) presented at Connect 2013 on “Blogs as Portfolios”, and I’ve finally been convinced to take control of my electronic footprint. The last time I searched for “Stephanie Stranges” online, I learned that I run marathons in Texas (I don’t think I could actually run 100m).
I do occasionally read blogs online, but I never considered writing one myself. Maybe that’s because I’d never come across a teacher’s blog before attending the conference. I know that a blog is sometimes like a journal, and I keep a personal reflection log in a hard-bound notebook, but it never occurred to me to share my thoughts online for others to read.
Then I thought “If grade 1 students can do it, I can too!”. I should have realized that I would be starting a blog by the end of the conference when the first workshop I attended was Kathy Cassidy’s (Primary Preoccupation) “Connected From the Start: Global Connections in Elementary”. When I saw the students using 1:1 technology in her classroom, it got me thinking about my typical college lectures. If these are the types of people I will one day be teaching, I need to seriously reconsider my standard teaching tools.
Maybe the best way for me to become comfortable in the online world is to step into it myself.