Inspired to Blog

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.

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5 Responses to Inspired to Blog

  1. Good for you! You have a blog just like us. Thank you for doing that. We hope we are in your class someday. You have a good blog so far.
    Mrs. Cassidy’s Class

  2. Congratulations, Stephanie! Good for you! I love this line: “I’ve finally been convinced to take control of my electronic footprint.” About three years ago I did the same thing–took control of my own electronic footprint.

    I had to laugh when you talked about Googling your name. Back when I first did that, I had a similar experience. Denise Krebs is quite a German track star–obviously not me! Now, I see I’m thrown into the mix in a Google search. I’m developing my “online portfolio.”

    Welcome to the blogging world. I would love to see George and Kathy in person. I’m looking forward to a webinar by Kathy Cassidy this week on Thursday, May 16!

    Sincerely,
    Denise Krebs

    • Prof Steph S says:

      Maybe this is a sign that I should just take up running if I want to turn up more frequently on search engines. Haha.

      I think that you’ll love hearing about Kathy’s work. She is a very animated speaker.

      Thanks for your comment!

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