I want to challenge myself with developing my website to the point of perfection…then I will take a breath and realize my journey to improve and develop the learning commons website will continue even after this class is over. An important vision for this website is to build connection, resource and to become a useful informational tool that can be useful for my people now and in the future.
I have 5 categories that I want to share on my website but I must admit that collaboration corner and technology are the 2 categories I get excited about working on the most. Having a collaboration corner that colleagues at my school or teachers around the world can connect with will be extremely useful. I have learned a great deal from my colleagues blogs in this course and that I incorporate similar sharing and unlimited connections everywhere. I look forward to the website having the ability for teachers in my school to connect with teachers around the globe to share projects, thoughts, strategies, tool etc. I think this would be amazing! I am trying to incorporate an educational blog and padlet into this website category. Check out a collaborative padlet from one of my previous classes. I want to get teachers engaged in the collaboration corner so that they can share ideas, gain strategies,resources and educational tool for their classroom. This could be a powerful opportunity!
The technology category has endless possibilities so I need to narrow the sub-categories down. I look forward to sharing some of my ideas on the website that would be helpful for classroom teachers or teacher librarians. I could also use this as a place to share a Web 2.0 tool, the latest TedTalk video
I hope to do my own screen cast tutorial and show off production using the 3D printer in the makerspace area of the learning commons.
This journey of building a website has not had its struggles. From picking a theme and making sure every box is checked properly so that categories look the way you want them to look or menus and widgets lined up and connected accordingly. I find that I will put a check in one box that I think is the right box, preview the post and what I thought should be there has vanished. I have walked away a few times L and come back with a better demeanor J. This has happened a few times (or a few too many times) but I continue to build and construct. Thank goodness that I can continue to use YouTube to help me through my struggles anytime. I do feel that you are only able to do so much with the free version of wordpress and I am not willing to pay for more at this time. Who knows…perhaps the premium version would be even more complicated. My goal is to keep the website manageable and accessible for teachers in a simple but meaningful direction.
I look forward to the end product and sharing it with you.
Driscoll, Tom (2013,Feb. 7). 5 Minute Guide To Screencasting (Video File). Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HVHXh5Wjc
LLED sharing favorite Tech Tools (2014). Retrieved from
TedXvTalks (2012, Nov. 12).A Diffferent Way to Think About Technology in Education (Video File). Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D17P3kqB3_0