Hi everyone and welcome back to week 8 of my blog. You can find me on twitter @barlottn. Last week was a really busy week for me. I had two presentations on the same day last week which was kind of nerve racking. It definitely was not easy trying to put together two presentations and practice for the presentation. One presentation went well while the other not so good. I had to dress formally for my presentation in my Business Law class. That presentation did not go well because my group ran out of time while presenting and I got cut off due to time. My other presentation went pretty well. This presentation was for my Exploring Your Digital Toolbox class. I did a presentation on Larry Johnson the former Kansas City Chiefs running back. I took a public speaking class at OCC which has really helped me with presentations. I did my best to use bullet points to remind of what I needed to talk about. You never want to read directly from the slides because your not connecting with your audience at all. Sometimes I get nervous and forget important information that I want to say about my topic but for this presentation I did not forget anything at all. So overall I felt like the presentation went pretty well for me. Its always a great feeling to the presentation out of the way without embarrassing yourself. I also used a Haiku Deck to create my presentation. Haiku Deck is something that I have been using and its great for presentations. It keeps your slides short and simple so that you don't just read off them. Heres the link to my presentation, feel free to check it out.
This week we read chapter 5 from The Connected Educator. The chapter started off by discussing social bookmarking. Social bookmarking is a great way to organize your favorite and most used websites. There are millions of webpages out there so its important that you can organize and share articles and different websites with friend or co-workers. Delicious is one of the most popular social bookmarking sites out there. When researching you can just throw the links into your Delicious account so that you can sort through them later and gather the best information possible. You can also connect with other users or educators on Delicious and share different sites with each other. Diigo is another social bookmarking site thats rather similar to Delicious but it has some cooler features. There is a feature called My Groups where you share documents and sites with people in your local professional community or global community.
Twitter is a great place to communicate, express your feelings, and share information. You can use it professionally or personally. Twitter is considered to be a microblogging service because it allows you to share information quickly and efficiently with your personal learning network. With Twitter you can also direct message a person which is like an email and is more private so its not out there for everyone to see. Twitter is great for networking because there a tons of people in the Twitterverse that share the same field or career as you.
Google Docs is tool a great tool to use in place of Microsoft Office especially if you don't have the money to pay for Microsoft Office. For a group project Google Docs is awesome because it allows you and your group members to work on a paper or slideshow simultaneously. Google Docs is used online instead of having software saved to your computer. You can also work from different computers since your work is saved on the web. You no longer have to worry about losing or forgetting that pesky usb drive.
Thats another week of my blog in the books. See you all next week.