Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, NAH. It’s my blog birthday too, yah!
OK, the original lyrics are definitely better
Clarify Me Turns One
Yup, it was a year ago in November that I took the plunge and dove into the blogosphere. The milestones weren’t as dramatic as those for a human in their first year of life, but significant none-the-less.
The Early Days
The first blog I started was on Blogger, and I didn’t really know what my focus was going to be. At the end of December I switched over to Edublogs. I regret not keeping the original Blogger blog as a time capsule–I transfered my posts over to Edublogger, but I didn’t keep the those very first tentative posts. I posted photos about the big November windstorm that hit my neighbourhood, and I pondered what I would write about at Claire’s World.
I was inspired to blog by my younger sister; she’d been blogging for about a year by then, and yes it was sibling rivalry What helped me find a direction for my blog was taking a KnowWeeks course called ‘Using Blogs in Education’. Cristina Costa and Ramona Dietrich were the facilitators and they did a wonderful job helping us (mostly) newbies find our way. It was there that North Van educator David Brear directed me to Sue Waters’ blog. Wow, did I feel like I hit pay dirt!
When I started this blog, my focus was on how to get my students blogging. As I blogged more and read more I began to realize that blogs and blogging weren’t necessarily the key; it was using technology, and web 2.0 in particular, to help students learn. Heck, before I started blogging I had no idea what web 2.0 even meant. My focus for blogging became not so much about finding out how to get students doing it and more about my own professional development. I was building my Personal Learning Network (only I didn’t know it at the time.) By the spring I volunteered to do a professional development session on blogging for teachers.
The aim of the session is to introduce participants to blogs and illustrate how blogging can enhance on-going teacher professional development by facilitating communication and collaboration with teachers from around the world.
So, earlier this week I noticed that KnowWeeks was offering ‘Using Blogs In Education’ again with Cristina and Ramona. I thought I’d sign up for old time’s sake The interesting thing is that I tweeted about it and as a result two of my BC Twitter friends signed up. My colleague at work too. Cool. This time around there are fewer newbies, and the focus is less on setting up a blog as it is about sharing resources.
The most amazing thing about this past year has been getting to meet so many wonderful, and inspiring educators. I won’t start listing them all; you can check out my blogroll to find most of them. There are some folks who I converse with on a regular basis, others who graciously respond to my comments or questions, and still others whom I admire from afar You’ve all influenced me in countless ways. Thank you.