Thank you, Getty, for allowing bloggers to use your images. We know that blogs with images get more traction on the Web. And of course, images convey meaning, mood, and are a reflection of our taste. Now I don’t have to scan the web for copyright free images each time I post a new blog.
I found the photo above on GettyImages.com in search for gaming. There were 15K results. It was an easy copy and paste task to embed in WordPress. Thank goodness because sometimes widgets and other embed codes don’t work in WordPress. The embed code includes the photo source, which makes it a win-win situation for all concerned.
Now I can find exciting images to replace the same game consul icon I’ve been using for my gaming blog posts. I know many educators with blogs that will be very happy with this news. The release of Getty Images has inspired me to add another category to my blog: open education resources. This is known as OER. More to come on that topic later.
I’m not sure when it happened, but my blog subscription increased from 100+ to 700+ readers! Thank you very much for your readership. My blog is my landing strip to all of my projects, so I take great care in keeping it up-to-date. It also reflects my learning curve, as I post my homework assignments from my doctoral studies in instructional design. It’s very encouraging to know that all my effort in sharing is actually being received. To celebrate, I thought I’d share a festive machinima I filmed at a cast party in Second Life. I’m the cat avatar. Enjoy!
Do you use a Web 2.0 language learning website? Do you like it? If so, please add your comments and include the links to share with my readers. I have only used Verbling.com for my own personal use—for free Spanish conversation in exchange for an English conversation. I’ve used English Cafe and NiceNet as resources for my students. Generally, I’ve taught from commercial, for profit, learning management systems (LMS) instead of social networking sites.
Here are the social networking sites that were discussed in a recent TESOL computer-assisted language learning interest section (CALL-IS) listserve:
1. Nellie Deutsch, a TESOL member, built a worldwide network with other professionals called IT4ALL: http://www.integrating-technology.org
Web 2.0 combinations include:
1. Skype (for audio/video chat) and Twiddla (interactive webbased board) as the visual interface.
2. The Mixxer at Dickinson College uses Skype (for audio/video chat) and blogs at www.language-exchanges.org
3. I forgot to add Facebook.com to this list. You can create a class on FB but would need to use other Web 2.0 tools to engage learners on any given topic.
4. SlideShare has an app called Zipcast, which allows you to share your PowerPoint slides online with participants and also post to FB and Twitter: http://www.slideshare.net/zipcast
5. WizIQ.com is a great way to meet learners online to deliver a presentation for free or for pay. It really isn’t a social network but worth adding!
I’ve been wanting to create my own blog for some time now. Currently, I blog for a nonprofit, and I have to follow their mission statement with each thought. I’m excited about talking to other educators about integrating technology into the classroom. My other blog had limited widgets and plugin capability, so I’m thrilled to finally cross over to the wonderful world of WordPress.com and all its technological temptations!
I also look forward to working with my future students on this blog. I’ve envied other teachers’ blogs long enough; it’s time for me to make my own classroom blogspot. At the eve of my new teaching/learning curve, I lift my glass of ginger ale and toast the beginning of blogging for my teaching career. I can only promise that I’ll be consistent in trying to educate and challenge both myself, other teachers, and my students.
—Sandra Annette Rogers