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Week 5

Okay that is it! I am not going to attempt to publish my blogs on my iPad anymore!!!! Seriously, it is so frustrating because I am having to redo my post again. Ugh…if only I had learned my lesson.

This week, I was yet again so excited by the vast information out there in Cybertania. It is just awesome. I am so excited to learn more every week. I just hope that I can take the time to really use all of the valuable resources out there to connect with other educators. I know that many people are saying, come on really, it only takes about 15 minutes a day to connect, but 15 minutes is a luxury for me. I’m lucky if I get 15 minutes to get ready for the day. The other night at 11:30 when I was sitting down (literally for the 1st TIME  that day), I was able to get onto the computer and get some work done for both of my grad classes I’m taking this semester. I also have a 6-year-old whose school I am very active with, my 12-year-old nephew whom I am temporarily homeschooling, 4 part-time jobs, a household to maintain, a very old cat who needs constant care… I will stop now because I’m whining. It’s just that I am tired, and the longest night’s sleep I have gotten this week was 5 hours on Thursday. But alas, onto business.

I checked out the Education Week Teacher website: www.edweek.org/tm/. It was very informative. I was so excited about all of the information they put out there. They are very socially connected: twitter, Facebook, linkedin, google+, and RSS feeds. On twitter, I felt validated about my choice when I saw that UD and NPR follow EWT, especially because I follow their organizations, and I believe they are very credible. On Facebook, Best Colleges Online, Pivot Learning Partners, and Asia for Educators were three groups that had linked and posted on EWTs page. I didn’t find them to be not credible, but I also didn’t find a need to follow their pages. Of the three, Pivot Learning Partners had some good links and ideas, but I could get the information from EWT, so there was not a need to follow them. Journal for Adolescent and Adult Literacy was another group that follows EWT, and I did follow them. I found their site visually compelling, I found them to be credible, and I think their articles are useful and interesting.

Some links that I found about assessing credibility were:

http://www.newsu.org/social-media-credibility (webinar, so I didn’t pay to watch it)

http://conversionxl.com/website-credibility-checklist-factors

http://www.communityorganizer20.com/?onswipe_redirect=yes#!/entry/what-makes-a-blogger-credible-,4941

Well, that’s all for now because I have been sitting for far too long, and I need to get to the park to play disc golf!

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