Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Reflections on my Learning Journey

In July, I had the amazing opportunity to meet face to face with many of my Online colleagues while attending the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston. I had met some people at the Educon 2.0 conference in January. It was great to see them again. And, there were many people who I met face to face for the first time. For me, networking and socializing were among the highlights of the conference. I had so many inspiring conversations about teaching and learning and about technology.

I attended the BLC conference for the first time in 2006. At that time, I knew one other person at the conference. I moved from session to session mostly on my own and didn't attend any of the social events. In just two years so much has changed for me. This year at BLC I felt I belonged. I knew many of the presenters, presented a session (with Lisa Thumann), and even helped organize an unconference. Looking back, I am amazed by my Web 2.0 journey. I have learned and done so much I have to pinch myself - it is hard to believe the progress I have made. It feels wonderful.

Since July of 2006, I started this blog, presented at several technology conferences, published two articles, and even my own book. I feel that BLC06 was the catalyst for all of these accomplishments, primarily because it lead to this blog. Writing here has given me the confidence to reach for my dreams.

If you haven't started blogging yet I really think you should. You have to start somewhere, so why not start right now! Go to http://www.blogger.com or http://www.edublogs.org and write your first post, then leave a comment with the Web address so we can all see it.

If you are already blogging, let us know if you agree. Should everyone blog? When did you start? Has blogging changed your teaching and/or your learning? Please share your thoughts. I look forward to learning from all of you.

5 comments:

skip zalneraitis said...

Fabulous inspiration. Thanks!!!

Sue Waters said...

Interesting question re-"should everyone blog" some really find it hard to relate to blogging and perhaps if given time plus support eventually perhaps they might. Blogging of all the tools I use provides me the greatest ability to connect with others, exchange ideas and reflect on my thoughts.

So it would be good if everyone blog but maybe not achievable.

I was first introduced to blogs early 2006 but couldn't relate to their value. Was even given the name of the "reluctant blogger". I originally started as a podcaster and didn't start blogging until April 2007. Blogging has completely changed the way I learn.

Kate Olson said...

Liz -

I just checked out your book and WOW! I'm just amazed at the capabilities of self-publishing and love your content. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Ms. Mize said...

Should everyone blog? I think every educator is talented at something and we could learn something from them. It would be great.
I have been blogging for under a year and I have to say. I really like doing it but sometimes I don't have the time. I have found that when I take the time, it is well worth it and has added to my teaching.

Britt Watwood said...

Great points, Liz. Before blogging, I really did not see the point. Since I started last January, blogging has now become a central part of my personal learning environment, along with Google Reader so that I can follow other bloggers like you. It has been transformational to become a part of this larger learning community.