Tool #3 Wordle "Word Cloud"

Wordle: kind words

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tool #2 Building Community & Comments

Hello all! I'm back to respond to questions asked from Tool #2....I must admit while answering the questions, I had a few "EYE OPENERS!"

Question 1: What are your thoughts about building an online education community and participating in a PLN? Well, if I had to describe my thoughts in one word, it would be AWESOME! From personal experience browsing blogs, I have learned so much from teachers who have elected to share their personal classroom ideas, trials and tribulations. It's "AWESOME" to have several places to go to seek the support and advice from fellow Educators. As an educator who's new to the online world, I desire my blog to be a place initially where my students and their family can connect and develop an appropriate HOME/SCHOOL relationship!
Question 2: What point stood out to you from the commenting advice? Ouch! I was bitten my the "I'm talking to you bug!" The comment that was made by Jakob Nielson regarding "90% of online community users are lurkers (read or observe without contributing). I must admit, I am a major LURKER....I guess I've always had the idea that no-one wanted to hear how I feel about a certain topic or idea....But I've realized that's not true! I have valuable knowledge and information to share that may or may not help others...Ultimately, it's up to that person whether or not what you say/type has any merit. My Goal is to STOP BEING A LURKER :o)
Question 3: What 5 blogs did you select for your comments? I haven't commenting on any BLOGS yet! I will in the near future...stay tuned and I'll tell you about that experience later :o)


  1. Hey Stephanie!
    Hi my name is Cynthia and I am a lurker! I am right there with you about that. But I will say that the personal blogs that I have commented on I have made friendships and gotten other readers but just leaving a sweet comment. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

  2. Hi, I'm on Tool #2, so I am posting a comment (instead of lurking-haha) Your site looks great -I'm also a fan of Mr. Norris :)

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    You said, "I must admit, I am a major LURKER....I guess I've always had the idea that no-one wanted to hear how I feel about a certain topic or idea...." I too feel like a "LURKER" because I feel that others may laugh at what I have to say. I think I somewhat got over this feeling when I took online classes for my master degree. We had to post comments on other classmate's ideas for a grade. Still I found that the opportunity to read or share information allowed me to learn from others as well as share my thoughts.

  4. Hey Stephanie,
    That's funny. :) I didn't realize people did that. This is all a little new to me. I'm glad this class is pushing me out of my comfort zone and into the online world. Yikes. Anyway, I like your blog. Stop by mine sometime.