Brave New Worlds

December 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

About a year ago I mentioned to one of my IT technician colleagues that I would like to one day, move to my wordpress.com blog to my own domain name and wordpress install. I was keen to improve the theme appearance, functionality and personalisation offered by your own install, but I am not going to mislead anyone, there was a little professional vanity/motivation in there too. It was just a case of time and learning how to set up the MySQL database and purchasing Kristianstill.co.uk/ for the princely fee of £5 or so. Well, Santa delivered two emails this year, the first told me to visit www.kristianstill.co.uk, here I found an old avatar pic of myself and message ‘Click on me to enter my WordPress blog.’ The second email issued me with the link to my admin account, username and password. What a fantastic gesture, thank you.

So 2009 ends with our family back in our nearly renovated home, at new desktop PC, in our new guest bedroom/home office and theming and importing my old wordpress content to my brand new blog. With the support and generosity of my colleague, I now have www.kristianstill.co.uk to record, reflect and share my ICT journey in 2010. What a great way to see out the noughties. Now home, with connectivity (hurrah) I cant wait to find, test and trial new ICT with colleagues and students and share our finding through this blog…. talking of which have you seen Shrink Pic – Free photo resizer for email, IM, blogging and web galleries. Basically Shrink Pic runs in the background. It has a taskbar icon which tells you it’s waiting for photos to be sent and compresses pictures as you send them to your chosen destination.

The next step is to learn how to either direct Kristianstill.co.uk directly to the blog or creating a really fancy splash page…. I am not sure which yet….

The Why…

January 31, 2007 § Leave a comment

For some time, in various guises, wiki pages, tumblr blogs, twitter, newsletters and the office whiteboard, I have been reflecting and writing about my educational experiences. I am regularly encouraged by my digital colleagues to share these thoughts with a wider audience and my tumblr blog was a real postive step. I would recommend tumblr blogs to all blog curious educators and most certainly PGCE and NQTs!

So why now turn to a blog? Two references really. The first is that to date, I have found it very difficult to seek guidance and support in my new position as Director or E-Learning. Most of my professional development has come via online sources, Ustreams, Online Conferences, blogs and podcasts. Typically from American educators located both within the US and at International Schools. Perhaps this blog will promote connections and even support future middle managers. Second, this past fortnight I have encouraged two students at my school to collect results and write as digital sports journalists. These students have been thoroughly committed and they deserve a better example.

So, I wonder to what extent that this blog will impact upon my professional practice and future decisions. I wonder to what extent this blog will promote professional dialogue?

Now before I publish this post, I should also note that I have a number of very valued UK based digital colleagues as well. I have read first hand how unforgiving the edublogsphere can be and I would not want to start this blog with a glaring oversight.

Finally, one of the very first successes I experiences as a digital educator was collecting and sharing lesson starters and closers – bookends to a lesson, so to speak and a few general classroom quizzes. I think I will create a page here on the blog, afterall, all teachers need a powerful beginning and end to a lesson, research has shown us that we forget most of the stuff in the middle. I look forward to your comments.

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