Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Online Workshop Participants - Pls Describe Your First Blog

This is for participants in the TLT Group's Online Institute Workshop:
Blogs, Wikis, and Newsfeeds
New Web Tools for Teaching/Learning?
June 6, 13, 20 at 1 pm EST
Please add a comment to this posting in which you identify yourself, describe your first blog (purpose, name, anything you want to say about how easy/difficult it was to create, suggestions for others...., URL if you wish colleagues to visit your blog).


  1. Anonymous12:42 AM

    This is Steve Gilbert making sure that the "anonymous" comment option is working as I claimed. My first blog, as a sort of fun experiment, was the Overloaditorium, still around, and available at
    The Overloaditorium motto is "If working 24 hours a day isn't enough, you have to work nights."

    Good luck to the rest of you.
    Steve Gilbert, TLT Group

  2. My first blog was "Let's Jump In!" ( The purpose was to help faculty learn about blogs. We're having a week long summer institute for University of NH faculty (31 of them) next week where we'll immerse them in technology in the context of promoting sound pedagogy. "Let's Jump In!" will provide a simple example of how a blog works.

    Terri Winters
    University of New Hampshire

  3. Hi Steve and fellow classmates,

    My first blog is up! You can find it at

    I'm Katie Miller, instructor of photography, graphic design, and computer graphics at Nicolet Area Tech College in Rhinelander, WI. In a town of only 8,000 people, it's imperative that our students get everything they can out of today's technology. I'm constantly trying to find ways to open doors to the world community for these people.

  4. This is Dan Mandell. I've never had the good fortune to discover a blog as the solution for some teaching / learning problem, despite the apparent ease of use and flexibility. But one of our faculty has started me thinking of using a blog to supplement ideas that weren't well understood in a limited class period....or possibly initiate an extended reflection / conversation about some aspect of the class discussion that I thought wasn't covered very well.

    P.S. I'm surprised that these comments appear in-line with Steve's initial post, whereas in my blog, it looks as though a visitor has to click on the small word "comments" :otherwise all one sees are the owners contributions.

  5. Steve, Have you noticed that the Writely site isn't accepting new accounts until they have moved to Google?

  6. Anonymous10:26 AM

    I'm Lori Stowe, Romana Huges' assistant at Texas Christian University. Our center assists faculty in finding and incorporating good technology in the classroom.
    My first blog is titled an anemic Stowe's TLT Homework but I followed it with Bear! Isn't he cute!?! ( . It has been a little cumbersome and the connection was terribly slow especially when I was working on my Mac. Is there an issue with Macs? I discovered how to add a picture to my posting but I still don't know how to add a picture to my profile. I keep getting an error message. I'll keep plodding along.

    Lori Stowe

  7. Anonymous2:38 PM

    This is my first blog. I'm Sue Carroll and I am working on a project to see if blogging will be a constructive tool that our library can use.

  8. This is Katie Miller again with my second blog. The address is:
    With this blog I hope to encourage photography students to share new ideas on what to photograph (and how to photograph it) for class projects.

  9. Hi. The blog I created is called "morethanstudyspace." If you guessed that this is for a library, you're right! I'm taking the class because I'm investigating what would be involved in creating and maintaining a blog for our library and if it would be worthwhile. And how we could use it as another avenue of communication between us and our users. The url is
    I had a really hard time trying to figure out how to manipulate the "sidebars." I've seen a lot of blogs that have unique categories of info (not just "about me" and so on). Looks like I have to manually go in and do some html coding if I want to add sections not in the template. Is this right? Or is there a faster way to do this? Oh, and my name is Pauline and I'm at UCLA.

  10. Similarly to TSW's comment, I started a BLOG for a 3 1/2 day Seminar we hold each year at Miami Dade College - Design Your Own SpringBreak Seminar. This year we added a Seminar Blog, Seminar Podcast and Seminar SharePoint site. (This is also our chance to try out new technologies with a captive audience.) Participants were asked to contribute daily to the Blog and comment on "what worked/what didn't" as the seminar progressed. Faculty seemed to like the ease of use and now many want to try it out in their own classes.

  11. Using a Blog for a Seminar feedback (Design Your Own SpringBreak) was interesting and fun. What worked: participants gained confidence, had fun with technology and amaze themselves by how much they accomplished. What didn't work: High level of stress on Day one and Day two, not enough time, help. Lesson for me - (just like in a Message Board )- the more specific information you request, the better the responses. The posting asking for attendees to give survival advice for future attendees worked really well. Here is a link the blog if you are interested; it is open

  12. My first blog offers an online resource for current news on a wide variety of technologies, MIT's Technology Review. I find it really interesting material and I do follow up on some of what they report. It broadens my thoughts on technology beyond the classroom, since sometimes technology intended for another purpose ends up transforming the classroom, for example, the iPod! I need to finesse my blog design a bit, so I have more to learn.

    Also, I am a devoted jogger, training intensively right now, and so it's on my mind a lot these days as I drag myself out of bed at 5:30 am for another 4+ mile run, with gut wrenching hills.

    Lynn Usack
    Instructional Technology Administrator
    Corning Community College

  13. I just created my first blog today called Social Networking ( for the purposes of getting some practice for this class. I shared a bit about the university and their eLearning Department here in Flagstaff, AZ and added a photograph of our San Francisco Peaks mountains. I also spoke about a recent eLearning Institute that was held with guest speakers who shared many of the new technologies used for social networking. I hope to learn more about how to create these social networking spaces and use them in my Technology (TIPS) course at NAU.

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Georgia Michalicek
    Distance Education Consultant
    Information Technology Services
    Northern Arizona University

  14. Sorry I missed out on all the fun last week, as I was in Chicago attending a 4-day national genealogy conference (plus a one-day librarians' pre-conference). I've used blogs off and on with both Blogger and LiveJournal, and had students in a genealogical librarianship course keep a blog about their ongoing research. I like to call it "making the invisible visible". (Maybe I can talk more about that during the sync session.)

    Drew Smith
    Sch. of Library & Information Science
    University of South Florida

  15. Anonymous7:50 AM

    Hi. This is Joe Incandela from Saint Mary's College. This is my first blog experience and I look forward to learning more.

  16. My first blog is up at I'm glad to see that we can go in to and edit the HTML for the pages. It allows for much greated customization of the pages... Now if only I could find some more time to actually do this!

  17. Sorry I'm late with this - I just got back from taking a group of 10 girl scouts to Galveston, TX.

    My first Blog is "Teresa's Tech Tips" ( The title is not very descriptive. I'm looking for feedback on outsourcing services for higher education. "To host or not to host." Feel free to make comments.

  18. We have a few college students online from college of Northern-Arizona-University and we love your blog postings, so well add your rss or news feed for them, Thanks and please post us and leave a comment back and well link to you. Thanks Jen , Blog Manager Northern-Arizona-University


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