Beyond the Glass

Reflections on education in a connected world. Jackie Sakatch

Blog Renovations and Improvements

on November 10, 2013

tools of the trade

This weekend I started to make this blog my blog instead of a blog that I am creating for a University course.  I started by adding a tag cloud and a widget that shows the blog I follow.  I also personalized the blog by adding a Professional Development page.  All teachers in Regina Public Schools are required to document their Professional Learning and Development.  In the past, I have completed a goal form that I have shared with my administrator and colleague.  I wanted to show my learning in a digital format.  I have added the University classes I have taken and the Provincial Math Learning Community that I am a member.  I am thinking about the format that I want to use to add my Professional Development goals to the page.

Another decision I made was to add a digital citizenship resources page.  I thought it was important to compile some resources for teachers and parents to help them feel comfortable having their children become members of the connected world. While I am helping my son develop his digital identity through his YouTube channel and I work with my students to send out Tweets and comment on blog posts I often thought about what I needed to say to make sure that the children and I had the necessary skills to be good digital citizens.   I created a blog page for this and started to embed videos and links but I found the list complicated and hard to scroll through so I decided to try livebinders. I have had a livebinders  binder posted on my literacy links page of my classroom blog for the last number of year.  I had never created my own livebinders binder.  As I was reading blogs, I noticed that Greg, Lyane, and Rochelle  all mention using it to organize resources.   I liked the tutorial livebinders provides when you first create your account.  I found them helpful but not too complicated.  I embedded the binder into my digital citizenship page and deleted all my other links that I had added earlier.

I would love to hear any comments you have about my blog improvements.
Children at school

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8 responses to “Blog Renovations and Improvements

  1. amandahassen says:

    Jackie, this post has really me reflect on how I too can make my blog mine instead of one for our class. I am going to take your lead and add a professional development section. Thank you for your reflections!

  2. […] by classmate Jackie Sakatch, I have decided to change up my blog by adding some new pages such as a Professional Development […]

  3. gregb says:

    Hey Jackie. Thanks for the post. Your blog looks really professional. I too made some changes to my blog including links to people I follow as well as an about me page, and EC&I 831 links. . I have also experimented with some other templates. But then I’m went back to my original one for now. I find there is just so much information to fit on my blog. It is a balancing act to include everything that I want but not make the blog look too cluttered.

  4. Thanks for the compliment Greg. I agree it is a balancing act between the amount of information you include and what you blog looks like. I also want to enjoy the appearance.

  5. […] about being a good citizen – on and offline – you need to be the same on and offline.  Both interactions are […]

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