EdTech 537: Creating a Theme and Links

Week 4: – Blogging in the Classroom. This week we are  exploring different types of blog entries. We are coming up with a thematically way to link all of these entries, so we are not just posting on random things.

The readings this week were interesting but after reading the article by Stephanie Sandifer,  7 Days – Day 1: Blog Layout & Design for Readability & Usability, I knew I needed to start by answering the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of my blog?
  • What do I want readers/learners to get when they visit my site?
  • Consider your answer to the last question and then ask yourself:  Does my blog layout and design emphasize what it is that I want my readers/learners to get when they visit?  Is that information included in a visually prominent way when someone first visits my blog, or is it hidden in a list of links or on some other page?

I am a high school and college level mathematics tutor so it makes sense for me to create a “theme” for my blogging around math!  My favorite topic in mathematics is Algebra!  I love solving equations, graphing, and factoring.  The purpose of my blog “section” (in this case since my WordPress is dedicated to the MET program my blog will refer to the EdTech 537 and reflection section) is to provide a valuable resource to my students for all things Algebra!

I want my readers or my students to be able to easily find extra help or inspiration while working through their online courses in Algebra.  I hope to focus this theme throughout the remainder of this course and use it to eventually build an entire blog dedicated to my love of Algebra.

The last question posed above is difficult to answer.  Ideally my entire blog would be dedicated to one topic; however, reality will not allow this.  I have a family, a job (even in the summer), and I am taking two classes this summer.  I will try to make the appropriate postings easy to find by tagging “algebra” and “math” but this will only help … not solve the problem.  I believe that by dedicating a section with a single focus will serve the purpose I seek.

Go Algebra!

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About kimberlyhefty

Hello. My name is Kimberly Hefty and I live in Sammamish, Washington. For the past 23 years I have taught high school and college level mathematics. 13 years ago I started a private tutoring business. I specialize in working with public high school students who are taking math courses "on-line". I work closely with both the students and the local school district. I typically work with 40-50 students per week. I also have 2 children ages 14 and 23. My daughter just graduated from Elon University in North Carolina. My son plays competitive golf and premiere soccer so most of my weekends are spent at either soccer or golf tournaments. I am excited to be completing the Master's In Educational Technology Program from BSU (M.E.T.) Spring 2015! Through this program I have gained a better understanding of educational technology and it’s applications. I believe that the knowledge that I have gained will be beneficial personally, as well as to my students. With these skills that I have learned in the Educational Technology program, I hope to help myself and my students be successful in future endeavors. The M.E.T. program has allowed me to create an environment for all of us, my students along with myself, to gain skills for education, employment, and existence.
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2 Responses to EdTech 537: Creating a Theme and Links

  1. Kim, I’m pleased to see you diving into some of the supplemental resources that are provided in Moodle. It is very great – and actually quite uncommon – to see. I’ll be honest and say that with this course you’ll get out what you put in. If you just do the entries and activities that are required, you’ll learning about blogging in the classroom and how to do it. But you likely won’t become a regular blogger. Those students that do go the extra mile and begin to develop the habits of being a blogger, they are usually ones that continue to blog once the course is over.

  2. Thanks! I really liked this week’s supplemental readings. There were some great ideas!!

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