As has become my custom for the last few weeks, each morning I check my email and then, take a look at the feeds which have been aggregated by Bloglines. (When you get good tips from others who blog... it pays to listen...everyone said this is the easiest way to do this.)
Two weeks ago, I signed up for my free account at Bloglines. What this site does is organize all the daily (or hourly!) postings from the blogs that you subscribe to. I started with just a few and now I am up to 25. Kathy Schrock has a nice list of educational blogs for you to start with. I followed the directions to put a link in my bookmarks toolbar (I am using Firefox) that says "Sub with Bloglines" so when I visit a blog I would like to subscribe to, I just go to my bookmarks toolbar and click those words. By doing that, this tool check the page to see if there is a feed associated with it and if finding one, it moves you to your Bloglines page where you just click "subscribe to this feed and bingo, it appears in your list. I didn't think this would be that easy. This is the FAQs page is you want to start trying this out.
Will Richardson (bless his soul) has a free Guide to RSS for Education. Just get it and read it; don't wait another minute.
I have spent the morning organizing the saved clips I have been making in Google's Notebook. After looking at some of our later assignments, I find that I can find some ideas for those now and clip and organize them by Week. Taking vacation time during this class is a given, so I don't want to get behind.
I have been working on a new handheld lesson on eReading. It's not finished as yet, but I see we have an assignment to develop a lesson so this is a great incentive to use what I have started so far.
For my day's reading, I finish Chapter 6 The Social Network focusing on the section on social bookmarking. I would say, right off the mark, that these new emerging technology tools will make sharing excellent Web resources with other teachers a much easier task than writing Web pages or using sites like Trackstar. Will this replace my Web site?
Checking on my grad class, I see that Rachel (the professor) has checked into the introductory discussion and my friend from one of my last grad classes, Golda, posted her "hello". I think everyone else will wait until after school to look at our class work.