Thursday, September 29, 2011


I've nearly finished setting up iGoogle as a Personal Learning Environment to use with my  Full Sail coursework.  I've been using iGoogle as my homepage for a few years now, concentrating on my newsfeeds, mail, etc.  For this assignment I have added my social networks and an RSS Reader to my homepage, and two more pages with links for FSO Courses.
The benefit of using iGoogle for my PLE is that I can access it from any computer! All I have to do is set it up as the default homepage on my school computer and the desktop at home and I will have access to all the information I need without having to worry about copying links, favorites, lengthy web addresses, etc.  It's very handy to have everything in one place.
In the future, I can see me using the multiple pages for school, hobbies, or whatever!
Home pages


Resources page

Monday, September 26, 2011

BP1_Welcome to my Blog

This blog will contain posts for my Emergent Technologies class at Full Sail University.  Yes, I'm working on my Master's while also working full-time as a teacher.  Crazy? I think so! So far I am really enjoying my classes.  I've learned to use several new tools, which I have in turn used in my class.  Some favorites from the last few months:
GarageBand (for podcasts)
Wordle!! Even my students are using wordle for projects in other classes.
Photo property of Amanda J. Rhymer, Delicious links, made with Wordle

I chose the title "An Apple a Day..." for several reasons.  First and foremost, I am a teacher! Teachers and apples go together! But more importantly, since I was diagnosed with Diabetes seven months ago, this has become my daily mantra.  I've completely re-made myself, with diet and exercise, over the last 7 months.  This re-make has involved LOTS of apples! Through diligent hard work on my part (and a great deal of patience on my husband's part) I now have my Diabetes completely under control with no medication.  It is a daily struggle to change my life and the way I think about what I eat and why.  The simplest way I know to sum it apple a day....