I guess like challenges, so I am introducing a new thread: 23 Things. Castilleja tech is sponsoring a version of 23 things, to try to encourage us all to try new things in ed tech. Looking at the list of things for week 1, I am not seeing much that is new, but maybe I have been to too many ed tech workshops.
#1) Set up a blog: I decided not to set up a new blog, but to use this challenge to blog here, because I have several old abandoned blogs from various workshops and I did not need another one.
#2) Check out some ed tech blogs, hmm, I probably do too much of that already. I have several that I quite like. One of my favorates is Geeky Mom. I have been reading this blog on and off for years. The author is a CS teacher at a private school, and she does great projects with her students, and shares a great deal about how she manages the life of teaching as well as the content.
#3) Try an RSS reader. No thanks, not again. I have, in the past, tried to use RSS to manage my information flow, and I am just not convinced. I am sure I miss stuff, but I think by going to blogs, following friends' links on twitter, and reading several news sources, I am getting what I want, it a way that I enjoy.
#4) I have a twitter account, and I sometimes post to it. I am @heatherpang on twitter. I follow all kinds of interesting people, but for professional development the most active bunch are maker ed people, such as Andrew Carle @tieandjeans, Christa Flores @sciteach212, jaymesdec @jaymesdec, Sylvia LibowMartinez @smartinez, Gary Stager, Ph.D. @garystager, and Laura Blankenship @lblanken (see Geeky Mom in #2.