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Week 1, May 2nd: Let’s Get Started!

This is Week 1 and, since it’s the Introduction to our series, it only makes sense that we start out talking about blogging!  Your only task this week is to register for a WordPress account if you don’t already have one.  Having an account will allow you to comment on these blog posts.  You may also want to use your WordPress blog later on, either as an individual blog or as a place to share with your students.

After you’ve set up your WordPress account, comment on this blog post so that we know you’re here! Let us know:

  • what you’re hoping to get out of this series
  • if there is a particular tool you’re hoping to learn about

WordPress is a web-based blogging platform. Some others are Blogger, Edublogs, and Tumblr.

To set up an account with WordPress, you can use any username and password you want. You will be using this account to comment on these posts, so try to pick a username that will easily identify you.  You will be asked to choose a name for your blog but don’t worry too much about that part – you can always go back later and change it!  As always, if you need help with the sign-up process, let me know!

We’ll talk more about blogging next week so, if you have any questions in the meantime, be sure to post them!  See you next week!

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Welcome to the MCS Instructional Tech Blog!

I’m glad you’re here! The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to different Web 2.0 tools and offer ideas for how the tools can be used in instruction.  I was inspired to start this blog by a librarian in Connecticut who did a similar blog for her teachers – and who received her inspiration from a public library in North Carolina.  You have to love professional sharing!

So, how will this work?  Every Wednesday, I will post 1-2 new things for you to explore. The posts will include short videos, links to examples, and/or tutorials.  You can participate by learning about the tools and then commenting on the blog to ask questions, reflect on what you’ve learned, etc.

Now, for the fun part…!

This series will run for 13 weeks, May 2nd through July 25th. That means that you will be introduced to 13 – 20 instructional technology tools that you can use in your classroom next year! During the 13 weeks, teachers who participate by commenting on at least seven (7) of the weekly blog posts will be entered to win a Kindle Fire that will be given away at Institute Day on Wednesday, August 1st!

I hope you enjoy the next few weeks, and that you learn something that you can take back to your classroom for the next school year!  And, don’t forget to comment on at least seven (7) different blog posts to be entered for your chance to win the Kindle Fire on Institute Day!  Happy Learning!

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