Kick Start 4 for beginners is something I started before blogging and that is setting up a proper RSS feed. I use Google for my reader account and love it. I should thank the NY Mets for getting me started on using RSS and readers. Actually I should thank MetsBlog.com, Matt's post are so informative that I wnated to read everything he posted. So I should thank MetsBlog.com again for getting me started in blogging. As far as using an online avatar for myself I have begun using a QR code. Visiting others blogs and leaving comments is what blogging is all about and thanks to the Teachers Challenge I have seen my traffic increase. I took a look at the discussion Question. My response was I keep up with my favorite blogs by using my Google Reader. I enjoy using the "Star" feature to save article that i will use as resources later. I sort my blogs into different topics so I am able to go to that section quickly. I explain RSS to my students that a reader is a way to create your own magazine or newspapper. Only the information you are looking for is dispayed. Some use, most don't...yet. My Post
Write a review on online avatars. I pay no attention to online avatars. I have begun using QR codes but not consistently yet.
Write a review of some blogs you have found and are enjoying to read. Why? I added Tech Tips and Resources to my reader. I feel like we are teaching or experiencing a similar subject and challenges.
What aspects of this activity did you find easy? What surprised you? What did you struggle with? How could you make it easier for others? I think for a beginner the reader and RSS was explained very well. I skipped the avatar section though.
Kick Start 4 - Advanced Begins with challenging me the author to analyze his avatar. Again I don't use an avatar of myself. I am beginning to use a QR code but I am in no rush to put it up everywhere. However creating a Voki sounds like fun and perhaps I can use it for class instruction. I have used Xrtanormal to create narrated videos for my students. I play the videos for the class and it seems to be more engaging than having me lecture. So Voki is now on the to do list.