Delaware Digital Learning Cadre (formerly INTEGRATE)

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Week 6 My Brand

To increase the professionalism of my About me page, I made adjustments to the bio. I added my education, De Teaching Certificates and Experience.I also lowered the written portion, so it was easier to see.  And I added our class tag, as well.

Future of Libraries Conference Online

Library 2.012, the “Future of Libraries” conference, starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:30 am US-Pacific Daylight Time and continues for 40 straight hours. The conference is free to attend, and is held virtually in Blackboard Collaborate. They have 150 presentation sessions and 11 keynote addresses from all over the world this year, and subject strands include physical and virtual learning spaces, evolving professional roles in today’s world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geo-social information environments.

The schedule for the conference can be seen in your own time zone–allowing you to easily and quickly find and attend sessions that interest you. You can connect and converse with the presenters and other attendees in the 15,000-member Library 2.0 network. Recordings will be made of all sessions, will also be free, and will be posted on the conference site.
Special thanks to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University (, the founding conference sponsor; to Follett Software Company and Blackboard Collaborate; and to our 31 partner organizations and our 70 international advisors.

Week 5 Personal Learning Networks

I chose to get involved with  ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and become a member of the ISTE Community NING.  This organization has over 18,000 members and lots of ways to connect to other education professions.

Social media presence: Twitter, ISTE Connects Blog, NING communities, YouTube, Wikispaces, Facebook, SecondLife, etc.

I am a member of the Delaware Digital Learning Cadre.  At our meetings  I have heard many of education technology specialists talk about the wonderful resources available to the members of ISTE.  So, I became a member.

I chose 5 profiles to examine. Some of the profiles were vague and some of the individuals didn’t have many posts or real time involved in the community. I didn’t follow these.  The people I did choose to follow had specific profiles listing their expertise and jobs, had useful information in their postings list upcoming seminars, webinars, or recent governmental involvement with educational technology, linked to other social media profiles and were involved in the PLN’s through the site.

I learned the importance of your profile on sites, such as these, and how to improve mine.

Week 4 Aggregation vs Curation /Experiences with Social Media So Far


In the past 4 weeks, I have created accounted on Twitter, Dingo, Word Press,, Flickr, Netvibes, Pinterest, IFTTT, Google Plus, HootSuite, etc… This social networking stuff can be overwhelming.

First, my professional responsibility is to training others and stay updated on what is available and coming out with educational technology. There are valuable aspects for all these, but there are a few that really have benefitted me.

  • HootSuite gave me a place where I can monitor several of my accounts at the same time.  It saves me time and effort in logging in to each one individually and gives me easy to follow windows so I can glance around and quickly see if I am interested in checking-out the posts further.
  • Twitter, WordPress and other sharing sites: I create and send out a weekly memo/newletter to my collegues to share new ideas, resources, and updates.  This allows me to see what topics are being discussed and what the trends are.  People ask me all the time how I come up with all the information to do the newletter each week.  It’s because of social media!!

PART II     Which is better Aggregation or Curation Experiences with Social Media?

Apparently, this is a “loaded” question in the social media circle and has been debated for years.

Aggregration is the creation of new resources and infromation.  Curation is the collecting, sharing, and discussing the information you find on the internet. Personally, I do a lot of curation. I think if people are finding methods, resources, etc.. that work, we should share them.


These are a few resources I found on the topics of Aggregration and Curation:


Week 3 Online Pitfalls

I have experienced connectivity overload!  I used to spend way too much time in internet based programs/games/and social media sites.  It is addictive!  I had to really separate myself from my electronic devices and allow myself and my family the attention we deserve.  Now, I workout everyday for about an hour without any device that connects me to anyone else.  I also try to set aside time for my family, so they don’t feel neglected.

When you spend too much time connected to the internet….

  • You lose productivity at work.
  • You lose time with your family.
  • You may strain relationships with loved ones and friends.
  • You may lose the ability to focus.
  • You may develop unhealthy habits (like sleeping at odd times, or not sleeping)
  • You can get caught up and not realize how many hours you spend online.
  • You are most likely not getting any/enough exercise. And your vision may suffer too.
  • You may be revealing too much information about yourself.

To avoid these problems

  • Set aside time for yourself, not connected to a device or computer.
  • Don’t check personal sites, or email at work.
  • Set aside time for your friends and family that is not interrupted by the internet or phones

For more information see these links!