Gone and back again…

I went away for the month of November. It just happened and no matter how much I wanted to return and write – I forced myself to stay away. Talk about discomfort!

For the last month of the year, the last month of a year of No Comfort Zone challenges, I plan to offer a gift-a-day to you.

Gifts come in many forms. On the web they can be inspiring videos, informative website, upbeat messages, sweet songs, tasty recipes, stunning photos or any number of things.

One solid month.

I hope you enjoy my gifts and please, please, please send me your ‘go-to’ sites as well so I can fall in love with your favorites too.

Free Apps: Free Course Information: Free Bird

Here’s a link to 25 FREE Web 2.0 Applications. These are all education specific tools that can help to make the online experience so much better. Is your university using any of these? If so, which ones? Do they help?

Web 2.0 Tools for Lifelong & Life Wide Learning is a site worth checking out as well. It is offered as a course, complete with modues, lesson plans and assignments. The site includes a visual document that shows all the pieces and how they interact. Very informative and chock full of easy to understand information. Check it out!

Gimme more, gimme more

What would Google do? blog author Jeff Jarvis writes that blogs and online news will soon be the main source of information for communities as the popularity of paper medium decreases.  Blog writers, those people who have a passion about something near and dear to them will become the voice of the community.

…Keep in mind that few, if any, of these bloggers and journalists have experience in business, advertising or sales.

The average person becomes the voice of the community. That can be a wonderful thing — that can also be terrifying if that person sees the glass half empty, the trash half full, the community sinking and the government stinking.

Another person can express pride, share triumphs, paint vibrant rainbows — the world needs to see both sides of the community and hear both writers.  Let them speak.  Let others respond.  A new world is here.

Jarvis writes, “Bottom line: after three years, we project that a blogger could hire editorial staff and advertising help – citizen salespeople who help support the citizen journalists – and net $148,000 out of $332,000 revenue.”

Maybe it could happen, or maybe like the ostrich egg farms from the ’80’s or the pyramid schemes that benefit the first 50 or 500 will gain some glory and money – but the blogger will have to have a reason to post and something to lure the reader back each day.  What can be so compelling that one person will follow a certain blogger?

Discussions about books, directions to free educational websites, topics that help me grow and offer data I can share with others …would entice me to return.  I’d watch creative videos that offer new ideas and I’d link to them and share with others.

Here’s a video I watched the whole way through.  When it finished, I questioned the state of learning in our universities. It made me wonder why students enter a classroom when the professor is so far behind the technology times.  The student is the teacher … and the teacher has so much to learn.

Watch and Share this video – A Vision of Students Today –