Monthly Archives: February 2012

Using Learning Tools


Now for a serious post – coming to the realisation that much of my spare time (spare time?) is going to be spent reading and getting used to online study. Organisation, organisation, organisation to be my new mantra (and perhaps set a good example for 14 yr old son)

I spent a few hours over the weekend exploring CSU library and Primo Search. I found Primo Search to be easy to navigate and the library a fantastic resource bank for a Distance student. Managed to browse & read an etext online via EBL and downloaded Adobe Digital Editions for borrowing/ downloading e-texts (very handy living in Melbourne). My school library also uses E Book Library so I was familiar with the process. It was helpful to learn how to create folders in Primo Search and EbscoHost but have to admit I began to lag with information overload – how much information is out there! Ebsco –  fantastic for Education specific articles & journals  (Note to self – always remember to tick” full text” box!)

Then to blogging – decided to go with WordPress, having used them before. Last year, I was fortunate t0 be able to  participate in the SLAV Personal Learning Network (PLN) program where we also created a blog to record our learning experience. Had fun creating a new blog and selecting a different theme (as you can see, bright & optimistic), then realised time can pass very quickly playing and brushing up on forgotten skills! Remembered how to load an image (personal) but forgot to acknowledge another (on the to do list). I got a bit bogged down following the teacher challenge blog and confused myself silly with Google Reader, but managed to subscribe to a few blogs (Not sure when I will find the time to read them!)

Thought I was doing a brilliant job until I started looking at everyone else’s blogs! Wow, they are amazing – looks like I have so much to learn and hoping that some of the others will slow down a bit! Feeling slightly overwhelmed.