***PLEASE USE THIS LINK, FOR SOME REASON THE FOLLOW BOARD LINK IS DOING SOMETHING ODD (thanks Christine for letting me know) AND I AM WORKING ON IT****
What tools have I explored and what make me choose this one?
I went back and forth on what tools to use. I am a big Diigo fan, but I wanted to try something different. Many of my friends and colleagues use Pinterest. I have had an account for a while, but to be honest, I was not that thrilled with it. It seemed like a really good way of wasting time, especially for the crafty or want to be crafty, neither of which decribes me. But, I wanted to challenge myself as well as trust that these people that I respected were doing more than pinning DIY projects.
When I’m thinking of sources, what influences my decision?
When I first jump into research, I will be honest, I go whole hog. I think that is why I liked Diigo so much. I used to one of “those” people who hogged the copy machine, making tons of copies. I like to get as many resources as possible and then cull from there. I am never sure which way my research will go and I want to make sure that I have all avenues. After that, I try to practice what I preach. I teach my students to use the CRAAP test and I try to do the same. I want current and relevant sources when I am completing research.
How many of my sources are teachers or practitioners, how many are considered experts, do I have a balance?
The board I created has an equal number of experts and practitioners. I think at times, because of the topic I picked, it is hard to see the “expertise” of one person over another, yet it is there. I tried to see the perspective from other viewpoints, especially from the Deaf and hearing sides.
Who else is using this tool and what do you like about they way they use it. What techniques/approaches will you include in yours?
I am introducing Symbaloo to my students this year. I already have the “Lorentz Classes” page setup and ready to go. I just added Pinterest to it. While I am still a bigger fan of Diigo, I see the benefits of other tools. While I only have these two on my page at present, I am not unwilling to add others!
How will I look and find sources that will challenge me?
By my general dislike of Pinterest, I would say that all sources challenge me. I was honestly expecting no resources of worth. I was pleasantly surprised by the resources and the access I had to them. I do have to say that I did start another board-for Halloween-so I was a bit more distracted than I would be on Feedly or Diigo, but it was more fun!