Week 6 Post

About. me

I like my about.me page! The” landing pages” or the online business cards can be the first place where people get started to know each other. I have not made a lot of changes. The biggest difference is the  outlets I added, which is an great idea kind of coming from last week’s assignment of post and different accounts we have created. The landing page can also serve as a dashboard page!

The other significant change is the “tags”   After using Diigo, Pinterest, and Twitter…., I found “tag” is such an important and great invention in the Internet world. It helps people find right things or people of the same interest  just in seconds  and get connected with those. How amazing!  It also helps us in organizing information.

WordPress Blog

I have spend a lot time changing and selecting the theme of my blog but still can find a right one! Anyway, the improvement is the use of “categories” and “tags”. Also, besides the previous gadgets embedded like “about.me page” and “avatar”, I added more widgets of social media outlets and “tag cloud”. All these make things connected together.



Week 5 Post

  • Professional organization : ACTFL (American Council on the teaching of  Foreign Languages )

ACTFL is the largest organization in the filed of second/foreign world language learning and teaching in the United States. Its annual conference attracts many great educators of many different languages, such as Japanese, German, Spanish, Chinese, and TESOL. This year’s convention and expo will be held soon on 11/16-18 just in Philadelphia. I am a student member of it and I attended the conference last year in Denver. So glad that I do not have to travel so far this year.

Before I take this course, I have not paid a lot of attention on its social media. The assignment provides me a great opportunity to explore its social networks.

  1. Language learning and Technology : (facebook page)
  2. Arne Duncan : the US Secretary of Education(Twitter page)
  3. Kevin Gaugler : Associate Professor of Spanish and Internet aficionado (Twitter)
  4. Dorie C
  5. Gov. Jack Markell

I found that I always choose(give it a try, click on) or follow  individuals/groups which or who have the following characteristics :

  • 1. Its logo/pictures/avatar  look professional. It should be related to what he/she wants to deliver.
  • 2. The information  is appealing to me, which is the key item to determine if I will continue.
  • 3. Clear Bio or position statement. So critical!
  • 4. The number of followers. For example:  Arne Duncan  has 55049 followers.
  • 5. what or who he/she follows.

I finally found that ACTFL also offers its own community platform for members to discuss issues and post job opportunities.
Other interesting websites:

Week 4 Post

Part 1. My information dashboard and loop

It is a little overwhelming but it is really fun to explore many different online tools!  I have not though that one day I will need to draw my own information flow loop.

I have tried Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Netvibes, Ifttt , Twitter and Google Reader, and created a recipe directing wordpress blog posts to twitter. I like IFTTT ‘s “recipe” idea and service, which can make two different platforms/channels communicate. (IF this then that) I am also trying to get familiar with Hootsuite and Netvibes and will decide which will work best for me. I hope by the end of this semester, I will be able to draw an organized map.

Part 2. Aggregation vs. Curation

(picture from : http://blog.lingospot.com/bid/115777/Aggregation-vs-Curation-Which-is-Right-for-You)

Aggregation: to collect information (public -oriented )

Tools: Google reader(RSS), e-mail subscription like SmartBrief, (maybe Diigo, paper.li, Delicious)

Curation: to maintain, select, preserve, and archive information. Make judgments, organization, decision (individual- oriented )

Tools: Pearltree, scoop.it, Livebinder, Pinterest (Diigo, paper.li, Delicious)

I also found the following articles interesting to me.

1. related to education settings


2. I have “scoop.it” , “Livebinder” and “pearltree” accounts but I seldom use them. In terms of “aggregation and curation”, they might be good tools like Diigo. Here is a collection of articles regarding curation.


3.Curation tools


4.Curaiton tools


5. iPad apps for web curation