Too many Widgets, which ones to Choose?

This post is created as a reflection on Step 5 of Educator Professional Blog Challenge, working with widgets

Step 5: Working with Widgets

 

Hiccups: 

While adding Google Translator widget to my sidebar, I learned that when embedding a code, I need to copy & paste the code in text box of side bar, save it & then close the textbox.   Failing to close the textbox and just saving the embedded code will result in the code being posted on sidebar instead of the Google Translator widget.  Hmmm! Who knew, not following a simple step in the direction will result in a headache!  Guess, I have to learn some stuff hard way!

Adding twitter widget, in timeline mode may not be wise for brevity.  I need to go back & explore to adjust the settings so only selected / favorite tweets will appear on sidebar.

 

streamlining 

There are too many many widgets to choose from.  I wish to share a thought provoking  and clutter free blog with you.  Therefore, I have to pick and choose which widgets to keep & which to fondly remember.   Some of the widgets had to go but which ones?   Avatar, and about me with an image fell on sword of delete button and get annihilated.   Posts, Categories, links & Tag Cloud were able to plead their case & succeeded to stay on sidebar for now.  After visiting several blogs, subscribe to the blog via email and Google translator won prominent places.  Though I needed to upgrade the blog to Pro in order to add Subscribe me widget, the $$ I spend is worth it.

 

Show & Tell:

After learning about what is widget, how to enhance the functionality of e-portfolio by adding widgets and judicial use of widgets, I have decided to create a Prezi to share my must have widgets with you.

 

 

 

 

In process of creating widgets for my blog, I visited several blogs.  I am sharing with you three of  the uncluttered, visually appealing blogs from colleagues with solid content with hope that just like me, you will also benefit by visiting them.  Notice how each of these educators have proudly displayed their professional learning badges to validate their expertise.

 

I liked double sidebar, one with blogroll & professional achievements second with everything else, of Cindy’s blog,  http://thissideofthird.edublogs.org 

 

Dan Galagher have used Google Plus image and Visitor map in his almost whimsical blog  A tech perspective ….or something like that.  I  liked how he is always teaching; he invites us for  professional learning opportunity by adding an active image to virtual reality boot camp on his blog.As I am mentoring students in 100 word challenge, and Student blogging challenge, I would like to learn how to add live links.

 

Finally,  Sue Fitzgerald of unpretentious librarian shows us how give snippets of blogs she likes to visit by her choice of widget.

 

Thank you for visiting with me.

 

After visiting with me, I hope you will choose to visit some of the blogs I mentioned in this post.  As always, let me know what you like & how I can improve.

 

Educator Personal Blog Challenge

Why did I join the Teacher Personal Blog Challenge?

Being away from classroom for a while has eroded some of my self-esteem.  There are questions in my mind:

Question in my Mind

Am I relevant any longer?

Do I know enough?

Am I still capable to deliver the instruction in fun & focused way to increase my students learning?

Will I keep up with changing environment where even Kindergartners uses personal learning devices & flip learning is the name of the game?

 

 

There are steps I need to take before I go back to classroom.  By accepting the Teacher Personal Blog Challenge, I am taking baby steps to build my “teaching muscles”.  This challenge will allow me to

  • Replenish my teacher tool kit
  • Connect with other like minded individual / group in safe environment
  • Build & maintain Personal Learning Network
  • Recognition & constructive criticism for my ideas
  • Help me with my quest of being the best version  of myself

 

I am glad you are traveling me with a little in my voyage.  Let us share some thoughts and make the journey pleasant for all of us.