Out of my comfort zone

When @timmmmyboy * shared this ipad app on twitter the other day, I was intrigued. I’ve been playing around with watercolors, trying to “be uncomfortable.” And, wow, am I.

I’ve never taken an art class until now nor do I have artistic ability. But I am determined to put in the hours, keep working on the craft. This app was a fun, unusual way to continue the process. I’m rather addicted:)

@timmmmyboy also has this claim to fame

Social Media Ennui, And Yet….

Do you ever get tired of connecting? Every once in a while, I have to step away.

I’ve never liked Facebook (PLP’s Sheryl Nussbaum Beach was giving me a hard time because I said I don’t use it much). Of course, I do jump on for PLP, but frankly, most of my connecting is for professional reasons. I have not been able to get into FB to connect with friends, and sometimes that makes me feel like a luddite, despite my propensity to be online connecting for all hours of the day! Twitter has been my go-to app for finding resources and getting to know others in my field. And I also connect on Flickr, diigo, and delicious.

But now there’s a new player, and I’m finding it fits in nicely with my work flow. Google Plus, Google’s new attempt at social networking, seems to have what I need so far. I like the Circles, and I like the ability to have threaded conversations. The novelty may wear off, and I do find that it’s now one more place to go. But I’m going….and curious.

What are your thoughts so far?




Late to the game

I’ve had my iPad for four days now. And it’s cost me a small fortune.

No, that’s not true. But between  my Kindle and this gadget, my credit card is taking a hit. It’s so easy, isn’t it? Click, another $1.99. Click, another, $9.95.

Apps I am returning to again and again:

  1. Flipboard, of course
  2. Feeddler Pro, for the Evernote integration
  3. Phat Pad and Penultimate, because it’s fun to draw

Apps I’m not sure about:

  1. Moodleboard
  2. Pulse

What I do know is I love the iPad. But I have to admit that sometimes I feel way too geeky sitting here on my couch surrounded by my MacAir, my Kindle, and my iPod. It’s like Tech Central.

David just shakes his head.

So any recommendations? What can’t you live without?

Connecting the dots

I finally caught up with another  EdTech podcast w/ Alex, Arvind, and Vinnie on this morning’s run. My classes always seemed to conflict with the live podcasts, and lately I’ve had running partners, so it seemed rude to tune them out and listen to my iPod.

Today’s run was with husband David, and since he doesn’t talk, I listened! This morning’s podcast focused on Posterous, for which I’ve had an account for some time but could not figure out why I needed in addition to my blog.

Now I do.

Sometimes it’s just too much trouble to bring up WordPress, write the post, and publish it. Instead, I quickly post ideas, links, and photos to Twitter. Yet when I constantly link to Twitter alone, I don’t draw people here for conversations. For example, I would have loved some feedback on my assessment post.

This morning’s podcast helped me realize how simple posting to email is, which in turn updates both my blog and Posterous. So then a tweet would send people back here. Plus this gives me a record of resources I want to keep track of and tag. Make sense?

Anyway, I love my community. I would learn even more if I could get myself back up to a decent distance, as 3.5 miles goes by pretty quickly.

image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nnenn/3903987595