I really relate to NZ blogger Jane's post "Troubled" where she reflects on the feeling of overload and disruption that her online life is giving her. She asks: "I suppose my question is... In the long run is this connectivity helping me or harming me?" Read the whole post and the comments to get a real sense of what the issue is. With all the stresses of teaching I know I have received much benefit from social networking tools, ideas, connections and a real sense of purpose. But sometimes being involved in these networks gives its own stress. Not being able to keep up is one. There is a feeling of being in a moving train as I catch glimpses of people's lives flashing by on slideshare, webcasts, podcasts, blogs, delicious.com (love the new URL), twitter, flickr, and so many others. I can't help feeling that I want more, I want to meet you guys face to face to say thank you for what you have given me, walk with you, talk to you all, but that's impossible if I still want to live my own life. It would take several lifetimes to be able to do that.
Anyway, enough of the rant. You may have noted that I have put Answertips on my blog. I have tried to put it on the class blogs where it would be very useful, no doubt, but James tells me it can't be put on edublogs or learnerblogs for security reasons. It seems like a great addition to a school blog where readers can double click any word and link to a dictionary definition of the word. It also links to "fast facts on millions of obscure words, personalities or slang."
Secondly, the Directory of Australian Edubloggers is going really well and has lots of new entries. I have gone back to having an open password - I had changed it due to vandalism - I hope that it has stopped by now. So it is time to do some more reflecting, some planning for next term, and go outside and - mow the lawn. If I think of it I will post a picture of that momentous event.