Creating My Learning Log

WordPress is a content management software available on the web that allows people to create and customize websites using a variety of templates. Within the application are a set tools to create and manage the content. These sites are used to present and communicate just about any type of information. People and companies may use it for commercial, educational, or personal purposes such as blogging. Creating a website and the content is easy because it does not require a person to be proficient in the technical languages needed for maintaining websites.

To create my learning log I started a new account in WordPress, chose a suitable template and created the title for my blog.  I used a tool within the application that allowed me to migrate my existing Blogger account into WordPress. The process went smoothly except for the tags, which WordPress switched into categories (rather than tags due to fact that Blogger has only one of the options available). The people at WordPress had thought through this potential problem and created a tool to switch categories into tags. In the end, I used a combination of the two – tags for the AECT standards and categories to organize the writing into EDTECH courses.

As a practitioner of education, creating and maintaining a learning log utilizes technology and process to communicate and promote learning. The process of building knowledge can be done in a variety of different methods but the reading from chapter 2 of ELSI (please check resources) said this is done in four stages. It begins by using the visual and auditory channels to select and process information. It is then placed into our working memory where it is organized and integrated with our prior knowledge to help achieve understanding. This helps to store it into our long term memory where it can be retrieved for later use. A learning log has an important role in building knowledge because we use the process of retrieving and reflecting prior to record our thoughts.  Technology helps us to share the learning with other practitioners through the internet and a content management software. By connecting with other like-minded people we build a community, learn from one another, and collectively further our knowledge.

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