I am Bud Hunt. If you’ve found this blog, odds are that you’re either VERY bored or I asked you to stop by. Hopefully, over time, I am wrong about that.
I am beginning this blog because I am a teacher and I am in need of an education. I recently had the experience of winning an iPod in a raffle. I then took two weeks off of school due to the birth of my first child. During this time, I had some time, amidst diapers and sleep deprivation, to think about my teaching and these new technologies. This introduced me to a whole new world of content and communication. It’s an exciting place, the blogosphere, but I am particularly interested in the wide new world of podcasting. I am learning and discovering that podcasting and blogging have incredible potential for teaching.
As a high school English teacher at an alternative high school in Colorado, I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate student choice into my classroom. Further, I am interested in finding real audiences for the writing that I ask my students to do. Podcasting and blogging have natural, built-in audiences — you, the people of the World Wide Web (do we still say that, or is it all just the Internet again?)
Anyway, not to get too long winded, but I intend to use this blog as a space to learn more about what keeping a blog is like — how to develop the habit and so on. I am curious to see if my students can keep up with such a task and find interesting things to write about. More importantly, I hope to meet people who can help with my education on all things blog and podcasting. I have some good teachers out there in the ethersphere — I’ve been subscribing to podcasts and blogs right and left. Three days ago, I understood the concept of an aggregator, but I’d never used one — not so anymore. But am I using the RIGHT aggregator? Is there such a thing? How do I help students learn to code webpages using XML? Rss? What’s the freaking difference? Do I have to give up my social life to learn these new technologies?
These are just a few of the many questions I will be asking and exploring in this space. On top of those, I am a new father juggling the responsibilities of my family and my students. I have to find a balance.
Your tips, thoughts and ideas are definitely encouraged. Send me e-mail. Talk with me. Let’s learn together.