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Blog All About It: the powerpoint

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Source: http://www.internetslang.com/BLOG-meaning-definition.asp

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Sources: Google, Wikipedia

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Sources: Google, Wikipedia

 

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Source: http://www.helpwithpcs.com/jargon/blog.htm

 

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Sources: Google, Wikipedia

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Sources: Google, Wikipedia

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Sources: Google, Wikipedia

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Source: http://thenextweb.com/businessapps/2015/05/11/the-18-best-blogging-and-publishing-platforms-on-the-internet-today/#gref

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Sources: WordPress, http://blogstarting.org/

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Source: http://thenextweb.com/businessapps/2015/05/11/the-18-best-blogging-and-publishing-platforms-on-the-internet-today/#gref

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Sources: Google, Wikipedia

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Source: http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/best-blogging-platforms-121413634

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Source: http://thenextweb.com/businessapps/2015/05/11/the-18-best-blogging-and-publishing-platforms-on-the-internet-today/#gref

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Source: http://mashable.com/2014/05/09/16-minimalist-blogging-platforms/#Bfy9QjB7Y5qC

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Sources:

http://makeawebsitehub.com/choose-right-blogging-platform/

http://www.dearblogger.org/blogger-or-wordpress-better

http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/blogging/a/Free-Blogging-Platforms.htm
http://startbloggingonline.com/blog-platform-comparison-chart/

http://blog-services-review.toptenreviews.com/

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Source: http://www.startablog123.com/best-free-blogging-sites/

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Source: http://www.startablog123.com/best-free-blogging-sites/

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Blog all about it: Jobe’s adventures in teaching a computer class

Wowie Zowie! Today I was honored to teach my very first computer class. It was so different from teaching my regular writing classes! A huge thanks to everyone who attended and for your patience with me in trying something so new. And a huge thanks to Sarah Shera for making these programs possible through CALS.

I spent the first 30 of 120 minutes giving a powerpoint presentation. That info is available in a separate post. The remaining 90 minutes of class was me taking everyone through the step-by-step of making a free wordpress blog, choosing a theme, editing title and tagline, creating a first post with title, text, and an image. For some students I was able to additionally teach how to embed a hyper link to provide the source for the image. Wow!

I quite unrealistically thought there would be time to create blogs on several sites and compare features. I had no idea how hard it would be to lead 25 people through a step-by-step of the process. At every stage of the way, different people had different questions. I’m glad I was able to answer and help with most issues, but I was afraid students would leave feeling frustrated instead of accomplished. I didn’t realize how each additional person added to the class, unlike in a writing class, would multiply the individual questions and concerns. And, also unlike a writing class, 2 hours was simply not enough time to accomplish the basics!

So. I’m definitely not giving up. I’ve learned a lot. Next time we offer this class, I want to cap at fewer students, so I’m not robbing anyone of 1-on-1 time. Maybe we can offer it twice back-to-back, and split students into day 1 or day 2 groups. And I definitely want a longer class duration to be able to cover more ground. Meanwhile, I think I might need to start a video blog (vlog!) so I can show people the step-by-step not in real time, so they’re able to pause, rewatch, etc.

Despite all the unexpected challenges, everyone in attendance did a great job rolling with it and staying upbeat and enthusiastic! I definitely want to do more to help provide information that’s relevant to your needs, and I’m going to be brainstorming on how best to do that. Stay posted here for updates!

You Rock,

Jobe

 

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Jobe’s Tips on Reading Aloud

  1. Practice! The best way to get good at something is to practice it. Read to your friends, read to your family, read to your pets, read to an empty room. The more you practice, the easier and more familiar it will feel.
  2. Sloooow down. Feeling nervous makes you read too quickly, and the people listening won’t have enough time to absorb the information. You should always read a little more slowly than you think you should.
  3. Don’t forget to pause and breath. This will help you slow down and help your voice sound more natural. It will also communicate to listeners where the punctuation marks are. Use a short pause after a comma and a slightly longer pause after a period mark. And if it’s a question, make sure the end of your sentence tilts up!
  4. If you’re not sure how a sentence should sound, try emphasizing different words. (If YOU’RE not sure how a sentence should sound; If you’re not SURE how a sentence should sound; If you’re not sure how a sentence should SOUND, try emphasizing different words!)
  5. Just before you read for a recording, read through the material one more time, silently to yourself.
  6. Feel free to mark your own notes for any troublesome words—like how to pronounce an unfamiliar word or name.
  7. Try to convey the emotion of the text. If you’re reading something happy, smile! People listening will be able to hear it in your voice.

 

Best of luck, and don’t forget to have fun!

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Memoir Stuff with Jobe

Howdy y’all,

I’ve been buried in books working on my thesis, but I’ve been reading a lot of articles, too. I just wanted to share a few articles I discovered on the subject of memoir that may help you too:

All the Love!

Jobe

 

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Jobe’s December Reads

Hello, Friends! I have been remiss in my updating duties and for that I apologize. I have been nose-deep in 10-20 books for school but have only read portions and not completed a single one! But it occurred to me that I never did post my final summary for the last few books of 2015, which I shall amend right this very moment.

For the play category I read Waiting for Godot. Most people have heard this phrase or have a vague knowledge of this play’s existence, but if you “don’t get it,” that’s ok. No one else does either. It is so odd and open-ended that the theorizing never stops, and nothing is extrememly conclusive, either. I saw it performed as an undergrad and thought it was funny, silly, odd. I read it this December, hoping to have some light shed on a deeper meaning. I was out of luck. I made up some theories of my own, such as: the characters represent different body parts! The characters are actually all dead! But whatever you decide is “really” going on, you’re probably just as right or wrong as everybody else.

To finish out my trilogy category, I finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters. You guys, if you have not read this trilogy by Laini Taylor, please drop everything and do so. Like, for really real. It is AWESOME. I have been reading and writing all my life and I consider myself a person of rather refined tastes. In fact I can be downright snobby if I feel a book or film is particularly lazy in the writing department. LAINI TAYLOR GOES IN MY TOP FIVE BEST WRITERS WRITING TODAY!!! She is a master storyteller of the highest level. Her language is beautiful, her stories are rich and deep, her world building boggles my mind, her characters are beautifully flawed and strong and real. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Please run out to your nearest bookstore or library right this minute and fall in love with her just like I did.

My final book for the year and my final category was a Christmas book. I wasn’t terribly excited about the category and I figured it was a good one to save til last and read around the same time as the actual holiday. The book I picked was Let It Snow, which I sarcastically referred to as a book written by John Green and some other guys. Dang, don’t you hate it when you’re a jerk and then it bites you in the butt? I am such a dufus for dragging my feet to get started on this. This book was good, and I was a dummy for thinking it wouldn’t be. Damn my grinch-y outlook! First, it was YA romance, which, distinct from adult romance, I like. Second, it was three short stories (novellas?) written by three authors, John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, which I knew from the cover, but I didn’t know I was in for linked stories that were intertwined and had us get to know a range of the cast of characters that featured in each story! I love stuff like that!! So that was a really cool discovery, too. And–wait for it–the writing was really high quality. Can I be done apologizing for my pride-before-a-fall ways, now? It was good and I liked it and I would gladly read more by all three of these authors. And yes, someday someone will refer to me as “and some other guys” and I will just cry because I deserve it. >.<

Jobe
eating humble pie