Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Inagural Blog~~ Welcome!

Welcome to Excursions in Education!

So I'm finally here... I'm entering the 'blogosphere'. I'm not sure I have a good reason for delaying my entry into the blogging world, but my honest hang up was finding the right name. After reading, seeing and discovering many neat education related stories and issues this week, I really wanted to blog about them.... which propelled me to come up with a name for my blog. After enlisting the help of a few friends (thanks Aaron and Dawn!) and a handy online dictionary/thesaurus, I've finally settled on Excursions in Education.

A little bit about the name..... I started with words like ponder, muse, reflect and moved to words like journey, travel, meander (great word, Aaron!), and ended up with excursion. [ ik-skur-zhuhn: -noun- a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt return ] Excursion seemed to fit well for for two reasons... a) I love to travel and b) my intention for the blog entries here is that each will 'journey' to a different part of education (more on that in a minute) and then promptly return to the general topic of its impact on education.

A little bit about the theme/topics to be covered here.....
As an educator with experience teaching in grades 5-8, having served as a Mathematics Department Chairperson at the middle school level, then moving into the professional development side of things (with a focus on instructional technology), I am passionate about all things education. The purpose of this blog is summarized here:

Excursions in Education highlights current events, innovative ideas, or otherwise noteworthy topics in the ever-changing world of education. Journey around the block, around the world and into cyberspace with special emphasis on instructional technology and mathematics education.
I intend to post (frequently) about the follow topics (and many others):

  • education in general -- new initiatives, interesting things happening, noteworthy news
  • mathematics education
  • instructional technologies and emerging technologies
  • global education issues
  • local education
  • .... and anything else that captures my attention!
Well, that about summarizes my introduction to this blog! As we all know, people thrive on comments.... so drop by and share a comment! And, keep checking back frequently for more Excursions in Education!


Aaron Smith said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! I'm looking forward to reading about more of your excursions.

Anonymous said...

Very good, looking forward to hearing more

Steve said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with :) I know what you mean about the name though. Coming up with just the right name is a killer!

Anonymous said...

Great to have you writing in the blogosphere where others can hear your fabulous innovative ideas in education. I am lucky enough to often talk to you about them, but it will be great to share your passion with others. Look forward to upcoming posts. -Dawn

LifeLongLearner said...

Welcome Rachel,

I'm so glad to read your first blogs. What new ideas for technology integration are you thinking about?

Margo in Virginia
a life long learner

Danielle Abernethy said...

Great to see you back online! I'm subscribing to your blog so I can keep up.