To the left is a visualization of the Internet. You can see or at least get a feel for how the Internet has an infinite number of branches and connections.
Below is a visualization of my own COETAIL blog website. While definitely a little more sparse than the previous graphic, I know that compared to an image generated at the end of 2011, the blog connections have grown.
Made by Marcel Salathe (email me: salathe.marcel AT gmail DOT com)
The chart below tells you what each color stands for.
What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags
After having utilized these resources, I find that this is the professional development opportunity that I have been looking for. Having two young active boys and working at an international school, finding the time and the appropriate resources that meet my specific needs has been a challenge. Since the start of the COETAIL course, I feel I now have access or can find ways to access the numerous resources offered on the Internet. Thank you, Kim Cofino, Adam Clark, Brian Farrell, my fellow COETAIL colleagues, and my future instructors.
While I find that hyperlinking can sometimes lead to distracting from the main content, it is still a useful and powerful tool. Now easily, a blog entry or anything published electronically, becomes a dynamic document. The reader is now connected to the various sources to receive a more in-depth look into a topic or the reader gains direct access to the various sources.
Personally, I have found that embedding videos is a good way to incorporate media within a blog post. It is multi-sensory, interactive, and the reader stays on the page. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Now with the ability to create blog posts that can connect the reader to a multitude of pictures, videos, songs, documents, nings, etc., the learning possibilities and the future connections that can be fostered is unlimited.
For example, now that I have a Twitter account set up, I appreciate the additional resources and information that I can easily tap into. The flow of information is now directed towards me as I continue to grow my “now following” group to best meet my interests and needs.
I have now hit my ninety-ninth tweet. Back in September, I do not think I would have hit this mark after my few initial dabbling with Twitter. While I realize that in the Twitter world, one hundred is not a big number, for me, it is a mile marker. I have found the tweets useful for me start contributing to my digital community and also to record some of the key resources that I have found interesting or useful. With Twitter, hyperlinks especially help ease the sharing by keeping things short and sweet.
My Flickr account and contacts are a resource that I would like to further develop in the near future. As I continue with blogging, I see the potential for pursuing and incorporating my own interest in photography and video. Flickr and Compfight have been two good avenues to search for graphics that are licensed through Creative Commons’. Graphics are a key part of the communication process and these two ways to search the Internet help improve my posts and keep it legal.