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Comment Challenge Day 31: Your Top 5 Lessons

We've finally done it! We've reached the end of the 31 Days of the Comment Challenge! It's been a long, crazy month with a lot of activity and (hopefully) a lot of learning. For your final task, I want you to reflect on what you've learned in the last 31 days. What did you personally gain from the Challenge? What did you gain professionally? Is this something you'd do again?... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 30: How Can You Use What You've Learned About Commenting to Change Your Teaching?

Now that we're winding down in the Comment Challenge, it's time for some reflection. For today's task, I want you to consider what you've learned about the give and take of commenting and how it might apply in a classroom. What lessons did you learn about what it means to "speak up" through comments that is applicable to working with students? What did you learn about how to deal with... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 29: Write a Commenting Guide for Students

Most of the Challenge participants work in some kind of learning and education capacity, so today's task from Silvia Tolisano is geared toward helping your students be better commenters. Silvia suggests writing an age-appropriate guide to commenting. What goes into it is up to you. How you communicate it is up to you. You may want to play around with audio or video. You might want to try using VoiceThread.... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 28: What's Your Blog Commenting Strategy?

Yesterday we looked at how commenting can help us build our personal brand. Today, I want you to check out this article by Caroline Middlebrook on developing a blog commenting strategy. Do you think it's important to take a more strategic view of commenting and to have a plan for how you want to incorporate commenting into your overall online behavior? If so, what is your blog commenting strategy? Remember... Read more →

Check Out this Non-Traditional Resume!

| View | Upload your own A few months ago I wrote about a blog post from Seth Godin on the death of the resume. This morning I had an email from Jeff Widman one of the people who responded to Seth's call for interns, pointing me to this very non-traditional resume he submitted to apply for the job. Apparently with a few tweaks, he also sent his "resume" to... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 27: What Do You Communicate About Your Personal Brand Through Comments

Online personal branding is becoming a big deal. The more active we are on the web, the more we communicate about who we are and what we do. Many of us may have considered that our blogs are a way of communicating about our "brand," but what about the comments we leave? Dauwd Miracle recounts an experience he had with comments as a form of personal branding. Take a look... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 26: Exploring Other Ways to Comment

As many of us have discovered during the Challenge, written comments can sometimes be misconstrued or make it difficult for us to get our point across. Multimedia commenting, though, can address some of these issues. Today's task comes from Silvia Tolisano who asks us to think about other ways to comment on blogs. For example, Kate Foy and others have been playing around with video commenting using Seesmic. Here's a... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 24: Comment on a Blog Written in a Foreign Language

Today's activity was suggested by both Sue Waters and Silvia Tolisano. Their idea is that we comment on a blog post in another language. For some of us, this may mean dusting off our foreign language skills from high school or college. If you're like me, you'll need something a little more heavy duty to figure this out. Sue suggests trying Google's Translator, which should allow you to both read... Read more →

ROWE Re-Visited

Last May, I wrote a few posts on the Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) that Best Buy has been using throughout its organization--Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Stop Watching the Clock? and A Results Oriented Work Environment is NOT the Same as Flexible Scheduling. Now I see that Tim Ferris is publishing a series of interviews with the co-developers of the concept, Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, who have written... Read more →