The time has come to officially announce my website!

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There must be hundreds of thousands, and even millions of websites there on the Internet. Now it is time to introduce another one!

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The question is why?, why to struggle to add another page among all others. In fact, the answer is simple. It is ‘mine’! If there are potential people who are thinking of creating their own websites or who already struggled to create theirs, they are sure to understand this feeling: ‘It is gonna be ‘yours”. A webpage could be a good resource and actually a tool to build an effective portrayal of self based on your target audience. Today, every webpage, especially the ones like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or else behave like a community in itself and they bear certain connotations with them. However, your own page which you host somewhere could be an effective display of the self. With this in mind, and thanks to my great enthusiasm to learn this new language, I started my page a few months ago.

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If you want to create a webpage, you can simply choose hosts and webpage design tools like weebly.com, wordpress.com and others. However, I chose the difficult way and I started designing it from scratch dealing with every bits and pieces like codes. For this to be done, I used a simple but nice MAC/PC app ‘seamonkey’ to design pages at the beginning, ‘textwrangler’ to edit codes, ‘fetch’ for MAC’ and ‘winscp’ for PC to publish your pages. Consequently, I am really happy with what has come out of it so far and I wanted to share it with the people who care, the people who are interested in teaching language through technology or accessing resources online. In fact I do not want to elaborate on the website for long since it takes time to read and the website itself is still in progress and there will be more content added in the future; so you can simply click on one of the links on this page and pay a visit there. As you can find information about me, you can also access to the teaching resources or links I shared there. What is remarkable about the website is that it adjusts its resolution and look according to the device you are visiting with such as your phone, tablet, or computer. If you have a chance, you can visit in both ways and I appreciate your comments. Your comments and feedback are always welcome and I will be happy to hear from you about my website.

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Quality Matters more than Quantity: Promoting your blog posts!

Today, I have come across an effective info-graphic listing some of the best available tools to promote your blog posts and most of the tools are free. I would like to share it with the ones invested in and publish it on my blog (which is like my academic diary) as also a reminder for those great tools. The original source is LaunchGrowJoy.com. The tools seem to be effective in general; however, at the end of the day, we should keep in mind the fact that quality matters more than quantity! Enjoy reading!

30 ways to promote your blog/posts (LaunchGrowJoy.com)

This image lists a total of 30 tools through which you can promote things (blog/posts) on the Internet. Most of the tools are free and really practical to use!

Source: http://www.lauchgrowjoy.com

WebQuests: not a state-of-the-art tool, but an effective one when designed carefully!

ImageAs also stated in the title of this post, WebQuests have been around for some considerable time and been reinforced thanks to the arrival of Web 2.0 or other innovative environments. In fact, in an age when every single thing could change dramatically at the blink of an eye, WebQuests still could be an effective tool in various fields, especially in language teaching. Progress through hyperlinks have always been a fun exercise for me since you might not guess where to end and since it enhances multi-modality. WebQuests could be a good source for this and they may empower teachers by keeping their students active outside the classroom as well.

Although, depending on the environment you are preparing a WebQuest, it might or might not take a long time, it could be simply done on a word processing program, too. Actually, what is preferred mostly is to publish them on the Web so that they might be accessible to a high number of people at the same time for very long and even forever!

Wikipedia defines WebQuests as an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web, and this is what makes this activity meaningful and effective for language learners.As a matter of fact, I am posting this for two reasons; (1) although it takes a long time to prepare WebQuests, especially when you publish it and especially when you are way too perfectionist!, they are pretty useful learning tools without bearing a question and I wanted to share this opinion and tool with you, (2) I personally experienced creating a WebQuest today (which could be accessed through the link here) and I wanted to share my experience when they are still fresh in my mind. ImageMy WebQuest is about ‘travel’ and it has been prepared as part of LRC530 course which I am taking this semester. Thanks to this course, I am also working on other technology and Web tools about which I am going to post as much as I can.Thank you for your time. I appreciate your comments and feedback both on my post and my WebQuest, too.
Link to my WebQuest: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~mpolat/webquest/wqindex.html