Let me start by introducing myself...
my name is Debra!
Social networking has become “a must” in today’s society. Personally, I experience its presence in some form on a daily basis … either by logging in to Facebook, dropping a pin on my Pinterest board, doing a little tweeting, answering emails, or just simply texting family and friends. On a professional level, the power of social web tools are extremely useful in my role as an instructor specializing in flipped classroom courses and even as a current online student majoring in Instructional Design.
I simply love this virtual world of learning, using new technology, and trying out the latest and greatest websites for my courses using the flipped classroom methodology. I might be old school when it comes to how I do things in my home such as cooking, but watch out “virtual world”, I am ready to face any social web challenge head on. A great example of facing a challenge is creating my own personal website and doing a little blogging from time to time. As an instructor in higher education, learning new software and technology is not new to me; I feel it certainly provides an advantage in learning and processing information.
Stop and think of how social media plays a huge role in your daily life. It’s amazing! We can connect with our love ones, business colleagues, and fellow online classmates anytime and any where ... with just a matter of pushing the “send” or "accept" button.
Of course, we all need some down time away from our electronic gadgets. What do I enjoy to revitalize myself? That's simple! I love to work in my yard, whip up a yummy dish or baked good in my kitchen, collecting cookbooks, swing a golf club from time to time, capture memories with my camera, get some travel time in, sampling new wines, and making new acquaintances.
New Year ... New Resolutions
Have you made your resolutions for the new year? Like most people, getting back in shape and losing weight are just two of my resolutions. I was diagnosed back in 2004 with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and even though I don't eat a lot of fried foods and meat ... I still struggle with weight gain. Unfortunately, I do have a sweet tooth for desserts such as carrot cake, cheesecake, or anything yummy. It's so hard to turn down a good cupcake with a local cupcake shop, but don't give me chocolate icecream. I know ... that's just not right.