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Monday, December 28, 2015

Enjoying Open Live Writer

I know I am late to the party, but I do have to admit that using the Open Live Writer instead of the Blogger editor is a nice way to post.  I can start a post and wander around and do other things and come back later and not worry if I lose connection.  Those of you who have used Live Writer all along are going ‘duh’. As a computer professional (read:  inflated ego) I felt I had to use an html editor in order to be ‘real’ or something.  Result was that I didn’t post much.

I think the thyroid medicine is starting to wake me up a bit mentally.  Yesterday I saw mention of on-line courses on Canvas.net that are free.  If you have read much of my earlier blog you might remember that I am really into the idea of free on-line education.  At one point I played with the idea of putting together what I thought my version of an on-line secondary degree might look like, which was not an original idea.  Heather, Wendy Usually Wanders’ daughter was doing that waaaay back when.  I loved the idea.  That was as far as I got, though. 

I do feel like I have some major gaps in my education.  Math has always kept me back as I didn’t like most of the math instructors in my high school and therefore never took geometry or any further classes there.  That held me back when I sent for my technical degree, and is why it is a technical degree and not an engineering degree.  I have signed up for the free Math101 at canvas.  I got a 97% on the pre-test, so some of the college pre-calculus stayed with me.  However, I’m going through the videos anyway filling in the the gaps.  They seem to use Khan Academy videos for this, so I may just slide over to Khan to work my way on up from here.  It would be so awesome to actually understand the calculus I faked my way through in college.  It was interesting to stretch a bit mentally taking the pre-test, and probably what my mind needs to feel less foggy.

I did something special today, but I’ll wait until tomorrow to tell about it.

4 comments:

  1. I love Live Writer. If it didn't work anymore I'm sure I would give up blogging. So welcome to the party. I have heard really good things about Khan Academy. With my limit data I haven't really checked into it and if I did - calculus would not rank very high on my list. LOL But good for you to go for it.

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  2. My 'thing' in HS and college was English studies as my mother had me convinced that teaching school was in my future. However a stuttering problem (since 99.9% beat) made me look in other directions. math was always my weakest subject and because the world turns as it does, I ended up in a job where I used math, calculus and geometry on a daily basis. ;)

    Still unable to add photos to OLW. I guess I should do some more work on it.

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  3. Not being a Live Writer user and really not knowing much about it, I have to say that Blogger works fine with me. I sometimes start writing the blog and then goes to something else before finishing it. Even if I lose the connection, what I've written and pictures I've pulled into the blog are saved. I just don't know what I'm missing, but I have no trouble blogging if I can think of something to write about.

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  4. When I saw your reference to Canvas.net I was excited. I have been trying to teach myself how to use HTML5 for the past week or so and thought that might help. Alas, I could find nothing.

    I know nothing about Open Live Writer, or Blogger, but have been using Open Office Writer for my 'blog' postings. I do the preliminary writing in Open Office then the final edit after I add it to my Home Page before posting. My site is 'home grown' and does not have all the bells and whistles of a Blogger or WordPress so that works well for me.

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