Making Connections – Bonus!

internet_note_takingI love hearing and seeing what other educators do.  I am constantly reading others blogs and sites and saving ideas or forwarding them, but I never comment.   I’ve looked at many of the blogs that participants have done this winter and it has often inspired me to look further into the topic. This topic is forcing me to to take a more active role within the online community.  I tried commenting on a few sights by signing in with my WordPress account with no luck.  I switched to my Google account and was finally successful.  I still haven’t figured out what the problem was.

I viewed  Library Crazy, and thought she had some good insights.  I liked the entry about Mapping and Geolocation because I had done that topic too.  I like hearing how others use the same tools.    Bri’s Cool Tools Blog was interesting and I especially took note of her curation tools entry.  The Infographics info on Tech For Your Classroom gave me a quick insight into the topic without doing the whole thing.  I did play with Canva.com but I haven’t decided whether I will pursue  the topic further.  I checked out Teaching and Learning in a High School Library and I think I would like to try Adobe Slate with my students.

I am sure I will continue to scour the internet for new and innovative ideas for my classroom.  I don’t know that I have converted to commenting on everything I see, but maybe by occasionally sharing my thoughts I will develop a more useful and satisfying network.

Professional Learning Network – Thing 3

When I started this topic I came with an open mind but I must say the article Twitter is Studpid. (until you realize…) described me to a T.  Who cares what you had for dinner!  It opened my eyes to establishing a purely professional network (hence my title) that I may get much more out of and enjoy.

I began with lurking (which sounded kind of creepy) on Twitter, but did not feel I was connecting with as many resources as I hoped.  I already had a twitter account but I only used it for notifying parents when I updated my website.  So I started using it in a totally different way. I started following a few accounts.  I found that it takes and incredibly long time to truly find accounts that interested me.  Having hashtags explained help me find a few good nuggets.  I still have not posted anything myself except for a retweet.

I am not ready to use Twitter with my class but am looking forward to continuing to build a professional network.

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