Sometimes I'm ten steps ahead of my own thoughts... I haven't posted an update in a while and a conversation with a PE teacher sparked me to share about connecting via social media. I've since realized that for someone new to the idea of PLN, simply urging them to create one isn't enough. Where do you begin?
What are you looking for?
First, consider what or who you're looking for. Are you looking to connect with other teachers in your subject area? Are you looking for inspiration for your classroom? Are you looking for project ideas?
Next, pick a platform and begin to explore.
Find one person or idea. Check links and followers. Find a source that works for you - a blog, a user, a collection.
The list below includes some of the main social media platforms used by educators.
Today was the start of a new technology movement at my school; students received BYOT permission slips for a 4th and 5th grade pilot.
BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology (sometimes BYOD - "device")
My students are so excited. They wanted to know when they could bring the device in, how many devices was the limit, and why did we wait so long to start?? (I assured them that the one device they were allowed to bring it would be plenty, and we should be grateful that the pilot didn't start next school year when we would all be gone!)
So why am I excited? "Aren't you afraid of privacy, students wasting time, posting inappropriate things, etc."
When we discuss student misuse of technology, I always wonder about when, if ever, the student was taught about responsible use. The reality of the world our students live in is that technology will continue to enhance the way we live, whether we want to embrace it or not.
I believe it is my role to prepare students to not only be educated and knowledgable but equipped to face the world beyond my classroom.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.