I recently joined twitter. I didn’t have any twitter experience prior to starting this course. I was intrigued by the potential benefits that could be gained by collaborating with other educators that might be experiencing similar situations in the classroom. One community that I decided to follow is called Special education@ specialedneeds. I don’t find this sight to be too valuable. There are some good questions posed, but tweeting in general doesn’t allow for much of a conversation to occur. I found that I wanted to write more in response to the question that I answered, but ran out of characters. Of course, this is the whole point. I will try and continue to search for some better sights within twitter.
How can I keep up with all of the demanding requirements of the teaching profession, and still continue to find new tools to enhance my students learning with technology?
I came across a great blog that combines the use of technology and collaboration. Collaboration and technology are becoming ever entwined. Through reflection and great effort, I can continue to enhance my collaboration skills both as a digital citizen and with the community that I will be teaching with. This site provides excellent descriptions of the various roles that we will need to be comfortable maneuvering in and out of, if we are to meet the necessity of collaboration and technology.
A classmate of mine shared a link to a site that promotes teachers to be lifelong learners. There are ten ideas that are meant to inspire us. Reading this list, three of the ideas have on-line in their titles. With this being our last blog post for this class, I find it very fitting to have my final bog for this class include advice that advocates for more time spent on-line to further our learning. I have included a link to the sight below.
I have been participating in online learning for quite a long time know. I have not ever participated in any kind of twitter activity. After watching the Vialogues video for the week, it is clear that twitter can be a place to keep track of what great teachers are doing in the classroom. This was very nice to learn.
I found it interesting to read about the National Education Technology Plan for 2010. To say that technology will be included in education would be to put it mild. Every step of the educational process will be linked into using technology. The report mentions the term connected teacher. The connected teacher will have access to all sorts of programs that will allow them to be better teachers. Assessments, lessons, discussions, will all be able to be held online. The word connected implies hooked, plugged in, or an on-line teacher that will be aware of all the available resources.
I will need to work on becoming more efficient at navigating the various teaching tools that are available. At the same time, I will need to remember to do so with proper etiquette that I aspire to use while having in-person conversations. In engaging with the world, via the web, I also need to remember the ultimate purpose will be to enhance my students’ growth and learning.
Reference and Links
Atkins, D.E., Bennett, J., Brown, J.S., Chopra, A., Dede, C., & Fishman, B. (2010) Teaching:
Prepare and Connect from Transforming American education: Learning powered by technology. National Education Technology Plan, 39-50.