Sunday, March 25, 2012

Twitter Experience

I am officially an active Twitter member and boy am I overwhelmed. I am looking forward to connecting with other teachers who also enjoy technology and share their ideas. I did use the Twitter4Teachers wiki to find people that I felt I would share a connection with such as: third grade teachers, emints people, and educational technology. I am looking forward to what I will learn in the weeks ahead from this PLN.  I am also busy thinking of ways I might be able to utilize this resource within my classroom.  I was thinking I could use it to send parents who utilize it reminders and updates about upcoming events.

My twitter name is twatson82

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chapter 1 & 2 Reflections

I really enjoyed these first few chapters!  It was a lot to digest, but I am so excited to be learning about resources that I can actually see myself using in my own classroom.  I think my favorite quote from these two  chapters would have to be "It's almost like we are recreating education from scratch."  After reading these chapters I couldn't agree more.  We have so many more tools and resources becoming more and more available that it is hard to imagine learning with out them! 
In these chapter I learned about 5 new tools, some that I was aware and others that I have heard of but didn't understand.    Take Twitter for example-I will admit I didn't get what the fuss was about just as it said in the book.  I viewed it as just another social media site.  From the readings though I can see that following the "right" people and groups can lead to a lot of learning experiences for my students and myself.  I have not yet had a moment to set up an account on Twitter but I plan to follow some of the people given in the book.
For example: has a listing of educators that are listed according to their job titles, types of classrooms, and discipline areas.  This is a fantastic resource to get started with!