Now in contemporary society social media is continuing to evolve and is proving to be an important tool in every day life. Whether you use social media to express your views or opinions or you use it to connect with family members. Chances are you use some form of it in your everyday life. For this class I just recently started using twitter. I like all the social media platforms. It was not really a surprise that I would also enjoy this one. It provides you with a way to post things you find interesting, or funny, or whatever the reason may be. It is also really easy to connect with friends or professionals who have similar views as you or are in the same profession as you which is an added benefit.
Since twitter is readily available to the majority of people. I think it is a great tool to use in the classroom and as a professional development tool. You can use it to communicate with parents, or to show them various projects your class is doing or have completed. This way parents can see what is happening in the class which is a nice use of twitter. You can also use it as a professional development tool. By reaching out to a huge audience because the user base of twitter is huge. By posting things that relate to your profession you can attract people who are equally interested in that. This can attract people to follow you and puts your name out there. You can also use it to track your growth as an educator. By comparing some posts from awhile ago to the present. To see if you still have those beliefs or if you have maybe adapted to something more modern or progressive.
My experience in the Saskedchat was a good one. I really enjoyed the questions and reading about what other people thought about various things. The Saskedchat can really open you up to new and refreshing ideas. I like this type of professional development; you are in the comfort of your own home if you choose to be and you can still communicate with other professionals. Seeing the wide range of responses can really open you up to newer ideas. It can potentially change your perspective regarding somethings which is great - and then you can apply the new ideas you are taking away from the Saskedchat to your classroom.
This week I began using the online tool Feebly to subscribe to things that I deem as interesting to myself. To stick with the theme of this class I decided to scout for educational posts as well as posts pertaining to technology. The first two blogs that I discovered was Cool Cat Teacher Blog and Free Technology for Teachers. When I was looking for blogs to find I did not necessarily want any relatively new blog with low followers so I attempted to look for more popular blogs that have been established over a decent period of time.
Cool Cat Teacher Blog is an interesting source that I enjoy because it has very interesting posts that could be talking about how to use various forms of technology in the classroom to how to build your personal brand. A lot of the posts are valuable to new and up coming teachers which is why I wanted to highlight this first blog that I found.
Free Technology for Teachers this blog as some of you would assume based off the name is a source that focuses on providing free sources of technology that teachers can use to spice up the classroom or their lesson plans. Most of the items that the blog posts is very insightful and that is why I am highlighting this page.
For those of you who do not know me - my name is Noah Smith (I am the one with the tie) and I am a preK-5 education student that is almost in my third year of schooling! I think educational technology is a great tool to use in the classroom. It can promote communication between the parents and the educators. As well as provide the students with a new way to approach how they learn certain things, instead of the bland note taking and just listening to the static teacher approach. I like blogging because it is a way to track your own personal growth and ideas that you may have had in the past. Since it is online you can always go back and look at what you posted in the past. It provides you with the option to reflect on what you did which is why I really like it. I am also going to be using twitter for this class, so give me a follow so you can see my progress in this class!
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