Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is an interesting site, along the lines of VoiceThread, TrailMeme and the like. Described as a combination of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube, this site could be used to post student projects about their understanding of a topic (after, of course, presenting to the class in a more traditional manner)

Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education.

I should add that I found this while trolling around the internets, so I don’t remember who originally provided the link to this article. Thanks, though, whoever you are!

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Engage everyday

March 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

A little while ago I blogged about a great project begun last fall by a group of dedicated and engaged Library and Information Science students. I’ve also written about my efforts to use social media to gain a better understanding of the teaching profession and its goals. For the past nine months, I’ve been participating in a webinar series via edweb.net (Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program) put together by Michelle Luhtala, a fantastic teacher librarian from Conneticut.

What do all these things have in common? I think they demonstrate how you can use social media and other free tools to learn, and engage others in your field or area of interest every day.

TEP students, my advice to you is to engage with others in your chosen profession right now. Get started today.

Seriously. Today.

Join conversations on Twitter. Read blogs. Listen to what other teachers across the country and around the world have to say. Engage with them. Share resources. Share concerns. Share ideas.  Every day. Every. Day. Get started now. If you do, will not regret that you did.

I know it may seem like something that will be too time consuming, but really, it takes as much time as you want it to. If you have a Twitter account, start following teachers who inspire you. Here’s my list if you need a place to start. If you don’t have a Twitter account, here is a great video by 6th grade teacher Josh Stumpenhorst to get you started.

Use RSS to follow bloggers who inspire you. Here are some of my favorite teacher blogs.

Don’t forget. Get started now.

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March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

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