Being a connected educator is crucial to continued growth for educators. Staying connected allows educators to stay current with popular trends, aware of safety/security concerns, and collaborate with colleagues without missing imperative time in the classroom. The use of #hashtags has boosted connectedness among professionals and I would argue it was a game changer for professionals and development. The example that our professor gave in class on the first day about attending conferences and still being able to learn information from other breakout sessions was a very common practice that I have seen firsthand. This was even seen in our #422edtech conversation because a person joined in the conversation who did not belong in our classroom.
I found our last class session meeting on Twitter rather easy because I have used Twitter before. Although, admittedly, I had to remember that this was for class and not for fun so I had to be mindful of my grammar and spelling! It was nice to connect with classmates and see their replies to common questions that our professor asked. I saw and benefitted from good dialogue taking place regarding the use of technology in education. For this activity/assignment, I learned that social media still has benefits despite all the negative criticisms is receives (mainly about people who misuse it).
This activity/assignment relates to the ISTE standards listed below:
III 3A – Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
III 3B – Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
IV C – Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
V D – Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
I followed Heidi Reinholtz, Gabriela Goff, and Jenny Rudloff on Twitter. Additionally, I subscribed to their WordPress blogs. After clicking to their WordPress blogs, I read their bios and watched their Ted Talk videos. I left a reply to each Ted talk and provided the following resources to their respective blogs posts:
Overall, I enjoyed collaborating on Twitter and on WordPress with my classmates. Most of all, I enjoyed their posted Ted Talks and posts on those Ted talks.