This week was yet again, another great extension of some basic things I already knew. I loved the feature in DropBox that allows you to remove yourself from a shared file. I would like to explore more in the Drop It to Me program, unfortunately I am not able to access my account as of yet. I am waiting for them to contact me back with this information. I also enjoyed exploring more in GoogleDocs. I like the new drawing feature and the graphs and charts. I really enjoyed Skyping with Kelly Dumont. He is great and a wealth of information! Way to go Kelly! One thing I would like to explore more is Skype in education. Exploring the option of growing my PLN would be interesting to do.
This week in class, we covered a few tools I thought I was familiar with but was pleasantly surprised at the next level of usage. This week we covered the web-based tools Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and a few apps available on the iPad. I had used the web-based tools but learned that there is more to them in the use of a Professional Learning Community. I learned new way to filter within my personal Facebook and got more incentive to further develop my professional Facebook page. I also earned that Pinterest is more than just cute and frilly projects but a way to communicate with others and even share lesson plans.
The new apps we learned and used on our iPads were great! They were great tools to organize the many social media tools I already have in place. Flipboard is great for viewing my Facebook, Twitter and news stories in one place! Feedly is an app that allows me to follow certain favorite articles and groups! I look forward to using Subtext in the discussions. I also would like to use this in my PDD classes to transfer articles into 'books'.
I wish I had more time to keep up on my social media tools. As I mentioned before, I almost need a checklist so I don't forget to update my pages.
I loved exploring the UEN and interactive sites for class today. I found the social studies and history sites to be very educational: Time for Kids, Smithsonian, NatGeo, Thinkfinity and Mission US were my favorites. I loved that each site included a search feature that was easy to use and grade level sections. I found the interactive pieces very useful and the lesson plans that relate to the Common Core very beneficial to teachers as well. Below I have included the links to each page and would encourage teachers to simply explore each page and find topics and lessons that are useful to their curriculum.
Time for Kids: https://www.timeforkids.com
I have also included all of the tutorials from our class:
Web 2.0 and Professional Learning Networks: This concept is one I am very familiar with and suggest in any field, especially education. As a teacher, Professional Learning Communities and Networks were key to my success and failures as a teacher and to the success of my students and in my current job as an EdTech. Web 2.0 provides the idea of Professional Learning Communities great opportunity to grow and learn outside of your school and in the digital world. I only recently added an account to Twitter and it sat idle for months. I became a fan when I logged on and found a tweet answering a question that was asked just minutes before. I was able to view some educational videos and share them with a member of one of my schools. I then saw some great articles posted by one of my team members and found the articles very interesting. I use it more an more everyday and have begun following and expanding my Professional Learning Network!