Assignment 3: Connected Educator

  1. Participating in not only the Live Personal Learning Network, but as well as Tweeting, was my first time ever.  I found it easy to create a tweet and hashtag #422EdTech, but I found myself constantly refreshing Professor Falcone’s Twitter home page looking for when she’d post a new tweet for us to respond to.  As well I am used to social media sites like Facebook, so I found it odd to post to our own wall with a hashtag, since I felt like I was just blogging/chatting to myself, so if someone not from our class was following me they would have no clue to what I was talking/tweeting about.  I honestly plan to delete my Twitter account once I graduate from the Multiple Subject Credential Program since I’m not very big on social media, especially Twitter, and for wanting to teach Kindergarten or First Grade, I feel like I wouldn’t need a Twitter page to succeed at being a lifelong learner, but who knows.. maybe I’ll change my mind.
  2. I believe that connecting through blogs can help us as teachers in the future as a way of collaboration and seeing what learning tactics other teachers use so we can be more worldly and open to other ways of educating.  I commented on the blogs of Nicole Drago, Nick De Meo, Rob Fecteau, and Elizalyn Perez.
    • For Nicole Drago’s Blog I answered her question, which was surprisingly similar to mine, and I posted this image showing “10 Reasons Why Every Teacher Needs a Personal Learning Network”!
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    • For Nick De Meo’s Blog I answered how I might integrate technology into my own personal classroom one day, which I put an image illustrating the idea of using apps and technology for younger minds to learn.
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    • For Rob Fecteau’s Blog I responded to his question on what families should do if they can’t afford the luxury of technology for their children, which I responded with a article that talked about how most schools will have access to technology readily available for it’s students, but if not there is always the library and computer labs.  Here is the link I responded to his post about:
    • For Elizalyn Perez’s Blog I responded to her question on how technology could have a negative impact in education by saying that students could get distracted and that we still need human contact in education and require hands-on learning to educate students, which I expressed in showing this image.
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  3. I believe that the activities in this assignment related to all five of the International Educational Technology Standards: National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers (ISTE NETS-T).  Our Personal Learning Network with live Tweeting:
    • Facilitated and inspired student learning and creativity as a new means of educating
    • Helped us learn how to design and develop digital aged learning experiences and assessments through the live tweets and use of hashtags
    • Modeled digital age work and learning through the live Tweeting learning network by us collaborating and working/tweeting back and forth with our peers
    • Promoted and modeled digital citizenship and responsibility by demonstrating that we should keep our web presence clean-cut and have nothing inappropriate on them
    • Engaged in professional growth and leadership by learning how to create our very own Personal Learning Network for our future careers and how to communicate in the new world of education with it becoming so technological
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