I am very excited for what this semester has in store for me! Social Networking is a huge part of my students lives, and even my life so why shouldn’t it be a part of the learning process? I am looking forward to discovering ways to use social networking in my classroom. I am already excited about using Diigo. With inquiry being a huge part of my curriculum, providing a space for students to share annotated resources from their research will be awesome!
I have used Twitter and Facebook in a limited capacity for my professional development. I know there are great resources out there, but I was not always sure of how to find them. After setting up my TweetDeck, I was already able to find some great articles and resources on Educational Technology.
I really have not incorporated much social media into my classroom environment, truly out of fear. I did not feel 100% comfortable having my students use social media because I was worried about the implications outside of school. However, I can now see that using social media in the classroom can be a great way t motivate students to create a positive digital footprint.
I am hopeful that this course will help me discover ways to use social media in the classroom. I look forward to learning new instructional strategies and collaborating with classmates throughout the course. I am very excited about how Ed Tech 543 will transform my classroom and help my students drive their own learning!