Social media for educators 2Presentation Transcript
Social Media for Educators By: Lauren Brodlo
Most Useful Tools I have to say that I was a bit skeptical when I started this course and saw some of the items that I needed to do. I was not on Twitter and had no desire to tweet. However, I have found the educational side of using Twitter to be very beneficial. I also like Delicious, however I need to find a way to be able to access this at school.
Successes and Challenges I would say that my greatest success was learning how to use Twitter. I felt completely lost for the first few weeks, but slowly started to understand it and how to use it. My greatest challenge was building a PLN. I am still not feeling great about it, but I feel like I have started to see the benefits of one.
Moodle and Online learning I have always been someone who enjoys online learning. I think that allows people the opportunity to really learn things on their own with the guidance of an instructor. Had I been in a class each week, I would have depended more on the instructor to explain things, instead of really learning how to do some things on my own.
Twitter You can find me on Twitter as lb81379 Twitter was the learning tool that I did not think that I would like, but ended up finding to be very beneficial. I really enjoyed getting connected with other teachers and professional organizations. I have gained access to many professional articles and have shared some great experiences with other teachers.
Delicious.com http://www.delicious.com/lbrodlo Delicious is a wonderful way to put all of the websites that you use in all subjects onto one page. I found many sites that I have used over the past 8 years and now have them in one spot. The only downfall that I have found is that I currently can’t access this at school. Obviously, this presents a bit of problem since school is where I most want to use it.
Classroom 2.0 http://www.classroom20.com/profile/LaurenBrodlo Building a Personal Learning Network was probably the most challenging part of this course for me. I didn’t really understand it in the beginning. The more I visited Classroom 2.0, the more I understood the point behind it. I built my homepage for Classroom 2.0 and then decided to begin a blog about bullying- Bullies Beware. This blog has allowed me to share articles with other teachers and get ideas from them on what they do in their classrooms. I can now see the benefits of building this network.
Animoto http://animoto.com/play/k2F900vyG54Lt8GtgIhpPw Animoto is another one of my favorite tools to use for my classroom and for my personal use. It is such an easy tool to use to make a slideshow/video of your pictures. My students truly enjoyed seeing themselves on the slideshow and it didn’t take too much time to complete!