Thing 2: Online Communities & Personal Learning Networks

Option 3: Veteran Tweeters

Ok, so I have a confession to make.  I’m not a veteran tweeter.  As a matter of fact, I have only made 2 tweets in the past few years that I have had my account, I am following 65 people, and for some reason 6 people are following me (obviously to see when my third tweet will be).  My superintendent raves about twitter…I still don’t get it.  I have to spend some serious time bonding with this social media outlet.  I know how to follow people and how to search for people.

I just did some experimenting with searching for hashtags…which I have seen a lot of as I have wandered around the internet, but I never really understood.  As a matter of fact, one of my seventh grade classes and I had an entire discussion about hashtags and I still didn’t really understand what they meant.  However, after watching the Mike Wesley video on Twitter Hashtags Explained in the For Newbies: Just Heart the (#) Hashtag article by Joyce Valenza I understand their use a bit more!

I’m going to commit to becoming more familiar with twitter.  I have a pretty good understanding of Facebook, and I use that mostly for following topics that I am interested in (rather than keeping up with old friends from high school).  I think I might be using Facebook in a way that most people use twitter.

The paper.li website looks pretty interesting.  I’m also playing around with that site.  Like anything new, I’m not sure of it yet, but it looks pretty interesting and engaging.

I am pretty interested in using online media in my classroom, but I’m just a little hesitant to get started with it.  I guess one of my biggest concerns is staying up to date with whatever it is I choose to do.  If I have a Facebook page for my classroom, I’ll need to make sure it is up to date.  I’m hoping that by exploring and experimenting with the resources presented through this program I am able to incorporate more technology and media into my classroom to benefit my students!

3 thoughts on “Thing 2: Online Communities & Personal Learning Networks

  1. What a great blog you have here! I love reading some of your ponderings…

    As I was reading about your Twitter usage, it occurred to me that you could have your students use Twitter in the classroom, just by sending out a tweet with a certain # attached to it. For example, if they are reading a certain text – Seed People – then they could start #seedpeople. Then you can see what they are saying about what they are learning. It’s a great way to incorporate technology and engage students in the curriculum.

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