Up until one week ago, the world of “Tweets” was an enigma to me, and my interest ranked at indifferent. But given the enthusiastic recommendation of Professor David Wicks, instructor for Integrating Technology Into the Classroom, I decided to jump into the Twitter world as a means to meeting ISTE Standard 5. The final standard for educators to be effective as digital age educators calls for engagement in professional growth and leadership through collaboration in wider educational communities. As a catalyst, I took Professor Wick’s recommendation and read a helpful blog article called Twitter 101 for Teachers: Steps for Getting Started on Twitter. The author of this blog, Elissa Field is a middle school teacher, and a
professional writer so her steps for getting started are well-written, concise, and comprehensive. Furthermore, she shares a list of key players in education and educational organizations that she has found most rewarding to exchange ideas and content with. Elissa’s impressive list includes teachers, educators, researchers, and resources, many of which I already know and trust- so per her suggestion, I stole it. One of the resources on Elissa’s, and now my follow list is MindShiftKQED. MindShift KQED, “focuses on innovations in education, specifically how technology is changing the education landscape as well as how kids learn”. While I have not had a lot of time to explore interacting with other professionals yet, I am encouraged by the prospect of having connection to all these innovative educators. The implications for student learning are that the resources I have access to when looking to provide best practices are wide and deep. It is incredibly expansive to my learning as a teacher, and in turn my students learning, that I can exchange information with brilliant educators from all around the world. Twitter as an outreach tool will help me in gathering a wide variety of fresh research-based perspectives to inform my teaching.
In addition to getting started with Twitter as a way to meet ISTE 5, I discovered a wonderful teacher resource, thanks to the recommendations of my learning circle peers, Ashley Dugovich and Laura Bayley. The web resource is Promethean Planet.
This web resource is created by teachers, for teachers, and provides free, resources and lessons that are of the highest quality. I found great writing tutorials on Promethean Planet for a class project. In conclusion, as I near the end of my teacher training program, I feel grateful for the incentive provided by ISTE 5 to collaborate with wider professional communities through social networks, and for the excellent resources that my talented cohort mates recommend for quality curriculum planning.
MindShift KQED- http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/
Mrs. T’s Middle Grades- http://mrstsmiddlegrades.wordpress.com/
Promethean Planet- http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/