Twitter and Me: Professional Experiences

On Thursday, I was able to join #SaskEdChat for the first time on Twitter along with my EDTC 300 classmates.  I was able to connect with different educators from all over Saskatchewan. I was able to share my thoughts and read other people’s thoughts on the topic of Paperless Classrooms. I thought the questions that were asked were able to make you think about the topic in a educators point of view.

I think Twitter is a great way to connect with other educators and to help me create my professional learning network. It allows me to have a place to go to talk to others and gain knowledge from educators who are more experienced and have walked the path that I am just starting. I have used Twitter for years, mostly for just following people I know and scrolling and liking posts. I have never Tweeted before so this side of Twitter is all new for me. I created a new profile for my professional side of life.

I think to be able to use Twitter in a classroom would be a great idea. Creating a page for the room and creating a hashtag would allow for the students to be able to share their learning with others. For me, my idea would be to allow the students to create a post every day to allow the students to take sharing into their own hands.

 

 

 

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We All Need Someone to Lean On

This week, I joined Feedly.com and followed a bunch of people in different categories of EdTech, Education, and Photography.  A couple of people I followed were for reasons that they posted blogs sharing ideas or plans that I could essentially use in the future. Some of the photography blogs that I followed were because they would give pointers on how to take a good photo and how to use certain editing programs, which helps me with my learning project.

 

 

The first Photography blog I followed was Light Stalking.

Light Stalking is all about sharing your photo and having it be critiqued and have others their opinions with you on how to add to your photos. I think this is a great idea and something I wanted to follow because I wanted to see what others had suggested to people. This will help me with learning and take photos within the next 7 weeks during the #LearningProject.

The second photography blog I followed was Lightroom Killer Tips.

Lightroom Killer Tips posts tips, videos and help with the program Lightroom. I thought that this was another great blog for me to follow because I need

as much help with the program that I can get. I have tried using it before and got confused. I thought it might be nice to have somewhere to go when I needed help and teach me how to use the program properly.

The first EdTech blog I followed was Free Technology For Teachers.

Free Technology For Teachers shares different posts with different resources and ideas to use in the classroom. I thought this would be a great blog to follow because I think it would be a good thing to have someone who is sharing different ideas than the ones  I am learning in classes.

The second EdTech blog I followed was The Nerdy Teacher

The Nerdy Teacher blog posts about how to bring technology into the classroom and how to bring in new resources that have been created. I think this is a great blog to follow because I want to have new ideas always readily available for whenever I need them. Having a list of different resources I can use when I am a teacher will help keep the students engaged in their learning.

The education blog I followed was TED Education.

TED Education posts videos and lessons onto their YouTube channel. I thought this was a good blog to follow because it will help when I am a teacher for when I am teaching my students and want to show a video for further understandings of the topic.

I look forward to reading some posts that these “pages” share. When reading, I will write down different resources that are talked about so I can keep them on paper, as well as share them on my Twitter.

‘Who dares to Teach must never cease to Learn’

– John Cotton Dana

Learning Project : This is Just the Beginning!

For EDTC 300, I decided to learn how to do photography, both taking photos and how to edit them. I have taken a class in 10th grade, but it seemed like it was a long time ago and I wanted to learn more.

I have decided that I will show my photos on Facebook, creating a page and sharing photos there, that way everyone will be able to see. Please go follow and like!

Today, I actually found myself needing the internet to help me, as I had a very hard time figuring out how to upload photos to my computer. I had found a video that showed me step by step.

Today I decided to go out and take photos without doing much research or learning just to get a starting point and so I can track my progress. My overall plan is to be taking new photos every week. I plan on talking to a local buisness owner who my family knows and ask about editing programs he uses when he takes photos.

 

Technology and Me

I am a 19-year-old girl from a small prairie town where technology wasn’t used in the classroom very often until my secondary years in the high school. I feel like I was always behind on the trends, but when it came down to it I was always knowing what was cool to say or what was the funny thing to quote in everyday life.


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I find myself being a person of sharing as I do have an Instagram account, a Facebook account, Snapchat and a Twitter, both personal and professional. I am always posting photos of what is going on in my life, not because I want or need people to care, but so that I can look back and remember everything as well as sharing my experiences and photos with others. I find more now that social media and networking online, especially Twitter is being used by the older generations.

I think blogging is a great way to share ideas with a broader audience. It is a way to write, but also show the knowledge that I have gained. In the article I read, It shares exactly what blogging can do for you and this helps me get excited to blog. Personally, I would rather blog than write an essay. This way, it can be informal and I can share my thoughts exactly how I feel.


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I am very excited to continue with this class and be able to share my thought and my learning with everyone in EDTC 300 and on the other end of things, I am excited to read about others learnings and experiences.