During our third week in our Social Networking class, we were asked to engage in professional development using Twitter by:
- Explore professional development hashtags that we were interested in following
- Follow five hashtags by using a Twitter client such as Tweet Deck
- Share the hashtags we are following & explain three new things we learned by following them
- Formulate our thoughts about using Twitter as a form of just-in-time professional development via our blog post
Upon much exploring and spending countless hours on Twitter & still not being able to narrow it down to five hashtags, I decided to follow:
I teach fourth grade dual language (50% curriculum in Spanish & 50% curriculum in Enlish), we don’t have the resources necessary to “reach” all children in this model, therefore, Twitter has provided me with an abundance of resources. The #duallanguage hashtag allowed for me to find some excellent research based articles on dual language including triumphs and doubts. I also learned about a US Dept of Education talk that will occur later this week on multiliteracy & dual language. After exploring the #langchat hashtag I ended up re-writing my plans for the week TWICE. There was so much out there for me to learn to share with my students, for example, I am going to have my kiddos further explore Hispanic Heritage Month (which I am now also following on Twitter), that was a new one that I wasn’t following at the beginning of this post!). I found this super neat activity that is sure to engage my kiddos, let them use technology as a tool to expand their learning, and get the speaking, writing, reading, and using the language.
Based on the extraordinary amount of time I have spent learning and enhancing my educational practice because of the connections Twitter has helped me form, I cannot fully express how wonderful Twitter is as a tool for just-in-time professional development. The ability that it has to allow for conversations world wide, sharing of resources, and communicating ideas/concerns is so powerful. This is a tool that is ivaluable for educators in this day & age, in fact, how did educators ever survive without it? Gracias Twitter!
AECT Standard 4.1 Collaborative Practice: To create this creative reflection I analyzed COPs, PLNs & the theory of Connectivism & then used the knowledge I gained, to develop a Prezi that accurately portrayed my interpretation of these concepts & their interconnectedness. This helped me develop a deeper understanding of each concept and how they relate to one another.
In order to add to and organize my TweetDeck I needed to explore my resources which inevitably lead to my collaboration & professional development with peers and subject matter experts all over the world to analyze learners, develop and design instruction, and evaluate its impact on learners.