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Ed-Tech 543:


Artifact Introduction:

During our sixth week in our Social Networking class, we were asked to explore ways schools are using Social Networking by:

  • Finding 10-15 educational projects that successfully using social networking & social media as teaching and learning strategies for our content/grade level. Ensuring that social networking was a central component.
  • Curate the located projects via one of the curation tools.
  • Write a brief description for each project that describes its connection to our content area interest.
  • Write a blog post about the key learning/ideas/applications about using social media in our teaching/learning environment we discovered through our research.

Artifact #1: Curation of Social Networking Projects

Artifact #2: Reflection

While finding educational projects that used social networking to enhance learning in the fourth-grade dual language classroom I was pleasantly surprised at the wealth of resources out there. I started by searching Skype in the classroom, which has it’s own page where there are lessons, virtual field trips, ideas, and a whole bunch of other information on how teachers have and are using Skype in their classrooms. It really made me appreciate how much teachers are ensuring that their classrooms are truly connected and preparing students to be active participants in the 21st century. There is a wealth of information out there on the reasons to use a blogging platform such as EduBlogs in the classroom to have students develop a passion for writing and to share their writing with an authentic audience, I explored some of these suggestions during my curation. I also explored Twitter, which I have started to feel more comfortable with because our classroom has our own Twitter account and we use it for reflection on a daily basis. Last year we also did started a #KidsPoetweet hashtag (& are hoping to expand it this year) where students wrote short poems and shared them to an authentic audience and even got to read others poetry! Instagram provided a wealth of ideas for the “dual language” portion of our classroom and using this network to develop vocabulary since images are such a great way to do so. It was so interesting to see how there are so many people out there sharing ideas & all we have to do is connect with others, share ideas & go off on our way to using social networking in the classroom as a tool to enhance student learning.

Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection:

AECT Standard 5.2  Method: In this assignment I had to apply research methodologies to find resources using social networking in the fourth grade classroom, solve problems and in this way enhance my practice.






EdTech 543: #Tweet #PD


Artifact Introduction:

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:

  • #duallanguage
  • #langchat
  • #TESOL
  • #latinoedu
  • #ipaded
  • #multiliteracy
  • #edtech

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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!


Standard Connection:

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.