I would have to say the thing that makes me most nervous about PLNs is that I am afraid it will be a platform for teachers to complain and criticize what I do not know. I am a new teacher and am still trying to learn about my classroom and what kind of teacher I am. I am nervous that seasoned teachers will not take me serious enough due to those things.
Pros and Cons of Social Media in school:
- More and more students are using social media to communicate, so it is a good classroom tool to get students engaged.
- It will help them in the long run with professional development in a career. Which is a plus since the district is big in to college and career readiness.
- Management is a little tough, especially with communicating and monitoring 108 students.
How many people are using social media:
- Holy crap Facebook, 200 million followers?
- This tells me that if this many people are using the social medias that I am, I need to start using it in my class. I am not sure I like the idea of facebook for my class, but twitter and instagram would be a lot of fun and would make a classroom community!
20 Social Media stats you didn't know:
- Wow, Netherlands is the highest in social media users.
- Businesses are even using social media to get business.
- Decide which platforms would be useful and appropriate to my students age and classroom.
- How could I teach my students viable lessons and have them enjoy it all in one with social media.
- I need to make sure I can monitor all discussion on social media and make sure it is completely school and district appropriate.
- How can I provide the same opportunities to the students that do not have access to social media on a regular basis?
- I want to use a blog and a blog in a Great sources of information such as classroom best practices as well as personal opinions; Blogs monitor the heartbeat of new trends in education and the commenting back and forth leads to many great ideas and relationships
Ways to include pinterest in your classroom:
Question 2: What role does/can Twitter play in the formation and maintenance of Personal Learning Networks?
Twitter is a free service that is part microblogging platform and part social network, which allows users to send and receive short, 140 character messages. The ability to have instant, anytime access to their PLN, and carry out spontaneous conversations with PLN members are important affordances of Twitter mentioned by each study participant. These conversations deepen the feeling of connectedness participants have with their PLN, which in turn deepens the relationships they have with the members of their PLN. Sharing and exchanging resources are the most common way participants access the collective knowledge of their PLN using Twitter. While tweets are limited to 140 characters, it is long enough to share a link to a richer resource, such as a video, article, or blog post. Often, participants add context in the form of a description within the tweeted link to make the link more relevant to their PLN.
Question 3: This article gives you many ideas of how to incorporate Pinterest into your classroom and build your PLN. What are a few ideas that you liked and how can you use these ideas to make you a better educator?
- Improve current lessons
- Promote your ideas and blogs
- create a dream classroom
- MUCH MUCH MORE