Online collaboration is such a vast subject that I’m having difficulty beginning this blog post. I supposed I should start with the social media I use most often in education: twitter & pinterest. Here we go…
1. Twitter: Wow, what a powerful form of social media and online collaboration!
I was first introduced to twitter back in ’09 when my friend @zoic suggested it. At the time, I had no idea just how engaging twitter would become. I learned the lingo pretty quickly: following, follower, 140Characters, @reply, #hashtag, #FF, DM, HootSuite, TweetDeck, etc. Then I started my year at the faculty of education where all BEd students were encouraged to sign up for Twitter (actually, it was a prerequisite for the course, thanks to @zbpipe & #brocktechies). We started following other educators, administrators, boards of education, like minded people who believed in the same philosophies of education as we did. I experimented with Twitter Chats and watched in on some live web presentations.
Since then I have been able to collaborate with some great educators, we share resources, articles, a friendly hello, and I still participate in some useful chats…such as #ntchat. This past Wednesday was my first co-mod with host Lisa Dabbs (who may be familiar thanks to The Lounge Episode 9: Long Range Planning) and Remind101.com. Here’s what Remind101 had to say about the experience: Until You Try a Twitter Chat, You Haven’t Lived.
2. Pinterest: This year I found myself checking Pinterest before Google when searching for lesson plan ideas. There are so many creative and talented teachers who are very willing to share their ideas and support new teachers. I was able to come across some fantastic ideas to enhance my lessons on inferencing. There were several anchor charts and activities – and all of them extremely creative (which helps to get my creative juices flowing).