Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

This really is a journey…

December 22, 2008
Like drinking from a fire hydrant!

Like drinking from a fire hydrant!

Winter break has arrived, and most of my colleagues in these parts are spending some quality time with friends and family.  I’m using some of my down time to write my first reflective piece for this blog.

It’s unreal how much I’ve learned since September.  That’s when I started using an aggregator to read news feeds and blogs.  I was already an avid podcast listener, but I really had no idea of the true value of RSS.  In October I started my own weekly podcast for my students.  Now that I’m comfortable with audio recording and editing, I intend to integrate student podcasts into my classes in the coming months.  October was also when I started this blog.  November brought more change; I joined Twitter and started cultivating my PLN.

I feel like I’ve come late to the party, but I don’t feel out of place.  Early on (lol, last month), @cnansen helped me find some folks to follow on Twitter.  Now I’m seeing new names show up on my followers list daily that I don’t recognize but who have so many great ideas to share.  When I needed some help on podcasting specifics, my PLN was on the ball with answers.

This month I was accepted as a Discovery STAR Educator.  That means that I’m an educator who creates and shares innovative curriculum content and who promotes the use of tools like UnitedStreaming.  These activities are nothing new to me, but it’s nice to have a label to apply to them.  I’ve been presenting at regional conferences since 2005.  My school board has never recognized my conference efforts, but they sent me a congratulatory letter for my STAR acceptance.

What a semester! I’ve been playing catch-up with the edublog scene, crafting my own digital footprint, and pondering where all of this fits into my teaching practices.  I’m more “current” than I’ve ever been, and I feel empowered to bring the new ideas that are coming my way into my classroom next semester.

Happy Holidays from MoixLand!

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It’s Amazing Who Reads Twitter

November 6, 2008

If you aren’t familiar with it, Twitter is a micro blogging site which lets you post small snippits about what you’re up to.  It seems useless at first, but it allows for the creation of quite a powerful network of individuals.  I have had a twitter account for over two years, but I only recently “drank the Kool-Aid” so to speak.  Hearing stories of how other educators have built transcontinental partnerships with like-minded educators really encouraged me to look further into the technology.

Each time a person posts, it is called a “tweet.”  You’re not expected to go running around to 100 different twitter profiles reading all their tweets.  Instead, you “follow” people who you are interested in, and all of the tweets of the people you folow are aggregated into one place:  your twitter home screen.  If people follow you back, you can have short, public discussions that others can join into.  A recent discussion I chimed in on was about school information systems.  I read this:

In response, responded with a note about our school information system:

Thinking that was that, I went to lunch.  Upon my return, I had a new friend following me on Twitter, and he had sent me a private note:

…so I clicked on his photo to find out who he was:

How cool!  You never know who is out there when you post a small, 140 character (max) micro-blog posting on Twitter.  If you have a need, interest, gripe, idea, or query, just tweet it.  You never know who’s going to reply!

If you have a twitter account, let me know and I’ll follow you!  My twitter name is moixland.