The Value of Twitter for Professional Development

It has been a bit of a whirlwind since our day with George Couros…but I am happy to say that I have since become a twitter addict.  I believe that anything you read that has you reflect on your practices or inspires you to try something new is an invaluable resource.  Twitter is becoming one of those resources for me.  Once you find a few great people to follow (George being one), it leads you to many other people who have amazing ideas, resources and thought-provoking messages to share.  I definitely have abandoned my pinning addiction on Pinterest lately to explore twitter and I wanted to share a few interesting tweets that I have retweeted from people I am following.

6 C’s and a P – video from   @NewPedagogies

Profile of a 21st Century Teacher   @kmcevoy50

24 Games, Apps, and Websites Teachers Use in STEAM classrooms   @smarter_science

The Inquiry Process   @MindShiftKQED

I have retweeted these on my professional twitter account @jenn_regier.  Feel free to start following me and just a warning…you may become a twitter addict like me!

Leigh and I also presented our project last week at ECOO…Moving Beyond Apps:  Blogs as Digital Portfolios in the Primary Classroom.  It was an amazing opportunity to share with others and the big theme at ECOO this year was around Google apps, inquiry, and making learning visible to others.  The good news:  we are so on the right track!

One of the presenters that focused on inquiry had a fabulous resource to share about how he integrated inquiry into his junior classroom.  The website is www.inquiry-based.com.  Check it out if you would like to be inspired!  From this website, I was able to start following these two presenters on twitter which led me to this website that provides lesson plans for divisions and under the “video tab” a section about an approach to inquiry that provides video coverage about how to plan for inquiry, what it looks like, classroom setup, etc.  Here is the link to the site – OESSTA link

What do you think?  Do you have any other twitter friends or websites that you find valuable for professional reading that I should start following who have amazing ideas to share?  I would love to hear about it.

Jenn Regier

 

Want to Learn More About Using Twitter?

If you’re still trying to figure out exactly what hashtags and TwitterChats are, and how to make these a part of your professional learning network, join Classroom 2.0 Live and amazing special guest, Alice Keeler, to get the scoop in this week’s Classroom 2.0 LIVE Show: TwitterChats: What, Why, How, When?

Even if you can’t make the session time, but want to learn more, register for the session anyway. Following the session you will receive an email with a link to the session recording which you can view at a later date.

 

The following information was taken directly from the Classroom 2.0 website.

Alice is a doctoral student at Boise State University in EdTech with a focus on gamification and has many years of experience as an ed tech leader and connected educator. Alice is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified. She has led project teams for Google projects such as the YouTube teachers project and the Google Play for Education project. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for both 2013 and 2014. As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU and #profchat and is a perfect person to help us learn about the power of TwitterChats. If you participate in educational TwitterChats we hope you’ll join us to share your personal favorites and your experiences as a participant. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at http://alicekeeler.com

Link to join the session: 
http://tinyurl.com/cr20live

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Show Times:
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Leigh Cassell