Terrific. I'm curious to watch 1) how Google + impacts Twitter, and 2) if Twitter is robust enough for long-term PD versus a network with forum discussions, etc. Thanks!
I am getting a degree in Enlgish teaching on line. I have studied linguistics.
I have started taking college classes that will lead to a technology endorsement. This the the most important thing that I have done in several years as far as professional growth. The first class has forced me to join arenas that I would not have considered before, such as blogging. I have also been introduced to Web 2.0 tools that I would not have tried otherwise. I am especially excited about using story-bird, to help encourage the students to write for fun.
My most significant personal growth has come from teaching an early morning religion class. I am teaching Old Testament to 15 and 16 year old students who voluntarily come at 6 am, one hour before school starts. Professionally I teach K-5 in the library, so teaching older students is a nice change for me. Having self motivated students is a nice change for me also. Aside from the spiritual uplift, the Old Testament has some of the most compelling stories ever written and delving into them more deeply has made me feel a connection with all of the "people of the book". This refers to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Thanks for giving me this chance to share. I would love to know what you think of my activities.
Great! I taught a similar class for several years (LDS seminary?) and had great experiences.
I attended courses Oxford Quality, created my on-line courses and tried to work out my site,
but I myself have a lack of knowlege in IT
I have begun blogging both through a personal blog and as an educator. I was initially surprised that the writing did not come as easily as I would have thought. I have much more understanding now for my students during writing lessons. As I pursue new literacies in my Graduate students, I have also been learning how to effectively use Google Reader to have important interests of mine find me rather than vice versa. I love learning and just wish there was more time in a day!
Jennifer--I completely empathize with both feelings: the work of writing, and the excitement of learning! :)
I have found blogging to be one of the most important things that I do. I'm glad you are keeping separate blogs so that you have focus. It seems feast or famine. Sometimes I have 3 good blog post ideas in a row and other times I'll go over a month without blogging. Good luck, it's worth it!
I have started e-learning classes . This is the the most important thing that I have done this year as far as professional growth. My first site helps me in it . I have also been introduced to Web 2.0 tools that I would not have tried otherwise.
I have done my first site and continue working e-learning courses
The MOST important things I've done this past year for my personal and professional growth are attend live and listen to recordings to as many Future of Education and, to a lesser degree, Classroom 2.0 interviews on Blackboard Collaborate, iTunes, and their respective websites, as time / life allows. My views and understanding of Education have become so much clearer over the past 3 years, I feel as though I'm finally putting key pieces together.
Now I feel as though I have to interact with others here to help continually evolve my understanding, and develop my voice. I may say some pretty "out-there" things, here and at school, so I need to learn to discern when and where to say what I'm thinking. I've often said that "I just say what I'm thinking", but I've been though a few bad experiences where I've stopped saying what's on my mind. At this point, I'm getting my "voice" back, and have to re-learn how to read people around me with the bigger picture in mind, and more carefully choose what to share and when. Also, I tend to use way too many words to try to get my point across 8-)