Tuesday, March 27, 2012


1. What did you learn from using Twitter? Think about the content that you gained from those you followed as well as what you learned about Twitter itself.

I think there is a wealth of knowledge available on Twitter. There are amazing professionals constantly posting articles, links, and resources for you to use. I just think about how many different things I have been able to add to my classroom content or instruction over the course of the past 3 weeks. Not only am I benefiting from this, but more importantly, so are my students.

2. Who was the most interesting person or persons that you followed? Why? Be specific and provide examples.

Up until a few hours ago, I would have said someone different. But after reading through his Free Technology for Teachers, I will have to say my favorite is Richard Byrne. I have been sitting here for the past couple hours just reading some of his different posts and tweets. He has some many meaningful and powerful ideas on ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Some examples would be Google Sightseeing, Virtual Tour of Ellis Island, and audio tours of the famous landmarks. All these are things we are currently learning about in school!

3. Do you think you’ll continue to use Twitter personally, professionally and/or both after this assignment is complete? Why or why not?

I will definitely continue to check my account after this class is done. I may not post very often, but will definitely continue following others, learning and gaining new information. There is just too much information/resources out there to not continue to use it.

Richard Byrne’s Blog

I found several different resources that I think would be useful in my classroom. We are just now learning about the solar system in science. The kids are excited to learn and are truly amazed at how big everything is. These links had a couple of video/visuals that would better ideal for showing in this unit we are doing. It would give the students a better understanding of how small earth is in comparison to everything else!
I would love to create a blog like this. I think not only would my students love it, but also their parents. I think it is just another way to get students excited about learning and about technology. I would be curious to see how long this would take to set up and how much time he puts into it each day/week to maintain it.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Western States Tour

I think Animoto is a great tool! I plan on using this with my students in number of different ways. Students will create a video for one of the states in the west region. Animoto is very user-friendly, making this something the students can pick up quickly. Also, I would like to use this to help create book recommendations or book trailers. I think the students will love using this and will motivate them to read more.