Try Something New

The last six weeks of the year always lends teachers time to try new things.  Without the anxiety of testing and trying to "get it all in", we sometimes feel more free to explore with students and spend time learning and sharing more things with each other.  This year, I decided to try a few new things.  With the school year winding down, perhaps you will find the time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  I'm going to share a few of my personal experiences with you.

Twitter

I have learned so much with Twitter this school year.  My PLN has also grown faster than it ever has in previous years.  This is my thirteenth year in education, and it amazes me that there is still so much to learn and do.  With Twitter, I am able to login and join various educational discussions, or chats, anytime of the day.  I can also go back and read chats that I missed.  Through chats, I have learned about many ideas and activities to try and share with students this school year.  I have been able to sharpen my skills as a campus leader, and I have met some amazingly talented educators from all over the world.

Blogging

Through Twitter, I met an amazingly talented and enthusiastic group of teachers from Aldine ISD. (I didn't even know the school district existed.) Who challenged me to blog for 30 days.  Blogging is something I have always wanted to dive into, but I never did.  It simply sat on the back burner.  I was surprised at how easy it was to simply start.

Edcamp

This is another idea I received via Twitter.  While participating in a monthly Twitter chat with TABSE, I was introduced to this idea.  After researching what it was, I knew I would enjoy it.  The idea of sitting with other teachers to share ideas and resources will never get old.  Edcamp is an "unconference" experience for educators.  There is no preplanned schedule, no preset agenda, and no vendors on site.  Everything that will be learned is decided the day of the event by the attendees.  I drove to Houston for Edcamp Houston, and I was hooked.  Now, along with others in my area, we are gearing up for Edcamp Southwest Dallas.  I love all things Edcamp!

There's still time to try something new.  What are you waiting for?

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2 years ago
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I tried Edmodo & Weebly this school year and both have worked wonders in regards to Teacher, Student & Parent engagement. I would like to try Genius Hour in some form or fashion as well as incorporate more core TEKS into the Syn Lab next year as students need to be efficient in all areas in order ensure that the material is being comprehended. I think Twitter would be a great way to connect with other educators and bounce ideas and lessons off one another.

2 years ago
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This year I put a class assignment in Edmodo (Digital Life 101) and used padlet and animoto for students to produce their products and responses. I have also used weebly. I would like to create some blended learning lessons for students, and various tutorials using Doceri.
I think Twitter will give me great ideals and information from other educators, while keeping me abreast of the new web tools to incorporate.

2 years ago
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This year I tried Edmodo, Remind 101, and just recently wheel decide that helps choose students at random to read or answer a question. For next year, I would really love to set up a teacher webpage so students can take their learning where ever they go. I think Twitter would be great for a classroom tool because you can keep students and parents up to date with the things going on in the classroom.

2 years ago
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Well, this is year 13 for me as well, and I thought I'd be a pro by now ;) but technology just keeps progressing. I have seen so much change since I first began my career. This year I have used Gizmos, Edmodo, Kahoot, and recently Doceri. I am looking forward to using Remind 101 and Google classroom. I am still looking at many other programs I have recently heard about and trying to figure out which ones will best fit my needs. I'm looking into Educreations and Minecraftedu and several others.

2 years ago
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It sounds like Twitter will be a great place to keep up with the latest technologies and how to use them in the classroom. Just as I have been in my Master's class, I will keep a list of sites to check out (in all my free time ;)

2 years ago
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J. Jenkins: I would love to show you how easy it is to get started blogging. The tools you listed are all great too. I'm finding that I like different tools for different things. I'm not sure that I will ever find "the tool" that works.

2 years ago
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This is much easier than all of the other sites named above by other responders. It is a very simple to communicate in a large class setting

2 years ago
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As a new teacher, any and every site could assist as an instrumental tool for my students to better learn and understand. I would like for someone to go through the sites with me to ensure I am using them to their full potential.

2 years ago
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The technology revolution in education or for ones personal use can be overwhelming. For example, in the past couple of years I have been introduced to Wordle, Animoto, Glogster, Doceri, Prezi, Twitter, and blogging, just to name a few. All of these tools are great enhancements to the classroom but I have been inconsistent in the use of them, especially as one becomes entrenched in the mid-year mayhem of the school year.

2 years ago
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I think twitter will really help in getting fresh ideas and bringing the real world to my classroom.