Since I have started my Professional Learning Network (PLN), my ideas on how technology can be integrated into the classroom have increased in leaps and bounds. I used to think linearly by focusing on only one forum; now, I think more comprehensively. I can start on one forum, like Twitter, read some interesting tweets and follow the links to blogs, where I can add my favorites to my RSS feed. Then, different articles continue to be sent to my Twitter and my RSS feed. And—the most important part—it’s FUN! I find myself reading more and more scholarly articles because I happen to be on Twitter and then hop over to friends I am following to read their tweets. This is what we need to focus on when we are teaching students: we must integrate technology into the classroom in such a way that our content-enriched activities are also FUN!
This week, we also had to create a LinkedIn account. I have had a LinkedIn account for years; LinkedIn is one of the most valuable resources for finding a job after graduation. I joined the Eagle Connections group where UMW alums post various jobs trying to recruit fellow alums. After awhile, I left my profile stagnant. Through UMW Career Service’s Facebook group, I read a post that inspired me to keep my profile up to date. I read Pete Leibman’s article on “9 Ways Your LinkedIn Profile Can Kill Your Career.” This article stressed that by not building your account by adding your friends/co-workers, and by not participating in any groups, that you can actually make employers less interested in your application.
Today I also caught up with Twitter posts that I had missed in the past couple of days. I found one by Edutopia that looked especially interesting: today starts Banned Book Week! What better way for an English teacher to incorporate technology and content than including this discussion? TeachHub had some innovative ideas, including:
- Create a READ ALOUD video/podcasts of banned books
- Celebrate characters from banned books
- Banned books poll
- TeachHub recommended that it can be the hook activity by verbally polling your students. You can easily incorporate technology by having students either use their cell phones or a computer to answer a poll through Poll Everywhere.
Condron, A. (2012). 12 Banned Book Week classroom activities. Retrieved on September 30, 2012 from: http://www.teachhub.com/banned-book-week-activities
Florian.B (2012). Beware of the book. Image retrieved on September 30, 2012 from: http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-44227093
Leibman, P. (2012). 9 ways your LinkedIn profile can kill your career. Retrieved on September 30, 2012 from: http://peteleibman.com/careerblog/linkedin-profile/