What is a connected educator? A connected educator is an educator that looks to connect with other educators. You are able to bounce ideas of off other teachers and learn from other people from around the world using some of the technology that we have worked on over the course of this class. I loved how the guy says that it’s like the “hallway conversations” where you can connect with someone any time of day to be able to get the support/help that you need. Building a PLN allows you to make sure that you have the best resources available to you. You are able to discuss new ideas with peers. It can be so powerful for a teacher to have a PLN. For instance, I had never heard about MakeyMakey’s until I sat in the twitter conversation and now I’m writing a grant in order to get some for my classroom. If I hadn’t reached out to expand my PLN I wouldn’t know that this technology even existed.
I’ve been working on my Master’s Degree and for part of that degree I had to choose what endorsement I was interested in getting. I made the choice to get my endorsement in educational technology. In these classes I have been learning about building my professional learning community. One of the ways to build this community is to try out different technologies. For the last few months I have been using Twitter. At first I HATED it. It was hard for me to keep up with what was going on in conversations. I didn’t know what all the abbreviations meant. In one class we had to follow a twitter discussion and the teacher said that we should try using something like tweetdeck to help up to follow along. It has made all of the difference in my feelings about twitter. It made it easier for me to be able to follow along in conversations. I can message people during the same time and get questions answered. I still don’t post a lot on twitter myself, but I do read my feed almost daily so that I can keep up on new ideas and technology that is being shared. Follow me @heididimmick.