The Diary of a Technology Supporter

Technology being used in an elementary school

One Part of My PLE March 24, 2009

Filed under: collaboration,PLE,PLN,twitter — msmithpds @ 6:50 pm

I am a huge Twitter supporter in the area of education and professional development. I can’t even begin to explain how awesome this resource is for me. Every time I launch this site or the program that feeds my twitters to my computer I learn something new. I can ask for help, get advice on lessons I am dreaming up, find schools to collaborate with, and read others blogs, that I may not know about!

It took me about a year of using this tool before I was sold. The first few months I though it was cool, had about 40 followers, but didn’t really get the full effect of the device. Now I am participating in conversations with hashtags (Monday nights educators converse using #educhat at the end of their statements – hosted by thecleversheep), connecting globally with others, and much more.

I have never had a rude or crude comment pop up on Twitter, nor have I ever posted an over-the-top gripe, or something on those lines. I don’t mingle with my social life on this, following others that have to do with my outside of school interests. I think if I did I would have more trouble with inappropriate tweets.

This is my professional learning environment. And every time I step in to it I learn more than I thought I would.

Get your twitter mosaic here.


Ascent of Man video March 21, 2009

Filed under: History,Innovations,Ted — msmithpds @ 6:19 pm

While searching for videos for a 4th grade History class I discovered the above video. This works great in their History class. The class focuses on a theme: Innovations. They study, for a semester, Innovations, and the positive effects they have on our world. They start with Ancient Greece – the wheel and move through time.

I found this great video from watching awesome! If you don’t watch Ted you are missing out!

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Talks Bruce McCall: Nostalgia for a future that never happened


Future of Education March 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — msmithpds @ 12:25 am