In working with Tech Integration Specialists today were talking about how powerful self-discovery is in getting teachers to work with new technologies. I have worked through this process with several schools using the Learning Cycle (borrowed from the Microsoft Building 21st Century Schools curriculum) and have successfully introduced many new projects and technologies to educators throughout the state.
The process includes the following:
- Initial Thoughts
- Revised Thinking
- Group Work
Here is an example of the outline I used with Broken Bow teachers: Building 21st Century Schools
I am trying out a new URL shortner from YOURLS.org. It was easy to set up and configure. I like the idea of using it for workshop material, mobile phone links I use a lot, and more.
For example, I am working on a presentation for Animation-ish tomorrow and so created the link http://JasonE.me/animation. Or how about some mobile phone addresses: http://JasonE.me/m for my mail and http://JasonE.me/w for Kearney weather. It also has a handy little WordPress plug-in that allows you to publish a short URL to posts to Twitter.
I can’t wait to find new and fun ways to use this new tool.
Social Networking/Social Media
Presentation by; Jason Everett, Systems Engineer, ESU #10
Thursday, April 15th
12 p.m. — 1 p.m.
at the American Red Cross–Conference Room
“Professionals face many challenges. One of which is finding opportunities to network with other professionals and share ideas, frustrations, websites, or just have an ear to bend. With the advancement of internet communication tools, we now have ways to build professional social networks online. This presentation will introduce you to several social networking tools that can help you build a network of professionals to help you with new ideas, research, tech support, training opportunities or just moral support.”– Jason Everett
This is a series of articles on how and which technologies you might use to support the eight individual intelligences as defined in Dr. Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Here is a sequential outline of the articles:
• Word Smart (linguistic intelligence)
• Number Smart (logical-mathematical intelligence)
• Picture Smart (spatial intelligence)
• Body Smart (kinesthetic intelligence)
• Music Smart (musical intelligence)
• People Smart (interpersonal intelligence)
• Self Smart (intrapersonal intelligence)
• Nature Smart (naturalistic intelligence)
Your comments, thoughts and ideas are encouraged! Thank you – Jason
As I explore the topic of using social networking for adult educators, I see many advantages to both the educator and the student.
For the adult educator, this is a wonderful opportunity to find others in your field who are also passionate about this topic (adult education) and maybe even the subject you are teaching. It is a professional development opportunity every time you connect with your social network. Colleagues are sharing resources, participating in discussions and debates, and sharing details as they struggle and succeed in their everyday journey. It’s a place to ask questions and make connections on a global scale. You have access to people and resources that are global, instant and diverse. It can become a rich community of sharing and support.
Additionally, an adult educator who provides social networking opportunities for their students opens the door for an endless learning experiences limited only by the student’s own sense of adventure and creativity. No matter the topic, the abundance of social resources will become an ever flowing river of resources to your students. They will have access to people following the same interests, experts in the field, and social filters only those working with the topic on a daily basis will have. I believe you will also find this is an environment some students will thrive in as they have an opportunity to express themselves in a different, typically non-threatening, medium.
Some important resources to investigate and try with your colleagues and/or students.
As we work more and more in this online collaborative space, what tools do you find most useful and what do you feel are the key advantages of social networking to adult educators? Please comment!
October 2009 – Adult Education Conference Presentation
– Social_Networking PDF – 6.6 Meg