I am participating in the 2015 Edublogs Teacher Challenge
This series is for educators who want to have their own personal blog where they document their learning, share their teaching practices or use to create a portfolio of their work.
Each week I will be sent emails consisting of a link to the content to read, as well a task to complete as part of the challenge.
Step 4 relates to Connecting with others
- My Twitter handle is @jofrei
I love Twitter and particularly enjoy participating in the weekly chat session on the hashtag #gtchat. All the information, links and blog posts referenced during the chat later posted on the GT Chat blog http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/
I notify my newly posted blog entries on Twitter adding the hashtags of the main groups I follow and I find that most of the posts by other people that I follow are announced on Twitter.
- I have now loaded Flipboard onto my iPad and will have a play with it when time permits. I can see that it could be a very useful tool.
At present I choose to find blog posts to read and comment on via Facebook, Twitter and especially via blog hops such as Gifted Homeschoolers Forum monthly Blog Hop http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/blog-hop/ HoagiesGifted monthly Blog Hop http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hops.htm and the annual New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week Blog Hop.
- A PLN is such a valuable asset for any educator and posting on a blog and commenting on the blogs of other people is a great way of connecting with them to share information and encouragement.
Flipboard is a new tool for me to add to my toolbox.
I could add share icons to my blog and will look into doing it (I think I might learn about that in the next step of this challenge)
I have found a few more Twitter contacts via this step of the challenge and read a few blog posts from challenge participants.
One which I particularly enjoyed was a post on Mrs. McNally’s Mumblings
This is the comment I left for her
I just love your mumblings about how your students can show you their appreciation! I particularly like that you want primarily for them to be happy and engaged in their learning!
My blog post about this step of the challenge can be found at https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/2015-edublogs-teacher-challenge-step-4/
FEEDBACK for Step 4