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543 Social Networking Intro…

28 Aug

Greetings and salutations!

When life forces you to have problems, life forces you to learn, and learning forces you to grow [photograph]. (2012, April 28). Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/deeplifequotes/6974672646/

When life forces you to have problems, life forces you to learn, and learning forces you to grow [photograph]. (2012, April 28). Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/deeplifequotes/6974672646/

When I first read the syllabus, I realized that I this course was going to take me out of my comfort zone. While I love using technology and see the benefit for social media as a tool, I am not a social media junkie. Fortunately, I joined Twitter during 537, created my blog as part of the M.E.T. program, and have had personal Facebook account for several years, so I am not coming into this class totally blind.

Even though I am in my final semester of the M.E.T. program, I have never really used social media for professional development, except for the blogging and tweeting directly related to classes. However, both personally and professionally, I have a tendency to binge on blogs when I am trying to find information. I haven’t found a balance yet, but I am working on it.

Ten years ago, I attended a workshop on using blogging in the classroom and have been wanting to incorporate blogging ever since. Finally, this year I got the go ahead. In the district where I work all things categorized as social media are blocked, but I found the one exception – Edublogs, probably because it has a “.org” designation. Now that I have an all clear, we began blogging in the classroom 3 weeks ago. It is going much slower than I had anticipated, as the students aren’t all jumping on the blog bandwagon just yet. I do see glimmers of interest in students who are finding an outlet for their creative side. It has been especially helpful for those who don’t normally interact with other students.

My hope for this course is that I will stretch and grow while I learn to use theses platforms to enhance not just my learning and teaching, but the learning of my students as well.

 

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4 responses to “543 Social Networking Intro…

  1. "B" Bernheim

    August 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    We meet again Cheronne. Happy to read you got the go-ahead to pursue and explore blogging with your students. I am sure there is satisfaction knowing you can put your workshop skills to use. A common thread among peers seems to be that we are all venturing into somewhat new territory. I look forward to working with you again and learning together. I enjoyed reading the quote you included as we will learn through the productive struggle. ~ B

     
    • Cheronne Edwards

      August 30, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      This is going to be an adventure! I showed a video to my students about resiliency, and the parable that the young man tells at the end about the muddy road really applies here. We have to work to grow!

       
  2. lnebeker

    August 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I have some of the same feelings. I have joined several of the social networking tools, but have not fully embraced them. It looks like you have some good blogging experience, based on this page and your organization. I hope that your students will embrace the opportunity you have provided to use blogs.

     
    • Cheronne Edwards

      August 30, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you for your vote of confidence! I have come to the realization it is going to be a slow process to get the bulk of the students to embrace the concept of blogging, but each post is one more than the last 🙂

       

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