Getting me to Jump:Twitter and #edchat

I have been putting off blogging for so many different reasons. In reality, the reasons are excuses. I want my students to blog so why can I not get myself to commit to writing one myself. We should be models for our students. Alas, here is my first post.

I feel so lucky to have co-workers who are engaged in technology. They have inspired me to reach outside of my comfort zone to try something new. I was introduced to twitter in the fall but only started to understand the power of twitter this spring. Through #edchat and other wonderful educators online, I have felt inspired every day at work. I have also enjoyed many resources through the Educators PLN on Ning. For the first couple of weeks, I didn’t even know what PLN meant. Through the guidance of others I have learned so many tools sometimes it is overwhelming. It is not just the tools or programs but the love of learning that I feel from the educators who use twitter. I have talked to my colleagues about twitter…with many glazed looks and puzzled reactions. I continue to speak with them about it because how it has transformed me as a teacher/life long learner. I had forgotten how fun it can be to learn.

It is intimidating to sometimes share ideas or collaborate with others. I fear I will be judged or critiqued for my lack of experience (with technology.) But the rewards have been amazing. My latest goal is to attend the ISTE conference in Denver. I would definitly be a rookie in the field but one who would appreciate all the networking. We’ll see if it works for us this summer. If not, I do see myself attending virtually with the help of my new PLN.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to all the educational professionals who have been so supportive and have opened up their philosophies to me and the world.