Educator Blog #3-Like Whoa…

6 Nov

The Educator’s PLN: the personal learning network for educators…

Awards And Nominations

I might just have to say that you can pretty much find anything you are looking for in the realm of education on this site??? It’s um…actually quite intimidating! There’s so much on here and so many cool things. I found a video of the site’s creator talking about a ning and he sounded older than me and was talking about technology! Gasp!? I am supposed to know more! LOL! Okay, I know this is ridiculous but there are many pages and groups and other things I may not even know how to define but I would consider myself a beginner in this technology online Web 2.0 stuff and still, I am having trouble navigating the site. It’s like getting lost online! I’m bad enough on the real road! This being said, on the left side of the page, they have a list of how to’s: What You Need To Know About Navigating This Ning Site and a List of Other Educator Ning Sites. This was helpful. Having a ‘seasoned teacher’ lead this discussion can also be inspiring to teachers who may feel that because they have been around for quite some time that they can’t learn this new technology. This is a good lesson for them that all teachers should be willing to embrace or at least be open to new things.  

They also in the center have a top content section. After that is the videos section. And then a forum. So at first I literally was afraid of clicking on the forum but I did, and found an amazing site where a teacher teaches English throuh pop songs in Youtube and has quizzes about which word Bruno Mars used in his song, “Just the Way You Are.” Whoa!

With each click, I’m overcoming fears! LOL This helps me to understand what teachers feel when have absolutely no idea what they are looking at online or what they can do with it.

Blogs too are a part of the site. An interesting excerpt from a blog-”

Social Media has had a huge impact on the world. It is part of the new technology to the older generations. It is not technology to our children; it is what they consider part of their world. They don’t have to learn it because they live it. We as educators need to make it part of our lives as well, if we want our children to learn how best to use it. The genie jumped out of the bottle, and onto a horse that went to the station, boarded a train that travelled to the dock, to board the boat that left the dock. No way is that genie going back in the bottle.” Posting quotes like these or sharing quotes with our colleagues could be enough to prompt them to want to know more. We just need to get them thirsty for it.

Great way to stimulate thought, get reactions, and prod people to get to it. Why are we waiting? Oh wait, because we’re too scared to click on the next page in fear that the information will be too overwhelming for us…LOL…


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