I believe strongly in connecting with other educators online and in transparent sharing of ideas and resources. Some of my best professional development has come through my participation as a digital citizen. Being an active and responsible digital citizen is imperative for educators in the 21st century; thus, understanding the implications and modelling for students the power of connecting globally in a positive manner. I have learned a lot from George Couros (@gcouros) on this subject and I highly recommend that you check out his “The Principal of Change blog“.
Twitter: Twitter has provided me with amazing professional development, resources from other educators, means to share resources and thoughts, informed me about webinars, and the opportunity to network and collaborate with other educators around the world.
Facebook has been a great way for me to connect with others, share information, thoughts, and ideas. I have made school Facebook Pages for public communication with the parents and the community about school events. I have also utilized Facebook Groups for private communication within a specific group of people or team.
Google+ is another way to connect, collaborate and build your learning network.
Slideshare – is where I share my education presentations I have done.
Pinterist – is a great way to collect stuff from the web. I use Pinterist to bookmark education resources and ideas.
Diigo – is an online bookmarking site where I share my favourite educational resources.
Instagram – is how I share my story via pictures.
Wikispaces is a great way to collaborate on a topic that allows multiple people to edit and contribute. Some of my favorite wikis that I have created, participate in, and/or access are:
- Muir Lake School Staff Wiki – I created this for staff to view, contribute and collaborate on for professional development days, meetings, and school initiatives.
- Muir Lake School Resource Collaboration – I created this for staff to collaborate and share resources that could be used in the classroom to enhance learning.
- PSD 70 Google Apps/Digital Portfolio Project – This wiki, created by George Couros, is a Parkland School Division wide initiative to utilize Google Apps and WordPress as a platform for students to create digital portfolios that showcase their learning that I am leading at my school.
- digicitizenship – This is a resource for grade level teachers to prepare students to use technology appropriately and being mindful of the citizenship skills they already possess. I have found this to be an incredible resource for teaching students about digital citizenship specific to their grade level.
YouTube is awesome for sharing videos that you have created as well as others that you like. It is also great for bookmarking videos that you may want to use in the future with staff and students. I use my channel for personal enjoyment, professional development, and as a way to engage students in learning.
Rizn Blog is a blog that I write for as a leader and volunteer of the Rizn youth group in Edmonton as part of Celebration Church. Rizn currently has over 400 teenagers attending weekly and is completely run by volunteers. It is my honour to serve on this team and is a way in which I try to make a difference in the community and in teenagers lives.