Posted on 03/28/2011 at 09:25 AM by Global Reach
Have you ever wished you could stay on top of all of the new trends out there, but don't want to spend time reading all kinds of articles in professional magazines, reading online, or going to conferences? There are a few easy ways to stay on top of new technologies and practical applications for the classroom through your own use of technology
One of the easiest things to do is to join Twitter. Go to www.twitter.com, create a unique username, put in your e-mail, and you are ready to connect to the world via Twitter. Here is a great, easy read article from Edutopia that outlines how to use Twitter to create your own PLN. http://bit.ly/hb5gTp After you have joined you can read other educators "tweets" in 160 character or less. Educators will tweet about websites with great resources, tried and true classroom applications and so much more! I personally follow edublogger on Twitter and Sue Waters has put together a blog titled "A Twitteraholic's Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter" and it's geared toward educators. bit.ly/eHRm3E It's a great "How-to" and it will get you started tweeting for education!
Another easy way to keep up to date is to have an RSS feed sent directly to your e-mail. What is RSS you ask? RSS is "Real Simple Syndication". In short, this is any easy way to bookmark the websites, blogs, wikis, news feeds, etc., but it actually takes you a step further. Instead of having to go back to those bookmarks to see if anything has been updated, you can find the RSS button, click on it, type your e-mail information in and then the website will send you an e-mail every time it updates. It makes life a lot easier to have the updates sent to you, rather than going to your bookmarks to see if there is anything new. Here is a short, easy read article about how to get set up with the RSS feed. bit.ly/fnk1WB
There you have it, a couple of really easy ways to keep yourself updated without always feeling like you have to read every article in every professional magazine to keep yourself up to date!