I realized that I was sending out way too many emails to my teachers so I’ve decided to sum it up in a “weekly digest” format. Granted, many have appreciated the links I’ve sent, but many also ignore them. By inundating them with fifteen or twenty emails a week, they begin to just ignore them. Teachers are too overworked and as such may be forced to ignore great ideas simply because they don’t have time to implement them. By sending out so many emails, I feel that I may have been adding to their burden. Now I’m making it easier for them to just ignore one email a week instead of the multitude . So here it is, my first installment:
Teachers’ Social Network:
Create a profile, chat, and network with other teachers is this free site. There is a place to buy and sell supplies to/from other teachers, a live chat, personal blogs, a repository for you to upload files, and coming soon there will be an instant messaging feature.
Favorite Blog Posting of the Week:
No time to Pee: Making the case for teachers to empower their own profession
Want to make your own “YouTube” like page?
Free site with some great features, but as with all things free, the ads get a little annoying.
Want to poll your students using their computers and cell phones?
Create a free account and take a poll of up to 30 users at a time. They can text in an answer or use their computer. You get live results that you can export into a PowerPoint and display to the class.
Keeping up with your colleagues in 140 characters or less… Twitter
Similar to your status in Facebook, Twitter lets you connect to friends and colleagues and connect to them in short 140 character updates. Great place to ask questions, look for resources, or just taunt your neighbor.
Have no clue what Twitter is? Here is some helpful guides:
Sue Waters’ PLN Yourself Blog
Twitter for Dummies
10 Easy Steps for Twitter Beginners
How to: Build Your Community on Twitter
How to NOT: Build Your Community on Twitter
The Twitter Glossary