I was reminded again by Jeff Utecht this fall, "learning is social" and by Rob Mancabelli, "educators need to be 21st century learners." Social media can be a means to accomplish both of these things! Here are three of my go to places for seeking advice, to ask questions or for new learning and challenges! I use each tool a little bit of a different purpose. There are others out there too, like Facebook and LinkedIn, but here are my top three at the moment.
#iaedchat - Sunday evening conversation
Here is a list of some Educators to Follow to get started
Matt Townsley's List of Iowa Educators to Follow
Google Education Group Iowa (GEG)
Instructional Technology Integrators and Coaches
GWAEA Significant Disabilities Link
The beauty of this app is the ability to discuss a hot topic or brainstorm. You can't always participate live, but because it is stored, I listen to conversations on a drive when I have time. We had someone visiting a classroom and instead of waiting to get somewhere to compose an email summary, he just threw it in Voxer and we were able to respond. Huge time saver! Another great idea for using Voxer was shared with me by Jimmy Casas, principal at Bettendorf High School. He uses it for teachers to discuss a professional blog post, kind of like a virtual book study! It is a great way to have staff connect when they may not otherwise have time and build a culture of learning!
Voxer in iTunes
Voxer in Google Play
~Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning
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