It is important that we prepare our students to be strong Digital Citizens, so I wanted to highlight my own digital footprint and how I try to contribute to the strong educator community that connects through the Internet. (I was inspired to create this page after connecting with Doug Pete so please visit his blog!)
About.me – This is a great way to share the places you are on the Internet on one central page. I love the visuals that you can create and I have seen some very inventive pages. Many are looking at this type of site as a way to quickly share their philosophy of education as well as the places they learn on the Internet. It is a great site to develop for all educators when you are first starting to delve into social media.
Connected Principals – I am very glad to have started this site that shares the views of administrators that are located all over the world. The purpose of the site was to give the administrator point of view on schools, while also sharing best practices with current and future administrators. I am honoured to be a part of this group.
Edutopia – I have enjoyed being a contributor to the George Lucas organization focused on pushing education forward and sharing some thoughts on improving teaching and learning.
Twitter – This has been an extremely useful social media tool as I have connected with many educators around the world. Twitter has been the best professional development tool that I have ever been associated with and my Professional Learning Network is full of educators who are passionate about bettering the learning of their students.
Diigo – A social bookmarking tool that helps me share web resources not only with my staff, but anyone who is interested in education. The power of Diigo is that I can connect to my bookmarks on any computer in the world, along with other educators.
Facebook – Although this is more for my own personal connections, I believe that knowing and understanding Facebook is an important practice for educators who want to ensure that they understand the world that our students are growing up in. It is important that we understand the tools our students are using to connect to each other and friends to help them to be strong digital citizens.
Forest Green School Blog – A Web 2.0 way of connecting with parents and stakeholders in our school community. This is an effective way to get feedback from parents on emerging trends within our school, as well as helping them learn along with new initiatives that are being implemented in our school. I have outlined our journey from website to blog in this post.
Parkland School Division Blog - I am the facilitator and creator or the Parkland School Division Blog site, which is a WordPress Multi-User site that houses many of our student portfolios. I am also the facilitator and main editor for PSD70′s 184 Project, which shares the stories of learning from our organization.
Flickr – A social media site where I have the opportunity to show images of not only things that happen at school, but also within my own personal life. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than Flickr is definitely priceless.
YouTube – If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than what would video be worth? YouTube is the second largest search engine next to Google and gives a regular person the opportunity to share, remix, and create video.
Prezi – A relatively new and simple way to create engaging presentations that can be housed on the Internet. You can easily embed videos, links, pictures, and other media into these presentations that can be shared anywhere in the world, as long as there is a connection to the Internet.
Scribd – A website where I share information with other educators and documents, so they can be easily accessible to others. I have just started using this site but definitely can see using it more as it is a powerful tool to share documents with others.