As I sit and reflect on the coming end of school, I have to wonder am I old school? Let’s face it. I have two sons, one a college graduate, and one a college senior with just one course to go. I’ve been around. I do consider myself “up” on most tools, and I feel I work pretty well at using methods and tools to bring relevancy to what I teach. I share continuously within my networks, and really make an effort to bring it home to my own school and students. I have plenty of connections and I do interact with my PLN using Twitter and even Facebook. But I have heard some say this is old school now. WHAT!? Well guess what? If these are old school, I guess I am too. And not only that, but I still very much devour my RSS feeds, if not daily, then by every weekend. My learning and staying relevant with my students is deeply embedded in using the tools of professional learning networks, be it Twitter, Facebook, forums, listservs, digital communities, webinars, reading and reacting to blogs, and more. I find immense value in these.
I don’t want to downplay the very important value of face-to-face and what it provides. I am attending several opportunities this summer, including the Upstate Technology Conference, TASL’s Summer 2014 PD, ISTE 2014 Atlanta, and a few other select events that haven’t been confirmed yet. These opportunities help me to build on my learning and yes, even flesh out my PLN a little more. Old school or no, I’m still learning daily. Nothing wrong with that.
I am sharing my GTA 2014 Application Video. I so want to attend one of these summer opportunities.
I’ll close with this picture, a tweet by my college senior youngest son. He had a revelation over the weekend when he checked me out on Twitter. I think I just scored some street cred from him! Thanks for those who find value in my contributions in my Twitter PLN. I did tell him how this came to be.