Continuing my Personal Learning Network

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This week I can say that my Professional Learning Network (PLN) is slowly growing. I been #tweeting and connecting with other educators and classmates using Tweeter and LinkedIn. I find the #hashtags used in Tweeter helpful because I can easily find members who are interested in the same topics I am.  As our textbook Web 2.0 How-To For Educators mentions, “Twitter has become a popular tool for educators to connect with one another to get advice or information quickly, share points of view, or just stay in touch” (Solomon & Schrum, 2010, p. 35).  Furthermore, I enjoy reading and commenting on my classmates’ tweets for our class #ind501. In addition, I am joining groups and reading interesting blogs and articles that members suggest I should read. For example, in The Educator’s PLN website I was suggested to read this interesting article about classroom rules by another member.

I am enjoying GoogleReader as well because I no longer have to search for news or blogs since now they come to me! I added Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher’s blog to my Google Reader RSS Feed after I read her blog for the first time in this week’s module. I really enjoy the topics she writes about and she has good ideas.

As my PLN is growing I am excited to meet colleagues and make connections that will continue to enhance my professional development and knowledge and also connect me to professional opportunities.

Creating a Curricular Music Video

I enjoyed creating my music video to introduce las estaciones del año (the seasons of the year) to my future Spanish I students. I believe this is a good learning tool to use with my future student because it gets them excited about what they are going be learning. As our textbook Using Inquiry in the Classroom explains, “today’s learner must be creatively focused, engaged, and motivated as well as excited to see what lies ahead in their journey” (Coffman, 2013, p.19). Also this is a good tool for students who are visual learners because they can connect the images with the words in Spanish. Our textbook Web 2.0 How-To For Educators explains, …many students are visual learners for whom seeing-whether tutorials or diagrams or videos-helps them learn (Solomon & Schrum, 2010, p.102).  Also, I like that for this assignment I had to align my video with a Spanish SOL because this is something I am going to be doing for every lesson I teach in my future classroom. In addition, Animoto is another good tool to incorporate in my PLN because I can share my work with other educators.

Creating my music video was a good way to execute what I had learned two weeks ago about Copyright since all of the images and music I used for this video are copyright-friendly.

I plan on creating many curricular music videos to introduce different topics for my Spanish classes.

References

Coffman. T. (2013). Using inquiry in the classroom: Developing creative thinkers and  information literate students. (2nd Ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2010). Web 2.0: How to for educators. International Society for Technology in Education