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Twitter? Should we use it?   1 comment

I would like to pose the question of Twitter?  Should we use it?

My answer is we should all be using TWITTER!!

Quick background, I am fairly new to twitter.  I used to think of it as Celebrities using it to promote themselves and posting ridiculous things about where they were and what they were doing.  I never realized the power of connecting with fellow educators and establishing a PLN!

Currently, I am an Instructional Technology Trainer for a Public School District in Nebraska and in my district TWITTER.COM is BLOCKED!  My fellow colleague @techiefeldie and I decided after embarking into the Twitter world (that she showed me upon learning at ISTE) and realizing the power of it that we had to bring it to the teachers of our district.  So we put together a plan to have an on-line class so they could do it from home.

With wonderful support from our Superintendent and boss we launched the class to 40 teachers at the beginning of March.  As class has continued this month we have been excited to see the interaction and collaboration with these 40 people and all I can think about is why don’t all of the teachers of our district use Twitter!?!?!

In my dream world, every teacher, principal, main office employee, and anyone else in between would have a Twitter account.  The true collaboration that could take place would be instantaneous and connecting.  A 4th grade teacher could throw a question out there and immediately have feedback from all over the district.  Principal’s could poll teachers quickly and easily, or they could disseminate information to their staff.

Imagine the possibilities.  A truely connected and collaborative environment in a district via Twitter.  I could go on and on about the endless uses of Twitter in my district.

then my man Nelly sings . . .  “I realized it was only JUST A DREAM”. . . . .

maybe my dream could come true

Posted March 17, 2011 by brentcatlett in Education, Technology, Web 2.0

Isn’t she Beautiful?   1 comment

 

White or Black?

 

Ok, ipad2 is coming 3-11-11!!  She sure is beautiful!!  Yesterday Steve Jobs came out and spoke at a kickoff media event extravaganza!  Twitter land was swarmed with #apple and all my Twitter friends were a buzz.  As a user of the original ipad (thanks to my fabulous job & district) I couldn’t help but think how cool the new ipad2 will be because of its new capabilities.  Furthermore, as a father of a 4 1/2 yr old and an 8 month old I was thinking how the ipad has already affected my home and watching my young son navigate it like “it ain’t no thang but a chicken wing” I am constantly torn with the idea of what the future holds for kids in school with technology and particularly my young children.

I wonder what would happen if my Twitter friend @Matt_Gomez down in Texas was given a class set of ipad2’s to use with his Kindergarten students?  How awesome would that be?  All I can say is I would want my son in his class come next year when he starts Kindergarten.  I guarantee you @Matt_Gomez would move mountains if given the keys!  Can you imagine?

So perhaps the question “Isn’t she Beautiful?” should really be “Should I get White or Black?”.

Posted March 3, 2011 by brentcatlett in Education, Technology, Web 2.0

Twitter   1 comment

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Posted February 22, 2011 by brentcatlett in Education, Parenting, Technology, Web 2.0

Great Twitter video tutorial!   Leave a comment

I continue to be amazed at how much I can learn. The twitter PLN is fabulous! You don’t have to do anything but read and you are guaranteed to learn something!

This video tutorial is great for beginners!  Check it out!

Posted February 16, 2011 by brentcatlett in Education, Technology, Web 2.0

Kidblog for your classroom   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

I work with many different age levels from K-12th grade and I am familiar with and have enjoyed using http://www.kidblog.org with students and teachers alike.

Some of the things that I really like about it are:

1.  It does not have any advertising with it or on any of its pages.

2.  The teacher can set the parameters of privacy.

3.  The teacher can set the post and comments to come through them first for approval.

4.  The teacher can edit post and comments if needed.

5.  It is very easy to set up.

5.  It is very easy to insert pictures and other media.

Posted February 15, 2011 by brentcatlett in Education, Technology, Web 2.0