Monday, December 3, 2012
So, you are a connected educator and let´s face it, something in you has changed. You don´t even speak the same way you did when your classroom had those wooden or brick walls that you have brought down. I collected some symptoms that you may have been through since you decided to go international. In no particular order, here they are:
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In short words, Posterous is a service that allows you to create several online spaces (sites). It allows collaborative contributions by anyone you decide. It is been used by several educators already due to it´s nice interface, customization, and ease of use.
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One of the things that I´ve always pointed out about the whole technology thing is not to expect everyone to be so delighted about it as we are.
So, I was in this Parent School night and I was excited about sharing with parents how students were being engaged using Diigo and the tremendous learning taking place there. I also mentioned that we were going to continue using our digital platform, Edmodo, to post homework, share important information, dates, etc. I mentioned that students would be discussing in virtual forums through Collaborize Classrooom. I presented them with Posterous, through which I was expecting to share some thoughts with students and have students do the same. Of course, I mentioned how we were going to be using social media to engage and learn. I showed them our most recent Wallwisher about scientists who contributed to the development of Biology. I informed that some evaluations would be made through Socrative or Google Forms. I spoke to them about our brand new BYOT policy. And, and, and...ok, you get the idea.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
- They will laugh out of respect. But it still works, they are laughing after all. Too worried about mockery?
- They will laugh harder at the fact that it is you, their teacher, actually telling a joke.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
One of the best ways to get attention to your blog post is sharing through social media. If you are using Twitter, you might want to include popular hashtags; this will share your content with other than only your followers. Let me introduce you some tools that might help increase your social presence, driving more traffic to your content, and therefore increasing your audience.
Monday, July 16, 2012
In most cases we still rely on the email to communicate with parents, for instance. Newsletters are not going anywhere. When it comes to communication nothing yet is as effective and, very importantly, as targeted as the email, maybe except for FB messages... Will we see the death of email shortly? I dare to say that not likely.
This last Wednesday I attended #toolschat, a Twitter chat that takes place weekly at 10 pm EDT (GMT-4:00). Topic this week was about emailing and tools to optimize email experience. Usually, this chat is attended by Social media experts and gurus, as well as marketeers. I got inspired into sharing with you fellow educators some amazing tools to optimize communication through email. Grab a grip!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I'd like to suggest some sites that you could use for when virtual learning is required. I am talking about the days in which, for example, you have to be absent from school because you broke a toe (or a nail...) . Or maybe you would just like to give your students a brief after–school reinforcement of the content for a test (yes, you care about them enough).
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I am a teacher and have the potential for saving lives.
I am a teacher but also have the potential to destroy lives.
I teach and I have the honor of having the next president in my classroom. Have to teach him well.
Every day I wake up with my mind set on upsetting young minds into something positive. With the hope that students remember me for what I was and not necessarily for what I taught...or tried to.
Actions speak louder than words, right?
I teach, and I'm very proud of it. I facilitate by paving the way through which others may walk. I establish a base of knowledge as I am changing the world at it.
I teach. I connect. I live. I see. I correct. I love. I care. I tweet.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Recientemente, hasta este año escolar comencé a animar a mis estudiantes para que abrieran su bitácora (blog). La edad promedio de mis estudiantes es de 15 a 17 años; los considero suficientemente maduros como para crear una huella digital positiva a través de sus blogs. Cuando les introduje la idea por primera vez, les di algunas razones por las cuales yo pensaba deberían "bloggear". Una de las cosas que les hice ver fue que pensaran en escribir artículos como un estado de Facebook excepto que con más de 420 caracteres. Al llevarse a cabo todo el proceso, comencé a descubrir nuevas ventajas y ahora me gustaría compartirlas con ustedes mis 10 razones por las cuales creo que sus estudiantes deberían estar "bloggeando".:
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This is because only last year on July I started what I like to call my "tech race". Yep, it was until mid last year that I began discovering all these amazing tools to integrate into my classroom. To this point, God has been good. Now probably the term "race" suggests a competition and you might be wondering who am I competing against. I like to use the term "race" in the sense of going really fast but with a focus and a purpose.