I found this assignment to be very helpful!! I looked into many different sites that could help me begin to help me build my online presence. I found a few of them to be a little confusing or less user friendly than others, so I decided to go with Google to help me. The Google site had great pre-made websites that helped me start the process. I used one of the web pages that was set up, but then changed lots of things so that it was personalized for me.
I think that by making this webpage I have learned how important it is to have an online presence. I made my page as if I were a classroom teacher and provided information that I think that parents and students would find helpful when visiting a teacher’s website. Since I have made this page, I feel that once I have my own classroom I can just modify it slightly to make it relevant to the classroom I will have.
Here is my website:
I chose to use Prezi for my PowerPoint alternative. I did some research and visited many different sites, but I found this one to be the most user friendly for the needs of this assignment. I also signed up for powtoon.com as well because it had more of an elementary school vibe. As an elementary school teacher, I think that the site might be better and more user friendly for my students. I truly enjoyed using Prezi and I will use this more often then PowerPoint. The graphics and images seemed to be more engaging for students.
As for my students, I believe that the students can express themselves differently through these non-PowerPoint sites. Allowing students to use these sites will allow them to show understanding of the subject as well as share with other classmates and keep their attention.
I do believe that I will use non-PowerPoint sites as often, if not more so, as I do PowerPoint.
Here is a link to a non-PowerPoint presentation I did about the Lewis and Clark expedition. I encourage you to take a look!!
I believe that PLNs are great and the collaboration you get from people all over the world is priceless. Through these different learning communities I can expand my knowledge and stay on the cutting edge of educations.
Since there are many different ways to build one’s PLNs, I am going to focus on three applications that are helpful to me.
- Social Bookmarking: This allows me to have one specific site to go to so that I can retrieve bookmarked sites. Now, I don’t have to remember sites I like or keep a running list of educational websites with my personal sites. Here is the link to my social bookmarking page: https://delicious.com/#eklink910
- Blogs: Through blogs I can read what other educators and other professionals have to say about specific topics. There often have helpful advice and they provide information based on experience.
- Ning: Ning (as well as Wikis) allow you to become part of an online community specific to your profession. I found that Ning allows me to interact with other education professional in a control website. From what I’ve seen the people are helpful and can offer advice and knowledge. I have joined classroom20.com as a Ning. I joined the other day and am waiting to be accepted into the site.