Building an Online Presence

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:


Alternatives to PowerPoint

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 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!!

Personal Learning Network

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.

  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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 as a Ning.  I joined the other day and am waiting to be accepted into the site.