Ok, here I go walking the walk and talking the talk and trying something new. A little nervous, a little anxious, but excited to take the risk! It’ s Wednesday morning and I’m creating my first WordPress blog before class tonight. It’s a new format and I’m used to navigating through my Weebly and Ning accounts. Plus, I’m very aware that my words and feelings are now public and I find myself typing, deleting and retyping to make sure I’m as accurate as possible. We’ve been safe in our own PLN in our class Ning, but now our boundaries are expanding. Are you ready to jump in with me? In class tonight, let’s take time to try something new. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable and embrace being a change agent!
Here are a few ideas/applications to get you going…
If you are interested in starting a blog, check out this great resource for students: Blogs for Kids – it’s a fabulous LiveBinders that highlights blogs for students to read and join the conversation.
I haven’t created a Diigo account yet. Anyone up to the challenge? Voicethread? Symbaloo? Jing? LiveBinders? Fuzzwich? Animation-ish? Whatever you decide, make sure you are pushing your comfort level and trying something new!
Also, a special wicked-proud shout out to Tracy Mercier and her incredible third grade students for breaking barriers and constantly modeling what it means to be risk takers! Check out this new concept, Tweet Quest that Tracy created: Tweet Quest.
In case you need a little confidence to help you take the plunge: 3 Ways to Encourage Risk Taking.
See you in a few hours! I’m all about making tonight a “wow” teaching experience! Hope you’ll say the same thing after trying something new tonight too…
PS: I’m going to publish this link through Twitter and perhaps we’ll get some comments and suggestions. For anyone outside of EDUC 536, we’re a graduate class at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT and we’re embracing change this semester and exploring social media in K-12 classrooms.