- What are your initial reactions about joining these social networks for use in this course?
My initial reaction to joining these sites was that I felt enthusiastic. Although I do use Facebook, I don’t use Twitter because when I initially signed up for it about two years ago, I was confused, so I dropped the entire notion of tweeting. In addition, I have never used Diigo, so I am really excited to learn that interface. Because I have to use both Twitter and Diigo for a class, I know I will master these interfaces and begin to discover ways in which I might be able to use these sites for my own teaching.
2. What is your experience in using social media for your own professional development?
I never really thought about social media as a professional development tool. If anything, I guess I have used Facebook to initiate a working relationship with a co-worker and build rapport. There have been times when I have shared teaching ideas via Facebook with others, but I don’t do that very often. Perhaps, I should. However, Using Edmodo had helped me grow professionally because not only has it increased my collaboration with peers and students, it has also been a useful tool for organizing lesson plans, sharing lesson plans, and discovering new ways to teach the same topics.
- What is your experience in using social media as an instructional strategy in your learning environment?
I have used Edmodo to manage several classes, and I have been very successful. Although it was a bit difficult to “roll” it out in terms of training my students (and myself, for that matter), I find that the site is an excellent tool for immediate feedback, social interaction, and class management.
4. What are your expectations for this course?
I’m excited for this class because I think it will involve hands-on learning; in addition, I really want to further my knowledge and experience in this genre, especially when it comes to implementing Twitter and Diigo.