This weeks readings spoke to me – especially the one about providing time in the teachers’ school day for professional development and how to approach new technology in the school/library setting. The article about providing goals for teachers through professional development opportunity and basing it on actual real goals for their classrooms/expertise/weaknesses etc. spoke as extremely relevant. When I was teaching, I also was able to “pick” my own goals for improving my teaching for the school year – I could have input from our principal if I wanted it, and she had to sign off on my goals, but they could be of my own making. I also had to keep track of what I was doing to make sure I met those goals, but other than that any professional development reading / practice I did on my own during planning times/lunch or at home.
Although this is in reality okay, I know it would have made a big difference had there been time set into my schedule specifically for professional development. It was so easy to get caught up in other things during planning times, that sometimes it took a back burner and the stove wasn’t even on. Which ultimately doesn’t help reach the goal effectively or as well as otherwise.
I also like how this class was taught in much the same way that the second article ( Blowers and Reed) in that you allow people time to play with the technology tools in a safe way that won’t affect their lives as much as if they were doing it “for real”. Such as, keeping the blogs/twitter accounts anonymous and building in harder and harder tasks as students become comfortable. I really do appreciate all of the work we have done in simply USING tools that we may find professionally useful before being called upon to do so.
P.S. Sorry this post is late – I didn’t plan my week well and my birthday dinner went later than expected. 🙂
Adventures in twitter land have started. I have to say I wasn’t sure about Twitter, not because of putting myself out there or anything of that sort because I’m already pretty active on Facebook, but more so because I’ve attempted in the past to create accounts and each time I just “don’t get it”.
Logistically, I understand you get so many characters (what about complete sentences!) and can tweet @ people or join a conversation with a #. But what it means for my life hasn’t quite been figured out yet. I see high benefits in using it professionally – or at least an organization/business of some kind using it to get the word out about events. I think I’m having the most trouble trying to decide HOW twitter will be for me – will I get multiple accounts? Will I use it primarily for work/school or as a free for all of whatever? I think part of why Twitter has never worked for me before is my real life friends aren’t using Twitter. My real life SI Friends are and for that reason I’ll probably use it more often, but up until this year, all my friends were on Facebook, so I didn’t see the point. Maybe that’s a hint to me to use it more professionally.
Also, what are the “rules”? For example, if someone I don’t know requests to follow me, am I supposed to follow them back? What are the benefits to both if it’s an organization? I read an article once where the author found a very specific use for Twitter and that was while on vacation. You follow all sorts of local organizations of where you will be – the library, museum, the downtown association etc. – and you can plan your entire stay just be reading tweets and going to where events are being hosted. I wish I knew the source of the article to link it but I remember it because it was such a clear way of how I could see myself using twitter. Especially because I usually go from one end of the spectrum of “must plan everything” to the other where I “just see what happens” when traveling.
I think it is really cool that you can have a conversation with your idols and get some sort of insight into how they are thinking, especially in regards to different libraries doing different things and trying to see how that would fit where I am now. So far I’ve been reading a lot about how birds are literally tweeting in the sky and it’s a wonderful morning – but I’m sure once the work week picks back up more library related posts will start. Maybe? I don’t know!
Say what you will about what it means to like reality television (The Hunger Games anyone? I’ve been obsessed since I just read the books last week!) but this is just another way for people to see into the lives of others. And I love it. I don’t watch a lot of reality television (no TV at my house) – but I love reading gossip magazines and seeing inside peoples houses. I think it’s somewhat natural for humans to be curious about how other humans behave – and for that reason alone I can see myself being sucked into the lives of people I follow in twitter land.
You can follow me @ShooktheLibrary (I think I did that right? Or find me through #si643).