Educational Networking

Educational Networking
Selecting among specific technologies and technology applications that can have an impact on learning can be confusing. Nevertheless, every school district leader today must seriously consider how technology can accelerate or advance the strategic goals of the district. (Moore, 2006)

Ning.com
Social networking consumes the lives of our Digital Natives. Networks also are playing an essential role in improving and expanding access to education.(Mathews, 2004) Ning.com provides the opportunity for teachers and students to create their own controlled social network to be used in and outside of their classroom.

Educational Networking
Educational networking is essential in this 21st century. As our learners needs change with the digital times, so do our educational leaders. Amid pressures on state, college and school budgets, networks can be a significant way of sharing resources. They also can facilitate the teamwork necessary for needed improvements and growth in education. (Mathews, 2004)

The Educator's PLN
A personal/professional learning network is how most of our student s learn in this 21st century. From celebrities to politicians, everyone is gaining insight to having a PLN. The Educator s PLN will help me: ‡Connect with other educators ‡Learn how to manage my PLN ‡Discover new and innovative educators to follow ‡Learn new ways to integrate learning networks into the classroom

Educator s PLN
To the right is an estimate of my weekly access to my professional learning network. It is hard to manage all the different sites and keep them active with daily or weekly posts.
PLN Weekly Access
2% 1%

16% Twitter Facebook Google Reader Blog 81%

Classroom 2.0
This ning allows educators to connect and discuss with other 21st century educators learning to integrate technology and web 2.0 tools into the classroom. As an Educational Technology Specialist, this site has been an excellent resource for me. This site allows me to: y Connect with other educators y Ask for guidance on implementing new technology initiatives into our schools y Share ideas

Classroom 2.0
Too often school districts invest in technologies because of their high-tech, 21st century appeal without fully considering their impact on student learning and long-term total cost of ownership. (Moore, 2006) As a member of the Classroom 2.0 ning, we are able to have open discussions and connect with other districts around the country that have already implemented and piloted initiatives that we are embarking on.

Classroom 2.0
Not only has this site helped me make important decisions on technology rollouts, it has also given me great insight to the new web 2.0 tools that are available for free. These tools include: twitter, delicious, and voicethread.com to name a few.

Classroom 2.0

As new issues arise, there is someone out there that has experienced and already improved on the matter. This free site allows you to connect with others that can provide insight to your questions and needs. Too often school districts invest in technologies because of their hightech, 21st century appeal without fully considering their impact on student learning and long-term total cost of ownership. (Moore, 2006)

Student engagement is high when classroom activities and the environment reflect their needs.(Thompson & Gould, 2005)

References
Mathews, J. B. (2004, April). Why Statewide Educational Networks are Important to State and Educational Leaders. Retrieved from http://www.sreb.org/programs/EdTech/survey/startpage.asp Moore, R. J. (2006, August). School Administrator. The Five Best Accelerators in Schools , 63 (7). Thompson, T. J., & Gould, K. J. (2005). A Homegrown Desing for Data Warehousing. School Administrator , 62 (4), 16-23. White, B. I., & Winter, C. (2005). Making Sense of Student Information. School Administrator , 62 (4), 24-28.

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