and Network Comparison
B.A. in Journalism with a Minor in English Literature,
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Alternative certification program completed through
Currently a second grade monolingual inclusion and
Class Within a Class (CWC) teacher at
Elementary in the Socorro Independent School
3 years of teaching experience
Completing a DATE Grant study on the benefits of
utilizing technology to promote reading skills in non
and emergent readers.
Socorro I.S.D.’s Goals
Socorro I.S.D. encourages have every teacher to be
proficient in current district technology hardware and
Teachers are encouraged to take various technology
workshops offered throughout the school year and
service training s offered throughout the school
year allows teachers the opportunity to learn new and
current software applications that are available in the
Campus Tech Pilots are available during the teacher’s
conference times or after school to offer additional
teacher training when requested or needed.
Network Choice #1
group that is a
Learning Management System (LMS). “Technically,
CMS or content management system for teachers. It is also
referred to as a VLE or virtual learning environment” (
The purpose of
is to allow teachers to create and
manage courses. They may invite students to participate in
groups in which users
content specific topics, the ability to integrate technology in the
solutions to problems
in the classroom,
most importantly to learn from other
Our campus has been looking to methods of providing
distance learning for our gifted and talented (GT) students
as well as for our home
also provides teachers with an avenue to share ideas
with each other to enrich our students’ education.
The Top Ten Reasons to Use
Full of features
Provides instant feedback
Classroom 2.0 is for those people interested in
Web 2.0, Social Media, and
Participative Technologies in the classroom.
The website provides discussion boards to share ideas, receive event
notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues.
Classroom 2.0 has over 65,000 members from 188 countries.
The site is a free community
To avoid the spammers, all memberships are approved by the webmaster.
(Classroom 2.0, 2012)
Classroom 2.0 is a
focused on the use of social media in the
My course work is designed to reflect the
students need for
interaction in the
Should We Focus
It is also important to keep in mind that as
students read and write with greater frequency
when they are on social networks, this can have
positive impacts on their literacy
Students need to learn
how to communicate
appropriately. By incorporating
the classroom students are learning much
needed communication skills as well as improving
their literacy skills.
Should We Focus
“Social media tools have dramatically
improved communication among professionals in
education. This has occurred in the form of
intense dialog through blog comment streams, as
contributions to virtual gatherings like #
Twitter, or via closed and tightly managed spaces
such as Glow, the Scottish national intranet for
schools that includes social media
functionality” (Osborne, 2012).
Networks provide a
for educators and students.
education opportunities on
new applications to utilize within the
Networks allow educators to learn
interaction with other educators.
Networks allow lesson extensions for
classroom students and home
Classroom 2.0. (2012). Retrieved April 21, 2012, from
. (2012), Retrieved April 21, 2012, from
, A. (2008). Writing, technology and teens.
Pew Internet and
American Life Project.
Retrieved on April 21, 2012 from
Osborne, N. (2012, Jan. 10). Using social media in education, Part 2:
Tools, support, and technical issues, message posted to
, Chris. (2008, June 12). 10 reasons why you should use
(my personal thoughts on content management system), message
posted to http://chriswatchon.blogspot.com/2007/08/ 10