Professional Development and Network Comparison

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Professional Development
and Network Comparison

by

Julia Evans

Lamar University

EDLD 5362

Week 2



Professional Background

and Goals

Professional Background:


B.A. in Journalism with a Minor in English Literature,
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)


Alternative certification program completed through
UTEP


Currently a second grade monolingual inclusion and
Class Within a Class (CWC) teacher at
Escontrias

Elementary in the Socorro Independent School
District


3 years of teaching experience

Goals:


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
software.


Teachers are encouraged to take various technology
workshops offered throughout the school year and
summer.


In
-
service training s offered throughout the school
year allows teachers the opportunity to learn new and
current software applications that are available in the
classrooms.


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

Moodle

http://imoodle.ning.com/


Moodle

is a
Ning

professional networking
group that is a
Learning Management System (LMS). “Technically,
Moodle

is a
CMS or content management system for teachers. It is also
referred to as a VLE or virtual learning environment” (
Imoodle
,
2012).


The purpose of
Moodle

is to allow teachers to create and
manage courses. They may invite students to participate in
courses.


This site
also utilizes
discussion
groups in which users
discuss
content specific topics, the ability to integrate technology in the
classroom, share
ideas, pose
solutions to problems
encountered
in the classroom,
and
most importantly to learn from other
users.

Moodle


Professional Reasons:


Our campus has been looking to methods of providing
distance learning for our gifted and talented (GT) students
as well as for our home
-
bound students.


Moodle

also provides teachers with an avenue to share ideas
with each other to enrich our students’ education.

Why
Use
Moodle
?

The Top Ten Reasons to Use
Moodle

Moodle

is:

1.
Free

2.
User Friendly

3.
Intuitive

4.
Full of features

5.
Pedagogy equipped

6.
Student centered

7.
Provides instant feedback

8.
Integrated

9.
Multi
-
functional

10.
Interactive

(
Watchon
, 2008)


Network Choice
#2

Classroom 2.0

Classroom 2.0

http://www.classroom20.com/



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
-
supported network.


To avoid the spammers, all memberships are approved by the webmaster.


(Classroom 2.0, 2012)

Classroom 2.0


Classroom 2.0 is a
learning group
that
focused on the use of social media in the
classroom.


My course work is designed to reflect the
students need for
social
interaction in the
learning environment.


Why
Should We Focus
on
Social Media?



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
skills”
(
Lenhart
, 2008).



Students need to learn
how to communicate
appropriately. By incorporating
social
media in
the classroom students are learning much
needed communication skills as well as improving
their literacy skills.

Why
Should We Focus
on

Social
Media? Cont.


“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 #
lrnchat

on
Twitter, or via closed and tightly managed spaces
such as Glow, the Scottish national intranet for
schools that includes social media
-
like
functionality” (Osborne, 2012).

Summary


Networks provide a
learning opportunities
for educators and students.


Networks provide
education opportunities on
new applications to utilize within the
classroom setting.


Networks allow educators to learn
via
social
interaction with other educators.


Networks allow lesson extensions for
classroom students and home
-
bound
students.

Resources

Classroom 2.0. (2012). Retrieved April 21, 2012, from
http://www.classroom20.com/

Imoodle
. (2012), Retrieved April 21, 2012, from
http://imoodle.ning.com/

Lenhart
, A. (2008). Writing, technology and teens.
Pew Internet and
American Life Project.

Retrieved on April 21, 2012 from
http://www.pewinternet.org/Experts/Amanda
-
Lenhart.aspx?start=41&x=x

Osborne, N. (2012, Jan. 10). Using social media in education, Part 2:
Tools, support, and technical issues, message posted to
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/industry/library/ind
-
educ
-
social
-
media2/index.html?ca=drs
-

Watchon
, Chris. (2008, June 12). 10 reasons why you should use
moodle

(my personal thoughts on content management system), message
posted to http://chriswatchon.blogspot.com/2007/08/ 10
-
reasons
-
why
-
you
-
should
-
use
-
moodlemy.html