One year and counting…

Well,  this time of year marks my 1 year anniversary in the world of social networking and Web 2.0 collaboration…Woo Hoo!  I can honestly say that I have learned a lot!  More than most conferences and teacher workshops.  I have  felt that I am someone who is not afraid of technology.  I was always using Google to search for new information for my students and resources for finding out about new things.  I checked my email regularly, periodically checked in on Facebook and so on.  Boy was my world shifted when I realized what else the web had to offer!

Twitter is my personal favorite.  I have learned the most from my PLN (professional learning network) here.  I have bookmarked so many resources, I feel I need to hire a personal organizer just to keep up with the mess of websites!

This leads me to my next favorite which is Diigo.   It allows me the freedom to bookmark at home and use at school!  LOVE IT!  I can also share my resources with my fellow Lutheran Educators through the groups feature here.  If you’re a Lutheran Educator, look for us!

And third, my Google Mobile App for my Blackberry.  I discovered it when checking out the Google page for other Google tools.  (Go to Google, at the top click on More and Even More.  Look for Mobile)  I can read my Google Reader feed right on my Blackberry.  This feature has allowed me the freedom to keep up with my RSS feed.  Something I thought I would never accomplish.

It’s amazing to look back and realize all the many things that I have learned.  So, here’s my thought for today–What have you learned lately?  When is the last time you tried something new in your classroom?  Are you doing the same thing or are you changing it up?

Our students are different.  They learn differently than the ones a year ago.  They learn differently than the ones 5 years ago.  How are you helping them learn?  Are you learning yourself or are you the same as you were a year ago?