The Night before #TLDWpeel 2014
Posted by Phil Young
It’s the night before this years Teaching and Learning in a Digital World Conference #TLDWPeel and I sit here with my laptop in front of me at the island in our kitchen, coffee made, music playing in the background and my wife Shivonne (@SLewisYoung) to my left as we discuss our poster sessions and prepare for the two days ahead. We certainly find our ourselves in a familiar situation with a little night before the deadline preparation. For myself, I find the added pressure almost energizing. Some might say that is the coffee but its Decaf. Nonetheless, I am again super excited to be sharing some of my experiences over the next two days and I know Shivonne is just as excited to share her experiences. Shivonne and a colleague will be sharing their experience with Genius Hour in primary classrooms and I will be sharing my experience with using Social Media in the Intermediate classroom.
Other posters sessions for this years’ #TLDWpeel conference @ http://bit.ly/1yXYPQa
When I was asked by a few PDSB colleagues to present at this years’ TLDWpeel conference, the wheel began to turn. I started a mental list of the various topics that I would be willing to share my experience with but as some may agree mental lists are not always the best if you are expecting to come back and have something to work with, especially days or even weeks later. High on the list however, was to share about my experience using Social Media with my Grade 7’s, School-based iPad management, and the others….it was a mental list and I am writing this blog post some three months after submitting my proposal.
I chose to talk about the use of social media in the classroom for a few reasons. The first being that I have found great benefits as an educator to have come from Social Media tools such as Twitter, Blogs, Storify, Thinglink, Youtube and a ever expanding list that support the learning environment that I am trying to promote as well as my own professional learning. The second, my students use it so why not take advantage of their prior knowledge, and help them make more of Social Media tools. Another was to help colleagues take advantage of the Social Media tools so many of our students are using and settle the fears they may have about them.
Here is to an excellent conference of sharing and learning.