20 Day Blogging Challenge, Day 16: Have you ever earned a grant? What was it for? Who was it from? What tips can you offer?
If I go with that, it will make for a really short blog post. The answer is "no". Next year will be my last year in the regular classroom, so it is probably not something I will pursue, so let's move on to Day 17.
20 Day Blogging Challenge, Day 17: Share all of your professional social media contact information and links. How do you engage in social media for professional learning?
Now this is something I can get into, because I am an avid social networker.
I first joined Twitter on April 20, 2009, and at first I just didn't get this following thing. It seemed kind of like stalking. Several months later, I took an on-line class about using technology in the classroom. With the encouragement of my instructor, I began exploring Twitter again.
I am not exaggerating when I say that Twitter has changed my life. I have learned vast amounts, improved my teaching, made friends, many of whom I have since met face to face, and acquired a dog, all because of Twitter. I have participated in on-line conferences and gone to Edcamp, because of Twitter.
I am not on Twitter as much as I used to be, but I participate in #4thchat every Monday evening from 7 to 8 pm central time. This is an on-line discussion made up mostly of 4th grade teachers. Each week focuses on a different topic. If you are not into Twitter, check out some of the chats, because it is one of the easiest ways to connect with other educators. Check out @Cybraryman's page for Twitter Chats, to find one that might be of interest to you.
I am @BarbaraDay on Twitter.
I was very dedicated to Twitter, and then I became a Plurker. I was introduced to Plurk by Lori Feldman. I met Lori at Edcamp Omaha. Plurk is part of my daily ritual. The first thing I do each morning, and the last thing I do each night is touch base with my Plurk friends. My friends on Plurk are educators, and we talk about education issues, but I find it much more personal than most of my Twitter connections. I worry about them when they are sick or going through difficult times. I rejoice with them when they experience happy times. They offer advice when I need it.
I am BarbaraLN on Plurk.
I learn lots of things on Pinterest and just recently I wrote about how much I depend on this website.
I am Barbara Day on Pinterest and here is a link to my 2,576 Pins.
For four years I did a photo a day project. Every day I took a photo, and posted it to my photo blog. I haven't done much of that since I got started on Instagram.
I am BarbaraLN on Instagram.
I use Flickr both personally and professionally.
I am BarbaraLN on Flickr.
I am Barbara Day on Google+ but I don't go there very often.
So let's connect! Follow me or friend me, and I would like to do the same. Where can I find you?