Learning through Exploration

An interesting week for exploration and personal learning.

Creating a Website: I have wanted to create a website for my students and parents to have access to information happening in my classroom. I have used Schoolnotes in the past but it was time to get to the present. Our fellow colleagues are our biggest assets so I collaborated with mine for some ideas and concepts on starting a website. It was a decision between Weebly and wordpress.WordPress

 

Through sharing, watching You tube videos and researching I was able to get started on my website using the help of Weebly’s  beginners guide to help get me started.

Ms. Trotman’s website is in the beginning stage of construction but I felt it was far enough along that I was able to give my link out to parents that attended the ‘Meet the Teacher Night’ last week.Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 5.44.07 PMMy principal happened to come by when I was talking to a group of parents about my website, at the end of the evening she pulled me aside and ask if I would be interested in collaborating and helping the Athletic Director develop a website for the athletic program. Eager to please I said yes, even though I am a little overwhelm with a my new Weebly website and a WordPress Blog for my TL class. We received help from an 1.5 hour pro-d clinic “Intoductions to Web Creation with Deltalearns”.  By the end we had a direction and we were able to start developing our athletic website using Wordpress. I have explored, developed new many new skills and tools my brain was tired by the end of all the new found knowledge when navigating my way between weebly and wordpress.bizcom55

Teacher Librarian Virtual Website: A new pedagogy in my classroom and as a TL would be to create a Website that is powerful, virtual and that would be available for all students, teachers, parents, anyone, anywhere! I  want the ability to connect with others for literacy issue, critical thinking strategies and information. A strategy would be to engage in Personal Learning Network with other TL to collaborate on the latest books, ideas, resources globally. Whitby has a great explanation of what a PLN is; “A PLN is a tool that uses social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues anywhere at any time. Participating educators, worldwide, make requests and share resources”. I think this would be key in becoming a great TL. A great tool that Whitby mentions is twitter to use this account to focus on #educators. The more links that I can establish the better my understanding will be towards becoming a influential TL.

 

I have had success with Padlet in my classroom and I would continue using it to connect between TL and Teachers. This is a You tube video that I started with to use 

Here is a link to my first padlet

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Books: It goes without saying if I had time, I would read more books towards my own personal development in literacy and have the ability to collaborate with others. A websitewould give me the opportunity to share one of my latest favourite book “The Martian” with others. In my exploration this week I felt like I was on Mars at times:)Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 6.30.35 PM

Reference:

 

Byrne, R. (2014). Padlet [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c9vWCPn8ys

Trotman, K. (2015). @ktrotman. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/ktrotman

Trotman, K. (2015). Ms. Trotman’s Website. Retrieved from http://dsstrotman.weebly.com

Trotman, K. (2014). Trend and Issues in Literacy Instruction. Retrieved from

http://padlet.com/ktrotman55/literacy

Website image. Retrieved from http://www.glasbergen.com/wp-content/gallery/bizcom/bizcom55.gif

Weebly, Inc. (2015). The Beginner’s Guide to Weebly. Retrieved from http://kb.weebly.com/first-steps.html

Weebly. (2015). Weebly 2015 – Introduction tutorial to weebly.com: Create a Free website [Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7PjTgpgqn8

Weir, Andy. (Feb. 2014). The Martian. Retrieved from

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18007564-the-martian

Whitby, Tom (Nov. 2013). How Do I Get a PLN? Retrieved from

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-do-i-get-a-pln-tom-whitby

WordPress Image. Retrieved from

http://cdn.minterest.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/WordPress.png

 

 

2 thoughts on “Learning through Exploration

  1. A good blog post that outlines some of your strategies and connections you are already building to support yourself and your colleagues in evolving their services and practices. You are well on your way to being a superstar TL! Good discussion of online communities, local opportunities in your district and ways to reach out to find support and guidance online. Good embedding, tagging and linking. A good discussion and introduction to the benefits of developing a PLN!

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  2. Andrea

    Hi Kerrie!

    I really appreciate that you shared the video explanation and the sample of your Padlet use. I find it helpful when learning about a new tool to see an example and to know more about how one goes about introducing a program or opportunity with staff and students. I too am working on Weebly to build my first website. I have been working on a Blog within the Weebly site. I would be curious to learn if you ever use that tool too what you think about the two platforms in comparison. My sense is that Weebly does websites well, but the Blog format is fairly simple and not as engaging as what you have done here. However, that might just be my use of it so far…

    Cheers…

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