I was assigned to John T. Spencer. He is a 6th grade ELL teacher in an Urban, Title One School. He will have a classroom that is blended with one-to-one appraches of chromebooks, Kindle Fires and iPod Touches. He is working towards pursuing constructivist and personlized learning experineces in his classroom. He just presented and led a workshop at the iPossibilties iPad Conference in Indiana on June 11, 2012. I watched Paperless Math which talked about wonderful tools to help students with math like blogging, podcasting.
Advice For New Blogger:
Well, since I am a new blogger, this blog post fits in perfectly with this EDM310 Course. Here is a shorter verson of the 12 tips to help you guys out.
1.) Don't find your Niche, well not yet at least.
2.) Develop your voice
3.) Get a custom domain
4.) Engage in a conversation
5.) Prepare for CRITICISM
7.) Ignore the numbers
8.) Experiment with format
9.) Set an ethical standard for yourself
10.) Spend sometime on the Title
11.) Use social Media
These 12 tips should be in your back pocket when starting to blog. He gives great advice and I am glad I was chosen to view this blog. After reading these 12 steps I've set new standards for my blog postings. I want to be more enthusiastic and be more detailed with everything I'm assigned to post on my blog. And biggest of all, learn to take criticism in a good way even if it's hurtful. We are all here to succeed and help whomever we can along the way. I can't wait to venture off and search the web for ideas that I can use blogging once I'm an educator. If you do these steps it will help you succeed as a blogger and can bring to peoples attention how blogging can change the way you think about technology.
The Upside of #ISTE12
John Spencer spoke about how he has a space called Station Tavern, which is kinda like his, "safe haven". This is where John and his buddies gather after work to debate vigorously, engaging in sophomoric junior high styled humor, and sharing a beverage that is banned from the staff lounge. I commented saying, "it is nice to have a judgment free zone where you and your friends, family and co-workers can get together and talk about whatever you want". I think that it is a key component to anyone really, to have a space where we can go to talk about what is on our minds and not be totally judged for our opinions. I am glad to have been introduced to his blog and now I'm following him on twitter.