Monday, June 30, 2008

Get Wet!

I should know better than to turn the computer on before I'm ready to walk out the door in the morning... I logged on to twitter to see what everyone was doing this morning at NECC and noticed an interesting blog post by Wes Fryer at Moving at the Speed of Creativity.

It got me thinking about professional development and how it is changing and NEEDS to change. My own professional development has become 100% web-based. I don't mean signing up for a webinar, although, nothing is wrong with that...but instead, developing my own online presence and connecting with people around the globe who point me in the direction of new tools.

How do you get started today?
1. Read blogs
2. Comment on blogs so people know who you are and what you're interested in
3. Join twitter and follow people who know what you want to know
4. Join a ning like Setting the Standard, Classroom 2.0, or Flat Classroom

As Wes Fryer says: If you're going to swim...you have to get WET!

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

With more and more budget cuts in public education, it leaves educators looking for other ways to professionally develop without many funds. Elearning is definately a resource that is inexpensive and provides a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for the post e-leader!
Suz

dayle said...

I have been out of town for a long weekend and without computer access - that's when you really realize how your life has changed! There is just so much out there to learn! Boy, it's good to be plugged in again! dayle

Debby Cothern said...

We must also recognize the value in being able to personally schedule our own professional development. It is 12:49 am and I am learning as I leave this comment. Debby

Melissa Ross said...

I can't wait to hear more about Flat Classroom when you get back. I love being able to experience the conference this way - I can't wait for more!