Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tool #2: Building Community in the Online Environment

I love being online and looking for resources to use...whether it be fashion, crafts or education.  This summer I was finishing up Masters classes, and was in need of math game ideas.  I found myself Google searching "math games for first grade," and nothing but blogs were coming up.  Oh boy, did I hit the jackpot!  I found so many fresh ideas and resources.  As I looked around on one blog, I was directed to other educator blogs.  There is so much out there for teachers. I love that teachers have each others backs.  WE are great resources for each other!

As I was commenting on fellow teachers blogs, I found many things I can use in my own classroom.  Building a community in the online environment is only going to make education stronger. Having those resources at our fingertips and sharing our great ideas with one another is how we all become better teachers.  I can't wait until my blog is one of those blogs that an educator across the country is obsessed with!

Tool #1: Getting Started - Creating your blog

I had a blast creating my blog! I love being creative and personalizing anything I can get my hands on, and my blog was no different. When I heard that I needed to create a blog, I was scared. After I got started, it became very simple and I was having a great time. The fact that I can officially call myself a "blogger" makes me incredibly happy!