I heart my #PLN -OR- If Twitter were a woman I would court her.


I consider myself a connected educator. However, I’m still blown away by what that means in today’s world.

Earlier today, in Texas I GHO’ed with a cool lady in Tennessee and Voxered with a cool principal in Minnesota.  Then, I helped a student get their bearing via Twitter while I talked to my wife about my day.

None of it was planned and it all happened with little effort!

Miracle 1

I was in a meeting today when the topic of Google Hangouts came up. Some questions were bandied about and I thought about Googling them. But my leaders at work Linda ( @LindaMac65) and Tracie ( @TracieGCain) have been pushing me to model, model, model what I expect.

So I put a call out on Twitter:

twitter1and within minutes… Who comes to my rescue but the venerable (I’m not sure I know what that word means) and sassy Samantha Bates (@sjsbates) from Tennessee with…

Twitter2

and she did and we chatted and she answer questions and it was cool!

Miracle 2

A while later, I had a question about a Twitter chat format that might mix a GHO and Tweeting… so I Tweeted the venerable (still not sure what that means) and crazy energetic Brad Gustafson ( @GustafsonBrad) in Minnesota about his TouchCast based show.  So I used the Voxer app to send him a voice message that would hang in the ether until he was ready to hear it.

Within two hours he sends back four crazed, but, as always, genius messages with details.  He then voxes me back and continues throwing out gamification this and edit video that… It was more than I asked for and I loved it!

IMG_3265[1]THEN…

Miracle 3

I get home and one of my college government students needs help navigating our college’s new LMS.  So we tweet back and forth and… BAM!… she’s all hooked up and ready to roll. IMG_3268[1]

Ten years ago, none of this could have happened or it could have happened with tremendous effort.

I love being a connected educator and I hope to bring so many more over to the dark side in my new position as Digital Learning Consultant at ESC Region 11.

Mwa-ha-ha-ha!!!

(Cue Jackson’s Thriller Music)

 

 

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About Thrasymachus

2013 Northwest ISD teacher of the year, Humanities Texas 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). I'm currently a Regional Digital Learning Consultant with the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas and a college government educator who incorporates philosophy, technology & humor. A student through and through, I walk with my students in their learning. Most importantly, I'm blessed with the 3 most perfect kids eva! I love on them ery day!!!
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