My name is Lucinda. I teach middle school English and Language Arts 1 to sixth graders at a private school in Gainesville, Florida. I am currently taking a graduate class at the University of Florida and have learned many things about Web 2.0 that I didn't even know existed. I am what you would call a "digital immigrant," but I am an open-minded one who is willing to learn. I came across this network while searching for information for my graduate class, and I am amazed and a little bit overwhelmed by the amount of content here. I am very interested in learning all I can about implementing Web 2.0 in my classes. This is a great resource!
My name is Suzanne Montaperto I am an Instructional Technology Specialist for the New York City Department of Education. I primarily Work with school leaders & teachers in Staten Island and South Brooklyn.
I love to use the latest 2.0 tools! I also love to share new ways we can use these tools in Education!
I am also the mother of 2 young girls who are so tech savy it's SCARY! I learn from them every day!
Hello Suzanne and welcome. I also love to use the latest 2.0 tools and so do my students. My classes have just had fun with www.wordle.com and www.befunky.com as they love to make their blogs look good. The young ones are tech savvy but they love sharing which helps me learn a lot as well.
H!! I'm April from Virginia and I am a full time online English instructor through a program of the Virginia Department of Education. I have also developed online content for our school, and am considering applying for EdD candidacy in Curriculum and Educational Tech. (I have 3 small children, so this is just a consideration at the moment). I learned about Classroom 2.0 from a NACOL webinar I attended earlier this year. This is a great place to share tools, ideas, and insights. Oh, and this is the first social networking group I've ever joined. Here's to turning a new page, and to paradigm shift in our field. ~Cheers!
I too am a newcomer, and also a first-time social networking joiner. I joined to learn what educators are doing in this realm, but one unexpected thing I learned -- and have since had confirmed by others -- is that even innovative educators experience a sense of mild hesitation about joining a group like this: I don't know as much as the others in the group; I won't have significant contributions to make; the amount of information and options will overwhelm me; etc. That recognition helps me with my research that focuses on identifying specific skills and strategies required for 21st Century literacy, and on providing effective professional development for educators.
I completed my dissertation (Reading & Literacy) last year, and I just resigned my position as a public school teacher to work as assistant professor at a university in PA. So, yes, here's to turning new pages and paradigm shifts.
Carol, it is interesting that you bring that up. We had a Web 2.0 session for a few teachers and administrators last week and we had a similar response. Also the idea of a more read/write web with the mass of users contributing as opposed to only the experts was very overwhelming to many of them. I do feel that we were able to open a few minds and to bring a better understanding of what this all can mean to a school district but I found the responses very interesting.
Wonderful to have you here in Classroom 2.0. There are many things to learn and lots of opportunities to share. Somehow, I don't think this will be your last social networking group :-)
Hi, I'm Carla Cross. I am an eighth grade English teacher in a very small district in central Illinois. I am working on my masters in the CTER (Curriculum, Technology, and Education Reform) program at University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. It's a very interesting and invigorating program that is completely online.