Monday, September 19, 2011
Reach by Jeff Utecht- Chapters 1 and 2
After reading the first two chapter’s of Reach by “Jeff Utecht”, I find myself reminiscing of the time when I was lucky enough to have Jeff as an instructor and continued mentor (whether he knows it or not). His networking class at Plymouth State University really opened my eyes to the philosophies that surround web 2.0, cooperation and collaboration at its best. Learning communities that create themselves and evolve into meaningful experiences where you meet meaningful people who change or challenge the way you think about teaching, learning and technology in the 21st Century. Jeff does a great job showing us the reality of our ever changing world while providing us with valuable tools and tutorials to help us begin our journey into PLN. I think I love my PLN’s of which I am most collaborative on Classroom 2.0 and Scratch.edu by MIT have truly helped me evolve as an educator, being able to express ideas and read other teaching experiences has been the best professional development I have ever had and the best thing for me is that it is endless. I recently set up two igoogle accounts where my knowledge of feeds, widgets and html have given me a wonderful “tool”, in one look at my home page from anywhere in the world I can view my daily and weekly calendar, my classes, the blogs I follow as well as post and respond to wiki’s and tweets (twitter). My new passion is definitely “threads”. All the information I need or would look for daily is in one place and better yet, up to date, email, tweets, new blog posts, my life on a page. What a way to live. Thanks Jeff, I look forward to the rest of the book.