I just love learning and sharing, especially when it comes to Social Media. Most of you may know, but I am also a Media Specialist in a small rural elementary school. I teach kids how to use technology, the best job in the world! School started last week and so far I have helped two teachers set up WP blogs, see the Fifth Grade one here, and have kids in third thru sixth grades set up with gmail accounts (using our own domain). The kids are using Google Docs, sharing assignments with their teachers, setting up pen pals and collaborating with each other to create blog posts. It’s awesome!
Do you remember writing assignments when you were in school? Agonizing over writing 2 pages in longhand and the only person who read it was the teacher with her red pen? And the only feedback you got was a grade? Things have changed so much, todays students are learning to write for purpose, to collaborate, to share what they read and learn with their peers all over the world! The kids are working harder on their writing, and eager to check to see who commented and respond.
Well, you can imagine I am pretty excited to share my latest published work with the kids. I have been fortunate to have written for The Paint Contractor in the past and am now writing a series of articles on how to use Social Media-Step by Step. Between that and creating this blog, I have been exposed to so much great information, and best of all, made some great online friends across the nation. So to my students, I say enjoy the journey! Dr. Suess may have said it best!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
So, where will you go?