I’m fairly new to the education blogging realm. I haven’t even been posting consistently for a year now, but I’m getting better at it and I’m refining my ideas and my voice as I continue to post.
I’m even newer to Twitter, having just signed up for an account in March. Again, I’m finding my voice as I explore opportunities and ways to build a PLN.
I do have one pet-peeve, however. I hate “X number of ways to use awesome-internet-tool-Y.”
I feel like many times I have my twitter feed open, that’s 90% of what comes through. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great posts out there with resources for classrooms. But, how do I know which ones are the “good ones” and which ones will I open only to close again in 3 seconds.
To me, the “good ones” are pages or blog posts that give A) fewer than 10 resources and B) actual uses in the classroom.
Think about it…if you’re looking for a hotel when planning a trip, obviously you need to do some searching through the haystack to find your needle. But, if you have a friend or an acquaintance that recommends a hotel and why they like it, 9 times out of 10, I’m staying at the friend’s hotel.
The internet is the same way. I did a Google search for “word cloud software” and got 130 million hits. Talk about a haystack. I don’t have time to go through them all. I want to know which ones work and which ones do other people like.
I love collaboration and I love finding new tools. But teachers, let’s face it, we don’t have the most free time in the world to sift through dozens and dozens of web tools in these types of posts.
Let’s share the best of what we’ve found and let’s stop filling web space with empty lists.