First, thank you to everyone who applied to become a Featured Blogger. We received so many applications and were blown away by the thoughtful and creative ideas and the willingness to volunteer your own time to share your experiences with your peers.
Because we received so many fantastic applications, we’ve decided that we may run a second class of featured bloggers over the summer and again next fall, so if you submitted an application but were not accepted for this round, there are still many opportunities to participate.
We are very excited about the new Featured Blogger Team – representing three countries and five very distinct voices. They will be debuting their first posts here next week and we are certain they will provide a well rounded view of the issues, successes, and best practices for integrating social media into classroom curriculum. We thought you’d like a little preview of what’s in store — so without further delay, here’s team!
Mondays: A View from the District
Andy McKiel, Curriculum Coordinator: K-12 St. James-Assiniboia School Division, Manitoba, Canada
Andy will be blogging about his experiences as he begins to implement Edmodo across his school district. Through his blog posts, Andy will address the professional learning that is being provided for teachers & he will highlight several of the ways that teachers and students across grade levels are using Edmodo to connect and collaborate.
Tuesdays: Voice of the Library
Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian, Van Meter School District, Iowa
Shannon will be writing as the “Voice of the Library”, sharing stories, hints and advice on how to integrate social media into your school. By using social media within your school you will give students a voice by connecting them to amazing experiences, resources and people around the world.
Wednesdays: Edmodo and Web 2.0
Bret Gosselin, ELL Teacher, Klein Forest HS, Klein ISD, Houston TX
From first-hand experience, Bret has developed a true understanding of the tremendous effect that Web 2.0 tools have on the modern student, especially ELLs. He believes it is his “purpose to both share and learn as a community of 21stC educators to meet the needs of this exciting generation of learners.”
Thursdays: Student Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
Liz Castillo, Pu’ulu ‘Ohe Science Teacher, Kamehameha Middle School, Honolulu, HI
Social networking has become one of the main ways our students connect with one another. By using these tools for learning, our students can create a PLN for learning, sharing, and collaborating with their peers and teachers. We can use these tools to motivate our students and transform our classroom into a student driven learning environment.
Fridays: The Do-it-Yourself Teacher
Biana Hewes, Davidson High School, New South Wales, Australia
Bianca will be writing about her DIY approach to improving literacy for the 21st century through project based learning enhanced by digital technologies and a dynamic learning environment. She will write about how she uses Edmodo as the go-to point for communication, collaboration, criticism and creativity.
Congratulations to our new blogging team — we can’t wait to read your posts!