Doug Covey is from Boise, Idaho and believes that all kids are capable of success. As I followed him on Twitter I realized he was very uplifting and does like to encourage his students to do his best. Doug would post where he was going for his conferences and he would attach a link about something they talked about. Or he would post a sentence that he thought was meaningful and was said at the conference. Doug would also post and congratulate his students if they achieved something big. For example two of his students were recognized for Service Learning and Meaningful Community Service. He would also make tweets about opportunities for young adult programs that he would find and when he was looking to hire people for job descriptions. For example he was looking for a new principal so he made a tweet about it. He was willing to share his experiences such as the other day when he was at Lowell University looking at Jupiter. He posted a link to a picture that showed the instrument they were using.
Overall, I liked following him because he is interested in sharing his experiences and everything that he is learning with others. He enjoys other activities, such as skiing and posts about mountains that offer good terrain. He shared other personal interests like his gardening and his family. This made him seem personal and relatable.
For my Twitter assignment I chose to follow Heather Lloyd. She is an SEO (search engine optimization) copywriter. I chose to follow her because she seems very successful in her career. She tweets quite often, with many of her tweets linked to other areas of copywriting. It was both useful and interesting to click on some of the links she provided.
She has 6,674 followers and 7,540 tweets which is why I thought she’d be the perfect candidate for this assignment. Many of her followers are people in the field, which lead me to check out a few other copywriters as well. She has a link to her website in her biography section that I checked out as well.
Although I do not want to be an SEO copywriter, but rather an advertising copywriter, I still found Heather Lloyd to be inspiring and her tweets useful. One of the people that follow her even started following me, which was the first time that’s happened throughout this course.
When I first looked at this paper I thought to myself “What am I going to write about?” I sat down at my computer numerous times and just stared at the screen trying to figure out what to say. At work it all came to me and once I got the ideas it was easy to put them down on the paper. It wasn’t as bad as I had thought it was going to be. Overall I think it turned out pretty great and was a good way to end this module with thinking about what exactly does it mean to be a writer. Who says that writing as to be down through words..
For this assignment I chose to follow Paula Naugle, @plnaugle. I chose to follow her because she is in a member of the elementary education field which is where I want to be after I graduate. Paula is a 4th grade teacher in a suburban public school outside of New Orleans. She uses Web 2.0 within her classroom through tools like Google docs, Skype, and Glogster.
She has a lot of activity on her Twitter page. Paula has tweeted a total of 12,705 times since she created her account. She has 1,122 people that she is following most of which are in the education field. Some of the people she is following include authors and a couple of graduate students. Paula 4,167 people who follow her. A majority of her followers include fellow teachers and other educational type pages.
Within her twitter page there is a blog called, Ms. Naugle’s Classroom Blog , which shows some things that her classroom does using the Web 2.0 tools. On Monday October 10th they skyped with Joey King, the star of the Ramona and Beezus movie. Awesome!
Overall it is clear that Ms. Naugle uses twitter in order to stay connected with the fellow educators and other resources that allow her to continue to improve the lives of her students on a daily basis.
Searching through all teachers who have twitter I came across Jon Fines: Twitter Name (@Mr_Fines) . What attracted me to his profile was the fact that he was a Kindergarten Teacher which is the grade in which I would like to teach. His bio statement “Kindergarten teacher. M.Ed Instructional Tech. Learning, laughing, singing, dancing, ukulele-playing dad. Changing lives…making a difference!”gives you the sense that he is warm and inviting.
Throughout his twitter posts, he provides different links to videos to watch on YouTube, he also uses personal videos to show activities going on in his classroom such as fine motor skills. He also uses a program where Kindergarten teachers chat together #kinderchat. You can tell he stays in constant contact with fellow kindergarten teachers. Jon Fines has 850 followers which many include teachers, and most likely family. He also follows sites such as to bring classrooms closer together, ideas for games, etc
Jon Fines seems to be quite a tweeter because he has 3,541 tweets. With all of the people he does follow, and all of the stuff he does tweet, he seems really determined to make a difference in children’s life. He also states he is a father which must be fun and exciting for his children to have a kindergarten teacher. He seems to be very passionate, and is determined for children to be successful in the Kindergarten classroom.
While looking back at responses from my fellow classmates over the module. I came across a grave with Netscape across the front. I had totally forgotten about Netscape until today. It’s sad to see a lot of once popular web browsers die out, only to e replaced and forgot about. If Netscape was around today, I am sure it would be just as popular as the rest.
What a very interesting article you posted as your response. It’s kind of scary all the things google knows whenever you type something in search. Such as your financial information, where you and your friends are, what and where you study are some of the eye raising things google knows about you. I will definitely watch what I type into google because I know I am most likely being watched by them.
I started laughing when I saw your picture! It is a shame that teachers are turning more and more towards technology and the use of the computer in the classroom. Pretty soon everyone will starting using the shortened lingo when completing homework assignments or major projects I am sure. Just look at texting now a days.
Intro to Writing Arts
There is still I feel a lot of debate about whether people prefer electronic devices to read what they are researching, or would they like to have a hard copy in front of them. I am pretty sure that within the next few years, there would be no hard writing copies. And I think that is very sad to see. I love not having to read off of a screen all the time, and find that I can concentrate more with a written copy then with something that is off a computer. With a computer I feel like I can easily exit out, and click and browse the internet. Distractions are very easy when there is a computer present.
When text is on a screen you really do not have any options. At least when it is on a piece of paper you, have the option to highlight it and add little notes that can help you remember important things. Alphabetic text is definitely not the same on a electronic screen as it is on a book. In a book the font is one size, but on a computer you have the option to increase the font size especially if it is a word document to please your view needs. I feel the role culture that is taking over is an electronic role culture. Everything we need in life today is all electronic, whether it’s our cell phones, iPads, blackberries, computers, etc. There is no way to avoid it.