During the course of 2013, I became more and more involved in social media for professional purposes. I threw myself into actively participating in Twitter chats with other librarians, teachers and ed tech specialists. These chats showed me how far behind I was regarding trends in education and technology. These conversations also allowed me to I develop more professional connections, with a few of them turning into friendships. In return, the new connections opened many doors for me, and I tried as much as possible to "pay it forward" by sharing with others when possible.
Some of the highlights from developing better connections with other educators include:
- Moving outside my comfort zone to embrace new technologies and opportunities
- Participating in my first EdCamp - an experience I'll never forget and look forward to attending more EdCamps in 2014
- Created an online portfolio to share my projects and professional development with others
- Started blogging (any introvert understands how difficult it can be to share your inner thoughts)
- Taking control of my professional development through my PLN and Webinars
- Implementing flipped instruction in the library and presenting on it for librarians in my school district
- Becoming a member of the #virtualbookclub
- Became a Discovery Education Network Star!
For the upcoming year, I haven't really planned much of it, other than devoting time to professional development opportunities as a new DEN Star and continuing to discover new ways to motivate and engage students. Oh, and more sharing!