For many years now, I've had the twitter handle @MathNeil. I've taught math for the majority of my teaching career. But for the last year, I've found a home in the computer science area at my school. It has been an amazing year. With the support of my PLN, I've been able to provide a … Continue reading Time for a Change
One thing I've noticed this week at ISTE is the head bob. People say hello then instantly their eyes go to your name tag. The automatic look at the tag generally indicates a Twitter user searching for a handle. You can see the look in our faces. "Do we follow each other? Are we connected?" … Continue reading The Head Bounce
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Edcamp St. Augustine. I did not attend alone. Julie Dees (@juliedees72), the Culinary Arts teacher at Branford High School traveled with me. We were met there by two students of our students and their mother. They enjoyed Edcamp Branford last month so much they wanted to see it … Continue reading Yesterday
I understand the desire to help people start on the path to building a Professional Learning Network (PLN). I live with that goal every day. I have begun to see something that disturbs me. The dreaded Must Follow posts. It is in our nature to guide beginners. "Follow those that I followed. Follow me. I've … Continue reading Must Follows
There has been some conversation lately about the purpose of posting chat questions before the chat actually begins. I'm not here to judge or ridicule anyone's practices. I believe that this question is as personal as the Coke vs. Pepsi debate. But my own practices requires more than a few characters to explain. I don't usually … Continue reading To Post or Not to Post — Chat Questions
My dear friend, Kerry, posed this question on the Voxer group BFC Lounge (see bfc530.com) just a few minutes ago, "What is it that early adopters have that other teachers don't, that makes them willing to try stuff even if they're not sure it's going to work?" Here is my answer: As I look back … Continue reading Early Adopter? Not me…oh wait, maybe I am.
The old is new again with Voxer. Back is the Walkie-talkie. Thousands of people are discovering this wonderful world of connecting via voice. Voxer actually combines voice, text and pictures to give us a multi-sensory experience. With this new "old" technology comes a need to develop new best practices. Here is what I have … Continue reading Voxer — My Own Best Practices