“Hands down, social media is the most exciting innovation in education today. With the use of networking sites, I have all of the experts who are working in the field at my fingertips.” – Amy Ahola
Amy and I agree on many things and this is one of them.
A whole new world of information, inspiration and supportive networks has opened up for me since I began dipping my toe into the big, wide ocean of social media.
Teachers can become isolated in their own classrooms. Professional learning opportunities can be thin on the ground, as can the chance to see other early childhood settings in action.
This was certainly the case for me, so I took control of my own professional destiny and 2 years ago sent my first words off into the blogosphere.
With each step I 'met' people from all over the globe who opened up their worlds to me, shared their knowledge, passions and experiences. I've attended conferences and connected with inspiring folk who are leaders and changers in their fields.
If I have a question, I now have a brains trust of over 21 000 on my facebook page to help me out with the answers
Like a mobster, I'm connected.
I'm pumped full of motivation and have a renewed passion for teaching. I have an avenue for reflection, I'm more confident in my own knowledge and expertise, I am supported and I feel like I make a difference by being apart of something bigger.
All of these things can't help but spill out into the time I spend with the children and their families.
All of these things have made me a better teacher.