P361: Using Twitter to build your professional learning network

Author: Erica Posthuma-Adams, University High School of Indiana, USA


Date: 8/4/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S35

New teachers who can assemble a professional learning network (PLN) will have a friendly colleague to bounce ideas off of, or someone to turn to with quick question or clarification. Sometimes, PLNs can be built within school buildings or corporations. Professional organizations such as the ACS, or state level science teacher associations can also provide channels to meet other like-minded professionals. Unfortunately, some teachers are restricted by geography, time constraints, or financial limitations and are unable to attend conferences and network with other educators. Luckily, technology can allow us to network without leaving our classroom. This talk will demonstrate how to use twitter to build an online PLN. Instructions on how to use hashtags to find specific users and content will be discussed as well as pointers on how to effectively use twitter for professional purposes.

P29: Making connections in modeling instruction

Author: Erica Posthuma-Adams, University High School of Indiana, USA


Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:05 PM2:25 PM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S5

After ten years in the high school classroom I felt confident in my content knowledge and curricular sequence. I wasn’t looking to make any drastic changes in how I taught my class, but I enrolled in a Modeling Instruction workshop to pick up some new activities and learn how to implement some new technology. Three days into a two-week workshop I was packing up my old materials and planning how to implement an entirely different way of teaching chemistry. In the four years since that workshop my career has changed dramatically. I took a new position in a “modeling school” and I’ve gained the experience and confidence to become a Modeling workshop leader. Becoming part of the Modeling Community has helped me make connections with amazing teachers from across the globe and given me the resources necessary to make more thoughtful and informed decisions in my classroom. This presentation will introduce the basics of Modeling Instruction, discuss the benefits, and provide resources for teachers looking to learn more or connect to other Modeling instructors.