One of the more fabulous reasons that personal learning connections are so worthwhile are those random moments when they can impact what you do, daily. I’ve responded to a couple of different hashtag requests that the reason I love twitter so much is that it allows me to connect with people who make me better at what I do.
Cue this rainy afternoon. I come home drenched, soggy toed and exhausted from a stormy school dismissal and am directed to check out a live podcast that was being shown on Youtube. I recognized all the faces from the show today, and realized what a GREAT group was assembled!
Lisa Johnson, @techchef4u, is an educational technologist in Eanes ISD. She blogs all kinds of instructional technology awesomness at www.techchef4u.com, a site that you can lose yourself in for hours. She’s also the creator of the TechChef app, “TechChef4u offers multiple resources to support teachers and parents in their search for FREE quality apps to support their children and students. While the TechChef4u app is an educational app store that provides searchable and categorized lists of 500+ FREE apps for PK-12.” Check it out in the app store!
Greg Garner, @classroom_tech, is from Austin, Texas. I love the line on his about.me page, “Always improving and taking people with me, I define success as empowering others to be successful themselves.” Isn’t that we should all strive to be?
Jon Samulson, @ipadsammy, also from Eanes ISD, is an educational technologist. He is an incredible provider of technology resources, especially on his other other job, hosting the @Techlandia podcast. He’s a big fan of Tony Romo, thank goodness, and someone I enjoy greatly “on the twitters”.
Carl Hooker, @mrhooker, is the director of educational technology in Eanes ISD. As a relative new member of his fan club, his reach is far and wide. With over 30, 000 hits on his blog, www.hookedoninnovation.com, he is an ed tech force to be reckoned with. From his start as a teacher to his current district technology leadership, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. How can you not be fan of that guy??
Four different perspectives, four different levels of experience…four more opportunities to learn! Check out their vodcasts in the iTunes store, just search for iVengers radio, and you can also subscribe to their podcasts there. I can’t wait to go back and listen to the rest of them! Thank you, Carl, for the pick me up pointer!