In trying to make connections with others in my field, I decided to start with the ISTE website. I chose this website because it is a society of learners in the educational technology field. It provides the latest resources, practices, and information regarding technology in education. Since this is an international community, there are connections from people all over the world with various ideas and teaching styles. I decided to look at ISTE’s Twitter connection (@isteconnects).
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I selected five accounts who were interacting with isteconnects to decide if they are Trustworthy, and if I would Follow them.
1. Ben Smith – @edtechben – I found Ben to be trustworthy for the reasons stated below. I decided to follow him based on his website EdTechInnovators, which I found as a useful resource. I also enjoyed how his posts incorporated links to educational technology ideas.
- He is an ISTE board member
- Many of his tweets include well known publications
- He has an impressive website which provides resources for integrating technology in the classroom. (EdTechInnovators)
- He won an award at ISTE 2011 for being a leader in the field of educational technology
2. Caitlin Tucker – @CTuckerEnglish – I think Caitlin is trustworthy, and I chose to follow her because she has many of the same technology interest as I do. She is using collaborize classroom, which is something I am interested in learning more about. She also had great ideas for back to school night using web 2.o technologies. All of her posts are related to education and technology, and the page is very professional. I think this will be a valuable follow 🙂
- Google certified teacher
- All of the links I clicked on led to useful information
- She used an actual picture of herself
- She is the author of Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 (Here is the Amazon Link to her book if you are interested http://www.amazon.com/Blended-Learning-Grades-4-12-Student-Centered/dp/1452240868
3. Corwin Press – @CorwinPress – Corwin is trustworthy, however I chose not to follow as their page was more of an advertising page for their company in which I have no interest. It is more geared toward professional development.
- Corwin is a publishing company for education which I already know about
- There are many retweets
- There is valid contact information including telephone numbers and a website
- They are being followed by the National Science Teacher Association as well as Pearson Science, which are two well known companies
A few turn offs for me on this Twitter page: The links were not active, and the profile photo was very pixily.
4. Gordon Dahlby – @gdahlby – Gordon is trustworthy, however I am basing that solely on his affiliation with ISTE. I couldn’t determine much more evidence from his page. I chose to follow him after seeing his Scoop.it! page which contained various information about technology in general.
- Past ISTE Board Director
5. David W. Deeds – @dweeds – I don’t think I would follow David’s page. It seems very generic. He is very much into virtual worlds, which I have no interest in using. I am looking for more elementary education based ideas.
After trying to connect with different people through Twitter, I realized that I prefer people who are more focused in what they are tweeting. I don’t prefer the pages that have tweets about too many topics in technology education. I would have to say that my favorite page would have to be Caitlin Tucker’s page. She was right up my alley of interests, and I valued many of her posts. I think I will find the most use out of connecting with her and the people she follows.