Glad you have found the wiki discussion helpful. If you want to post any specific questions or initiate further conversation, feel free to jump in. Or I'm happy to solicit folks to participate, if you'd like.
I will be glad to share and will check-out the Elluminate room. The more I learn about Web 2.0 technologies, the more convinced I am that we must pursue these technology tools for their pedagogical value. It is just not enough to have the tools--we must learn to use them effectively to maximize learning for all. This week is extremely busy--our district is preparing to send out pink slips this Friday in order to correct a $30 million budget deficit. I'm also in my last week of school prior to vacation, so I will have more time on the week-end to check-out this awesome site.
Debra - You are a wonderful addition to the group! I have been using wiki with my middle childhood science methods classes at Ohio State - it's interesting that not one of my students had heard of wiki! We are using PB Works as a management tool for our NSF funded projects (including MSP2) and NSDL Wiki for all of our resource guides and teacher pages. I love wiki!
Would you be interested in sharing what you've learned so far with the community? We have an Elluminate room and are always looking for presenters. Talk to you soon, Kim
Hi Debra - Welcome aboard! We are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities and eventhough I see that you teach social studies and E/LA I think you'll still find opportunities that are of interest to you.
If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher opportunities and grants.
We have have on the right side of the page our two project blogs - Resources for Math and Science and Connecting News. We also RSS feed the Teach Engineering blog and two NYT blog feeds.
You can see a list of all the MSP2 events and others that we think would be of interest to our audience under the Events tab. We have groups - including a book club - and lots of conversations!
Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. And we are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD oppotunities. In any case we are glad you joined the network! Kim