I know you all are very busy as school activities and personal needs consume your time. However, spending 15 minutes a day on Thinkfinity Community is a way to address your professional goals. It isn't a matter of time but a matter of priority.
August is Connected Educators' month and what better resolution than to connect with educators on Thinkfinity Community.
Why: You all have collaborated with educators in your building/district, but by extending your networking and collaborative efforts beyond your physical location you will find different perspectives and discover new ideas. Having a problem? Start a discussion and someone will have a solution to try that you wouldn't have thought of.
How: Take 15 minutes each morning to search for a new resource, either created by our Content Partners and/or recommended by our members, to enhance your classroom instruction. Review the latest discussions in the Community Hub to read what educators are discussing.
Thinkfinity is your Professional Learning Community (PLC) and you will want to spend a little time in our Help Center reviewing the documents listed on our Thinkfinity Community Help Index to understand how best to use the new Thinkfinity and make it work for you.
Tell us about your use of Thinkfinity Community. Why should you spend 15 minutes a day on Thinkfinity Community? How can you work it into your busy schedule? Where do you go when you are in the community and why? What do you do when you are on?
Thinkfinity Community Manager
Honestly, I started keeping track of how much time I spend on Facebook. I couldn't believe it! Taking 15 minutes away from that time is nothing. If nothing else, checking in on a few discussions or blog posts gets me thinking about my own instruction. Many of you inspire me by sharing your own experiences.
I am typically in the community in the early evenings. When I log into the community, I immediately look at discussions that were recently posted by going to Browse > Content from the dark red navigation bar at the top of the page. Then, I sort by All Discussions. After that, I look at discussions that I authored to see if I need to respond to anyone's comments or if they answered my questions.
After browsing discussions, I enjoy checking out the content in specific groups I am interested in. The Online Tools for Educators group is always sharing new resources and is very active. The Community Hub and The Lounge are two other places I like to go to get varied discussions and meet new members.
In my role as an Instructional Technology Specialist, I check in to Verizon Thinkfinity several times a day to share links to various resources. While there, I tend to check a couple of groups that I am part of. I find that I am able to share best practices from others or pose a question to a colleague that helps encourage reflection and discussion. It's all about personal and professional growth and the community fits the bill.
Great suggestion...15 minutes a day on Thinkfinity keeps me, as a teacher, "current and connected"!
One favorite place to check is partner site, Wonderopolis...the wonder of the day is a fantastic discussion starter in the classroom, as well as the teacher's lunch room (much better than gossip).