Social Media and Education

About Me

Mission: Discovery Learning

Thanks for stopping by my Social Media and Education blog.  My name is Rick Glass.  I teach fourth grade in a technology rich, public school classroom.  My students are academically, socially, and ethnically diverse.

I am completing my fourth year of teaching.  I came to this profession after a thirty-year career in business.  Technology had a significant impact on that business.  Integration helped us grow from local, to national, to international distribution.  When I made the switch to education, I made early plans to impact my students with learning opportunities that would take them beyond the walls of our classroom.  To date, we have established learning connections with 36 classrooms on four continents.

I am working on a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Curriculum from Ball State University.  While this blog reflects a portion of my degree requirements, it also reflects my convictions technology integration and project-based learning.  With those convictions, I admittedly have a strong bias for using every available resource to help my students become digitally literate and equipped for success in a global workplace.

I invite your comments and constructive criticisms as I share my experiences and reflect on a variety of opinions.

Thank you,

Rick Glass

2 Responses to "About Me"

Good on you, Rick. You are a great example of what dedicated teaching is all about.

I liked your comment on “assumptions” about teachers working with PLN’s so students aren’t short-changed in their learning, particularly in using technology.

Although I’ve just had my 56th birthday, I only came to teaching just over 6 years ago mostly in the EFL field, currently in Taiwan. I was a middle level federal government public servant before this, but grew increasingly dissatisfied with that life. I did a Music degree first, as I’ve always been into performing, then an Education degree. After completing English language studies I’m now able to teach Music or Business or EFL/ESL in Australian schools (where I’m from). However EFL/ESL is what I’ve been doing – in Australia, Brunei, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Like you, I’ve found the provision of hardware and the support & PD for using new programs has been poor to non-existent. Due to our low status and the language/cultural barriers in non-English speaking countries, it’s very hard to change this, but I try and, as you say, the PLN’s I’m developing are a rich source of ideas to help.

So, I wish you well in your endeavours and encourage you to keep up the good fight for our kids’ futures.

Greg.

Dear Mr. Glass,

I asked Rozalija Baricevic, my colleague in Primary school IGK , to ask You to join us in a project under UNESCO protection “Glocal Multimedia: Urban Performance”, but she is very busy, so I don’t know if she stressed enough the importance of this possible collaboration with You and Marsha Goren (Israel), for us.
I would appreciate if you could read the concept on my portal for culture, media and e-learning: media-via.net (it’s in e-learning section, in menue), and say Your opinion.

You could read my biography in About me, tnx!

Sincerely,
Vesna Srnic

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