Professional Development

1. Ability to identify and evaluate technology resources and technical assistance (i.e., those available on-line and on-site within a school and district setting). 
When COVID first hit, teachers all over the country were seeking out resources to help their students learn remotely. Twitter was my most valuable resource for finding helpful articles that not only incorporated my normal teaching strategies but also modified them to allow for teaching using only online platforms. I was able to connect with teachers from all different states and school districts to see what learning platforms they were using, what issues they were having as well as what successes they were having while fixing these tech issues, and I was able to provide my experiences that other teachers might have been experiencing as well. 

2. Ability to assess the advantages and limitations of current and emerging technologies, on-line resources, and software to facilitate teaching and student learning. Twitter allows you to assess the advantages and limitations of current and emerging technologies, on-line resources, and software simply by seeing what programs are trending. The more successful an online platform became the more it started to trend and people were sharing how they were using this platform. The same for if a program or resource was not doing well, it would be trending with things that did not work. This was an easy way to find new technologies and programs that were on the rise. 

3. Ability to engage in professional growth and leadership activities, including modeling lifelong learning by participating in face to face and online learning communities to continuously improve professional practice using existing and emerging digital tools, resources, and current research that focuses on I improved student learning, as well as promotes professional development of other educators.

Twitter lead me to find a professional learning community of educators within my state where I could reach out and understand how the educators were managing the new challenges of online learning. These educators were from all different school districts within the state, this helped significantly because all over the state, school districts were using the same learning platforms for the most part, however, different districts had different resources than others that were provided and I was able to receive professional learning on a program that my school district may not have provided information about.