For those of you out there who are about to receive (or are lucky enough to have already received!) one of the NSW DET issue Lenovo Laptops, this list of Twitter contacts may help you build your Personal Learning Network.
The following is a list of Twitter users that wove their hands about with great enthusiasm when asked who wanted to discuss and share resources for teaching with the new laptops:
- @kmcg2375 – Kelli McGraw (that’s me! English teacher, South West Sydney)
- @TroyM7 – Troy Martin (English teacher, Hunter/Central Coast)
- @pryorcommitment – Roger Pryor (S.E.D., Hunter/Central Coast)
- @piphowell – Pip Howell (NSW DET, Hunter/Central Coast)
- @SimonBorgert – Simon Borgert (Head Teacher Maths, North Coast)
- @simonjob – Simon Job (Maths teacher, Western Sydney)
- @melissagiddins – Melissa Giddins (Head Teacher English, Sydney)
- @stuhasic – Stu Hasic (DET tech. advisor, Sydney)
- @Lofts1964 – Denise Lofts (Deputy Principal, Sydney)
- @paulwils7 – Paul Wilson (Technology teacher, North Sydney)
- @vmarchant – V Marchant (eLearning facilitator, Illawarra/South Coast)
- @lyntiernan – Lyn Tiernan (Head Teacher English, Casino HS)
- @liamalexander – Stephen Alexander (Technology Teacher, Sydney)
You can join Twitter and start following these excellent people at http://twitter.com/
If you’d like to be added to this expanding list, add a comment with your twitter username and some info about your role and region. There seems to be a lot happening in the Hunter/Central Coast region, surely the rest of us can give them a run for their money 😉
Also let us all know if there are networks springing up in other spaces – for example, English teachers can now join the Teaching English with Laptops ‘Ning’, a site specifically focussed on using the laptops in the English classroom.
#1 by Duane Galle on July 7, 2009 - 12:00 pm
Please add me to this list, my twitter name is duanegalle, I”m a HSIE teacher on the Far Nort Coast (Banora Point High School) and am expecting to receive the laptop today 😀
#2 by TroyMartin on July 7, 2009 - 5:14 pm
Um, second on the list! Yay…as I try to build my students PLE/N I show them mine, I like the idea. Also, little baby- Lapnetbooktop given back today, someone is coming to ‘fix’ it!? Windows error message…
#3 by Simon Borgert on July 7, 2009 - 10:44 pm
I am actually North Coast (Coffs Hbr). Our HT English is @madiganda and she will be getting her laptop tommorow!
got to give HCC a run for their money
#4 by technologyintegrator on July 9, 2009 - 3:41 pm
Thanks for the list Kelli. I’m a computing teacher and have been exploring the amazing software on my DET laptop- I’m very happy so far. @tech_int
#5 by darcymoore on July 10, 2009 - 5:32 pm
I feel refreshed after a 3 week burst of LSL in the Top End with my family and while most of you DET bods are just about to commence an especially well-deserved holiday, I’m raring to go and have a lot of school stuff I’d like to knock over during the break.
I intend to write an English unit for Year 9 (boys mostly) and a series of ‘one off’ lessons and activities to support T&L with the laptops. Happy to share.
Darcy1968 on Twitter.
#6 by Stephen Alexander on July 26, 2009 - 10:50 pm
I just came across your site by accident; I’ve found a great deal of very useful material here, thank you.
I’m enjoying learning more about my Lenovo Ideapad and all the new software. I have to do a presentation on it tomorrow’ should be interesting.
My twitter profile address is:
Regards, Stephen Alexander
Technology Teacher, Kogarah High School
P.S. There seems to be a problem with your twitter links; you need to remove this from each address:
#7 by Lyntiernan on August 2, 2009 - 10:48 am
Hi Kelli, great post and thanks for the link to Melissa’s blog – really enjoyed it. I’m trying to sign up to twitter right now. Hope to be following you and the others soon. English faculty got their laptops at the end of last term and have had some ‘playtime’ in the holidays. They are already using the teachers laptop in the classroom – nice!
#8 by Lyn on August 2, 2009 - 11:27 am
Ok so I have signed on to twitter! I was avoiding it but your post persuaded me that I need to move out of my comfort zone. My twitter profile address is
I am HT English at Casino High. English faculty got our laptops at the end of last term so we have all had some playtime in the holidays. Everyone has been quite excited and enthusiastic. HT’s at Casino all got them the day before and it was great to see them out on the desk at this weeks executive meeting. I’m trying to work out the ‘shared onenote’ stuff so that i can ‘share’ meeting minutes with my staff.
We are very impressed with curriculum support materials for English. At this stage we think we will each try out a different resource and share at faculty meetings. Some teachers are already using their teacher laptop in the classroom with their year 9 classes.
It’s a great time to be a teacher!