As a child of the 80s and going through the internet boom of the 90s it’s only natural that when I wanted information I would “Google it”.  I then made my way blogs and podcasts as ways of consuming information but eventually there came a time I seemed to fall short in finding what I was looking for.  At first I jumped into LinkedIn and found Adult Educator groups that were great but after a while noticed that the posts were getting further and further apart.

The Minnesota Literacy Council training room has a SMARTBoard in it. The training team went through training and orientation about how to use it many months ago. Unfortunately, I rarely use it as anything but a projector. I decided it was time to change that and I found inspiration by searching for #smartboard on Twitter. That search led me to a blog called Teachers Love SMARTBoards with an entire list of comments by educators about how wonderful the SMARTBoard is.  (A guest post by Burgen Young)

Could we use Web 2.0 tools to say "thank you" and "great job!" even though we're not face-to-face? Could this help build community among colleagues who work at a growing number of sites throughout the state?


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