My networked life revolves around four tools that are all portable and ready to travel with me at any moment: my cell phone, iPod Touch, laptop and iPad. All my devices are synched with apps that connect them, so I can access needed information or resources wherever I am.
Social networking keeps me in touch with family and friends and up to date with major events and issues. Through different pages that I am subscribed to I also receive fitness, health, and parenting tips and advice. I have also learned about new resources and ideas to incorporate into the classroom through different subscriptions and people that I follow. My sister and I use FaceTime on a regular basis so we can talk, but most importantly so our children can talk to each other. My two-year-old son loves talking to his cousin who is a few months older than him. The Kindle App is one that I use on a daily basis as a way to decompress from the world by reading a good book.
I connect with fellow classmates on assignments through Skype conversations, BlackBoard discussion posts, and Blog posts. I have developed relationships with classmates across the country who I chat with regularly about classes and life. Our conversations that started as a class requirement have taken on a life of their own and are often a highlight in my busy day.
My students and I stayed connected through Edmodo, which was a wonderful way to teach students that social networking can also be academic. I tweet with Twitter in the role of a professional in the world of educational technology, keeping all of my personal life reserved for FaceBook and a little left over for Google+. Google Drive and Email are the main channels of communication and collaboration in my educational technology department.
I have never been one to turn on the news at night, read a newspaper regularly, or even carry books around to read for professional growth or pleasure. Through my various networking and connections, I am able to stay on top of the latest release in technology and the newest trend in education. I bring back information to share with my fellow co-workers and classmates. I rarely change my FaceBook status, but do find a way to stay in touch with friends and family. And frequently, I am aware of what is happening in the world before my parents are able to read it in the newspaper.