I have mixed feelings about social media, both for personal and professional use. I am not familiar with twitter, and I am not a fan of Facebook. However, I do have know quite a lot of people who utilize social media to promote their business. These feelings are similar to my feelings about the Educational Technology program when I enrolled in my first class in January 2015. Since my first class, I have learned to recognize the benefits of educational technology, but still prefer face-to-face interaction. I also recognize that society is changing and the use of technology is important for educators to understand, more than just as a tool.
I have never used social media for my own professional development. Nor have I used social media as an instructional strategy in my learning environment. I have been away from the classroom since 2011, and have only taught in a capacity as a private flute and piano teacher, as well as a community children’s choir in three different countries.
I think I will continue to prefer face-to-face instruction, but as stated before, with each class I complete in the Educational Technology program I learn more and more about the power and benefits of utilizing technology in the classroom. For this course specifically, I am eager to learn the benefits of using social media in learning for both the music classroom and teaching English language learners. Though I don’t plan on changing my views on using social media personally, I am open to learning how to use social media effectively as a teacher.