As all of the ISTE NETS standards have shown, it is important for teachers to keep up with changing technologies. There are a number of ways in which to do this, but it all comes down to the teacher understanding what is available and how it can be used. One of the most effective ways in which to keep with the times is to get involved in an online community where people can share their personal experiences. Standard five says that:
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning…
Online resources and community can be found in a myriad of places. Even popular social networking sites like Twitter can help teachers in their quest to become more knowledgeable in all things technology. Ferriter, in his article about Twitter, shared his personal experience: “I focused on finding middle school language arts and social studies teachers or teachers interested in technology, knowing that people with my interests were likely to point me toward resources I could use.”
Of course, this community of sharing can benefit any teacher in any subject area. I personally look forward to using resources such as this to gain new insight on issues in social studies. Having access to thousands of perspectives and worldviews (as well as years of experience) will be just one way that I can expand my knowledge and the information that I pass along to my students.
One particularly helpful resource that I have come across is called Power to Learn. The website has all sorts of reviews, articles, and ideas for the classroom that involve the use of technology or helpful sites to create resources for the classroom. I am beginning to understand just how great the role of trial and error is in the classroom, but thankfully there are resources available, like this, that allow people to share their own experiences as we all experience developing technology.
 Ferriter, W. Why Teachers Should Try Twitter. Educational Leadership Feb 2010 Volume 67 Number 5