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If I were to think about my own digital identity as a teacher a couple years ago I would have cringed. In the past, I would post to social media platforms for social interactions rather than to use as a resource for others to learn from. I was behind everyone else when it came to getting social media platforms but in the past couple of years I would like to say I have become pretty techy.
Internship really pushed me in the right direction. During pre-internship and internship I started to use social media platforms as a resource to find new ideas.
Where can you find me?
Today I have Facebook memories to remind me that it is important to think before you post. My Facebook is used for personal use to stay in contact with relatives. Since starting university I have become more engaged with creating a respectful online presence. I have began to use Facebook to share online resources with other teachers. For instance, I have joined groups with other colleagues in the English Language Arts Secondary Program called “English Educators” and a group called “Saskatchewan Grade 10 ELA Teacher Resource and Ideas Exchange.” These groups allow me to collaborate with other teachers to run ideas by and find new resources.
Majority of my Facebook posts are about motivational posts related to my dream job – becoming an educator. Here is one of my favourites!
I did not find twitter until I started my internship. I strictly use Twitter to build my digital identity as an educator. I follow other educators to be able to seek new resources. I often use Feedly to share new interesting resources on Twitter. Majority of my tweets favour English education, inclusion, students advocacy, and many other educational topics I am strongly passionate about.
If a person was to follow me on Twitter they would see my bio, which explains my passions, who I am, and a little about myself. I have linked my blog to my Twitter to allow people to view my online education portfolio along with create a better understanding of my beliefs and values as an educator. I strive to post on Twitter frequently to create a digital identity on this social media platform. I have also contributed in an #edchat and want to continue to do so.
I was introduced to the world of blogging my first year university during an Education Core Studies class. During the four years of my degree I have created a total of four blogs for several different class. (Please feel free to look under the “University Courses” tab to explore my other blogs.) These blogs consist of my beliefs as an educator and show my growth throughout my university career.
I found Pinterest when I became a Early Childhood Educator a few years back for a local Daycare. I created a board dedicated to my Daycare. I pin lessons and activities I could do with the children. I also have a board dedicated to Pre-internship, Grade 9 Surviving and Conquering Unit, and Education (Internship). All of my professional boards are public for other educators to use for resources and to run ideas past. Feel free to check out my boards and give them a follow.
I hardly post on Instagram and I use it for personal use. Although, I do follow some teaching pages such as “everything_ela”, “weareteachers”, “edutopia”, and many more. I recommend giving some of these pages a follow.
When a person looks at my Instagram they will find a little bit about myself. They will find out that I am Canadian, have a heart condition, and am striving to become a teacher. I feel like this all gives my profile a little character and differentiates me from others who may have the same name as me.
What happens when I google: “Rebecca Hitchens Teacher”?
- My Twitter account.
- My blog account.
- My profile picture on my Twitter Account.
- Yorkton Regional High School – Staff Directory