So recently I’ve been on a bit of a Web2.0 craze, and have really gotten into social networking. The basic idea of Web2.0 is that websites don’t just provide information, but provide a means for interaction between the creator and the viewers (or in some cases, between one viewer and another). The ranges of these communicative websites can be anything, including global (anyone of any interest/profession), profession-related (in my case, music educators), or personal (people I know). What’s important about these sites, though, is that they promote the sharing of thoughts and ideas among people.
What profession could use more communication between members than education, and music specifically? These networking sites allow people to share ideas about teaching, music, and other pedagogical thoughts, as well as inform people of upcoming concerts/events, or new information that has become available in the field. These are also great networking tools for people looking to find jobs in the profession,
As we enter this new technological age, it is vital for these methods of communication to be used by the next generation of music educators, and I am taking the initiative to start early. I’ve created accounts on several sites, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Flickr (which is slightly less about professional development but cool nonetheless), in order to meet more music educators and other people in general.
You can now find links to my profiles/accounts on all these sites on the right hand bar of my website, under the heading “Network With Me!” If you have accounts on any of these sites, please feel free to add me/follow me/etc, and leave your information in a comment to this message so I can do the same to you! Also, if you’re viewing this site as a result of seeing a link on one of these sites, leave a comment here saying how you found me!
Looking forward to networking with you!