This review is about Google+ communities. Google+ is an app on the iTunes store. This is basically an educational Facebook for anybody to use. I like this app because I can scroll through and decide what I want to see. I chose to follow a bunch of agriculture, science, and educational communities. Once I got a feel for the app and how it works I also decided to follow more communities like one just for Ted talks (Ted on Google Plus). I read through this page www.educationthatinspires.ca/2017/06/27/tapping-into-the-imaginations-of-engineers/ and I found it so helpfully. As an agriculture teacher many people think all we teach is about farm animals. People don't realize we teach so much more and I found a lot of the ideas in this article useful. I really would love to utilize it in my classroom. In the article "Tapping Into the Imagination of Engineers" it ties engineering to different "kinds of understanding". I love the idea of not just doing different assignments for the grade but getting to know our way of thinking and going deeper in our learning. I joined Educational Technology Community, STEM Educators, Agriculture, Science on Google+, Educators on Google+, TED on Google Plus, and Secondary Education. What I loved about all of these is, seeing all of these posts really inspired me as a teacher. It made me want to be a good teacher that used all these things in my classroom. Some communities need to give you permission before you are added others you can follow and see the content as soon as you follow them.
After participating in our local STEM camps this summer STEM has been important to me. It has taught me that even if I don't feel comfortable teaching something in my classroom I can still learn how to. In my STEM community I follow on Google+ I love that one of the posts here is an announcement of an upcoming Math/Programing camp that even aligns with math standards. www.bwscampus.com/bootstrap. I love that this can be a place to go to learn about different camps out there.
Google+ Communities would be great for high school classrooms. The students could join educational communities to follow topics that you are going over in the classroom units. It's also a great way to get students to read about areas that they are interested in since there are usually blogs and articles posted here very often. Something to be aware of is the fact that your students could be following non-educational communities that might not be beneficial for the classroom, but they would be okay for outside of the classroom on their own time.