This past week a few of us attended the TIES conference in Downtown Minneapolis. Although TIES is known for technology, the conference allowed many of us to see the power of relationships. And how relationships can be created, formed, and kept active with the use of technology. Plus, George Couros, gave an awesome keynote!
Relationships and human connections are seen as non-existent now-days with the increased use of technology. We have all heard “no one ever talks to each other anymore” or “kids only text now”. We believe we can leverage technology to be even more deliberate and thoughtful as we work to build a caring environment at SAMS. Please understand, technology is not the goal, rather building relationships is the goal – we just use technology to enhance this!
For example, we use Twitter to showcase the many awesome things at SAMS. Starting this week, look for #todayatSAMS on Twitter to see this daily feed. We love it when we come across moments here that are funny or inspirational or really cool. When we see our work- authentic learning in a caring environment- in action, we want the world to know. We can use Twitter to share the experience. And it makes us smile knowing we are spreading the SAMS joy with the rest of the world.
A lot of people have told us they just can’t do Twitter. It’s one more thing, they don’t know how it works, who will they follow..but it’s an easy way to connect. Here’s a couple of ways to learn more about Twitter.
There’s a formal way…this website on Twitter.
And here are 2nd graders teaching us about Twitter.
And the 2nd graders teaching an advanced course on Twitter 🙂
Have a great break and please take the time to connect with us on Twitter.
Here are few names to start following:
@SAMS282 – Renee Corneille
@abskujawski – Amy Kujawski
@alammers06 – Ms. Shaffer
@Joe_Krasselt – Mr. Krasselt
@mamussell – Ms. Mussell
@JohnnyNM23 – Mr. Mitsch
@sara_karch – Ms. Karch
@scruffles6 – Ms. Donohue
@Heidi_Haagenson – Ms. Haagenson
@MrPotts282 – Mr. Potts
@PottsAmber – Ms. Potts
@mindylee1107 – Ms. Gerard
@Nathn – Mr. Meyer
@tadams612 – Ms. Adams
@LErpeldingSAMS – Ms. Erpelding
2 thoughts on “Using Relationships to Build a Caring Environment.”
Great note. It’s heartening to read and discuss relationships and the skill of connecting with others.
I enjoy the posts. Peter
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