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Mary Henton

"How's that working for ya?"


"How's that working for ya?"

What are you finding on the MSP2 site? What are you trying to find? What works for you? What would you like to see or be able to do via MSP2? What feedback do you have to help us all make this THE place for middle grades math and science educators?

Members: 22
Latest Activity: Oct. 2, 2010

Taking advantage of communications features on MSP2

A portal is like a big house with lots of windows, doors, hallways, and rooms. There are many ways to get into the house. You can walk in the front door, come in through the garage, climb the trellis up to the second floor, crawl in an open window. And the best thing is that all methods of getting into this house are legal (well, unless you hack your way in!).

Anyway...there are also numerous ways to get information and communicate with others on the site. Here are just a few:

1. Select "Follow" at the bottom of a discussion page. When you select "Follow," you will receive a message in you email whenever someone posts something on that discussion. You can also "Stop following" at any time.

2. Joining a "Group" enables more targeted, specific conversation. You can also "Send Message" to your group. So if you have a resource or great idea you want to share, or a question or need with which you need some help, you can send a shout out to everyone on that group.

3. You can "Share" blog posts, forum discussions, and group discussions with others--either inside or outside of MSP2. Just click the "share" icon at the bottom of the post, and you'll get a dialog box where you can choose to share via a social networking site (e.g., Twitter, Facebook), by sending an email, or by selecting from your MSP2 "Friends." This is a great way to engage other colleagues and friends of yours whom, you think, might be interested in a conversation.

4. Ask to become "friends" with folks on MSP2--perhaps people who are in the same group that you are in, or people who are engaged in a discussion in which you are taking part. This way you'll have another ready group of folks that you can send a message to when you are looking for help or advice. It also allows you to be more accessible to others to help them.

5. Go ahead and try it! Ever wonder, "Should I post this as a discussion? Or should I post this as a blog entry? Or, should I start a discussion in group?" Remember the house analogy? There are many ways and places to get into conversation. If you're not certain where the best place is, post the question or share the resource or idea in several places. No harm in that!

Discussion Forum

Mary Henton

Interested in a professional growth opportunity? (cross-posted to Forum) 1 Reply

Started by Mary Henton. Last reply by Tom Jenkins Feb. 15, 2010.

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Tech Talks and MSP2 online events

Started by Mary Henton Jul. 21, 2009.

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Using this site - take advantage of links 1 Reply

Started by Mary Henton. Last reply by Tom Jenkins Jul. 8, 2009.

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Mary Henton Comment by Mary Henton on December 9, 2009 at 10:35am
Ron, Thanks for your feedback and for efforts to recruit colleagues. If there is anything we can do to assist in that (e.g., lead a Webinar as a professional development session), let us know.
Tom Jenkins Comment by Tom Jenkins on November 25, 2009 at 1:09pm
Hi Ron. It is a great site. The best thing is that it will only get better as we grow. Thanks for your efforts. Happy Thanksgiving.
Ron Comment by Ron on November 24, 2009 at 10:35pm
I'm lovin' MSP2...just not enough hours in the day to fully appreciate or use all of the available resources! I am, however, recruiting my fellow colleagues to make an account and connect YOU!
Aaron Christensen Comment by Aaron Christensen on July 16, 2009 at 9:26pm
I joined essentially so I could ask for some insights into student homework and got some great responses. I haven't had too much time to look around MSP2 too much, but people seem to be very interested in helping out. Can't go wrong there.
Jennifer Kurtz Comment by Jennifer Kurtz on July 8, 2009 at 11:00am
I love the links to the math publications! There is so much information here...the biggest problem? Not enough hours in my day! Jenn
Mary Henton Comment by Mary Henton on June 24, 2009 at 8:23am
Glad to know, Lynne, that MSP2 is meeting your needs so far! We hope to continue meeting those needs. Since this is a community, we are excited about the ways that members assist each other and feed the community as it grows.
Lynne Menechella Comment by Lynne Menechella on June 24, 2009 at 7:41am
I joined MSP2 to network as well as to find and to share ideas. I've only been a member for a few days but I like what I've seen so far. People have been welcoming. The postings have been friendly and helpful. The content is appropriate. One can upload files for sharing... All of my needs are being met so far (o:

Members (22)

Mary Henton Tom Jenkins Kim Lightle Lynne Menechella Karolee Smiley David M. Tynes Ellen Loehman Rebecca Lawson Janelle Wilson Jennifer Kurtz Mark Noonan Eileen Bendixsen Susie Highley Bill Blythe Aaron Christensen Mary Lightbody Ron Mary Worden Kimberly Crosby Davilla Riddle Christi Whitworth Saurabh Dhupar

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