E-learning: Professional Reading & Strategies

20 Aug

This week some notes from the vault on eLearning.

• How to model technology use in the classroom – Veteran teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers 20 tips for using and modelling the use of technology in the classroom. Teachers should involve students in setting up new technology, use digital tools — such as document cameras, videoconferencing and interactive whiteboards — throughout the school day and use tech-inspired vocabulary, even when talking about offline activities, she writes.

• Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers – An article which explores user-friendly Google tools which will keep you and your class inspired, inventive, and organized. I can see that giving students time to explore these tools within your subject context could keep juniors on-task and interested in learning as the term and year comes to an end.
• Fostering Student Creativity and Responsibility With Blogging – When sixth graders enter middle school, they are masters of some aspects of digital technology and lost when it comes to others. Despite their familiarity with some digital technology, they often lack specific skills needed for interacting with particular digital tools and interfaces. Many of them also lack the perseverance necessary for troubleshooting tech issues. This blog post also has links to other readings and resources about using blogs in education.

• Summer PD: Web Tools Collectives Part 3 — Collecting, Organizing and Making Sense of Information – Access to the Internet brings an almost unlimited amount of content to our fingertips. Effectively collecting, organizing, and making sense of this information is critical to learning. Ubiquitous access to information provides many opportunities and challenges for “formal” education systems. After all, what good is memorizing the atomic number for Iridium when you can just text Cha Cha?

• Edutecher newsletter for July 2011 – This “Mega-Newsletter” is an oldie but a goodie. It shares some great new tools and resources.

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