Just in case you’re looking to make any tech-related New Year’s Resolutions, here are a few ideas and articles that have caught my eye over the past few weeks. If you have more suggestions, please share them in the comments!
To get us started, here’s an RSA Animate video of Sir Ken Robinson’s Changing Education Paradigms speech:
1. Embrace Educational Networking: Try using different social networking tools like Twitter or blogs to connect with other educators around the world – both for your own learning, and for your classes.
- Shouldn’t We All Be Online Community Managers?
- Six Social Media Trends for 2011
- 7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers
- The Case for Social Media in Schools
- Test out Twitter for yourself!
- Educators as Collaborators: 25+ Resources
- Teacher and Student Blogging Challenge: kick start the year with a new and improved Learning Hub blog
2. Rethink Homework: Alan shared lots of reasons for us to start thinking about homework and classwork differently, here are a few other thought-provoking ideas.
- Think Tank: Flip-thinking – the new buzz word sweeping the US (exactly what Alan November showed us)
- In a 1:1 Environment, We Need a New Name for Homework
3. Prioritize Digital Citizenship: How often do we use images found online without citing the source? Do we allow our students to do the same? Can we make better use of Creative Commons media? When do we talk about appropriate, safe and respectful online behavior?
- Digital Citizenship in a Connected Culture (developed by Howard Garner)
- New Elementary Digital Literacy Curriculum Out (based on the Middle School curriculum above)
- Good Play (MacArthur Foundation)
- We should talk – What are you doing to ensure student safety online?
- Simple lesson plans (directed at grade 4, but could work for any grade) on teaching students how to utilize Creative Commons images.
- Building Digital Citizenship (MICDS, St. Louis)
- ISBDigital – Digital Citizenship curriculum for International School Bangkok
- Digital Citizenship at BISS
4. Connect & Collaborate: Flatten your classroom walls by encouraging students to share and collaborate in online spaces.
- Take the Teacher Blogging Challenge
- The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative
- Leverage Blogs, Wikis & Docs: use this comparison table to determine which tool is right for your needs
- Attention versus distraction? What that big NY Times story leaves out
- Learning Beyond Walls: 28 Resources for Your Students to Connect Globally
- Students, Ownership & Creativity: 35 Resources
- Explore Scratch
5. Explore Blended Learning: Take advantage of technology tools to extend learning beyond your classroom lesson. The future of teaching and learning includes learning online – get a head start here!
- The Introductory Guide to Online Learning
- eSN Special Report: Blended learning on the rise
- Online Learning: One Pathway to Success
- SCHOOLCIO Professional Development: Blended is better
And one last thought-provoking video…