Summer is the time of year when teachers can enjoy a break from the the highly scheduled daily routines of the school year. It's also a great time for teachers to engage in professional development to keep up with the challenges of our rapidly changing educational environment and connect with others to build a PLN.
Sharing a great post to inspire educators to blog, written by my friend and an important member of my PLN @Bobbi Capwell
Blog Like the Big Dogs! 7 Tips for Rookie Bloggers!
I love learning and growing-that may sound sappy but it is the truth. I feel that learning is very similar to gardening. As a person that struggles with growing anything other than grass in my yard, it will sound even stranger! When I found myself getting frustrated, I had to remember that every plant grows at its own pace. I can learn at my own pace too but can I write? Sometimes I tend to forget my own learning and that is why I wanted to start a blog. I wanted to share what I was learning by writing it down. (In my head, I had planted the seed!)
If you open a Google Docs or Spreadsheet you will find a new option in the menu bar named Add-Ons. An Add-On is a way to add functionality to Docs and Sheets through integration with 3rd party apps. It's similar to the Google Chrome Apps store.
There are many useful tools to Add-On to Google Docs to improve the efficiency of working in Google Docs. You'll find Add-Ons to help you get your own work done, and also for use in the classroom.
Recently I had the opportunity to work with a group of 7 year olds on a very, very short project about bears. My goal was to help these students learn to problem solve as they engaged in research and writing. I decided to use Google Docs Presentation Slides for this project.
Please join me and Simple K 12 for a free online event on March 29th. I'll be kicking off the day of learning with an overview of flexible tools to support personalized learning, an essential component of Digital Differentiation.
There are a variety of helpful tools to choose from to make content curation fun and useful. It’s important to choose a tool that will grow with you as you strive to use technology as a tool that helps you "Teach Above the Line" and transform learning.
Start BloggingThroughout the course of my career as a blogger, I have helped many teachers get up and running with a blog. Here is my advice, based on The School of Hard Knocks, so to speak.Start simple and build your toolkit of resources. Learn to embed.Demonstrate good digital citizenship by crediting sources.Learn to create simple original images. Try WPClipart for a jump start.Explore the blogs of other educators for inspiration.
ThingLink is a flexible tool for teaching and learning that can be used for a wide variety of purposes in education. At it’s most basic level, teachers and students can start with an image, define it through multimedia and pack it full of content to present knowledge and ideas. It’s a great tool for teachers at any level of tech integration because of it’s simple, flexible design.
Sharing resources from a full day workshop designed to introduce teachers to flexible learning tools to help them build a toolkit of resources to support their tech integration journey, guided by the SAMR model.
Explore many layers of learning and find a flexible tool to fit your teaching style and comfort level, then continue to use the tool as you strive to Teach Above the Line..
If you aren't already using Google Chrome as your web browser, I strongly suggest you dig in and give it a try. In addition to ubiquitous access to your open tabs and bookmarks, there are also the excellentextensions and the omnipotent OmniBox.