We live in an age of fast-paced change and, unfortunately, economic downturn. Most schools and school systems are not able to give us the kind of professional development we need, as often as we need it.
But the good news is that we also live in an era of great technological proficiency, where many useful learning tools are available for free — tools that are safe and fast and easy to use: information-gathering tools, knowledge-management tools and, best of all, tools for collaboration.
If we are connected educators and we know how to leverage this ubiquitous technology to connect to other people who share our interests and passions — to find them, to vet them and to learn from them — then we possess a powerful means of do-it-yourself (DIY) professional development.
Connected educators understand how to:
find people who are on our professional wavelength; build and efficiently manage a personal learning network; gather, analyze and curate what we learn online; then bring it all back to the schoolhouse, where we share what we’ve harvested with our professional learning communities in an effort to increase student learning.
It may be projects we’ve found, or what we’ve discovered from reading or connecting with our favorite authors and bloggers, or fresh perspectives we’ve pulled together by crowd-sourcing answers to important questions about teaching practice and student learning.
Guidelines for Success. Post includes setting up iTunes account, setting restrictions on iPads so users can't install apps, resetting the devices when they are checked back in (to remove user information), and much more. Very informative.
Students today have the world in their hands. Geography couldn’t be easier using various apps on the iPad. Excursions right in their hands without leaving the school. We’ll be using work?ows to enhance geography learning and share to the world.
USA | If you have not sat down yet with your downloaded copy of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with a highlighter in your hand, it’s time. And if you have, it’s time to read it again and for all of us to change our vocabulary. School librarians teach Common Core skills.
“Ereader Duel: Nook vs. Kindle” Tamara Cox and Carla Nash Tamara and Carla sponsored a showdown between Nooks (both Simple Touch and Nook Color) and Kindles (both Kindle and Kindle Fire). It was a lighthearted “duel” that ended in a tie. Both...
Pinterest is a new network that revolves around pinning photos. If a website or blog does not have a photo, it literally cannot be "pinned" to a pinterest board. (Listen up bloggers and website owners, powerful sharing is going on at Pinterest, if you want to be included, you should have nice graphics.)
Quick question: The last time that you needed an image for a project, where did you get it from? Google, right? That nifty little Images tab makes it SO easy to find just the right shot for your slide deck,...
It disturbs me that we are not seriously thinking about the future of school libraries. This statement will receive incensed objections; teacher librarians are, after all, talking about changes in what we do and how we do it at ...
The Kentucky Virtual Library's How To Do Research could be a good resource for elementary school or middle school students to have bookmarked as a guide through their research projects. Not every step along the way is explained in depth so you will have to help students actually perform some of the tasks along the way.
In honor of Leap Day 2012, LIFE offers a gallery of pictures celebrating the simple act of leaping around, and the sense of boundless possibilities that one extra day on the calendar can sometimes ignite.
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