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In the past I have published a couple of guides to using Google Documents in the classroom. The problem with those guides is that they were made before the latest round of updates to Google Documents. Yesterday I sat down and built a new guide, Google Documents for Teachers. The 40 page guide (embedded below) is designed to help teachers who have never used Google Documents. This document is part of a larger project that I hope to complete this month. Please leave a comment if you have suggestions about how to improve this document. ...
An excellent post by Andrew Churches from www.fluency21.com in which he explores the role of the teacher in developing global digital citizens. He suggests teacher as mentor, guide, role model, mediator, the skilled practitioner...more than a teacher of a subject.
Developing digital literacies and fluencies required of ethical and responsible global citizens cuts across all subject areas and is the responsibility of each teacher and every school leader. The idea of "whole school digital fluency" as a strategy for innovation and transformation is needed to inform and drive the role of the whole school community in developing global ditital citizens - including teachers themselves!
Via Anne Whaits
There are many ways that teachers can reach out and connect with their colleagues and build a more collaborative atmosphere in their schools. We’ve come up with just a few here, but feel free to share your own experiences and ideas that can help other educators to connect and ultimately improve the quality of instruction they can offer students.
- GET ON THE SAME PAGE.
- TEACH AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.
- COLLABORATE ON LESSON PLANS.
- SHARE WHAT WORKS.
- START A BLOG.
- BUILD YOUR OWN SOCIAL NETWORK.
- TAKE ON BIG PROJECTS.
- GET FEEDBACK.
- CREATE A PERSONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY.
- SCHEDULE WEEKLY GET-TOGETHERS.
- WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
- BECOME A TEACHER-LEADER.
- KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN.
- ADOPT A TEAM MENTALITY.
- MAKE TIME FOR CHATTING.
- ASK FOR HELP.
- DON’T SKIP THE CAFETERIA.
- MERGE CLASSROOMS.
- TRY CO-TEACHING.
- TAKE CLASSES TOGETHER.
- FIND A MENTOR.
- PUT THE KIBOSH ON NEGATIVITY.
- DON’T WAIT FOR OTHERS TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE.
- BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.
- REACH OUT TO THE LARGER EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
Your colleagues can be more than just the teachers at your own school. If you want a wider view, reach out to those at other schools or in administration. It never hurts to know more people and to learn the methods they’re using in their schools.
Read more, very interesting...:
Via Gust MEES, Elena Elliniadou