A blog from Edutopia about tools and strategies for developing the ed tech guru in you
Quote: "...one of the big problems with making best use of technology in the classroom is the richness of the possibilities. They can be overwhelming..."
This collection is designed to help you learn about a) 21st Century Skills, b) learning theory and gaming, and c) Web 2.0 tools (e.g., collaboration, virtual worlds).
The Units in this collection contain objectives, readings, video, and activities. The required readings are available through the Internet for your convenience. The activities are meant to help you apply what you have just learned in the readings by using Internet tools to blog or post responses (or your own videos, pod/vodcasts) to forums. Using the Internet tools will aid you in understanding how to use them in your own instruction.
About 21st Century Skills: 1) Identify 21st Century Skills. 2) Categorize 21st Century Skills.
Learning Theories and Gaming: 1) Identify learning theories as they relate to gaming. 2) Apply a learning theory for digital learning.
Web 2.0 Technology: 1) Identify existing Web 2.0 Technologies. 2) Apply one or more Web 2.0 technologies to instruction.
3) Locate resources to identify trends in technology.
The culmination of any research unit can be an audio podcast. Students will learn to create a podcast, insert appropriate sounds and background music, and learn about copyright laws as well. All software used is free, and can be dowloaded for home use.
To describe this collection, I will borrow a description from Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools.
"As in any society, it is expected that digital citizens act in a certain way according to accepted norms, rules, and laws. Most of today's students are entirely comfortable with technology, but are they using it appropriately? Do they understand their roles and responsibilities in digital society? How can teachers help students become responsible digital citizens?"
This collection will help you understand licensing issues, how they matter in your classroom, and how we can educate our students to be more effective media users. Sites with Creative Commons and royalty-free resources are included, as well as lesson plans and tools to help integrate licensing awareness in your classroom.
This folder contains links to search engines, videos, tips and tricks that will help teachers, student and parents find educational information and websites quickly and efficiently - a useful reference when doing homework and research.