Cyber Monday Feb 21 2012

So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

Tools:

Diigo: www.diigo.com

Diigo is a tool that allows you to create bookmarks online and tag them so you can easily retrieve them from any computer or device. You can also use Diigo in the classroom for highlighting articles, notating research information or creating a class group to share resources.

For more information check out this Diigo in the classroom Live Binder

 

Livebinders: www.livebinders.com

LiveBinders is a way to gather all your knowledge, whether it is website links or files, all into one place for easy, elegant sharing.

Here is a brief overview of Live Binders

Here are some examples of Educational Live Binders

Here is the Ipads in Schools Livebinder

 

Websites:

Teachercast: www.teachercast.net

Welcome to TeacherCast.net, a place where Teachers help other Teachers.  TeacherCast is designed for both the seasoned teacher who is searching for some great resources as well as the teacher who is a unsure how to start incorporating newly developed 21st-Century skills.

(From http://teachercast.net/our-mission/)

 

Free Tech For Teachers: www.freetech4teachers.com

Richard Byrne has created a great blog with free resources for teachers to use in the classroom. The blog is updated daily with new information and great tools to use in the classroom.

 

Miller Center Presidental Classroommillercenter.org/presidentialclassroom

Welcome to Presidential Classroom, a resource for students and teachers providing insight into historic and current events through teachable exhibits and lesson plans. It creates a unique interactive web experience that will teach students about the U.S. presidency and government.  Presidential Classroom aims to bring history alive for all users. (From: millercenter.org/presidentialclassroom)

 

Theory:

Digital Differentiationhttp://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/2012/02/digital-differentiation-get-wired.html

This article talks about the tools used to effectively use technology as a tool for digital differentiation. Great read!

 

We also finished up our discussion with talking about Twitter. I showed the teachers several “Chats” such as #edchat, #ntchat , as well as grade level chats like #4thchat #5thchat and #scichat.

To get a Twitter account signup here: https://twitter.com/signup

For information about using Twitter as an educator check out this resource from Edudemic: http://edudemic.com/2011/09/twitter-in-education/

 

If you have any suggestions for Cyber Monday or tools you share with your staff please let me know!

 

Thanks

TJ

 

TJ Houston

TJ Houston is the Director of Technology at Shelby City Schools and New London Local Schools for Epiphany Management. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at http://www.tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are his own.