Wednesday, March 28, 2012

PLN at work in the class

We talked quite a bit today at a tech meeting about what classrooms need to look like. We hit upon a major theme that we termed audience. Everyone in our group chipped in about how we can make student work relevant by bringing an audience to them. It is no longer an audience of one (the teacher) for our students. It struck me how important it was for me to build a robust PLN to bring these audiences into the classroom. I can now see that if my network is really strong my role as a teacher will have changed. I am starting to think of myself as a conduit as much as a facilitator.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS

Many people ask, and for good reason, why we should have students create digital portfolios or publish their work for the public to see. Our tech educator, Bonnie Birdsall, publishes a monthly newsletter full of goodies. She recently gave a link to a blog discussing this issue. It is worth a read even if you are already convinced this is a good idea.
GETTING SMART

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twitter

I have been following this guy on Twitter, Russel Tarr. He pumps out a lot of tweets about interesting tools, articles, and other items that teachers may find useful. Some of his stuff is hit or miss, but he cranks out tweets all day long. I find something everyday that is useful. One of his tweets today was about using QR codes. Here is the site to go to: http://www.classtools.net/QR/
This is a good example of what he puts out.