Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Week 2: Blogs to Follow

Hello again, everyone!
Last week I introduced myself. This week I will introduce the three Technology in Education blogs which I have chosen to follow on a weekly basis.
Alice Keeler on Teacher Tech recently suggested 11 Things to Start With in Google Classroom. Step by step, Keeler takes teachers through the process of setting up a Google Classroom for the purpose of submitting and returning assignments, posting announcements, and more. She provides detailed examples, helpful tips and trouble-shooting advice. At the bottom of the post other blog posts with yet more advice about the Google Classroom are linked. For me this was a "Google Classroom 101" course because I was completely unfamiliar with the subject, which I will explore further.
Eric Sheninger on A Principal's Reflection recently posted A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success, advising teachers that, "You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes." The focus of this post is the importance of technology leading to learning, not merely creating interest in the classroom. In addition to his own insights, Sheninger links to examples of beneficial use of various technologies in English (Paperlet for multimedia digital stories), biology (iMotion and Stop Motion Studio to demonstrate the process of meiosis) and other classrooms for students to "demonstrate what they understand as opposed to what they just know." The post encourages teachers to embrace new technologies in order to engage students in meaningful work. The post is packed with useful information, even without the links to a variety of additional excellent sources.
Steven W. Anderson in Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom – A Blend Of Technology And Education, shows us that social media CAN be more than entertainment: 3 Untapped Social Media Resources For Students (which links to his 3 Untapped Social Media Resources For Teachers). Anderson demonstrates that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat can have a beneficial place in the classroom: "What if we were able to snap and gram and share our way to better learning?" The post describes some of the pros and cons of each of the three above-mentioned social media. Privacy and efficiency issues are addressed.
Now that I have introduced myself to new ideas and new technologies I am looking forward to experimenting with them. I hope that you are too!
Have a wonderful week of inspiring discoveries,

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