School’s Out For Summer…Well Almost!

This will likely be my last “official” blog post for the school year.  I may post some things over the summer depending on how busy I get.  I have been giving you a lot of things for your students over the past few months so I am going to try to make this one completely teacher focused.

This link shows you how to create Twitter Lists.  It also contains a great related link on how to use Twitter for professional development.  I personally use Twitter in this way.  Most of my network consists of people and organizations related to educational technology.

Feel like your head is in the clouds?  Now you can work there too!  This link shows some Microsoft apps that are available “in the cloud”.

If you are a poster junkie, Pixteller allows you to create your own inspirational posters.

Ever wonder what it takes to make it in the digital world?  This infographic explains the characteristics of the digitally savvy teacher.  Here is a rubric for evaluating web content which will help get you on your way.

Here are 8 web tools that can help you take your teaching to the next level.  If you are a video junkie like me Zaption seems like a keeper.

If you are intimidated by the complexity of LMSs, ClassOwl seems to offer a simple curation/planning version for you and your students.  Personally, I need a little more but it might be a good starting point for some.  in the same vein, Fishtree offers another learning platform that comes with additional resources.  It looks like there is a 30 day trial but I couldn’t find pricing after that.

Everyone knows that teachers love swag (free stuff).  Here is a link that gives you 30,000 free images from the Museum of New Zealand.

I just finished another engaging session of #DCMOOC.  This was a fabulous opportunity to share and learn about the power and importance of digital citizenship.  The message that continually emerges is that our students need us to be models of good digital citizenship.  We have a professional obligation to foster the development of this “consciousness” within our students.  Like the curriculum we teach, this is not optional.  We must all learn to be producers and not just consumers.  We must dispense with “acceptable use policy” and replace it with “responsible/respectful use policy”.  The best way to help our students become good digital citizens is to encourage creative and critical thought in all they do,  not inundate them with a barrage of “don’ts”.  The most important thing I learned in these 5 weeks is that our greatest strength lies within teachers as a community of learners.  When we model this for our students and invite them to be a part of it, we empower them to become the digital citizens they need to be.  Many thanks to Dr. Couros and the host of teachers who shared this experience.  What we learned was valuable, what we shared is priceless!

In that vein, this link will take you to a great visual for teaching Netiquette (Net etiquette ).

This link will guide you to TED videos for music teachers and includes lesson plans.

This link to a blogpost provides an excellent Copyright Flowchart.  It is very useful for contextualizing the when and where of Copyright.

Finally, this link explains the new Google Educators Group that may be of some interest.  Check it out.

My hope, as always, is that you found something here that impacted you in a positive way.  Have a great summer!

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