Now, some of you may have noticed (from my last 3 posts…and mini-dizi) that I have had my “techie” head on of late. But, I have to admit it is the “TEACHer LEARNing techie head” or (as I like to say…to convince myself, perhaps) my “THUNKing DOer techie head”!
A tool is just as good as the purpose to which it is put…nuff said!
However, I have been working on a little project (for a group of ELL/ELT professionals here in canım Türkiye) with my partner in “EdTech crime” – Ana Cristina Pratas (our “Desert Rose”, yes the one with a digital footprint bigger than that of a Sasquatch on steroids).
We got to thunking what it would be like if we pooled our favourite online bedtime readings on Edtech, Digital Literacy and 21st Century LEARNing – and looked how we could feed them into the “syllabus” we are co-creating for our little project…
…you might thunk!
This is the “result” – yes, probably the longest title of any blog post ever written…ever!
We have tried to group our favourite bits of digital reading into 12 parts – and included a few posts / articles that would also be useful for those of you “new” to Edtech – or perhaps just looking for ways to continue your journey of becoming a more connected educator. As I noted, the list was developed for practitioners in ELL and ELT – but we have tried to draw on the thunks of a wider range of THINKing EDUcational DOers…across all our EDUsectors.
ALL…so much…for caring enough to share!
These are some of our fave speakers doing their thing – these ideas have inspired us, made us thunk…and even given us a laugh or 3.
- How Schools Kill Creativity (by Sir Ken Robinson via TED – his first Hollywood ‘movie’ from 2006)
How to Escape Education’s Death Valley (by ‘Sir Ken’ again, his latest ‘blockbuster’ from 2013)
- Kids Can Teach Themselves (by Sugata Mitra via TED)
- Changing Educational Paradigms (by Sir Ken Robinson via RSAnimate & YouTube)
- How is Technology Transforming Education (a conversation with Sir Ken Robinson)
- A New Paradigm in Education (by Tony Wagner via YouTube)
- 3 Things You Should Know about Digital Literacies (by Steve Wheeler via YouTube)
These bits of bedtime reading are just in case you need a reminder – EdTech is not just HERE…it is here to STAY…and it can help all of us do more with what we know, who we are and how we all improve as educators.
- Why Teachers Should Use Education Technology (by Jeff Dunn)
- 7 Ways My Classroom Is Better Because I Connect (by Joan Young)
- Case Studies: How Teachers Use Tech to Support Learning (by Tina Barseghian)
- What ‘Connected Education’ Looks Like: 28 Examples from Teachers All Over (by Katherine Schulten)
- The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration (by Katrina Schwartz)
- The Benefits of New Technology in Language Learning (by Gary Motteram) – See full version PDF for more details.
I know, I know…a lot of you are sick to the teeth of hearing the phrase 21C LEARNing!
Remember, “a rose by any other name“.
…bla, bla, bla!
There are a lot of thunks to be had by stepping back from the “tech” and thunking over the issues…and terminology (so, check out that last one from Terry – real cats n’ pigeon stuff there).
- The Four Pillars of Education (from UNESCO, 1996)
- The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools (by Tina Barseghian via MindShift)
- How and Why Digital Learning is Growing (by Katie Lepi)
- No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait (by Troy Hicks & Kristen Hawley Turner)
- We Need More EdTech, But Less Technology in the Classroom (by Jordan Shapiro)
- We Continue to Use Technology to Reinforce 19th Century Teaching Practice (by Graham Brown-Martin, 2013 interview)
- How Technology Has Changed Our Idea of ‘Knowledge’ – and what this means for schools (by Dennis Pierce)
- 9 Oxymorons in 21st Century Learning (by Terry Heick via TeachThought)
These great posts and articles follow up on many of the issues raised in Part 03 above – they will keep you going for days…weeks….months!
- The 21st-Century Digital Learner (by Mark Prensky)
- 12 Characteristics of 21st Century Learners (by Sarah Heaton)
- The 21st Century Teacher (by Andrew Churches)
- 21st Century Pedagogy (by Andrew Churches)
- The 21st Century Teacher Trainer (by Tony Gurr)
- Learning in a Digital Age – Teaching a Different Kind of Literacy (by Aran Levasseur)
- Two Types of Millenials (by Alvaro González-Alorda via SlideShare)
- Why We Need “Digital Wisdom” (by Marc Prensky)
- Board The Bullet Train: The Culture of Connection (by Tom Whitby via EdSurge)
- 10 Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator (by Elana Leoni)
- How to Develop Digital Literacies in Yourself and Others (by Doug Belshaw via SlideShare)
- Blissfully Wired – 10 Rules for Digital Happiness (by Anna Akbari)
- The 7 Habits of Effective Connected Educators (by Jeff Dunn)
- Digital Literacies and Web Literacies – What’s the Difference? (by Doug Belshaw)
- From Literacy to Fluency – 21st Century Fluencies, that is… (by Ian Jukes via allthingslearning)
- Getting FLUENT with the 5 FLUENCIES… (by Ian Jukes via allthingslearning)
OK – before we really get into the “techie tools”, this little list are those things you can bookmark (and keep coming back to…again and again).
- A Straightforward Guide to Building Cutting-Edge Classrooms (by Jeff Dunn)
- The Teacher’s Guides to Technology and Learning (from Edudemic)
- The EdTech Dictionary (by EdTechReview via Learnist)
- 10 Great EdTech Guides for Teachers (by Med Kharbach)
- Sites for Educators (by Ana Cristina Pratas)
Here we tried to give you as wide a range of tools as possible – the writers of these posts spent hours weighing up the best tools around. Of course, no-one (except an idiot, perhaps) would suggest that we need to know all of these inside out – start with the ones that help you solve the very real problems you have…or just do what you do – “better”!
- The Teacher’s Easy Guide to the Best Web Tools for Education (by Med Kharbach)
- Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2013 (by Jane Hart via SlideShare)
- The Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education in 2013 – So Far… (by Larry Ferlazzo,)
- The 70 Best Apps for Teachers and Students (by Jeff Dunn)
- The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year (by Jeff Dunn via Edudemic)
- A List of All the Best iPad Apps Teachers Need (by Med Kharbach)
- 50 Incredibly Useful Links for Learning & Teaching the English Language (from TeachThought)
- Web 2.0 Tools for ESL Teachers (from Moscow Sate University)
- iPad Apps for English Language Teachers (by Nik Peachy)
- Edmodo Resources LiveBinder (by Tricia Rodriguez & Steve Ryan)
- Edmodo Teacher Manual (from The Edmodo Support Team)
- A Full Introduction to Edmodo – Video Tutorial (by Russell Stannard)
- Edmodo for the Dodo (by Mary Howard via LiveBinders)
- Beginner’s Guide – Learn How to Use Google+ (by Julie Deneen)
- Google+ for Educators (by Steven W. Anderson via LiveBinders)
- Everything Teachers Need to Know About Google+ (by Med Kharbach)
- A Handy Visual Guide to Google+…and a Magic “Cheatsheet” (by Jeff Dunn)
- 25 Google+ Accounts Educators Must Follow (from OnlineUniversities.com)
Ahhh, and where would any half-decent, curated Edtech list be…without a nod to Social Media. Again, we have tried to give a few introductory bits of reading – but do check out that last one.
- Social Media Explained – “with Coffee“ (by Rachel Bjerstedt, great infographic)
- The Teacher’s Guide to Social Media (by Eric Larson)
- The Teacher’s Visual Guide to Social Media (by Terry Heick)
- 25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media into Education (by Katie Lepi)
- The Basic Rules of Engagement for the Top 5 Social Media Sites (from TeachThought)
- Using Social Media as a Language Learning Tool (by Ryan Owen Gibson, via The Guardian)
This list was one of the toughest to “prune” down – the list of tools is (literally) endless! However, we tried to focus on the ones that are either most useful or most used…
…by connected educators.
- The Beginner’s Guide to Facebook (from Mashable)
- Every Teacher’s Must-Have Guide to Facebook (by Jeff Dunn, via Edudemic)
- The Complete Twitter Guide (by Mark O’Neill)
- How to Twitter in 60 Seconds (from Twiends.com)
- Teacher’s Guide to Using Twitter in the Classroom (by Patrick via ExamTime)
- Pinterest Tips – A Tutorial Guide for Beginners (by Monica Matheny)
- The Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest (from Edudemic)
- 37 Ways Teachers Should Use Pinterest (from Best Colleges Online)
- Learning & Educational Thunks (by Tony Gurr via Pinterest)
- The Beginner’s Guide to Instagram (by Stephanie Buck via Mashable)
- How to Use Instagram in the Classroom (by Katie Lepi)
- A No-Nonsense Beginners’ Guide to Infographics (by Joanna Hemingway)
- How to Make an Infographic (by Mia MacMeekin)
- 46 Tools to Make Infographics in the Classroom (from TeachThought)
- The Beginner’s Guide to Learnist (by Jeff Dunn)
- Educational Te’a'chnology (by Brian Taylor via Learnist)
- The 10 Best Learnist Boards for Teachers (by Dawn Casey-Rowe)
- Why ScoopIt Is Becoming an Indispensable Learning Tool (by TeachThought)
- Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation (by Gabriella Sannino)
- Digital Delights – Connecting Online Education (by Ana Cristina Pratas via ScoopIt)
We almost decided against keeping this little section – well, the second part of it at least. But…with so many of our institutions (sadly) doing such a poor job of supporting (real) TEACHer LEARNing, “going DIY” is probably the best route!
Then, use LinkedIn to find yourself a better job!
Did he just say what I thunk he said?
Yep, he did!
- Online Teacher Development Works Best – 15 Reasons Why (by Nik Peachey)
- Online Professional Development: A Guide to Social Media for Educators (from WeAreTeachers.com)
- Online Professional Development for ELT Teachers (by Sandy Millin)
- 51 Top Resources to Become a Better Teacher (from TeachThought)
- 23 Excellent Professional Development Tools for Teachers (by Med Kharbach)
- Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher Professional Devlopment (by Med Kharbach)
- The Beginner’s Guide to LinkedIn (by Stephanie Buck via Mashable)
- LinkedIn SuperGuide – Tutorials, Tips and Tools (by Robin Broitman)
- Educators & LinkedIn: There Is A Place For You? (by Hannah Hudson)
- LinkedIn for Teachers (by Cynthia Zirkwitz via Pinterest)
- Getting Started with LinkedIn Groups for Teachers (from TeachThought)
- 48 Essential LinkedIn Tips Your Teachers Won’t Tell You (from OnlineColleges)
- 7 Ways That Teachers Can Use LinkedIn to Get Ahead (by Brian Warmoth)
Now, considering that both my partner in EdTech crime and I both suffer from acute Idiopathic bloggeria, we opted to keep this one short and sweet (but notice I did manage to sneak one of me own posts in there – tricky, tricky)!
Basically, blogging is good for you…and even better for your LEARNers!
- Edublogs Directory – Personal & Professional Blogs (from The Edublogs Team)
- BLOGGING – The “Secret Weapon” That Is (Finally) Helping TEACHers “Trump” SCHOLars. (by Tony Gurr via allthingslearning)
- …And, This Is Why Teachers Should Blog (by George Couros)
- 7 Reasons Teachers Should Blog (by Steve Wheeler)
- How (and Why) Teachers Should Blog (by Alice Martin via Edudemic)
- Top 10 Don’ts for Wannabe Teacher Bloggers (by Tom Sherrington via The Guardian)
- 10 Reasons Your Students Should Be Blogging (by Matt Ray)
- Using WordPress in Your Class for Student Writing and Websites (from WordPress)
- Create and Manage Student Blogs in 5 Simple Steps (by Sue Waters via Edublogs)
- Student Blogging – Do’s and Don(u)ts! (by David Theriault)
Now, I know I have said (in the past):
I stand by that…still!
But, especially here in canım Türkiyem these days…more and more of us are being asked to play with our “classroom toys”. It’s pretty silly to have a “toy” and not know how to use it!
The problem is that our dear friends in the primary sector have kinda cornered the market in half-decent web-based ideas and tips for IWBs. We have done our best here – but let us know, if you have found better stuff.
- So You Finally Got That Interactive Whiteboard… here’s how to make the most of it in your classroom (by Jen Scott Curwood)
- IWBs – Help or Hurt? (by Tom Whitby)
- How NOT to Use an Interactive Whiteboard (by Akis Davanellos)
- Introduction to the Interactive Whitboard (Video from Pearson Education)
- 10 Things That I’ve Learned About IWBs (by Seth Dickens via SlideShare)
- The Whitboard Blog (by Danny Nicholson)
- Blog – Using IWBs in ELT (by Graham Stanley)
- IWBs & Language Teaching (Curated by Graham Stanley via ScoopIt)
- Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching (İTILT Website)
- How to Use an Interactive Whiteboard (Video Tutorials from CUP)
- Interesting Links and Sites for Using IWBs (from IH Barcelona)
- Perfect Activities to use with any Interactive Whiteboard (from Scholastic)
- 10 Inventive Interactive Whiteboard Activities (from The Pearson OLE Community)
- 56 Ways to Use Your IWB (by Janet O’Connor)
Almost there…boyz n’ girlz!
Now, I bet you thought I was going to start banging on about the “flipped classroom”…..“MOOCs” perhaps….even “augmented reality”?
No, no, no!
Google Glass is just so cool…the coolest!
I want…I want….I want – now!
Besides, it’s my blog and I can write whatever takes my fancy…but I might come back to that other stuff later.
- Why Google Glass? (TED Talk by Sergey Brin)
- Google Glass – What Does It do? (from Google)
- Google Glass: What you need to know (by James Rivington)
- Google Glass – The Future of Everything (Resources from Mashable)
- How Google Glass Can Be Used in Education (by Andrianes Pinantoan via informED)
You know the jingle…yes?
Sergey…YES, you and your crew!
If I lose my job in the next few years (because of your bloody “specs”), you will “gizza job” yeh?