"The book works chronologically through activities to help develop your practice and helpful tips from Nicole and Julie. Through a staggered approach, developing skill levels as you work through the book, it gives you a roadmap across the course of a year to help you not only in your classroom but ways in which you can see to connect locally and globally using social media. The chapter ‘Branching Out’ is for me one of my favourite chapters. Looking in some detail at how both teacher and student can be ‘digital media enthusiasts and global citizens’ is really empowering. As someone who fervently believes in the power of making things public as a means to engage and enthuse learners in meaningful work – this chapter is very important and I’m pleased to see it in there."
Please follow the link for Mark's review of 'TechnoTeaching'. To purchase the book, here are the international links. It's a great excuse to start your Christmas shopping!
It’s not (that!) long now. Your adolescents will be B-A-C-K and revved up for a brand new school year. You can take advantage of their energy by showing them how to publish their own books. You probably already have the tools you need, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop.
Author/educator Sheri McGuinn, in a recent article in Literacy Today (July/August, 2015), sees the benefits of self-publishing beyond the obvious opportunity to develop reading, writing, and communication skills. McGuinn believes that self-publishing projects can “help teens feel a sense of belonging . . . through projects that preserve the stories of their cultures or give voice to their unique concerns.” She also points out that self-publishing projects can promote cultural awareness. “. . . sharing stories in an anthology can help students understand one another better through their similarities and differences.”
So, there you are with students’ written, edited, and illustrated works. Now what? You have several options. Check the prices of each one and compare.
What to publish?
Meet with students and have them generate a few ideas. They might opt for photojournals, nonfiction books focused on subjects they’re passionate about, music . . . who knows? Whatever they decide, a creative, original project like this guarantees you’ll be off to a roaring start as another innovative year unfolds.
Write back and let us know what you decide. And where we can find your students’ books!
Our UK founder, Nicole Ponsford, has been asked to be an 'expert' on The Guardian panel. This chat is tomorrow UK time. We hope you can all join us! Words via The Guardian site.
"Starting a new school term is hard enough, but when you’re also new to the profession it can be even more stressful.
As a fresh batch of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) head into the classroom for the first time this autumn they will be full of ideas, enthusiasm and anxiety: how will their first class react to them? What is the best way to deal with parents? How will they handle the workload?
To advise on how to cope with the notoriously difficult opening weeks and first year, we have gathered together a group of experts who will be on hand on Wednesday 26 August from 5.30-7.30pm (GMT - UK TIME) to answer your questions. You may want to ask about how to handle difficult children, how to impress your mentor, what you need for your first week, or how to find your way around staffroom politics.
Comments are now open, so if you have any burning questions feel free to post them below now and our panel will answer them when they’re online. Alternatively, you can join us live on Wednesday 26 August from 5.30-7.30pm".
Are you a member of Edmodo? That is, are you one of the 51 million educators who participate in this virtual “Facebook for schools”?
I used to think that Edmodo was strictly about connecting to share ideas. But I was wrong. According to Michael Godsey in the Atlantic article I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around (“When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher”), Edmodo also offers lesson plans on a wide range of topics, Khan Academy videos, famous speeches and interactive games. As the Edmodo CEO explains: “We want to do for teacher resources what Netflix does for movies,” according to EdSurge.
So, given how easy it is to find myriad free resources, you will have more time to plan and organize your lessons then when you had to create everything from scratch. You will also have more time to individualize your lessons for your particular group(s) of students. That sounds pretty good to me.
So, while it’s true that these online tools have considerably more bandwidth than individual teachers, we needn’t feel that we’re pitted against them in doing our jobs. We are not David; they are not Goliath.
The debate harks back to what Nic and I always say about integrating new technology. It’s all about the tools, know-how, and mindset. Awe-inspiring resources, such as the ones Godsey highlights in his article, can make us or break us as educators. We need to access them, learn how to use them, and remember that we’re in control. We have a very specific type of expertise as educators. In the end, we need to have the final say on how, and when, and with which students, we adapt digital tools to transform learning. Let’s see a robot do that!
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