|Lead By Example|
Do you have a PLN- Professional Learning Network? Maybe it is just the other two teachers in your school and grade level or subject area. Maybe you don't have anyone. I never realized how important it was until I expanded mine back ten years ago to include those across the state and the world. It is so valuable to me to see what others are doing. I think if we only look at the mirror and out our own windows, we miss the important perspective of how folks do it somewhere else. It is so easy to get in the rut of how we have always done things. This not only hurts us professionally, but it usually hurts the students and the growth of our schools. Is there something you would like to see changed because you saw how much better it was somewhere else? I was involved in a Twitter chat #ALedchat that was focusing on scheduling with a purpose. All schools, especially secondary ones, begin this discussion this time of year. What will the schedule look like next year? I think we have to ask this question: Is our current schedule helping kids or is it just what is convenient for the adults in the building? Please share your thoughts on this topic.
8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.
This article is so dead on! I am going to bullet point the main 8 ways highlighted here and then link to the original article. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
1. Keep learning goals ahead of the technology.
Standards and targets first--- tech tools to enhance or support. Not the other way around.
2. Opt for the open-ended.
Use tech as a starting point and let them ask the questions and lead the learning.
3. Don’t let tech make learning easy.
If they can easily Google the answer--- the flaw may be in the questioning.
4. Take feedback seriously.
Real-time and rich feedback is available at the speed of light with many technology pieces. Use that to analyze and disaggregate information and use that to drive instruction.
5. Stay skeptical of individualized learning — for now.
Tech can be used to individualize lessons to a point, but ultimately the teacher has to drive that based on what he/she knows about a student. The software does not always know best.
6. Bring in student interests, authentically.
Passion drives motivation. Use what students love to drive them!
7. Start conversations.
Communication is a skill many students are missing. Use tech to drive academic conversations. Many don't know how to do that LOL, BTW, OMG!
8. Make it open, make it better.
Share, share, share. I am not a fan of Teachers Pay Teachers. I have friends who use it and others who sell on it. That is not for me. Call me a hippie. I share and enjoy grabbing and using resources of tech gurus across the world. Share what you are doing... someone will think it is awesome and try it.
Original Article: http://ideas.ted.com/theres-no-app-for-good-teaching/
Brandi Caldwell is an educator, tech integration specialist, wife to Marty- also an educator, and mother of three. Brandi spent 13 years in the high school English classroom, and now she teaches teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons.