Sunday, July 20, 2014

5 Digital Goals for Summer

"Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain."   - Fawn Brodie

TeachHub posted a list of 5 Digital Goals for Teachers. These are things that they are encouraging all teachers to get into the habit of! I'm happy to say that I've at LEAST dabbled in all 5, without hardly any effort at all! 

I have used Google hangouts in the past for professional development and for distance tutoring. I definitely prefer a Hangout for face-to-face collaboration and it's not just because you can work with more than one person. I also like all the extras a hangout provides.

I started my blog ta-dah!, but definitely need to develop it more. 
I have the webinar thing down. If you're not familiar with SimpleK12I highly suggest you check it out! It's a fantastic community of educators. Of all the webinars I've attended, I would say that I've gotten something positive out of 93% of them. I'd love to connect with you, My Sk12 handle is shyrad

I routinely..well daily use ebooks for my personal reading and even for some of my work-related reading. My students also are familiar with using their kindles or iPads etc. I do however sometimes prefer the feel of a book...there's something about adding sticky notes or writing in a margin that can't be replaced by a device.  Last year was my first year teaching in a one to one iPad program. What was remarkable is that by I would say December, half of the students in my class preferred a paper option to using their iPads for reading or note-taking and even projects. Something about that tactile connection that gets missed when we are constantly plugged in, especially for kinesthetic learners.

And of course TpT has my heart! I haven't put up anything I've made yet, but I definitely search for/purchase resources for all kinds of things!

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