Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning

A powerful new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning is emerging. Access to more timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to more collegiality, build stronger community relationships and empower students to be more self-directed.

How would using Polls such as this be helpful to building inquisitive learners in the classroom?

What is the unit, lesson, skill you want to teach? Don't start with the tool!

Remember Student Motivators and life skills:
      1. Giving choice
      2. Having purpose
      3. Remembering one's audience

Keys: Student-centered, Facilitating not controlling, collaboration

The Digital Farm

Assignment Creation & Digital Storytelling Presentation Tools

Glogster EDU
VoiceThread - Great Sample by a 5th grade class OR this one created by a student all about Global Warming
Xtranormal for educators
THERE are many others and they change all the time. Do not ask children to "make a Glogster". Allow them the choice in selecting their tool for presentation even if it's a poster board. Your rubric is their guide.

Pics you can use in projects

Pics 4 Learning
Flickr pics under a creative commons license


Kathy Shrock's Guide for Rubrics- Most are teacher made
RCampus - Create rubrics and search through hundreds already made. Easy to post to your website too.
Recipes4Success - Create your own Rubrics and then edit with standard suggestions
~Create these as a whole class with your kids on the Smartboard

Other Web 2.0 Tools

Quizlet - Terrific for making quizzes and practicing vocabulary
Study Stack - Another Vocabulary tool
Spelling City - You can create an account, set up your spelling units, and then have the kids take quizzes and play games
~Any of the above three could be created by a student for extra credit or you could just have it be a job for every unit

Polleverywhere - Terrific for gathering questions on an assignment or engaging students in a thoughtful discussion
ietherpad - Interactive, synchronous tool for collaboration
Wallwisher - Like an online bulletin board for ideas
KidBlog - You can set it so kids' comments are immediately up without your moderating their comments first. Just make it private.

Skype a Teacher - Check out this great list of other teachers who will Skype with you - Check out the Directory and then the comments at the bottom. Think school to school debate!

Skype an Author - Reach out to book authors