Presented an hour tech training today at my school with the above title. It was billed as..
This hour long session will focus on accessing and using free, online resources available to teachers wishing to create a more engaging 21st century classroom. We will explore how to use various interactive sites to collaborate with teachers/classrooms around the globe, as well as how to access live and archived webinars for free, just-in-time professional development on various Web 2.0 topics (wikis, blogs, VoiceThread, digital storytelling, social bookmarking, and much more).
*Session is geared towards meeting ISTE Teacher Standard
5. Teachers Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
a.Educators participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning
At the start of the session, shared this chart and key features of 21st Century learning.
Also shared the new trend towards “Open Professional Development” and the idea that districts are having/will continue to have a hard time keeping pace with the exponential explosion of information and new teaching tools. Professional teacher development in the area of Web 2.0 will occur, but will, more than likely, "trickle" down all too slowly to the classroom teacher. Thus, knowing about great, free resources can help us start the process ourselves, and help us dive into the topics that are the most applicable for our teaching situation.
Then shared these Open Professional Development sites/resources...
Beginner/General Information on Web 2.0 Tools and Rationale for increasing Instructional Technology in the Classroom
Podcasts to learn more about Web 2.0
Professional Networking Sites to learn more about Web 2.0
Online Webinars to learn more about Web 2.0
Online Lesson Modules to learn more about Web 2.0
And last, shared...
"Create connections with other classrooms from around the world. By joining these networks, you can search for global partners to connect and share lessons and experiences with. Create valuable international learning experiences for your students." From http://ow.ly/jKgl
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