A topic that is surrounded by much debate in schools today -- social media.
Teachers and administrators consider its relevance in classrooms, and question whether young students should receive an "online education" or make use of the technologies available in the 21st century.
Video Response 1:The Importance of the "Social Media Revolution"
In response, while many may better understand the relevance of social media in the 21st century, they may still struggle to connect its potential to the classsroom. Or simply, have no idea where to start. The implementation of the new and unfamiliar is often paired with apprehension and concern.
Questions arise -- "how can I effectively teach using digital tools?"
Video Response 2:How to Teach in the 21st Century
With a list of resources and perhaps a lesson or two on 2.0 web tools, one may still wonder what learning might "look" like in the 21st century classroom. HOW will students be using these technologies? Will an "online education" increase their engagement and support their learning?
Video Response 3:A Vision for Technology in the Classroom
Challenge yourself -- choose one to implement in the upcoming year! Let it be the stepping stone to many more exciting endeavours in your 21st century classroom.
“Teaching children is an accomplishment...getting children excited about learning is an achievement.”
Use Twitter to your advantage to exchange ideas and resources with educational partners!
1. Ask questions
You may be seeking a great mentor text -- let librarians, literacy experts, and authors be your guide! You might be puzzled by a student's level of achievement -- ask around for DI strategies, search online for webinars specific to your inquiry. You may be interested in trying a wiki or blog in your classroom, but are not sure how to get started -- ASK!
2. Give Back
As a respectful partner in collaboration, it's not all about "take, take, take" --share your ideas for lessons, resources that you have gathered over time, and RT (retweet) links and conversations tid bits that you found beneficial. It's likely someone who is following you might learn from your giving back!
There is a lot of great information out there, ready to be shared...so take one step at a time, create a Twitter account, and start exploring. You never know what great resource you might stumble across that could change your teaching practice for the better!