This tree climber goes out on a limb most everyday regardless of the risks and hazards of the occupation. Do you take risks? As educators we are surrounded with more and more tools and ways to implement instruction. Now more than ever we have to take risks and try new ways to engage the digital learners.
In a recent post by UK educator, Martin Burrett(@ICTmagic) shares ideas for classroom teachers to go beyond the traditional and try new ideas. Try IT this year, Ten Techie Things to Try This Year embraces social media, collaborative learning and creativity using technology. What would you add to the list? Try something new on this list or grab an idea from below and schedule time to go out on a limb to support new learners in your community!
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” – T.S. Eliot
“Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – Jimmy Carter
Friday Flash – Five Ways to Support Others
Top 50 School Technology Blogs – Build your Professional Learning Network by following top leaders and sharing their knowledge with your personal learning community. Grab new ideas from these pioneers and collaborate with a first year teacher to design new learning adventures. Empower these new educators to take risks. You will be there to support them!
GaETC, Georgia Educational Technology Conference – Seek permission to leave the building to attend GaETC on November 2-4, 2011 or another professional conference. Kathy Schrock, Alan November and Tony Vincent are just a few of the leading experts that will inspire you to go out on the limb at GaETC. Submit a proposal to present is open until September 6. After attending conference collaborate with a colleague to implement new ideas.
epals Global Community and Skype in the Classroom – Schedule a time to connect a classroom in your building with a classroom in another country with epals Global Community. Check out the National Geographic collaborative projects as well as member projects. Collaborate with the teacher and provide opportunities to connect the classrooms via Skype in the Classroom.
Collaborize Classroom – Collaborate and share with a colleague this free site that compliments learning and encourages discussion. Primarypad as well as typewith.me are other tools for online discussion. Allow students to pair and share when classrooms are large. Take the risk to try a new tool.
Delicious and Diigo - Make time to save Internet sites of interest using tags with relevant key words to share with the learning community. Share your account with others and encourage them to create accounts. Go out on a limb and create a group account for team members to share resources needed throughout the year. Together is better!
Pulse News – Pulse is a free news reading app for the IOS as well as Android. You can easily define the app with your favorite blogs or social media sites. You can even add this site to your news stream
Diigo for iPad – Free
Skype for IOS - Skype for Android – Free
Photo courtesy of irewired and Big Huge Labs – Bobby out on a limb removing limbs one by one from decayed tree. Thanks for taking the risk Bobby!