News Flash: Voki now on iPad!.
Absolutely must consider online tool that evokes interest, engagement and critical thinking. One sure way of drawing students attention to their ideas being heard and the audience receiving their messages.
Sometimes you find a tool that makes you wonder how on earth did you ever teach without it…maybe it was a feather and ink well, a led pencil, a pencil with an eraser, a ‘Bic’ pen (with ink already in it), a computer, mobile device, your finger… And then there is this:
emaze – Online Presentation Tool
So, it is obvious to me that it is still about the teaching but having the right tool can sure enhance the learning. What you do think?
Enjoy and please leave a comment.
Here is a blog to get the pedagogical juices flowing – take your time to engage with Jackie as she has a refreshing and thoughtful way of helping to encourage your own critical thinking about the concept of ‘flipped learning’.
Take the time to engage with this video, reflect on the spoken and written words and consider if you are or want to be an agent of educational change.
As I journey and learn more about myself as a teacher and as a digital citizen, it becomes more apparent that it is not a journey one should take on their own for sure. The influence that I have on others, in the digital world, is not about the number of (online) places I visit or the quantity of the comments I make but should be measured by the relationships, connections and learning opportunities that I have invested time in.
I’ve discovered a number of ways to do this:
- Keep my posts real and relevant – Having an opinion is well and good but I also think that it’s important to make sure that I’m reading and reflecting before I comment.
- Don’t be fearful – There are so many options to make connections (see point below re: communities) but it’s more than that! Making mistakes along the way (in terms of tool choices, design and content of posts, certain connections that one makes in the initial stages of building your online presence) is part of the learning cycle and an essential one at that.
- Keep an open mind - I have also discovered that working alongside those who are passionate about others’ learning has impacted on the way I approach my incorporation of technology – as a means and not an end to achieving connectedness. To be open minded creates spaces for learning, in my own mind, and reflects back in my practice and in the way I provide room for others to engage with me. Sharing my expertise is a privilege but I am NOT the expert…we are co-experts as we co-construct our understanding and make deeper connections.
- Connecting with a few real people is better than being a digital shadow – in a previous post I commented on sieving digital noise. Similarly, I make an effort to keep connected with a few people. It isn’t really possible to be real with 1000 on Twitter is it?
- Build communities – One way that I’ve found that attends to points 1 & 2 and 3 (all in one place) is the use of the Diigo library. It is not often you find a digital tool that provides breadth and depth for learning – Diigo is that tool! I know there are others – many learning management systems (LMS) have done this for some time BUT what makes this different is that it is open, free and accessible to everyone (although you can pay for more bells and whistles – there’s no real need)!
- Never stop asking questions – In this way I will be able to keep learning, stay real and relevant, connect with others and learn from others in community.
How do you achieve digital depth? Leave me a comment.
I have tried my hand at this blogging ‘thing’ for sometime and never felt very successful so now that I have established that this is a weakness and I obviously have this need to persist with it, I will document my blogging journey…hopefully not become bogged down by it or feel too boggled!
I found this template – thanks to Kathleen Morris, and will attempt to use some of the ideas that this affords to inform my learning and then my teaching – I hope – always the learner – remember!
Well the month has passed and I find myself wondering what can I contribute this time?
Discovering you’re not a hermit living in a vast desert is on the top of my list!
I’ve learnt that to work with others is definitely not just part of my job, but it actually makes my life feel complete and useful. This is a funny comment for some but considering I spend more time in my ‘work’ space than my ‘home’ space it is just as well!
I’ve been in the teaching game for a very lonnnnnnnng time now and still get shaky knees and self doubt about my ability to help and silly thoughts pop into my head (shhhhhhh!). But once you realise that building a relationship is all that you need to do – this then begins a journey in tandem with someone who can teach you too!
Don’t let yourself feel alone, inadequate, or useless…find someone to invest some time and positive energy into.