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21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

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21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

Some interesting suggestions and ICT ideas here, following on from yesterday’s list!

Hooked On Innovation

The Past mixing with the Future #selfie The Past mixing with the Future #selfie

A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers. However, it’s almost 2015.  Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that “we don’t do technology”.  Part of being a teacher in the 21st century is being creative in integrating academics and learning into student’s digital lives. With access to content being ubiquitous and instant in student’s out of school lives, we can either reject their world for our more traditional one, or embrace it.

While some of the ideas that follow may seem a bit trendy, it’s never hurts to model ways to interact with all this new media as a covert way of teaching digital literacy and citizenship.   The great news is, you don’t need every student to have a device to make these happen. Heck, in most cases all you would need is a single smart…

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Oh The Places We’ll Go – Connected Classroom

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Some interesting ideas to establish a ‘connected classroom’ and create opportunities for students to engage and connect globally!

The Global Classroom Project

I was very honoured this week to be named a Lead Teacher by the Global Classroom Project.   As soon as I heard, I was excited to read more about the amazing things happening in the classrooms of the the other Lead Teachers (@murcha and @cccoffa from Australia, @ICT_Integrator from South Africa, and @heidihutchison, @MrsMorgansClass and @kathleencorley from the United Staes).   As I read through their accomplishments,  I was humbled and in awe of the opportunities they are providing their students.  Without a doubt, the ability to connect globally has been the “a-ha” moment of my teaching career.  I am not sure there are words to truly express the amazement I feel as I watch my students communicate, collaborate and think critically with peers across the globe.

My global connections have evolved from one-time connections to collaborative projects.  I hope to give you a sense of the different…

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Classroom Resource: Versal

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www.versal.com

Facebook has copped a lot of flack lately, about privacy intrusions and whatnot. I have to say though, data collection for the purpose of personalised advertisement isn’t all doom and gloom! While scrolling through my newsfeed, I see an advertisement, clearly targeted at me based on my recent search history or internet viewing or however they collect their data! The advertisement was for a website Versal, and was marketed as a website that transforms the way students experience content. The screenshot showed two students excitedly sitting at a computer viewing a video.

It looked interesting! And I’m in the market for 100 ICT applications, so of course I clicked the link.

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Classroom Resource: MasteryConnect

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MasteryConnect

The innovation I chose is #19 from the Google doc. The innovation arose from practice, and it is an example of learning through assessment.

What is it?

www.masteryconnect.com

MasteryConnect is an app for educators to collate and share resources and assessment data. Educators can find and save resources, track curriculum standards (website appears to be US-focused, with ‘Common Core’ standards referenced), collect data, and create reports. The app also makes it easy to share the data between educators, students, and families.

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Falling into overwhelm with EDC3100 and ICT…

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Can I get an ‘amen’?

No seriously, if I’m the only one feeling this, I might cry. EDC3100 is living up to its grueling, unforgiving, relentless reputation, and I’m falling victim!

I consider myself fairly ICT-minded. I love ICTs, I love finding mew ICTs, I love using ICTs. I especially love it when I find ICTs that make things easier for me, and all the better when I can generate some kind of data and visual representation because we all know how much I love data!

But. Woah. EDC3100. You are heavy. I’m feeling the stress as I set my alarm for 5am to wake me up before the kids so I can read through the EDC3100 task I have set for the day. My partner says it’s because I have to complete tasks regularly without leaving it all to the last minute (it’s my signature move), and that might be a part of it, but also… searching for ICT, weeding through mediocre ICTs to find the hidden gems, and then learning how to use new ICT is hard.

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Teaching Digital Natives and Staying Up-To-Date with ICT

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An interesting current affair story on ‘The Project’ tonight got me thinking about why it is so important to stay up-to-date with ICT (and especially online ICTs), based on the following article: Tweens, teens adept at hiding internet activities from parents, McAfee report reveals. The statistics of the original article were interesting – 70% of youths say their parents didn’t know about all of their online activities, and the same number reported to hiding their online activities. This statistic raised alarm bells, with digital immigrants and Luddites offering solutions such as suggesting youth have limited access to technology, or even removing it altogether.

In my opinion, this is not a practical solution to the problem. Technology is not an Read the rest of this entry