Curating Resources – Blogging in the Classroom — October 10, 2015

Curating Resources – Blogging in the Classroom

PearlTrees was a great tool for curating my resources on Blogging in the Classroom.  I was able to create a board titled: Blog About It!  Using Blogs to Motivate Students.  This will be the topic of a professional development session I will be running in November.  I looked for resources that would help get the teachers started, motivated, and excited about using blogs.  I plan to use these curated resources to spark conversation and be guides for teachers once they leave the PD session.  PearlTrees allowed me to break the board down into sections.  I wanted it to be easy for the teachers to navigate through during and after the PD.  I was also able to annotate the resources.  This would help the teachers pick and choose which resources might be most important to them at the time.  To help me through curating these resources, I used my PLN’s curation criteria.

Click here to view my Blogging in the Classroom curated resources.

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You can view my curation evaluation using my PLN’s criteria here.

 

Curation Criteria — October 4, 2015

Curation Criteria

This week I learned about content curation and how to be an effective curator.  Curation is the process of collecting resources and adding meaning to them, in a place where all interested in the topic can view.  Before when I thought of curation, I consider the digital text sets I have created for my students or resources I have shared with my colleagues on different educational topics.  But these examples were more “collections” of resources, rather than curated materials.  Adding meaning plays a large role in becoming a curator rather than a collector.  To assist people in curating material, my PLN members and I created a Curation Criteria Checklist.  We collaborated throughout the week using Google Docs and email to complete our checklist.  Our ideas blended together well and our final product has given me a great checklist to use when curating materials.

I am excited to use the concept of curation in both my professional growth and in my classroom.  Curating materials for professional growth will help me to gain a better understanding of a topic, but putting in a place for for others to view will benefit all in my PLN.  I can also see the benefits in my classroom.  I would love to have my students grow as “curators” of resources.  Many of the resources provided in this module suggested having students curate materials on a topic, rather than have the resources always come from the teacher.  I think this is a great way to have students study a topic, gain ownership in their learning, and practice 21st century skills.

This week I will be curating materials related to my content area.  I am planning to use Scoopit for this assignment and am looking forward to seeing the benefits of a new digital tool!

Twitter for Professional Development — September 14, 2015

Twitter for Professional Development

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Twitter is a great resource.  It can be accessed from many devices and anywhere with a connection to the internet.  This makes it a great tool for professional development.  It provides ease of access, continuous enrichment, instant feedback, and inspiring ideas.  In just the few weeks I have found myself back on Twitter, I have already found a wealth of resources to begin using in my classroom.

By following #sschat, I am able to learn about different ideas to use in the social studies classroom.   For example, the most recent chat centered on upcoming Constitution Day.  As an American history teacher, this was extremely relevant and helpful!  Professionals in the discussion shared ideas for investigating how current events relate to the Constitution, or exploring the Constitution from different points of views to learn more about political parties.

While scrolling through my #edtech column, I came across a great resource on getting students to innovate.  Mia MacMeekin made an infographic with 27 ways to inspire students to innovate.   I plan to use this to help my students understand what it means to innovate and challenge them to use these ideas throughout our next unit.

#gafe led me to a great resources on GAFE-friendly tools for evidence based writing in social studies.  The author discusses the Imagine Easy Scholar extension that helps students through their research process!  I also found out about a chat tomorrow on Creating Digital Awareness.  Looking forward to learning more about technology integration and tools!

My district has a partnership with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.  We attend several PD’s each year and have a consultant visit our schools.  Using #tcrwp allows me to stay up to date with TC’s latest ideas, and also connect with other educators who use their protocols and ideas.  Scrolling through my TweetDeck led me to find some great ideas for mentor texts in the middle school writing workshop.

I have been working towards a flipped classroom and leading students to drive their learning by using technology.  I added the #elearning column to my TweetDeck.  I was happy to find some great ideas right away.  One article discussed the use of story telling when explaining new concepts.  This is something that I have gotten away from in the past couple of years, but am now inspired to begin adding this back to my classroom.  I am thinking that adding short animated stories as part of the flip videos my students can access will be a great addition.

In just a few short weeks, Twitter has transformed my classroom.  I have found great new resources and ideas that I have already began using.  While I have not participated in a chat yet, I am looking forward to participating and receiving instant feedback from professionals all over the world.  I think that Twitter is a great way to participate in professional development.  Whether it is through an organized chat, by discovering new resources, or by getting feedback on a resource you shared, Twitter allows for “just-in-time” pd that can transform the classroom!