(Updated blog post)
I wanted to spice up my lesson on fact and opinion, but I wanted to make sure I was in the upper echelon of Bloom’s Taxonomy. At this point in their schooliverse, my students are well versed in writing F and O on a worksheet. Not because of me, because you know how I feel about worksheets. I wanted to step it up! What to do? What to do?…Read More
Teachers are an ever-evolving bunch, , we are constantly learning. If we don’t learn, we become stale, and it is almost impossible to engage our 21st century students. But, thanks to the advances in technology, teachers can expand their mind without leaving their homes. Online courses and tutorials in every subject imaginable are available on Youtube, Teachertube , and of course, Google. But my favorite resource are webinars. I discovered webinars about a year or two ago, and have been hooked ever since. What is a webinar? It’s a web seminar. All you have to do is register. You will even get reminder emails, which is great, if you are as forgetful as I am! I love webinars for a number of reasons. They are free! Usually, you get a choice of dates and times. I don’t have to leave my house. I can cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner while listening and watching. It is a fantastic way to build a PLN (Professional Learning Network) because people from all over the world participate. If it’s live, you can ask questions, make comments, or provide helpful information to your peers. Links are embedded directly into the text chat,so, no worries about checking out that exciting new site that was introduced. You can always go back and obtain any information you missed, because the webinars are recorded. And most of all, you get tons and tons of information from your presenter and/or the other participants!. I usually attend technology webinars, because that’s my thing, but there are so many out there,I’m sure there’s one for whatever your passion is. If you’re really brave, you can even host your own webinar! I’ve listed a few sites that host webinars that are beneficial to educators below. Try one! Webinars are wonderful!
LearnCentral(Connect,Share, Inspire) ,
All New Edmodo webinars
PBS Teachers Live
Classroom 2.0 Live
Solution Tree PLC webinars
What a great idea! I discovered them earlier this year and I love this organization. Someone said to themselves(or a group of people, who knows?), what can I do to make it easier for teachers to get money for all the wonderful things they do? How can I provide them with the funds they need without any out-of pocket expense? How can I help those, who want to help teachers, find teachers in need? I know, I’ll create a site where donors can choose what project they want to fund! At least, that’s my version of what happened. 🙂 But, this is what they do. All you have to do is have a project in mind, go to their website, put in the asked for information, and ” Voila!” Okay, not everyone gets funded, but at least you stand a fighting chance. I needed 30 headphones and mouse pads for the wireless laptops my school received. I posted on DonorsChoose.org and, no kidding, within a month I had funding for 30 mouse pads and 30 headphones. One of our donors was students who wanted to give to others! Also, I almost didn’t get my headphones because of a mix-up. I wrote to Donors, they stepped in, and I received 30 headphones. Edmodo, in correlation with Discovery Education has stepped in and have a page that publishes teachers’ projects, all you have to do is email them your project information. I have another project on Donors, I want wireless mice to use with the Office Mouse Mischief program, which I hope gets funded. But even if it isn’t, Donors has given me a chance to get what I need for my classroom, with no out-of-pocket expense!