I was recently reading through a blog entitled, “Free Technology 4 Teachers ” written by Richard Byrne . He mentions 11 new techy ideas that one could try in the new year. His blog post includes comments on wikis, blogs, web building programs, video editing, google maps, social networking and more. It is an interesting read filled with many ideas for the upcoming year. Read his blog post
He has also published several e-books. If you are interested in the technology mentioned in the blog post, you can check out his e-books on how to use/get started. One of his examples is embedded below.
And if you are wondering where the title comes from, I just read through an article by Marc Prensky called Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. It is an interesting read on how we are teaching a generation of students that have been surrounded by and have used technology their entire lives. Prensky discusses how most of us (teachers) are a part of the Digital Immigrant generation meaning that we learn and process information differently. Learning was different when we went to school. We have adapted to be digital learners, but Prensky comments that we still process and store our second language (digital) learning differently (i.e. he reminds us that people who move to a new country/culture later in life store info in the brain differently than children who are born into the culture). He points out that because our current students have grown up networked and connected via the internet, gaming or cell phones, etc. that they have naturally adapted to learn in different ways and store information in different places in the brain. It is an interesting read.
Step by step instructions on how to use the technology mentioned in the blog post that I linked to above.
How to Do 11 Techy Things in the New Year – Richard Byrne