These are a few of my favourite websites 🙂
My current favourite Twitter Chat is #1to1techat which occurs Wednesday evenings at 8:00 CST. Started by Shawn McCusker (@ShawnMcCusker) and Shaelynn Farsnworth (@shfarnsworth) to discuss everything from assessment to digital citizenship in the context of effective 1:1 programs. Be prepared for thought provoking, informative and reflective sharing with educators from around the world. Educators willingly share examples of what’s happening in their class. This is the chat that inspired my “Why Join a Twitter Chat? What can one hour with fellow educators do for you?” blog post.
There are many wonderful Twitter chat’s and @thomascmurray , @cevans5095 and @cybraryman1 have compiled an informative list: Weekly Twitter Chat Options
Te@ch Thought – http://www.teachthought.com/
Te@ch Thought is a website dedicated to “exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today.” (TeachThought, 2014). Numerous articles are available about Learning, Teaching, Common Core, Technology, Apps, iPads, Culture and Social Media. Posted articles are relevant to many aspects of teaching that we encounter every day and provide thoughtful reflection and ideas for planning forward.
Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites – Jerry Blumengarten – http://cybraryman.com/
Started in April of 1999 as his school library website, it has evolved into an amazing collection of resources for educators, parents and students. Resources for educators include everything from assessment, blended learning, leadership, rubric, TED, universal design for learning to YouTube. He also has an informative collection of blogs. If you are looking for information related to education chances are Jerry Blumengarten has found it and organized it for you.
Leadership Freak – Dan Rockwell – http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/
A daily blog written by Dan Rockwell that highlights insights into effective leadership in 300 words or less (something you actually have time to read). Rockwell started the blog in January of 2010 to share what he was learning about leadership. If you want a quick read with suggestions that you can put into action today, this is the blog for you. From the value of gratitude to success to positive action and transformative change, this blog will provide daily reflection and provide you with ideas to move forward as a leader today.
Curriculum Corner – (North East School Division) http://curriculum.nesd.ca/
A collaborative collection of resources developed by educators in the North East School Division and curated by the Coordinators of Learning. Resources are organized by grade and subject from K-12 and include rubrics for every outcome in the updated Saskatchewan Curriculum. Each outcome includes an unpacked outcome, examples of assessment events & rubric and learning and reflection resources (for those that have been shared by teachers). Other resources include assessment (from understanding rubrics to student led conferences), instruction and data. This is a great place to start when you are beginning with the end in mind.
A Principal’s Reflections – Eric Sheninger – http://esheninger.blogspot.ca/
Sheninger blogs about “educational leadership, effective technology integration, best practices and creating a student-centred learning culture.” (Blog overview, 2014). He is an avid user of Twitter and shares many valuable resources on daily basis (https://twitter.com/E_Sheninger). He openly shares his journey into the world of social media and the positive impact that it had on his school. He is currently a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) (About Eric, 2014).
Three years ago after a conversation on Twitter, Eric agree to Skype into a Twitter workshop that I was leading. It was an informative experience as he shared his journey into the world of social media and the value it has added for teachers, students and parents.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – http://www.educatorstechnology.com/
This site aims to deliver the best EdTech content and is curated “by a team of dedicated teachers located in Canada” (Disclaimer section). This website include resources on 21st century education, android and apple apps, blended learning, digital citizenship, Facebook, Google, iPads, Multiple Intelligences, TED talks and YouTube. Posts are filled with useful links, valuable ideas and useful infographics. They are active on Twitter and Facebook.
Free Technology for Teachers – Richard Byrne – http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Free Technology for Teachers is a personal project of Richard Byrne (Policies and Disclosures section) has a subscriber network of over 60 000 educators (About section). Bryne has reviewed many ed tech tools and created free guides such as Google for Teachers (I and 2), A Short Guide to Using Google Drive on Your iPad and Making Videos on the Web a Guide for Teachers. You can easily search his site to find ideas for free tech tools and ideas to use in your classroom. A great place for quick overviews of useful tools. Richard Byrne also curates iPadApps4School.com, Android4Schools.com, and PracticalEdTech.com.
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Blumengarten, J. (2014). Retrieved 11 26, 2014, from Cybrary Man’s Educational Website: http://cybraryman.com/
Byrne, R. (2014). Retrieved 11 21, 2014, from Free Technology for Teachers: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Coordinators of Learning . (2014, 11 28). Retrieved from Curriculum Corner: http://curriculum.nesd.ca/
Ed Tech and Mlearning Team. (2014). Retrieved 11 28, 2014, from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/
Sheninger, E. (2014). A Principal’s Reflection. Retrieved from Eric Sheninger: http://ericsheninger.com/contentm/easy_pages/view.php?page_id=261&sid=28&menu_id=215