These snow days are becoming to much of a habit for my taste, but I do still love the weather in Ohio! Here are some activities for PD in your PJs.
- Pocket (http://getpocket.com/): Pocket is a service that captures web pages for reading later. You know how it is, you stumble upon a great story from The Atlantic, but you either don’t have time to read it now, you want to save it as a resource for later, or both. Pocket adds a button to your browser which allows you to save the page with one click. There are Pocket apps for mobile devices and your computer.
- Start building your Personal Learning Network (PLN) using Twitter. Your PLN is a great resource for ideas and as a sounding board. Visit a Teacher ‘s Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks. Also, check out Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter. You can follow me at @mr_rcollins, and I have a Twitter list of Ohio Educators that can point you toward some teachers to follow.
- Your inbox is not an organizational tool. Some tips on setting up your email efficiently and take back your email. I also have another article, Automatically filter student email out of your inbox to tame all of those Google Docs notifications.
- Investigate and research Twitter chats. Based on Twitter hashtags, a Twitter chat is usually a question/answer format discussion. Teachers’ Visual Guide to Educational Twitter Chats
- Learn to code (http://www.codecademy.com/): The learn to code movement isn’t about becoming programmers. It is about becoming comfortable with the language and logic of computers. CodeAcademy is a great start. I would recommend starting with Python (the computer language, not the snake).
- Interactive Fiction (IF): From the text adventures of the 80s, Interactive Fiction is a form of writing where the reader can be an active participant in the story. Larry Ferlazzo has a post about The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories, which also contains several examples. inklewriter is a great online resource for you or you students to use to write their own interactive fiction. For more advanced IF, Writing IF is a good start on the why, and Write a Text Adventure With Inform 7 is a good start on the how.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Today is Digital Learning Day, a day to give every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and a career.
Edutopia has a curated list of resources to get you started on what exactly digital learning is and why you would want to do it. Topics range from technology integration to games to working with digital learners. If you ever wanted to know what technology integration is, or how gamification can enhance your classroom, these are but a smart part of the posted resources at Edutopia!
Another topic of interest is building your personal learning network (PLN). A PLN is a list of peers or colleagues from around the world that you can learn from, collaborate with, ask for advice, etc. Kathy Schrock has a great list of resources for building your PLN. I also have a list of Ohio educators on Twitter that could be a great starting point.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to investigate the many resources available for Digital Learning Day and then share what you have learned with somebody. Sharing can be as simple as email, a comment to this post, a post on a website, or Twitter, etc. Let me know where you posted. I’ll be available over email and in the DLD chat room (you may have to give me a nudge in the chatroom, just type mr_rcollins: Hey!. Also check out the #dld hashtag on Twitter.
Keep track of hours spent on your journey so I can assign you CEUs when completed.