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.