8 Ways To Keep Current With Technology and Technology Integration In the Classroom
- Create a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and use technology as a method of communicating, collaborating and sharing ideas. Your PLN may be local: educators in your school, nearby schools, or district wide. Alternatively, you may also decide to develop a virtual or global PLN using social networks such as Twitter , Educator’s PLN, Classroom 2.0, or for Canadian content CEET.
- Use a social networking tool such as Twitter to communicate with other education professionals. Twitter is a micro-blogging web2.0 tool where education professionals share ideas, resources, ask for help, and provide opportunities to collaborate. Updates, or Tweets as they are known, are restricted to 140 characters. Therefore communication is to-the-point. To find education professionals already using Twitter follow the link: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmdX57Dqx0tEcE1fWkU1QlMwU2dxRGFibmhsOFoyYUE&hl=en_GB
- Participated in Twitter chat such as #edchat – a weekly discussion about education issues at 4pm PST on Tuesday’s, or #teachertuesday
- Use an RSS reader such as Google Reader. An RSS reader brings all your favourite blogs to you instead of having to go out to the Internet to view them. Once you’ve subscribed to some educational technology blogs, you can share your feeds with other educators. My Shared Google Reader Feeds
- Take advantage of social bookmarking. Social bookmarking tools such as Diigo and Delicious allow users to store their bookmarks on the web, which makes them accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. Additionally, these tools allow users to share bookmarks with others. In other words, if you find a great resource site and you’d like to share with your PLN you can do so with one click of the mouse. A very powerful tool in the PLN arsenal.
- Participate in Virtual Professional Development (VPD). Sometimes as educators we need to take control of our own learning because our Districts are unable to provide differentiated professional development for all teachers. With this in mind, I’ve found workshops, webinar’s, and webcast’s covering a wide range of technology related topics everyday of the week. Here is a link to view upcoming events.
- Join and participate in technology Ning’s, Wiki’s, and blogs. These spaces are kept current by educators who believe technology integration should be the norm and not an add on. Here are links to my technology Ning’s, Wiki’s, and some excellent technology blogs.
- Take some time to share your ideas with other teachers in your school. Soon you’ll be learning from them. Sharing and learning with and from others educators makes it easier to keep current with technology and technology integration in the classroom.