It is July, and I along with many other fellow teachers, am finally beginning to relax and enjoy the freedom of not teaching every day. However, with that freedom comes time to think and relax about the craft of teaching. Wow! What a privilege to have the time to reflect and consider new ideas that could change or improve the instruction we provide to students. Tonight, sitting at home, with no papers to grade, no class to prepare for, I have the freedom to explore new ideas and trains of thought. With this in mind I searched my PLN for blogs, articles, webinars, etc. that would stimulate my thinking. Here are a few links that were either fun, or thought provoking. I promise you they are worth the time.
1. Listen to a great podcast on the future of digital instuction with the FutureofEducation.com interview with Heidi Hayes Jacobs on her book Curriculum 21. http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/heidihayesjacobs.mp3
2. Find another reason to not use textbooks. This blog is a great example of how video can be used to teach creativity or a topic such as inventions. http://www.techvert.com/6-current-technologies-the-jetsons-predicted/
4. Explore a new topic like virtual learning magnets. Do you know what they are? I didn’t either until today, and if I am going digital and want to be involved in virtual instruction they are something I need to know more about. Check out this link on the subject: http://www.ccsso.org/projects/virtual_learning_magnet/
5. Last but not least, listen to someone new and try to shift your paradigm on education. Today I listened to Dennis Littky and Heidi Hayes Jacobs. Both were fascinating, and made me want to learn more about the directions of schools in the 21st century
If any of you try one of these links let me know what you think, or better yet share some more great links with all of our fellow Den members. Enjoy the rest of your summer.