The internet has had a significant impact on the humanities, especially in terms of how students do research. Educators need to evolve our practice in teaching research and incorporate online elements in this process. Digital Literacy and moving away from “fact based questions” is more important now than ever. Edutopia has some great suggestions about teaching history in the new, digital frontier.
The latest installment of Edutopia’s Big Thinkers Series highlights the roll of writing in the new Digital Age. There is a great short video that highlights the changing role of writing in the modern world: the writing/editing process, publication (including the rise of self-publication), and collaborative writing and analyses processes.
The iPad is a great device for creativity that is portable and often intuitive to use. Edutopia highlights some apps and tools you can use with your iPad to boost and foster your creativity.
We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability… [read the remainder of the article and see the list of apps here]
Good educators understand that teaching isn’t just about content, it’s about forming personality and character in developing young people. Edutopia highlights the role of Social and Emotional Learning in its podcast series.
It’s not enough to simply fill students’ brains with facts. A successful education demands that their character be developed as well. That’s where social and emotional learning comes in. SEL is the process of helping students develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflict nonviolently, and make responsibel decisions. Although family, community, and society are significant factors in fostering emotional intelligence and character development, educators must create a safe, supportive learning environment and integrate SEL into the curriculum.
I don’t listen to a lot of live radio anymore. Instead, I tend to listen to a lot of podcasts. I can find content specific to my area and take it with me on the go. Here is a great list of podcasts for Educators (all for free and in no particular order):
Edutopia Webinars – Edutopia presents engaging webinars hosted exclusively for our audience of educators, parents, and administrators throughout the year. These interactive events are free and universally accessible thanks to support from foundations, advertisers, and donors. Each webinar is designed to connect our valued audience with thought leaders in the movement for educational reform, providing opportunities to learn about the latest research, tools, and ideas from experts in the field. Note: Most Edutopia Webinars are large files, approximately an hour long.
Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University – The Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning supports the effective communication of knowledge and the love of learning by faculty inside and outside the classroom, by graduate students in their roles as apprentice scholar/teachers, and by undergraduates as they take their place in the community of scholars.
Google Tools – Google is much more than a search engine. It is a suite of free software and services that can enhance learning, engage students, and make the work of teachers easier. This series of podcasts demonstrates the usefulness and applications for some of Google’s most innovative products including custom search engines, Google earth, iGoogle, Google Calendar and Google Docs. Each podcast will consist of a screencast demonstrating the product in action and suggesting applications for use in the classroom.
Department of Education Public Seminars at Oxford University – Public seminars from the Department of Education. Oxford has been making a major contribution to the field of education for over 100 years and today this Department has a world class reputation for research, for teacher education and for its Masters and doctoral programmes. Our aim is to provide an intellectually rich but supportive environment in which to study, to research and to teach and, through our work, to contribute to the improvement of all phases of public education, both in the UK and internationally.
Technology Integration by Edutopia – Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective tech integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepen and enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals.
Harvard EdCast – The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast will serve as a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.
NPR Education – From NPR: perspectives on great teachers, the science of learning, classroom dynamics and more. The best of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other award-winning NPR programs.
YouTube is an excellent resource, especially for educators. I subscribe to various channels that focus on educational technology. Here is just a small sample of those available.
Evernote – Evernote is a great tool for organizing your life and can be transformative in the realm of education. Their YouTube channel hosts how-to’s for all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced) and covers a myriad of topics. They have material directed at various industries (education, business, cooking, etc) and their videos are readily accessible and useful. If you’re an Evernote user or want to become one, peruse their content here.
MacMost – I’m a heavy Apple user… no doubt about that. MacMost focuses entirely on instructional videos relevant to Apple Users. It has dozens of videos on a myriad of apple topics (software, hardware, news, etc). If you’re a Mac User, it’s a must! Check out their channel here.
Edutopia – Edutopia is one of the most prominent Educational Technology blogs for American Educators. Their YouTube Channel hosts webinars, Ted Talks, pedagogy, and application. What makes it especially helpful is that they subscribe to and post resources from applicable sources around the world. It’s a rich resource for all educators. View their YouTube Channel.
Microsoft Office – Office is still the most prolific office suite today. We all have to use it at some point. The Office YouTube Channel can answer every question you ever had (and a few you never imagined) about Microsoft Office. Learn how to create stunning PowerPoint presentations, build templates for Word, explore One Note, and see where the suite is going in the future.
MindMeister – MindMeister is my favorite online Mind Mapping service. I use it in my classroom and for my own brain storming sessions. Their YouTube Channel shows you how to do amazing things with this simple yet innovative program (with free and paid tiers)!
Anson Alexander – Anson Alexander is a tech guru of all realms… all of them! If you want to know about current trends in technology, how to use the new features of google drive, how to troubleshoot your iPhone, Anson has answers for you. Check out the various feeds on his YouTube channel.
Google – It’s hard to go a day without using google (be it their mapping system, email, even YouTube videos). If you want to harness the power of Google Apps, then check out the highlighted features of their YouTube Channel.
This is hardly an exhaustive list, but it is a great starting part for anyone interested in further understanding technology. I hope that you find these useful and please be sure to share your own!