We are experiencing a time when educators are pioneering with tech tools to make a bigger difference in student learning. Educators in the United States face a variety of challenges since we serve a culturally diverse and multilingual community of students and parents. Tech tools for education offer opportunities to bypass many of our struggles, frustrations and give motivation to our students publish and share with others their finished works. Learning about and implementing tech tools in our classrooms can be challenging at the beginning but study groups such as Fordham Digital Literacies Collaborative (DLC) make that process easier.
On Nov. 3, 2016, DLC study group met via video conference to discuss Chapter 1 in Blogs, Wikis, Podcast, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classroom by Will Richardson. Dr. Kristen H. Turner, Margarita Battle Zahl, Ivelisse E. Brannon, Lauren King, Joseph Pizzo, Gordon Van Owen, Anne Lenzini, Tricia Clarke and I talked about how we have been using tech tools covered in the chapter to support our teaching, parent engagement and professional growth. Among the tools discussed that came up were Blogs (WordPress & Google Blogger), Google Classroom, Google Hangout, Google Communities, Wikispaces, Facebook Groups, Twitter, YouTube, Teaching Channel, Pinterest, Doctopus and Goobric.
Publishing Sites: Google Classroom, Wikispaces and WordPress and Blogger sites are useful, free or at a low cost publishing websites that allow teachers to upload, post content material and assignment information so that students can access it to finish their work from anywhere at anytime. These also allow students to publish their finished work.
Parent Communication: Everyone agrees that parent engagement is essential and key to student success in school. In the past years, tech developers have made tools available for teachers to easily use them to share student progress and assignments. In making parents our best partners our members use Remind, Google Hangout and Closed Facebook Groups.
Professional Teaching Development: Teaching is an ongoing learning process and in this Digital Age educators connect, learn and collaborate with one another using Google Apps and Social Media tools. Not only do we learn about the latest useful EduApps but also how other teachers make it work in the classroom.
Using tech tools for education require time, dedication and practice, however, it’s worth the effort since we connect with amazing educators who help us improve our teaching craft and stay relevant.
Nov.3 Video Conference Full Length in YouTube