Today, most educators are faced with overwhelming odds. They are put under pressure by the state and districts to adapt and develop student learning to ever changing standards passed down to them, and again pressured by students and parents to present materials that are not only pertinent to their future success as learners, but also materials that are engaging and stimulating.
This is where technology steps in. Utilizing the tools and resources available educators can now take student learning to a whole new level while reaching to students on an individual learning basis, customizing their experience to fit their needs. The question is, how can I find these resources?
Here are a few things you as educators can do to help you find resources for your classroom:
- Join social media!
- There are people worldwide sharing their ideas and efforts within the classroom. It may not always pertain to your class, but you may find ways over time to implement certain ideas and concepts in your teachings.
- Twitter is usually one of the top bets for finding these types of posts about technology in the classrooms. Setup an account and start following!
- “#” or hashtags are ways people categorize their posts, such as #educationtechnology would stream out to anyone viewing that particular topic.
- “@” which indicates twitter users. Use these to follow certain people that post information relevant to your needs! Follow me using “@TheCoachS“.
- Connect to many hashtag feeds or users using TweetDeck!
- Professional Development!
- I cannot stress enough how critical PD is for educators. You don’t always have to go in set to absorb all of the information presented, simply pick and choose what may help you along the way.
- Email listings!
- There are numerous sites that email out tips and tricks for devices and technology. If you are a Google user, check out The Gooru!
Follow this link to find more twitter handles to follow: 33 Education Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following