One of my favorite web sites for finding out more information about the craft of teaching in a creative classroom is the site that the George Lucas Foundation has supported for many years–Edutopia.
Whether your are doing Project Based Learning, Science Inquiry, digital design, or video editing there are always great resources available for teachers at the site.
Now comes another great resource from Edutopia. A PDF guide called Top Ten Tips for Teaching With New Media. This is a free download and doesn’t even require the submission of an e-mail. Just click the link and go!
And what are those tips? Glad you asked. In a nutshell here are the things that readers of Edutopia recommend.
1. Break the Digital Ice: Get your students started with fun, engaging, and relatively easy-to-use tools such as VoiceThread.
2. FInd Your Classroom Experts: Don’t forget to enlist the help of your students!
3. Get Off to a Good Start: Be sure your students know where to find information for your class and how to access it. Edline is a big help for this in Palm Beach County Schools as you can create folders for assignments and much more. But start early and get your students used to visit for the best chance of succes.
4. Think Globally: Online lessons and resources make it easier than ever to get information about other places and makes it possible to collaborate with classrooms around the world.
5. Find What You Need: Need materials or other items for your classroom? Websites like DonorsChoose.org can be a powerful tool for getting micro-grants.
6. Make Meaning from Word (Clouds): World clouds like those you can make at Wordle.net are a great way to see the connections between ideas and much more.
7. Work Better, Together: Collaborative projects can be more work to manage for the teacher, but they provide tremendous opportunities to reach those students who don’t always contribute to your classroom the way you would like.
8. Open a Back Channel: Twitter and Facebook allow you to build your own Personal Learning Network, but don’t forget other groups like Discovery Education Network and the Adobe Education Exchange. You can customize your classroom needs and stand on the shoulders of giants by learning from those how have blazed trails ahead of you.
9. Make It Visual: It’s easier than ever to use images and video to inspire your student’s curiosity, generate brainstorming, and engage diverse learners.
10. Use the Buddy System: Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from collaboration and shared problem solving. Teachers can take advantage of a variety of communication tools to share ideas and strategies with colleagues.
This is a great resource with some tremendous tips and valuable lessons learned. Don’t miss Top Ten Tips for Teaching With New Media from Edutopia!