"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"
~ Richard Steele ~

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Webquests

Learned a new tool for making webquests that I am loving. Zunal is an easy site that allows you to add photos, videos, texts, links, rubrics..everything I needed to do a project.

It had an easy learning curve and took me longer to make the this one because I late discovered things I could do that I didn't know at first. It is very organized and lets you add both interactive items like videos and links as well as directions for students to follow. You are allowed only one webquest to make for free before upgrading but it is worth the small fee.


Also, there are a lot of interesting and useful webquests that are a great addition to my bag of tricks to use in the classroom.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Opportunities

Each day more opportunities arise in my PLN. Lately, I have been spending  a lot of time trying to learn new skills and enhance my knowledge base. It seems that every time I think I have a handle on something, a new approach, strategy or research comes along. I guess that is what makes me a life-long learner.


Today, I found out about several FREE virtual conferences. They offer the ability to learn wherever you are. No need to travel which helps with the budget issues and I did say "free".  Be sure to check these out and add them to your calendar.  



Learning 2.0 (http://www.learning20.com)
August 20 - 24, 2012

Check out the list of topics as well connecting globally with other.

Library 2.012 (http://www.library2012.com)
October 3 - 5, 2012










The Global Education Conference (http://www.globaleducationconference.com)
November 12 - 16, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What is you PLN?

I love to learn. The problem is time. It keeps getting in my way. So, I need to limit myself on how much time I spend on the internet reading new topics and researching interested approaches that I can bring back to the classroom.


One blog that I follow is  Cool Cat Teacher because I find new gems about flattening my classroom and collaborating with others. Today Julie has put together a great package of ideas about the Ipad that I need to spend some time reviewing. I attended a meal with her while I was at ISTE and had the opportunity to ask how she was able to maintain a blog, Facebook and tweet at the same time. She said she scheduled it into her day along with other essentials like exercise. Smart woman!  I think she knows what she is doing. Time can be easily lost wandering the internet. I need to start to put this into my plan of action as well.


Another great blogger I follow is Richard Byrne.  Richard continually finds ideas and strategies for using technology. I have used many of his ideas. His posts offer ways to integrate technology into the classroom.


What I appreciate about these two bloggers is the way they organize their blogs. Yes, I love to see things in neat lists with headings. I also love it when the ideas can be applied to my classes. It is definitely a win-win situation following two exceptional educators.


If you haven't started to expand you PLN, start with just a couple of great bloggers. Try to keep it simple when you start or you will be overwhelmed by too much information.