CAT | Websites
I have been contemplating for sometime (all my teaching career really) the age old question… Where does student work go? In the days before online projects, we hung student work on the walls for display. When I first got a class website, I would post links to student work sometimes. Now, I find myself with student projects that are almost exclusively digital and nowhere to “hang” them.
I like displaying and sharing student work for them, their peers, and the world(a.k.a. authentic audience). Even more than that, I needed a place for exemplars and a place for commentary and discussion on work. Due to this, a concept began forming in my brain a while back… I needed a digital hallway. I have slowly realized that curation sites curate everything else, so why not my student’s work?
After taking a look at several curation sites all of which had great features, I settled on Learnist. They seem to best fit my current needs. So what does a digital hallway look like? Here are the beginnings of one possible vision…http://bit.ly/digital-hallway
In my teacher training, I am not sure that anyone ever specifically taught me how to design the presentations I used in my lessons. In fact, I am sure of it. I realize now that there were so many ways to improve the design of what I was doing. When I review old units for use, I often find myself shaking my head at the design structure of the lessons and assignments that I created. I came across a great article by Karla Gutierrez on SHIFT’s eLearning Blog on some key design principles, and although, the author focuses on eLearning, I think that it can be translated across all types of teaching.
Google continues to branch out and take over the world (not necessarily a bad thing), but in this instance it is downright useful for teachers. They have created Google Education. This is a tool that has pre-made lessons(for students) and trainings (for teachers) about Search Literacy. Many teachers only know about a small portion of the functions available in a Google Search, so in educating ourselves we can educate the kids.
Just another hole filled by Google!
Want to know more about this great resource?? Made by the librarian of Seward Elementary, our very own Valerie Kingsland, here is a tutorial on accessing and utilizing the Digital Pipeline.
I have recently discovered The Rapid E-Learning Blog. There is a lot of great tips, tricks, and good information there to explore. Something that caught my attention today was the concept of “The Learning Ecosystem.” When reading the article 3 Things to Consider when Building Your E-Learning Courses, the author, Tom Khulmann, began to talk about this concept of bringing our learning into our existence and what that looks like. He coined a great phrase. Check out his graphic that displays this concept. I recommend the article.