What are your 2011 new year’s resolutions? After watching Did You Know on YouTube last week, we sure know that ours are going to have something to do with technology. There’s no doubt that technology and social media play an important role in our jobs (and our lives!) . But imagine the roll that technology and social media will play in our kid’s lives 10 or 20 years down the road? It’s hard to even comprehend, isn’t it? With that said, here are five techie teacher things that you can resolve to learn more about this year.
Bringing technology into your classroom.
Yep, it’s time to ditch the overhead projector and stay away from the copy room. This year, we challenge you to find more ways to bring more technology into your classroom. Like this idea: Use ebooks to promote literacy. (And, if you’re suddenly feeling super-motivated to get techie in your classroom, stay tuned to our grants page cause we have tons of technology-related teacher-grants coming in 2011.)
Jumping into the blogging world.
We know, we know, you’re just not sure if you have time to start (and keep!) a blog. That’s okay. Getting into the blogosphere can be as simple as following an “edublogger” or two and seeing what they have to say each week about the world of education. Plus, if you’re dying to get your feet wet in the blogging world and don’t know where to start, we love it when teachers post on our community blog—just hit “new article” and blog away.
Getting into Social Media.
Sure, there’s Facebook and Twitter, but there’s also a whole lot of other ways to use social media to enhance your career. For example, imagine having access to thousands (or even millions) of mentor teachers through online discussions? This year, we hope that every teacher learns to take advantage of the incredible social media resources that are available to them.