Well, it is the night before classes start, and I still have that little flutter in my tummy — I had a mentor once who told me that was a good sign, because the semester you stop getting butterflies is the semester you should quit teaching. So, I either believe him, or he jinxed me. Either way, I am a bot nervous.
So, to get some of the nerves out, I will rekindle an annual tradition. Last year, I made a list of a few things that a digital teacher might want to try in 2007 in light of Time naming “you” as the person of the year in 2006. I will repost that list here and add a few more:
Last year’s list:
- Subscribe to at least five blogs and five podcasts, and read/listen to the regularly.
- Create a wiki. It can be for you, your family, your students, your school. Whatever. Just make one and play around with it.
- Learn how to post photos, videos, slideshows, or some other artifact online and think about other creative things that you can do with it.
- Create a digital story. Even if it is only a few seconds long.
- Learn more about copyright and how you and your students can use Creative Commons to produce your own digital writing.
- Write a document collaboratively.
- Get an avatar in Second Life.
- Talk for free. Heck, talk to lots of other people for free about something interesting to you.
- Get onboard with the open source movement.
- Check out other Web 2.0 options.
And, to add this year’s list:
- Join a social network such as Classroom 2.0.
- If you haven’t yet, try out microblogging with Twitter. And build a social network there, too.
- Download an install Portable Apps on a jump drive.
- Participate in a webcast.
- Read a free e-book on digital media and learning.
- Record a screencast.
- Set up a web conference.
- Develop a personal website. Google makes it a cinch.
- Get involved with a professional organization of your choice and submit a proposal to present about how you are using technology in your classroom at their annual conference.
- Encourage another teacher to begin blogging.
That’s about all for now. I feel a bit better about preparing for tomorrow, and the rest of the year. Good luck in your tech adventures this semester.
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Here’s to a great semester!
I hope that all is well with you — good luck with teaching and your courses.
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