Looking for ways to integrate technology into your classroom this year, have a look at these two ezines with lots of great ideas. But I might recommend first listing out your class goals or project ideas for the year and then checking these tool resources. Do not worry if you have no clue how to use them, just google the tool name and tutorial and you will more than likely find a plethora of tutorials for each tool.
We all know how much kids are invested in time with their social media networks, so if you can't stop them from using them, well, why not join them. (See the previous blog entry showing data of types of users on the web.)
Onlineuniversity posted a wonderful blog about 100 ways to use social media in the classroom. If you have thought about how to use social media or have been a bit uncertain or you need to think about how best to encourage your administration to allow social media, check out the many possibilities.
My favorites are:
1. Create a facebook page for a Fictional Character.
2. Use Twitter for current events, probability and fact checking.
3. Use skype for a field trip.
Business week posted a very cool graphic image about what people are doing on the web. One of the most interesting aspect of the image is the categories that they have broken activities into and where my generations sits.
The majority of my generation falls into spectators, but youth fall more into Joiners. interesting enough, they all represent low numbers in collectors. Your thoughts?