I have to say that at first, I found it incredibly difficult to hear myself speaking through instructions on a computer, but my students continued to tell me it was valuable to them. I found that I had less people asking the same questions over and again, and instead people would direct themselves to my website to get a refresher.
This alternate presentation tool has really changed the way that I organize information for my students. I like to be able to provide them with the big picture and then allow them to zoom in on pertinent details.
This bit of online, public journaling is a great way to provide an authentic writing experience to our students, especially since the audience can be just about anyone in certain circumstances.
- RSS Readers
The ability to pull blogs, twitter feeds, news sources, and other online content into one place for my perusal has been invaluable. This tool is part of not only my classroom (tracking student blogs), but also my own PLN (personal learning network).
- Google Apps / Google Docs
The Google suite of tools has been invaluable in getting my content online for my students to access when they are outside the school building. These programs also allow students to collaborate on projects even when they cannot be in the same physical space at the same time.
That is a brief explanation of each, and I hope you will take some time to think about your top technology tools or skills. It really is a great reflective exercise.
See you soon!