Is there something you’re interested in exploring that we’re not covering? Is there a trend, topic or issue you want to dig into more? Do you have a project in mind that pulls together a bunch of tools, or a lesson plan you want to develop that incorporates what you’re learning? Do you have a collaboration in mind, but haven’t had a chance to get started? Or maybe it’s time to put together a short presentation and share what you’ve learned with your colleagues. Whatever you want to do, this Thing is your chance to choose what you want to learn and focus on what is important and useful to you.
(Note: We scheduled this same topic for Tracks 2 and 3 because the calendar was getting a bit crunched trying to schedule 30 topics. It really doesn’t matter whether you call your post Thing 17 or Thing 27!)
THINGS TO EXPLORE
A few lists and reports to explore for more tools, trends and ideas.
- Top 100 Tools for Learning – annual list of what educators feel are the most important and useful tools.
- AASL Best Websites 2014 (And earlier years)
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything – yep, everything!
- New Tools – A LibGuide with tons of tools for every interest.
- Teachers’ Guides – Curious about Badges? Google Glass? Flipped Classroom? Edudemic has some great guides to these topics and more. As well as tons of other terrific content.
- 7 Things You Should Know About … – Series of short reports on education trends and tools from Educause.
- The Horizon Report: K12 Edition – eagerly awaited annual reports that look at emerging technologies, trends and challenges. Interesting to go back and look at earlier reports too to see how well the predictions have panned out.
There are so many things you could do for this topic! I’ve listed a few ideas below, but I know you’ll all be able to come up your own great ideas. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for this topic.
- Plan a classroom project, activity, lesson.
- Meet with a colleague and get started on a collaboration.
- Dig deep into one of the tools that you really want to learn more about.
- Find and read some articles on a trend that you want to explore.
- Present what you’ve been learning at a staff meeting or a small group of interested colleagues/students/parents.
- Put together a plan to present at a meeting or conference. Share what you know!
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