Many teachers have found that social networks and media can provide valuable support for their continuing professional development. However, knowing where to start can be a problem. Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere aren’t always easy places to move in and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of posts that appear and disappear in rapid succession. How can we make sense of them and identify the people we can most learn from? How do we set ourselves goals and keep track of where we’re going?
English rapper-poet Suli Breaks is out with a video that’s taking the Internet by storm, and young people are loving it.
“Why I Hate School But Love Education” has received nearly half a million views since it was posted to YouTube on Sunday. The young, educated artist takes a strong stance on schooling, urging the world’s youth to “understand your motives and reassess your aims.”
“Redefine how you view education, understand its true meaning,” Suli Breaks says. “Education is not just about regurgitating facts from a book on someone else’s opinion on a subject to pass an exam. Look at it. Picasso was educated in creating art. Shakespeare was educated in the art of all that was written. Colonel Harland Sanders was educated in the art of creating Kentucky fried chicken.”
There are plenty of reference materials on the web that can guide educators to lesson plans and other resources that can be used in the classroom. Finding useful classroom material can be challenging.
Here are 50 useful online reference sites to help:
Here are some apps to help teachers to streamline their workflow and bring their teaching into the 21st century. From iClickers and grade books to attendance and presentations, these apps will wow your students and save you precious time, all from the comfort of your iDevice.
(some are free)
Want to create a classroom hotspot? Take a look at the iPhone 4 hotspot on Verizon. See if it works in your class.