Guiding Questions for the Day
- Who are the teachers we serve? How do their characteristics affect our design?
- What are ETT’s pedagogical commitments? What ideas are consistent across our work?
- How does ETT instantiate these commitments in our models?
- What is the Challenge model of instructions and how might you use it in your practice?
Who are our teachers?
- What are the important dimensions of difference across teachers?
- Identify strategies for dealing with dimensions of difference or particular places along those dimensions.
- How do you manage fear, harness enthusiasm, etc.
Technology Integration Matrix from University of South Florida
What are our pedagogical commitments?
- Journal about your own commitments/key principles/design principles
- Backwards design/connecting tech to learning goals/mission
- CRCD framework—what it is, why it works, blueprint and rubric
- Other research findings: intensity/duration, the power of teacher-to-teacher instruction
- Differentiated instruction leading to the challenge model
What are our models?
What models do you use in your own practice? What times and spaces do you have to engage educators?
Employing the Challenge Model to Differentiate Instruction
Presentation on Twitter
Topics for Challenge Designs
Top Sites and Blogs for Teaching Teachers
This list of web sites and blogs are excellent resources for planning lessons, supporting teachers, and expanding your PLN.
- Connected Principals Blog - writings from administrators about integrating technology into schools.
- edSocialMedia - ideas about how to integrate social media at the school level as well as the classroom level. There are also published guides, and they host "bootcamps" designed for school communications directors.
- Edutopia - blogs, case studies, articles, classroom guides and video examples of classroom practice.
- eSchoolNews - technology news articles from around the world. This is a great way to stay up-to-date on what is happening in various schools.
- Free Technology for Teachers - blogger Richard Byrne posts several times a day about free tools to use in the classroom. He always gives curriculum examples as well.
- The History 2.0 Classroom - EdTechTeacher's Greg Kulowiec blogs regularly about technology integration ideas at the high school level. He also focuses on iPad integration.
- NCS-Tech - elementary educator and technology facilitator, Kevin Jarrett, blogs weekly during the school year about what his students learn as well as what he is planning.
- Thinkfinity - search engine of lesson plans and activities from vetted groups such as National Geographic, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Smithsonian.
- Third Graders Dreaming Big - Suzy Brooks' (award winning educator and EdTechTeacher instructor) class blog. In addition to being a great example of a class blog, she also has fantastic classroom ideas for elementary educators.
EdTechTeacher Web Sites
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