Monday, February 20, 2006

Ed Tech Trends of 2005

As a teacher, I make sure that my creativity in teaching is geared towards helping my students get a better score in their standardized testing and towards compliance in their IEP goals, the state and district approved standards.

I am also determined to accomplish a lot for my present school, Jefferson Junior High School, and I am taking small steps like creating and managing the school website. Jefferson Jr HS Online Newsletter has a national and international readership. Thus, it transcends the scope found in many newsletters dealing only with local news. In this sense, it echoes the World Future Society's challenge to THINK GLOBALLY and ACT GLOBALLY.

We have already selected and invited students who would want to write for the online newsletter in collaboration with their writing mentors.

We would want this group to be exclusive by invitation only so we can focus in training each writer to better their craft. Eventually, these students will be invited by the DC Area Writing Project to be trained during the Summer Youth Writers Camp. They will also be encouraged to have cyber pals (instead of "pen pals"), will have their own personal webpages/blogs, publish podcasts and videocasts, and will be encouraged to read and give feedback to each others' poetry and writings interstate and across countries.

It is very evident that the student cyberjournalists in my school are really excited and are having fun learning these new technology from us every Friday Funday. How would they love it learning other HOT ed tech trends in education!?

Hot ed-tech trends of 2005

Philadelphia Inquirer ed-tech columnist Joyce Kasman Valenza consults Dave Cormier, host of the Web's Ed Tech Talk Show, to develop her list of the top ten technology trends that affected education in 2005. Featured among her picks are wikis, blogs, podcasts and browser-based applications, all of which, she says, "enrich the educational landscape." The Philadelphia Inquirer (free registration) (1/8)


beatburn said...

i haven't fully explored the potential of cyberspace in teaching. thanks for this.

let's link! :)

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