My new favorite blog would have to be Langwitches Blog: The Magic of Learning. One of my colleagues shared the post Framing a Skype Learning Experience, demonstrating how a 3rd grade teacher used an real-life encounter as an opportunity to help students develop better questions, write about their experiences, and reflect on their learning before, during, and after a Skype conversation with an author they were reading. She has also made a few posts this week about "giving students opportunities to become meaningful contributors to their own learning, their learning community and society at large" with Alan November's 6 roles to empower learners as the inspiration.
Networked Teaching &Learning The official blog of the eMINTS National Center posted today 4ALL: What Pi Sounds Like , a link to a cool YouTube Video that demonstrates the connections between Math and Music.
The Cool Cat Teacher Blog shared 5 links for education and technology in her post Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 03/11/2011. My favorite was ELEV8ED, an online projects that has kids submit videos that offer new ideas for education, inspire or transform education, or propose actions that can be taken to improve education.
Kelly, from the iLearn Technology blog shared how she is helping a school to begin using social media with school staff and students. She outlines how she is supporting teachers in safely getting students using Twitter using a classroom account to be used for learning and communicating with a bigger community. Her post Twitter in the Classroom and Twitter Posters is a great example and scaffold for others interested in teaching students how to be safe and effective users of the technology available to them today. She also shares the resources she used with the teachers and kids to help them learn how to best use this Web 2.0 tool.
And finally, in Thoughts By Jen's Yes I am Frustrated, she questions the effectiveness of her PLN (personal learning networks), her friends online, if they only communicate in the encapsulated space of the Internet and don't have real conversations outside of that environment, real face-2-face conversations that go beyond 140 characters and simply sharing links to great stuff they have found online.
So what are you reading about this week?
What is inspiring you to become a better teacher?
(and borrowing a bit from another post from the Cool Cat Teacher Blog)
"How do you compare to your teaching yesterday, last week,
last month, last year?
Are you improving yourself?"
Are you modeling being a life-long, self-directed learner?