http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE reportGrowing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations.
http://www.delicious.com/davidweightmanPersonal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around forever. Originally, they were your family and friends, maybe other educators you worked with, but as the internet and web 2.0 tools have become nearly ubiquitous, PLNs can include tons of different communities – social networking sites like Facebook,blogs, Twitter, wikis, social bookmarking tools, LinkedIn, and so many more. Basically, anyone that you interact with is apart of your PLN, whether they are social contacts, professional peers, or experts in their field. Most of the ‘learning’ takes place on-line now, because it is simple to find and connect with others with similar interests from around the world.The beauty of people communicating online is the ease of finding and sharing information and – if you ask for it – the group feedback that you get on ideas and projects.Here are some ways that educators are using their PLNs:- Professional development – learn from content-area specialists- Locate resources for your classroom, such as free websites and software- Get lesson plan ideas from master teachers- Learn about new technology and how to integrate it into your teaching- Find collaborative solutions- Find interesting links to education news
For visual learnersWord SipWord cloudsAnalyze results of written work
A single word can be a powerful thingread, write, or edit a shared on-line journalA blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.In simple terms, a blog is a website, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.Since Blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others
Critical Thinking and CommunicationWith VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leavecomments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even beembedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exportedto MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.
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Top Tech Tools 21st Century Teaching and Learning Lata Persaud Secondary Resource Teacher, Instructional Technology 2/242011 1
Yeah Cloud! Collaboration and Computing for the 21st Century 2/242011 9
Google Collaborate, Communicate, Create 2/242011 10
PLNPersonal Learning Network Twitter www.twitter.com 2/242011 11 n. – the entire collection of people with whom you engage and exchange information, usually online. Readers Google Reader Delicious – Social Bookmarks http://www.delicious.com/
Note: Tweets include 140 characters (i.e. spaces, punctuation and symbols)
Be ready to share & submit
Tweets tap into contemporary techno/cultural practices and help group members synthesize information using one hundred and forty characters. Groups at Work – Copyright MiraVia LLC – All rights reserved
Support me! 2/242011 22 For more resources please visit: http://portal.peelschools.org/sites/twt Or contact you Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT)