Do you know what else is our future? Technology- we must prepare our students for the future. Review this video when you have a moment. Points to ponder: Technology literacy is the solution to feeling overwhelmed and boggled down by information. Today’s digital generation of students need to be taught and engaged in learning with the tools available in technology. Students receive and process information in a 2.o style and teacher’s need to adapt their classrooms to fit the needs of today’s student.
Literacy has a whole new meaning. Literacy- how to read and write. Computer Literacy- how to navigate your way through and around a computer. Information Literacy- how to synthesize and organize information. Integration Literacy- how to implement technology in the classroom. 21st Century Literacy- The Future of Literacy 21st century literacy combines all the above definitions into one complete and loaded term. 21st century literacy is the ability to read and navigate through a plethora of digital images, texts, and applications. It's your way around a computer, in a computer, and how to circumvent the world through your fingertips.
Learning Tools & Literacy Top Ten Resources (my favorites) available to educators and students. Google- offers a vast array of tools and resources Twitter- micro blogging Evernote- note-taking Pbworks- collaboration Wikipedia- research Mindmeister- brainstorming Glogster- interactive posters Prezi- presentation Surveymonkey- survey & questionnaire Delicious- social bookmarking
Google.com Google isn’t just a search engine! Google offers many learning tools to students of all ages, with one log-in! Google Search is a greatly used and effective search engine for student research and exploration. Google earth is an interactive tool for users to research areas on a global level. Google Docs offers collaborative and sharing opportunities for the classroom. Gmail, Gchat, and Gwave are resources used to communicate efficiently in today’s fast moving world. Google sites is available for the creation of personal or group pages. Blogger is a communication and reflection tool available through, guess who?, Google.
Twitter is a micro-blogging tool students can use to communicate at home or in the classroom. As seen in the video, The Twitter Experiment, twittering can become an effective learning tool in classroom discussions. All students have an opportunity to provide their input, and the teacher can use their twitters as speaking points during a classroom discussion. Twitter can be used to encourage classroom participation and student contribution.
Evernote.com Evernote is a wonderful learning tool for the 21st century student. In years’ past, we visited the library, searched through newspapers, magazines, books, and film. In high school, I was taught how to file pertinent information using index cards. Today, the 21st century learner uses the internet to research and Evernote to file away information digitally. Evernote allows you to collect and store information using web clips, text clips, voice memos, screen shots, etc. It’s a new day and Evernote is a tool to help prepare students for today and the future ahead.
Pbworks.com Pbworks is a collaborative tool on the web, formally known as Pbwiki. It is essentially used as a shared workplace and can be used by students to create unforgettable learning experiences. Students can edit and share their work in real time. The days of students setting up meeting times at each other’s homes are no longer an issue. Pbworks is the solution for collaborative work in a 2.0 world. Check out my webpage for examples of how this site could be used by teachers and students.
Wikipedia.org Wiki + Encyclopedia= Wikipedia Wikipedia is where research and exploration begin. A free web-based encyclopedia offered in multiple languages. This wiki is created by volunteers & professionals across the globe and can be edited by users. Be sure to have students cross reference data with other credible sites. Though Wikipedia is a great start, it shouldn’t be student’s only source of information.*Note image.
Mindmeister.com Mindmeister: a wonderful Web2.0 tool to help students map out their thoughts and ideas. Students can create a brainstorm or graphic organizer. They can organize links and images as well as their notes. This learning tool also allows you to research information and images using your preferred search engine right there while you are mapping. It allows collaboration amongst students and the history tab allows the teacher to assess student's contributions when working collaboratively.
Glogster.com Glogster is a delightful learning and presenting tool for students. You can create interactive posters that include video, sound, images, and text. Students (and teachers) will have fun presenting on Glogster creating a visual that really fits your personally. It's also very user friendly. Get to work, I mean play!
Prezi.com A tool as fun and interactive as Glogster. Prezi allows the 2.0 student to create a pleasing presentation using movement. Prezi takes pride in its zooming & digital storytelling capabilities.
SurveyMonkey.com Survey monkey is a learning tool where students can create and take part in surveys and questionairres on the web. It offers many different formats for creating all types of questions & answers. It allows the creator to track and document results easily. Check it out.
Delicious.com Delicious is a user- friendly social bookmarking site. Students can keep track of their favorite or most helpful sites using this online resource. Students can categorize their sites any way they like and access them easily by logging into their account.