The digital teacher - ETAQ presentation


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It is very easy for any English teacher, not just those at the start of their careers, to get really excited by new technology offerings only to find themselves overwhelmed down the track by the task of 'keeping up' with what they have found or made. In this presentation you will have a chance to hear about some tools that you can use in your classroom, with a focus on how to manage the workload these entail. Working with students in online environments will require you to consider ethical questions, in particular issues around student privacy, and this will also be addressed. If you are or would like to be more of a digital teacher, come along to hear how to keep having fun and save your sanity in the e-teaching world!

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The digital teacher - ETAQ presentation

  1. 1. The Digital Teacher:Managing the workload and choosing effective tools Kelli McGrawQueensland University of Technology ETAQ Beginning Teachers’ Day 2012
  2. 2. Digital DigitalTeaching Learning• Blogs • Twitter Homework blogs @kmcg2375 Class publishing blogs @ETAQld ‘Character’ blogs @englishteachers• Wikis #ozengchat (Tuesday nights)• Social media Share bookmarks • TED Talks YouTube sharing • Facebook Twitter/Facebook (?)
  3. 3. Making your class ablog is easy… Getting your class to use a blog is hard.
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  6. 6. TOP TIPS:• Be realistic about how long students take to make a profile• Don’t ‘double up’ – REPLACE written homework with blog tasks• Be a responsive moderator• a good alternative to school-based services
  7. 7. Wikis, blogs &workflow: Email folders and RSS feeds = new best friends!
  8. 8. Use your email folders to sort student emails by year/class/project.+ ‘Poetry Blog’ folder for…
  9. 9. Using email or Google ‘Reader’:Blog posts and comments can be monitored via RSS feed.
  10. 10. Teaching in digital spaces requires/allowsstudents to develop their digital literacy.You can scaffold this, or learn alongside them.
  11. 11. Digital andonline toolsallow teachers tomonitor studentwork,progress andengagementin new anddifferent ways.
  12. 12. TOP TIPS:• Ask students to use their first name only in online profiles• Get students to make an ‘avatar’ that isn’t a photo of them• Promote student use/knowledge of school email addresses• Set boundaries for when you will be responding online.
  13. 13. BONUS SLIDE!“How do I convince my HoD to let me use onlinesites when school policy discourages this?”1. Find evidence that a teacher at another school has been allowed to do it.2. Explain how your school’s public profile will benefit from demonstrating innovative pedagogy.3. Create the blog/wiki before you ask them – it will be harder for them to refuse you if you’ve already put the work in ;)4. Present a plan for sending information and/or permission notes home to parents.
  14. 14. Love your technology…and your Learning Networks• Embrace social media Other English teachers are sharing; YOU are in control of how much time you spend online! @ETAQld• Be patient at school Your teaching colleagues may not be as enthusiastic as you…always try to see things from their point of view and lead by example.• Your digital footprint Digital teaching = greater public visibility. Be aware, not alarmed.
  15. 15. Love your technology…and your sanity!• One class at a time Trial new ideas e.g. homework blog with one class first.• Talk to your family Don’t underestimate how much ‘home time’ you might be surrendering.• Ask for help! You can contact me too! e.g. HoD, librarian, ETAQ @kmcg2375