Monday, May 7, 2012
Blogs are a great resource for Tech ideas in the classroom. PLNs are a good way to always have new ideas or help with finding resources. By commenting as well as reading comments, only expands your network. Many comments give ideas as to how to troubleshoot as well as suggest other resources that may work as well. Making a comment makes me a little nervous. I do prefer the anonymity of a screen name instead of my own name. My comments tend to be adding something to the discussion, maybe a suggestion specific to ELA or a trouble shooting tip. Usually very functional.
I have been using Diigo for quite some time and find it very useful to be able to access my bookmarks anywhere. It also allows you to create lists of bookmarks specific to a subject or concept. Symbaloo is also a good resource to use for curating sources. Instead of a list, you create icons. It also allows you to create pages dedicated to a specific subject or concept as well. Another good reason to move bookmarks to the web is that you can access them on any kind of device. I can access my Diigo account on my PC, my iphone, ipad and Mac laptop. Symbaloo doesn't have an iphone app yet, but it works on a Mac computer. It is a way to allow kids access on any device without a problem.
A blog that I plan to follow is www.freetech4teachers.com
The guy that manages this is an animal. I have no idea how he has a job alongside the enormous amount of work he puts into this Blog. It is very useful when trying to integrate tech into a classroom.