In our digitally connected world, most of us have become curators of content as we utilize the technology tools in our pockets to interact with each other. We practice curation for both personal and professional reasons by saving our favorite links, images, videos, and other resources, which we have either found ourselves or have been shared with us. In turn, we usually share this curated content with each other through social media, email, text messages, etc. We can then carefully curate the information that we assemble and organize on social media, as it collectively becomes our representation of our digital selves. Even this blog is another example of curation, as I often include the links to other sources that I find valuable, and arrange my thoughts, ideas, and illustrations into a cohesive whole.
Districts throughout Georgia are implementing various Learning Management Systems to facilitate digital learning. Meanwhile, teachers have flocked to Google Classroom for managing the workflow of class assignments, calendar, notifications, announcements, quizzes, and more. Teaching and learning with these tools mandates a managed repository of robust digital resources utilizing a seamless integration.
Looking to create digital, interactive lessons within SAFARI Montage? How about a refresher on searching for rich, standard-aligned content to deliver instruction? SAFARI Montage is hosting two FREE workshops at the 2016 Florida Educational Technology Conference, FETC, that will meet your digital classroom needs!
Not too long ago, I received an email from my contact at San Diego Unified School District asking if I could meet with their Leadership & Learning Department about a challenge they were struggling with. I walked into that meeting slightly anxious as I had never met the administrators in this department before. Even the name Leadership and Learning sounds worthy of respect.
As teachers begin to shift toward greater personalized learning experiences for students, their initial steps build upon what they already know from face-to-face instruction. Districts usually provide teachers with easy to use Learning Management Systems (LMS) that can facilitate new learning opportunities with technology. However, the greatest potential of learning with technology tools is that teachers and students can transform the traditional learning environment, processes, and products. Just providing teachers with an organizational tool, such as an LMS, will not lead to transformative practices. Teachers need on-going support if they are to truly transform their classrooms into ecosystems for digital age learning.
When discussing Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), the issue of equity is always a concern; however, schools have many issues with equity regarding learning opportunities. Teachers within a school may utilize different teaching methods and strategies, so students may utilize different resources for different purposes. Some teachers choose to use project-based learning to engage students with content at school. Other teachers work especially hard to create and nurture a caring learning community, and they understand what motivates and inspires their students to learn regardless of the obstacles in their lives. Schools often have varying availability and access to digital tools and resources. This access might be due to the resources students already have in their lives and that they bring from home, but sometimes it’s due to the ingenuity and vision of the school leadership to pursue every available avenue to ensure student success.
August 6th marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Use SAFARI Montage’s extensive collection of resources to recount the events leading up to the dropping of the bomb, and its impact on the people of Japan, on Americans citizens, and on the entire world during the Cold War.
Calling all frog lovers! Teaching a unit about this amazing amphibian? Exploring their life cycle? Want to know more their predators? Discussing why some frog species are endangered or extinct? Look no further! SAFARI Montage has a collection of new and timeless frog resources sure to engage and excite your students.
What are you waiting for? Hop to it!
I attended a Digital Education Summit yesterday and was inspired by the words of Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent of Napa County Office of Education. She was passionate about how our current system is literally “Leaving gifted kids behind.” I’m paraphrasing, but she explained that it can be a torturous process for a gifted student to sit in class while the entire teaching focus is on bringing the challenged learner up to speed.
ISTE 2015 is in Philadelphia this year but Florida is featured in our booth. Diana Ryan, Innovative Learning Specialist at Lake County Public Schools in Florida, is has been sharing the story of how Lake County is using SAFARI Montage to support instruction and the development of a digital curriculum.