These are a few of the resources that will probably prove to be the most helpful to me when I begin teaching.
THE Journal - This site allows me to subscribe to their monthly newsletter, attend webinars about new and changing technologies and their roles in the classroom, and keep up with some of the most recent news about technology as a teaching tool. I like this journal in particular because it gives information from several different viewpoints and gives me information that I feel could be very useful in teaching.
Teaching History with Technology - Since I would like to become a history teacher, this website really appealed to me. The site is a part of "edtechteacher", which is a company that strives to help teachers create a "student-centered, inquiry-based" learning environment for students that incorporates technology to enhance learning. They offer a featured resource of the week section which allows teachers to submit a resource they found particularly helpful, while also giving ideas of what other teachers have used with success. I particularly like that they give ideas and helpful tips for each step of the planning process as well as offering suggestions on how to grade and asses what students have learned after completing a technology based lesson. This is a site that I will probably refer to a lot in the future.
eSchoolNews.com - This website offers some resources that are similar to those offered by THE Journal. It seems to take a different approach, however, giving more news about the changes that are taking place in the education world with regards to technology, rather than focusing primarily on how to use those technologies. I like this website because it allows me to learn a little more about the newest technologies as well as the changes with the existing technologies and how they are used.
A much less academic site that I have also found helpful in the past is Pinterest. While this would probably not be the first website that comes to mind when thinking of ways to include technology in the classroom, it is a place where teachers can share ideas and tell fellow educators what has worked for them and what has not gone quite as planned. Links to other websites with more useful information about how to better use things like SMART boards can be found there among many other things.
Future Contributions - In the future I hope to be able to share suggestions with other teachers in my school, maybe hosting workshops or figuring out how to bring people into our school to help us better understand how to use the technology that we have. Based on what I have available in my classroom, I would also like to attend conferences to learn more about how to best use those technologies and see how to stay up to date through things like grant programs. My goal is to be able to help people as much as I can in my school by keeping up to date. Eventually I would like to be able to contribute unit and lesson plans to some of the websites I have found to share what has worked best for my classes. My sphere of influence will start out at the local level, then hopefully expand somewhat , to the state or national level depending on where I contribute.
i need to write response to this post under this requierment:
As you read, you will find that EVERYONE had exceptional posts to the prompt. However, replying to peers in a substantive manner will be more challenging. Don't just report on their post and/or give lots of praise. Make your replies personal. Consider how those resource would apply to you.
Her are several ways to provide a substantive response:
Would they be practical? Is the content too academic? Conversely, are they not peer-reviewed, lack research-informed content, or perhaps too bias in your view? (For example, is CNN or FoxNews a news channel or entertainment?)
Those of us in the higher ed setting continue to have access to professional journals, but what happens when you start teaching k12 and you suddenly lose access to all those "free" journal?
For those of you who are working in your career, what happens when your days are filled with meetings and you must rush home to cook for a family, etc.? (I have twin 3yo and it is TOUGH. I have to create time to read.)
In terms of professional contribution, go the next step. How would your peer broaden his/her contribution? How could she/he pull-in more learners? How could he/she use technology to be more efficient or reach a broader audience?