As we complete our opening three days of professional development in Burlington Public Schools today, I was thinking about all of the great resources that staff has shared with one another this week. In addition, I was wondering how we can continue to share resources throughout the school year when we will be off in our own schools, classrooms and offices. With this in mind, I decided that I would try to continue to riding on this wave of sharing and pass along three resources each Thursday (Three for Thursday) that I thought would be valuable for colleagues.
For my first Three for Thursday, I am going to get things rolling with three of my all-time favorites:
Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers blog has been on my must-read list for years. Richard, an educator from Maine, shares countless resources daily with reviews and quick explanations of how these resources can be used in classrooms. In addition, he is constantly providing updates on all of these digital tools as they are updated.
Cult of Pedagogy from Jennifer Gonzalez is another must read. Jennifer is a National Board Certified middle school teacher who is now teaching pre-service teachers at the university level. Whether you are a first-year teacher or a savvy veteran, you will find a tremendous amount of resources here on Jennifer’s blog. Before I move on to my third site for this week, I also want to throw a quick plug out for Jennifer’s latest book Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 1). The book which was co-authored by Mark Barnes was one of my favorite summer reads.
My final site for this week is Alice Keeler’s Teacher Tech. There are many reasons to follow Alice’s blog, but one of the biggest for me is the fact that she is a Google ninja! She is constantly sharing updates on Google tools with clear explanations of how teachers can take advantage of the latest updates to the Google Apps for Education toolbox. She is a go-to person for anything related to Google Classroom and recently published 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom.
Richard Byrne’s Free Technolog For Teachers Blog has been one of the top resources for educators trying to integrate technology into their classrooms for quite some time. In fact Richard’s blog was again selected as the Best EdTech Blog in this year’s Edublog awards. What makes Richard’s blog so useful is the fact that he reviews all of the resources that he posts and also has a number of publications and videos that can help teachers in their efforts to utilize more digital resources.
Well, Richard has added to his web-presence with the creation of a new blog geared towards educators looking to implement iPads in their classrooms. At the beginning of December, Richard started a new blog called iPad Apps for School. I have already made it a must follow and added it to my RSS feed.
Thanks for the early Christmas present Richard!
Here are a few recent posts from the new blog worth checking out:
10 Great Apps for a Teacher’s New iPad
An Augmented Reality Math Game
MeeGenius Puts Great Children’s Stories on iPads
Maily for iPad Gives Students a Safe Place to Learn to Email
As we move into our second year as a Google Apps school, we continue to offer a number of professional development sessions to help teachers make the move away from Microsoft Office and saving documents on our network. These two options will no longer be supported as we move into the 2012-2013 school year.
The book below is another great resource from Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers website that can also help staff make this transition.
Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012http://www.scribd.com/embeds/92629651/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-wcpitfebq2fjs7ft73e