Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Summer Learning Opportunities
Participate in a Digital Summit: The Hive Summit
One thing that has really gained traction in recent years is that of the digital summit for teachers. The first one I can recall is the DitchSummit that Matt Miller did a few years back. Now, they're popping up more and more frequently. These are Professional Development videos that are dropped directly into your inbox one at a time for the duration of the summit. One of them is the Hive Summit. This one features 9 speakers, and covers two weeks. You are able to learn at your own pace, watch when you're able to, and not have to worry about rearranging plans to attend.
Another Digital Summit: The Strobel Summit
A super easy to stay connected and grab new ideas for the school year is to participate in Twitter chats. These happen all throughout the year at various hours on various days. What's even cooler about this is that Twitter is full of educators from all over the world ready to connect with and share ideas. Twitter may seem like an overwhelming social media platform, but it truly is gold mine for teachers to collaborate digitally directly from your couch. If you're looking for a chat to get started, check out the Davenport Community School District Chat, #dcsdpln, on Monday evenings at 9:00 PM CST. If you're looking for others to participate it, check out the list of Educational Twitter Chats.
Write a Blog or Create a Website
Sharing the information you discover can be beneficial to everyone...if it's shared! This is why writing a blog is a terrific idea. Each week, these Ed Tech tips are written on Smore, a site that allows you to create some really neat designs for flyers and newsletters. Additionally, you can utilize these in your classroom and have students create advertisements and flyers reflecting your current unit. Or, if blogging isn't your desired method, developing a class website allows you to be practical and have some fun designing. Adding a blog or website to your class description could springboard your excitement for next school year.