Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier

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Summer Learning Opportunities

Overview

For many teachers, school is winding down and the thoughts of summer vacation have become a welcome realization. For others, summer break is officially in full swing. But, no matter which stage of summer break you're in, there are many things you can do not only for yourself, but to make sure you're recharged for the next school year. The following are several ideas for you to gain even more knowledge, brainstorm applications, and ensure that your classroom is a magnificent place full of fresh ideas when school begins again in the Fall.

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

Another Summit taking place this summer is the Strobel Summit, Innovative Educators Reimagining Education, hosted by Kim Strobel. Similar to the Hive Summit, this contains 7 videos that are available for almost 3 weeks. The lineup looks to be an exciting group of educators, who will all be speaking on intriguing aspects of education. To add a personal note, I had the opportunity to meet Kim at Matt's DitchConference in Indiana, and the combination of her energy and knowledge will sure mean this summit is one you won't want to miss.

Twitter Chats

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.

Check out an Educational Podcast

If you're an active member, and like to listen to podcasts, there is bound to be a education-centric podcast available. Most are less than an hour, and can lead to new information, or just thought-provoking questions about how can you better yourself as an educator. There are several amazing ones out there, but to find the perfect one, and even search for new ones, check out the Education Podcast Network website.

Take Time for Yourself!

No matter what you decide to do to get ready for the next school year, make sure to take some time to relax, enjoy being with your family more, and catch up on rest! I appreciate you reading these each week and have appreciated the feedback and comments I've received, especially those success stories of teachers trying a new tool or idea from my newsletter in their classroom! I wish you all a relaxing, safe and enjoyable summer break!

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