This week I’m focusing on the small changes and moves that educators are making to transition to more open, connected learning within their classrooms and expanding networks.
- Cult of Pedagogy has some great posts! One of the most recent posts is about the use of “busysheets” in the classroom. We need to consider how we are engaging our students and if our instruction is purposeful! Taking a close look at the resources we choose and how we use them is small move with a big impact!
- More on this idea can be found on this post about HyperDocs, which is a very similar, small shift.
- Another post I found on Cult of Pedagogy was about 6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018. There were some very popular sites listed, but a great tool (Sway) was also listed that is an Office product which is a very small change from PowerPoint!
- Just the other day I was reading some posts on social media about ways to communicate with parents. SO many teachers are already using apps to communicate but I haven’t found one that does ALLLL the things I need it to. Then, I found Bloomz in a post. I have only played around with the demo class, but it seems like a small change that is a huge time saver that also helps to connect home and school.
- I think a very small change that educators can also make is to be purposeful in HOW we look for resources. This site does a great job explaining how to make these small changes. Instead of randomly browsing Pinterest or TeachersPayTeachers and other social media sites, small changes can provide us with a meaningful experience and lessen the amount of time we spend on searching and increase the amount of time we spend on planning for excellent (connected) instruction.
- This website is great for saving time for teachers, but could also be very helpful for students in a connected learning aspect. With the internet so common and students spending some much time learning digitally, they need to be held accountable for grammar, etc.
- This conversation about 20% Time is great, but it is also an excellent tool (and small change) for teachers to offer students an engaging choice time (that involves connected learning) that can act as an unplanned anchor activity for students to constantly return to.
What do you think? What moves have you made or do you plan to make?
All my love,