Ten Best Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field TripsCheck out Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips at e-School News. Learners can now set off on explorations and connect with information from sites all over the world. Virtual field trips can transform the way students learn.

Options in the article range from factory tours to museum exhibits (the Louvre) to data gathering from a real research projects to a NASA exploration of the planet Mars. Dozens more virtual museum tours are available at MuseumLink.

One interesting suggestion is the Google Lit Trips project where teachers can access free, downloadable files that mark the journeys of book characters. The Lit Trips site offers a huge number of books on a variety of levels and uses the resources of Google Earth to illustrate and follow the events in a book, making literature study three-dimensional. Also visit Google Lit Trips for Young Readers.

21st Century Learning Resources

Resources for 21st Century LearningEducator Med Kharbach, the proprietor over at the  user-friendly EducatorsTechnnology.com blog, offers a comprehensive end-of-the-year list of 21st Century learning resources, mostly from posts he has written over the past year.

To get a 2013 head-start figuring out how to make your teaching and your classroom environment more welcoming to digital students, it’s worth taking a look at Med’s list. Many of the sources on this list focus on ways to help students collaborate and think critically about the content they encounter in the virtual world.

Check them out by clicking on the image  on the right. Think about getting started with the link to What Teachers Need to Know About 21st Century Literacy which includes a short eight-minute video. Also check out The 33 Digital Skills that Every 21st Century Educator Should Have.

21st Century Learning: An Outline for Success

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Educators who seek to broaden their 21st Century skill set often wish for a roadmap to guide them through the professional growth maze of the connected world.

Check out Back-to-School Quiz: Skills Every 21st-Century Teacher Should Know by Susan Lucille Davis (@SuluDavis) at the Getting Smart blog. Quiz-takers will get a clear  sense of where they are located on the connected learning continuum and what personal learning needs to take place.

Today’s students are effortlessly digital, but they often lack organizational and judgment skills to help them establish themselves as stalwart learners. On the other hand, we adults are fairly good with organization and judgment, yet most us need to strengthen the digital side of our skills and understand how to teach in a connected and information-rich world. Davis outlines learning steps, offers specific resources, and there you have it — a roadmap.

Choose one item, such as narrowing a search by date or country, a task that will make an enormous difference in the quality of student Google searches but takes moments to master. And this is only one of her suggestions. Continue reading

10 Educational Blogs Worth Following

Check out a few of the ten educational blogs reviewed at E-School News.

These blogs, and others like them provide teachers with professional development as surely as any workshop of conference. You may discover that at least a few are worth reading on a regular basis.

Most of these ten blogs are written by  seasoned writers who are also experienced educators. The MindShift blog is a part of public broadcasting’s KQED in San Francisco. Do remember, however, that this top-10 list is a sample — thousands of other well-written and topical blogs can help a teacher expand teaching and learning activities as well as learn more about 21st Century learning.

My current favorites from this list? Continue reading

New Video – 55 Ways to Use and iPad in the Classroom

The Free Tech for Teacher blog has a post about Tom’s Barrett’s presentation on 55 ideas for using an iPad in the classroom. Barrett, is an educator blogger, with an interest in iPads. Many of the suggestions are for teachers of younger kids, but there are some, such as the tips on projecting an iPad, will be useful to for teachers of students in any grade.