Overview

This section is for all of the resources that I have found that have made me a better teacher. Some of these sites have to do with technology integration and others do not. As teachers, we should always be trying to find new and better ways of doing things in our classrooms. We can not hope to accomplish this if we know nothing about emerging literacies, new research, and great time savers. This page will be anything but exhaustive, but these sites tend to form a core of useful information upon which I base a lot of my current teaching practice.

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The Rest (to be organized soon)

I impressed with the potential for organization and syncronization with Ajax Calendars. If I could get everyone in my department to use a collaborative calendar, we would be on our way to becoming the productive and self-sufficient department that I hope we eventually become.

There are many terms on this list that I hadn't heard before, but now that I know the difference between Captcha and Blogorrhea, I feel like a better person. All kidding aside, this is a great resource for figuring out the lingo rich arena of blogs. It is written quite simply, but if you still are having trouble understanding some of these items, most of them are cronicled on Wikipedia. Go Here, and search for them.

This wiki is what inspires me to make my wiki the best it can be. There are so many great tips and tricks at this site. The cool and Uber cool online tools are heavenly and there is a fantastic introduction to every major Web 2.0 movement in education. I respect anyone who takes the time to boil down complex technologies for others to easily digest.

If your computer knowledge is sporatic or just in need of a refresher course, here you are. This is one of the greatest resources for those who are new to newer computers, the internet, and technology integration into the classroom. Look and learn.

Blogging has so much potential for the classroom. In order to make sure that we fully realize that potential, we need to make sure that we know as much about it as possible. This page is an ever growing wiki showing all of the different uses of blogs in education from the viewpoints of both students, teachers, administration, and also a few parents.

I have mentioned the concept of Wikibooks in the Edublogs section, but this is great example of their potential. This wikibook is nowhere near complete, but it is a great start to a working handbook for modern educational practice. You can edit and add your own ideas too. I know that many people's educational philosophies clash, but I think this could be a good way of resolving these issues and finding a real idea of "best practice."

I see teacher books in two ways:
  1. Books that I am compelled to read for a disembodied district/school/class mandate.
  2. Books that are recommended by real classroom teachers who say that they have actually gotten something valuable out of them.
The second option has always appealed to me much more, and finally I have found a resource that makes this process of recommending teacher books globaly a real possibility. If you are looking for something to read that will help classroom practice, take a look at this bookshelf.

If you are planning on incorperate technology into your lessons, I recommend this site. This site claims to be the single best aggregator for how to be successful with using technology to create virtual classrooms. The more that I find on this site, the more I believe in that claim. What I like about this site most is that it has a pretty good balance of theory and practice. I know that most of us are probably not going to be making the jump to on-line only classroom any time soon. I personally cannot possibly imagine losing out on the personal connection created in my brick and mortar environment, but a lot of the links on this site are great starting places for creating some conviction and creative ideas surrounding technologically enabling students.

This is a well executed tutorial for teachers (and students I suppose) as to how to what blogs and RSS feeds are and how to use them in classrooms. Even if this resource was created in 2004, the information here is valuable to all those who are consumed by a technological fog. I found this page quite illuminating. Knowing what a blog is and isn't is really important if you would like to become an authority on the subject for your students.

If you are looking for effective things to do with technology in the classroom that have been tested by other teachers and written about in helpful and easy to digest language, go here. The level of organization on this site is just impressive. All diciplines are accounted for, and they really are trying to create a place for best practices to evolve. I think that they are doing a great job so far, mostly because you can edit and add to any idea on the fly.