I take pride in participating in the Edublog Award Nominations for 2012. Although I have been a digital resident for many, many years, I have only now begun to regard myself as an ICT specialist and to be totally committed to the community of 21st century connected teachers and educators.
So, here goes…
Educational Wiki – CrazyCrazes This is a truly collaborative class project where children the world over create a Wiki showing the latest craze of their country or area. The children must answer specific questions regarding games they play, collections of cards, stickers or toys, popular pastimes, favourite TV programs, popular books, fashion and music.
Class Blog – I came across a marvelous blog for children from kindergarten through Grade 5 – Techie Kids. Students can collaborate with each other, their teachers, their parents, and with other kids around the world. The blog features many gadgets and widgets and is a useful source of information for bringing small kids into the world of Web 2.0.
Free Web Tool – Tagxedo for sure! Tagxedo is Wordle “forte”! This is a multi-dimensional tool for the classroom. The combination of word clouds, graphics, and tags allow a teacher to “go to town”. You can focus on the art work, the vocabulary content, the shapes,. You can turn your word clouds into meaningful shapes, just like I did in this example:
Most Influential Blog Post – V&R Mapping at Educause in which David White speaks about a workshop he gave about the Visitors and Residents project and idea with attendees mapping their personal engagement with the web on the V&R (Visitors and Residents) Map .
I nominate V&R Mapping at Educause because it is a counter to counter theory to Marc Prensky’s “Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants”. It makes much more sense to explore HOW people use the internet. White’s typology implies that people either “reside” online, having an online persona, or just visit occasionally to see what’s going on. This is in contrast to Prensky’s exploration of WHO uses the internet, what their background is, or how old they are.
Best Open PD – Udemy “Where Amazing Instructors Teach the World”. I have leaned more here than in all my higher education years at college!