There are a number of resources that I’ve created that hopefully will be of use to people who work with educational technology.
To make some of these things more accessible, I’ve published them as pdf files. Others are simply blog posts that are more major pieces of writing that can serve as reference works.
RESOURCES I’VE CREATED
What the Web is For (pdf) – Originally created by David Weinberger, the Idea Hive students in June of 2012 updated this essay for others to use.
Guide to Online Communities for Educators (pdf) – Online communities and online community management are things that some educators are working with to increase student engagement and help their students gain online collaboration skills. This is a 15 page guide for people who work with communities for learning.
Website Evaluation (pdf) – A simple two page worksheet to give to students to help them learn to evaluate the validity of the information on a website.
Truth from Fiction (pdf) – A five page booklet that can be given to students to help them think about separating truth and fiction online. Outlines a series of strategies and steps they can use.
Blogging Rubric (pdf) – Blog with students in your classroom? This is a rubric to help get you started thinking about blogging and evaluation.
The World Game – A multi week societal simulation that I did in my middle school classroom. All the resources (handouts, rule sheets, etc) are on this blog post to get you started.
Stalking in English Class – A lesson that I completed over several days where I asked students to track down leading edtech figures and find out everything they could about them. A great way to talk about online safety and information.
Building Trust in your Online Community – Trust is an important factor in the success of an online community. This post looks at first steps in that direction.
Connecting Assessment – I talk to the kids in my classroom regularly about connecting with others and good strategies to do that. While I don’t give my students a connecting grade, I use this rubric and checklist as a discussion starter.
9 Spaces for Technology in Classrooms – 9 Different models for using technology in classrooms.
STORIES ABOUT MY CLASSROOM
My classroom has been featured in a number of publications. Here’s a select list:
Blogging 101 – Weblogs go to School – This piece goes all the way back to 2005 when my classroom was one of few around the world blogging and connecting with others.
Multimedia meets Multiliteracy – A CBC piece outlining some of the work in my classroom.
Personal Learning Networks – Will Richardson features some of my work in one of his books.
New Literacies in Action – Bill Kist’s book about changing literacies. I’m chapter 3.
The Socially Networked Classroom – Another book by Bill Kist on how classrooms are changing.