Yay! We made it to summer break! Well, most did at least. If you teach summer school or year-round school, our thoughts are with you!
So now what? Summer is a great time to get familiar with new technology and play with it at your leisure to prep for the following year. Here are some ideas:
- Set up Edmodo classes
- Register for Education account for Animoto.com
- Familiarize yourself with Google Apps for Education, and talk to your district about getting it in your school.
- Create a real class website using Yola, Weebly, or Wix
- Create a class social network on Ning.com or Grou.ps
- Check out a laptop, iPad, iPod touch, or other device you are unfamiliar with
- Start a Twitter account and build a PLN. Click here to get a list of great educators to follow.
- Build Facebook groups for your classes, teams, or organizations. Remember, these are push-only, you need not be friends with the others.
- Get registered on SpellingCity.com and start creating some spelling lists
- Join Classroom 2.0 and become an active participant. Lots to learn there!
- Visit Cybraryman’s Site. SO many tools and tutorials! Learn something new!
- Take the time to learn how to really use your SMART board. (or Promethean)
- Ask a colleague to help you set up something you don’t know about
- Backward design a lesson plan to incorporate current technology
- Get familiar with Glogster, and devise a project to use it in the classroom
- Begin a class blog. There are many free options to use for this.
- Invest in a new Macbook, iPad, or iPod, and enjoy! …or a PC if you must 🙂