Thing 13: Attend a “21st Century” Conference (in your PJs!)

The first Online Conference I watched in my PJs was, Free Tools For Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Literacy by Darren Kuropatwa.  Here, in the embedded presentation, Jennifer Kraft discussed learning tools via the internet.  Most were free, but some were not…  Very interesting presentation with great potential for use in the classroom..  The concept of empowering students by encouraging them to create their own learning toolbox and take responsibility for their own learning is a great teaching tool.  This brings to mind the old Chinese Proverb, ” Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  In this way, they too, will become lifelong learners.  What a great lesson for all students!

Next, I chose a 2008 Getting Started Keynote presentation/video made by 3 teachers from Maine, USA, (Alice Barr, Cheryl Oaks and Bob Sprankle) who wanted to help others enter the “21st Century” arena of new technology/teaching tools.   Their video, How Can I Become Part of This ReadWriteWeb Revolution?  Visitors were encouraged to participate/join the discussion/chat via Skype at this URLhttp://www.tinyurl.com/562nm4 or Ning at: http://bitbybitseedlings.ning.com.  At both these useful resources, one can find support/help with various questions they may have about becoming involved in technology of the 21st century and also, help others with their questions.

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