Monday, January 21, 2008

Edublogging, Classroom 2.0, support and resources for educators...

I'm a member of Classroom 2.0, "the social network for educators using collaborative technologies". As of this morning, there are 5,244 members. Classroom 2.0 has smaller groups that members can join. It also provides a variety of resources, such as the Classroom 2.0 Wiki that is divided into topics. Members of Classroom 2.0 are encouraged to contribute to the Wiki by posting video clips, lesson plans, resources, and links.

A common thread among the members of Classroom 2.0 is the fact that they all understand that good teaching and effective technology integration are important components of the "engaged learning" mix.

From what I've seen so far, Classroom 2.0 can play a very important role in supporting teachers that are just beginning to broaden their technology integration skills. It also is a good support network for people who are new to teaching. New teachers have easy access to a range of experienced educators who are willing to share their wisdom and teaching-learning strategies.

For those of you working in the schools who might not work directly in a classroom, Classroom 2.0 is worth joining. I'm sure that administrators, curriculum specialists, school counselors, school psychologists, special education coordinators, media specialists, school board members will find that Classroom 2.0 is a great resource.

I recently started a discussion topic on Classroom 2.0. to encourage members to share links to their blogs. I was amazed at the response and plan to spend some time taking it all in.

I'll share some of the highlights and specific examples of interesting uses of technology by Classroom 2.0 members in some of my future TechPsych posts. I will also post some information on my Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.

Today, I'm highlighting a a post from Kevin, a sixth grade teacher who recently spent two weeks with his students, immersed in a variety of technologies. His post includes links to all of his resources, a plus for busy blog-readers!

Wow! Two Weeks of Tech with Students!

Of the many things covered in the post, I especially liked the story about the creation of a PeaceBuilders Pledge website. The students used the MakeBeliefs Comics site to create comics that highlighted the concepts in the PeaceBuilders Pledge. (If you are a school counselor or school psychologist working on school-wide positive behavior supports, this is something to consider for your school.)

Peacebuilders "is the research-validated violence prevention youth program approved for the federally funded Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act. It is a comprehensive programs launched in organizations that shifts the entire climate to a peaceful, productive, and safe place for children, teenagers, parents, staff, and faculty."

I have so much more to share, so check back soon, or subscribe to my blog!

1 comment:

Dogtrax said...

Thanks Lynn!!