I don't know about you, but I am easily overwhelmed with the amount of information that is available on the Internet. Add to information overload all of the new technologies that can be used in the classroom and it is easy to feel like crawling inside a cave, rolling a boulder in front, and taking a nice long nap. Like it or not, that's not an option for today's teachers. Yesterday I found some help for fellow educators: the oldest children's publication on the web, MidLink Magazine.
Established in October, 1994, MidLink, is jointly sponsored by NC State University and the University of Central Florida. I encourage you to take a look at their projects page and archives for free projects to help you integrate technology with language arts, geography, math, science….you name it!...into your classroom.
"What does skillful technology integration look like? What are the outcomes of a successful technology project? What does the student work actually look like? What learning outcomes can teachers hope to accomplish with their students?" These are the questions which are answered in this valuable resource that is visited by teachers, students, and parents at the rate of 5,000 – 10,000 per month.
I'm looking forward to the second edition of Teaching the Story coming out in September. It will include more than 15 mini-lessons, written by Steve Johnson, showing teachers how to use wikis, digital cameras, Interactive whiteboards, MP3 players, etc, to enhance the process of writing short fiction. Along with the great projects provided by MidLink, I hope it will prompt more teachers to crawl out of the cave and into the digital classroom.Technorati Tags:
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