Sharing with Students
- Screen Shots – Screen shots are a capture of a still image from your computer screen. A prior post about Creating Instructional Handouts using the snipping tool is useful to refer to here. You also might like to view tutorials about using an image from a Web Browser and from Google Maps to improve your technical capacity in sharing with students.
- Screen Casts – Screen casts are a capture of the action happening on your computer screen, including audio. These can be used to create a tutorial for students. Jing is a popular choice for making short videos for your class. Diana Satin wrote about screen casts in Making Instructional Videos.
- Class Website – The ultimate sharing device is a classroom website. You can make use of all sorts of other sharing tools within your site. It can be a place to keep links you refer to regularly or screen casts you've made. You can post extra practice to be accessed outside of class or as an extension or remediation to your lesson. You can include a blog to encourage communication and collaboration among your students. I use Weebly for my free, classroom site. Check out Tech Tips’ Creating a Class Website to see how Julie Bailis uses one with her class.
Sharing with Teachers
I have not shared my thoughts, resources, and lesson plans as often as I should with other teachers. I've been too worried about how polished something is – after all, this product or response will represent me as a teacher. What will people think? Because I spend so much time polishing something before I share, I have sometimes avoided sharing because of the time involved. Below are some ways to share with other teachers. Try one!
- Communities of Practice – There are many ways to communicate with other teachers in an online community. It can be as simple as posting a comment on a blog entry. (Comments welcome at Tech Tips for Teachers!) You might offer a comment or even create your own discussion thread in the LINCS community. Many states and organizations have Wiggio or Facebook Groups for teachers to participate in. If you've been quiet, get started by committing right now to either join or comment in one of these groups.
- Peer Review – While I was a part of a Teacher Fellows group, I began using the EQuIP rubric to evaluate math lessons for their alignment to the College and Career Readiness Standard for Adult Education (CCR). As part of the Teacher Fellows group, we wrote our own lesson plans and gave each other feedback. I decided to seek additional feedback, so I made changes that my peers suggested, and submitted my lesson to the Peer Review Panel at EQuIP. They responded with the most detailed and valuable feedback I’ve gotten on my lessons since I taught in the K-12 system. The three members of the Peer Review Panel that studied my unit pointed out areas of strength and brought areas of weakness to my attention. They gave me ideas for improving my unit and tightening its alignment to the CCR. I made those improvements and resubmitted my unit to be evaluated a second time. Whether or not my revisions make the unit an Exemplar, it will be posted to the resources on their site with its current rating of Exemplar if Improved. I have shared with others and improved as a professional along the way.