4 EdTech Resources From Last Week That Will Inspire You

Part of the fun of engaging with users on the phone, via email, and on social networking sites like Twitter every week is hearing about all of the interesting new ideas happening in the educational technology world. This week, we’ve gathered some inspiring stories and resources from across the web to share with you!

1. #caedchat

A regional offshoot of the popular #edchat Twitter chats, last week’s was an inspiring feed. We particularly enjoyed seeing question 7, posed by @hollyclark, about favorite tools for global collaboration: “How do you make connections with other classrooms beyond your school/district in order to collaborate? #caedchat.” Folks shared their sources for making connections, including Twitter, Skype in the Classroom, wikis, and more!

We’ve loved interacting with #globaled users like Michael Graffin and elementary school teacher in Long Island Lisa Parisi— Lisa has a #globaled wiki project in motion right now, “Using Data to Make Sense of the World.” You can join the collaborative project now right in the wiki by adding your classroom information.

Read the feed for more excellent ideas like these from #caedchat and participate next week if you’re a Californian educator!

2. CUE Conference

The annual fall conference from Computer Using Educators (CUE) happened last weekend in Napa, California; check out the schedule for great ideas and sign up now for the spring conference in Palm Springs, California.

Are you presenting at upcoming regional conferences, like last week’s guest blogger Amie Weldy‘s Wikispaces presentation at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference? Let us know on Twitter @wikispaces or in the comments below if so!

3. Online Lesson Sharing Sites

Last week, the Huffington Post shared an article about lesson-sharing sites and how the National Education Association (NEA) is joining the fun with an online lesson challenge. It’s interesting to see the bevy of sites become available for teachers to find resources such as Share My Lesson and BetterLesson. 

How are your school’s teachers sharing great lessons with one another? We’ve been excited to see many of our teachers use wikis as a homebase to post and share lessons and resources with each other. Last week, our team got to hear from Kathleen Buckley of Brockton Public Schools in Massachusetts– their Bilingual Education Department banded together to create a wiki to quickly and easily learn from each other and create an online home base for the team.

4. Build Up Your Math Toolkit

Edutopia had a great post this week sharing 11 virtual math tools for the classroom, replacing some of those large, space-taking manipulatives with digital versions. With Wikispaces, you can integrate any tool that has an embed option and we’re excited to share our new GeoGebra widget this week as well! Read last week’s blog about it and embed it in your wiki today under “Widgets.”

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  1. Posted November 7, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Today in this part of XXI century, the Educative Tecnologhy has an important roll in the educative forms of teaching. Sincé the last centyry the human was founced how to study with out be present in a classroom.

  2. gaia520
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    This looks interesting!

    Unfortunately in my country (Spain) technological tools in the clasrooms is not a very extended improvement. Teachers always complaint about this issue: no tools enough, and the few there are, are already obsolete. Even when the government tries to catch up and give teacher the modern tools (projectors, for instance) nobody teach them how to use them!

    At university tech tool depend on the student himself. At least in the public college I studied. I wish Ministry of Education would appreciate the huge advantage students would have if classrooms were modern enough.

  3. Steph contreras
    Posted November 21, 2013 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Is there translation available to aid communication between different languages?

  4. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Sure Steph, there are plenty of great tools online and you can embed them into your wiki, like Google Translate!

  5. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Great ideas! I wish you luck in your community to share these tools with your colleagues!

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