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!
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.
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.”