Tech Tidbits: Increasing Teachers’ Digital Efficiency | always learning
Just finished a pedagogically provocative post on crowdsourcing "tech tidbits". Kim Cofino gets a handle on what is needed in training now--something short, something cheap, something that builds tech capacity--to help us get the most out of the limited time we have to learn. And, neatest of all, she flies in under the radar with a truly subversive learning framework.
- Creating labels in Gmail
- Creating e-mail lists in Contacts
- Install Google Notifier to set up web Gmail as your default email client (this has saved me hours of work)
- Creating collections in Google Docs and organizing your files
- Making a copy of a document & saving for yourself (to edit)
- Sharing a collection with a group (made in your Contacts list) or a colleague
- Make a Google Doc public, for linking on your class blog
- Check the revision history in a Google Doc
- Creating events in Google Calendar and setting automatic reminders via e-mail
- Creating repeating events in Google Calendar
- Importing the school’s calendar into your own Google Calendar
- Creating a Google Reader account and subscribing to feeds
- Create a bundle of feeds in Reader for each class you teach
- Adding feeds to folders in Reader
- Recording screencasts in QuickTime
4. The teachers then become the trainers and new learner/teachers rotate in from the other "dates'. Reminds me of a tactic I used in middle school called "the wheel" where you have an inner core of teachers and an outer core of learners. It really is a clever modification of jigsawing.
5. If one of the trainees felt they could teach one of the tidbits then they would put their name down on the Google Doc. I am reminded of Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society and Sugata Mitra's 'child-driven learning'