The purpose of using technology tools for video conferencing, tweeting, podcasting, blogging digital storytelling, wikis or social mbookmarking in the classroom is NOT about learning these tools, but to expose, reinforce and support important basic skills as well as 21st century skills and literacies.
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Many times, we see eyes glazing over, when we excitedly speak with collegues, parents or administrators about blogging, skyping or podcasting with students. Many of them, unfamiliar with the tools, will immediately feel uncomfortable. Some will automatically and immediately steer the conversation back to what they know:
What about learning the basics, like reading, writing, math and science?
We try to explain and emphasize, that these skills are precisely what are being taught. We are not podcasting in order to teach Audacity nor Garageband. We are not recording students for the fun of using microphone, we are not blogging, so we can practice typing, we are not skyping for the purpose of using a webcam.
Educators, parents and administrators, unfamiliar with the tools, also seem worried that “important” academic time is being lost and wasted!
It is important that we explain to our fellow teachers, parents and administrators that we are using the tools to practice basic literacy skills, engage and motivate students, but also address, integrate and embed so many more 21st century skills and literacies.
In this download you will receive a PDF that includes the following 7 posters (8.5 x 11 inches)
- * Podcasting Skill
- * Video Conferencing Skills
- * Blogging Skills
- * Wiki Skills
- * Digital Storytelling Skills
- * Social Bookmarking Skills
- * Twitter Skills
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