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Time: 8 Weeks (16 weeks of work)


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Survey: (1) technology access; (2) how they are currently using technology; (3) grade and discipline they teach; (4) what is available and what is blocked at your school; AUP; protection of student ID; (5) what would you like to do with technology that you currently cannot do?

Vocabulary and Understanding
RSS; readers, wikis; tags; tag cloud; blogs; social media; Second Life; screencast; podcast; VoiceThread; Skype; uStream; avatar; Twitter; Illuminate; ning; social bookmarking; digital photo sharing, i.e. Flickr

The Future of Learning (video)

Trends in Learning and Learning: A Snap Shot of Where We are Today and Where We Are Headed

National Education Technology Standards

P21 Curriculum Frameworks (social studies; English)

NECC Podcasts

Creating Personal Learning Networks: Connecting in a Networked World

In an information-rich world, it is an imperative that we are able to connect to various sources for learning. Sometimes referred to as a Personal (or Professional) Learning Network, we use digital tools--such as readers, RSS feed, social bookmarking, wikis, blogs, VoiceThread-- to connect to content experts and others as we pursue our interests.

The following two videos explain what it means to be a 21st century learner and the importance of Personal Learning Networks.

21st Century Learning Expert Will Richardson Explains Personal Learning Networks

The Networked Student

The Networked Teacher
This graphic shows a comparison of what a networked teacher was in the past compared to the networked teacher of today.

Click here to view Stephanie Sandifer's Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development presentation It's 5 O'clock Somewhere: In this session, learn about tools that allow you to collaborate globally with other educators or with other classrooms. The presenter will introduce a selection of easy-to-use, free tools that make global communication and collaboration possible and include strategies for developing a personal learning network with other educators. She will highlight some successful classroom projects that have allowed students to collaborate with other students around the world.

Creating Your Personal Learning Network

Digital Citizenship for Teachers: Creating Digital Footprints
Branding Your Name
Google Account Setup
RSS feeds to the following CoolCatTeacher; Karl Fisch; Sheryl N-Beach; Will Richardson; Wesley Fryer (will provide feed links)
Twitter (class group as a 'private group' - follow each other within the group//class assignments could
Blog (Blogger) (edublogger)
Social Bookmarking (Delicious)
Social Networks in Education

Digital Learning Wiki

Multimedia Planning, Design, and Publishing

Copyright/Fair Use/ Creative Commons

iTunes University

Web quest (collaboration)

Weekly blog reflections

Mobile phones in learning

Documentary (digital video: MovieMaker; iMovie; Photo Booth)

Software Investigation

Assistive Technology

Teacher Web

Alabama Power Grant Bright Ideas Grant Application/Podcast to ASDE for approval OR an ALEX Lesson Plan