This week for my Leading Innovation and Implementing Change class, we were required to look up professional learning communities to join that follow our specific interests and classwork in our degree program. I chose edWeb.net since it was free and I chose the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (not free, $75 a year for students) since my focus is to add as much technology as possible in the classroom learning environment.
EdWeb.net is a host site for hundreds of educational learning communities. I found 4 that I joined immediately because of their focus on technology in the classroom.
- Blended Learning: Extending Classes Online
- Digital Classroom: Teaching with Tech
- PreK-3 Digital Learning
- TechTools for the Classroom
Feel free to click on the links to go to the sources.
I had heard the term “blended learning” but did not have a clear definition of the concept until I went to this learning community. It’s exactly what I have in mind! Here is their definition of the community: “The Blended Learning Community is a free professional learning community that helps educators learn how to use online learning tools to best create a hybrid learning environment that promotes personalized learning for students to improve learning outcomes.” PERFECT!
I choose AECT because they have the most up to date information on all “HOT TOPICS” in the education world and their current High Interest Topics looks like THIS:
High Interest Topics
Recent works by AECT
High Interest Chapters of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology
Bridging Learning Theories and Technology-Enhanced Environments: A Critical Appraisal of Its History
Ethics of Educational Technology
Educational Design Research
Design and Development Research
Practices and Potential of Activity Theory for Educational Technology Research
Action Research for Educational Communications and Technology
My question for YOU is:
What are YOU looking for as far as effective technology and software in the classroom?