The air is hot, recycling bins are overflowing, and you’re single handedly doing a one-man circus attempting to keep students engaged, and yes, even learning, until the last bell rings to signify—school is out for the summer!
If you’re like me, you look forward to, long for, and need your summer vacation to relax, unwind and recharge for a new group of eager students come August. If you’re also like me, you also probably start to get a little antsy come about the third week of July. You’re caught up on sleep, your bank account begs you to not shop out of boredom any longer, and you’re ready for a routine again. Not to mention, you are ready to get back in the classroom and inspire young minds once again! It’s important to take time away from the world of education to recharge. But, when you’re ready, here are a few edtech tools to grow your craft:
Coursera hosts courses on any topic, online, and for free. Courses are provided by institutions found all over the world, from Duke to the University of Melbourne. You can learn any topic, but the ones I find the most interesting pertain to the field of education. Some titles that caught my attention were, Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom and Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills.
Tip: If you’re teaching an online class, using Remind is a great way to keep your class up-to-date no matter where they are this summer!
By now, you’ve probably heard of Khan Academy. I love it so much, that it is worth mentioning again. Simply pick your topic, and Khan’s experts will teach you in short videos. Each video is around 8-12 minutes, the instructors use real-world applications, and easy to understand terminology. Why not learn about Computer Programming while waiting in the airport this summer?
Tip: Share links to Khan Academy classes with specific students through Chat!
Anxious to try out a new strategy in your classroom, but want to see it in action first? Head on over to The Teaching Channel to see thousands of strategies in real classrooms. I love perusing the videos to find innovative methods to use with my students, from teachers who have tried it first!
Tip: Create a Remind class for colleagues at your school, and send them Teaching Channel videos over the summer.
Although this post is about Edtech, I cannot deny that a majority of my summer learning still comes from good, old fashioned books. This summer I plan to read Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhard, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison as well as John Hattie’s Visible Learning. What are you going to read this summer? Share what you’re learning with me on Twitter to keep the learning going!