Each week I receive a few emails from educators highlighting their most recent blog posts. Some of the emails I regularly find useful are from Matt Miller, author of the book, Ditch That Textbook. He has also created a website with the same name, where he shares practical education technology ideas (often Google-related as he is a Google-Certified Innovator) and reflections from teaching. Find out more about Mr. Miller HERE.
His most recent blog post is actually a guest blog post by Rayna Freedman, a 5th-grade teacher from Massachusetts. This post is particularly timely because Ms. Freedman writes in detail about the process she uses for student blogging, which is something I mentioned in last week’s tech tips. Even though Ms. Freedman works with younger students, her process is well thought out and helpful for any teacher who would like to try student blogging. In the post, she shares comments from her students, and it’s easy to understand why her students enjoy blogging as an alternative to regular homework.
In another recent post, Mr. Miller provides “Quick Google Forms time savers for teachers.” This blog post gives simple instructions on how to create a Google Form and offers several ideas on how teachers can use Google Forms to save time and collect needed data. The following link, http://forms.google.com/create, will take you directly to a new Google Form, ready for you to begin.
Finally, in a blog post from February 2, Mr. Miller reflects on a statement made by Levi Lusko, “Commitment is good. Connections are better.” I appreciate Mr. Miller’s thoughts about connecting and learning for both teachers and students. Sometimes even committed teachers can feel isolated, but connecting globally with other educators can provide new opportunities to grow and become a better teacher. Similarly, students should have the chance to interact and learn with others – both locally and globally.
Take a few minutes and check out Matt Miller’s website for more awesome information! You can also sign up to receive his emails and receive a free e-book: 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook.
High School Business & Technology Teacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma.
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