- generate excitement about the classroom website.
- highlight the variety of tools available on the classroom website.
- elicit ideas about ways to utilize the website.
- provide time to plan which site, application, tool they would like to try out.
- provide opportunity to become familiar with 1 website, application, tool at a time.
- provide time to reflect on what they liked, worked well, tips they would give a peer.
- provide time & opportunity to teach each other the "ins & outs" of their choices.
Now, I'm going to start small. I'll begin with an exploration of the website, allowing them to see all of the available pages there. Then, I'll focus on the "Favorite Websites" section allowing them to peek at them all, choose 1 to explore further, & share. Then...we'll get into the nitty gritty, working in partnerships & small groups to explore specific application/tools that ignite passion & assist in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, & Social Studies. All the while, we will be tweeting, & blogging (& hopefully more). Living our learning in the cloud.
My intention(s)? Create an unprecedented momentum (for my classroom) for learning outside of school. A strong classroom community that extends beyond the classroom, cafeteria, & playground. Not to mention how they will be able to demonstrate for their parents how valuable technology & social media is in learning! And, hopefully, their excitement will breed excitement to their peers in other classrooms. If they spread the technology bug, then they would be responsible for establishing a culture of learning & tech integration in our school. Wouldn't that be cool?