Resources to Grow as an Educator and Lifelong Learner

I think most of us would prefer to be in school sharing and learning with our students, but I know many of us may be away from our students for extended period of time during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 
I know we will busy adjusting our objectives and schedules for when we get back. Many of us will also have the opportunity to engage our students in eLearning activities. When all this is done, we will have something that we often struggle to find during the school year, time.

How will you use this time to grow as a teacher and learner? 

Recommended Educational Books to Explore
I will also be updating my Teaching & Learning Book Recommendation Site with additional recommendations.

Recommended Podcasts to Explore
You might want to also explore this list of The 40 Best Educational Podcasts of 2020

Recommended Educational Websites and Blogs to Explore
  • TeachThoughtTeachThought is an idea and brand dedicated to innovation in K-12 education. This is pursued by growing teaching through thought leadership, professional development, resource curation, curriculum development, podcast publishing, and collaboration with organizations around the world.
  • Ditch That Textbook - Technology is changing the world, and it’s changing our schools and classrooms. It feels impossible to keep up with everything. You’re looking for meaningful ways to use technology and keep students engaged. Don’t worry. You’re in the right place.
  • eSchool NewsEvery day, we feature new articles on the benefits of technology in education, explore new technology in schools, cover technology trends in education, and share insights into educational innovations that are transforming teaching and learning.
  • Common Sense Education - Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. 
  • Free Technology for TeachersThe purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. You might also want to explore Richard Byrnes Practical Ed Tech Site
I will be spending some of my time updating my educational resource site.  I also have several additional educational sites listed below in the social media category. 

Recommended Social Media Hashtags and Organizations to Explore
  • #DigitalCitizenship - Educators and organizations sharing ideas and resources to support student digital footprints and online etiquette. Educators connected to this hashtag believe that all students need help to create and maintain a positive digital resume. #digcit is another popular digital citizenship hashtag. 
  • #hyperdocs - Brings together educators using HyperDocs as a tool to support student-centered learning enhanced by EdTech. Connected to the HyperDoc Handbook
  • #DiveintoInquiry and #InquiryMindset - If you are interested in student-centered learning and inquiry these two hashtags are great places to explore. Connected to of my favorite books, Dive Into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset.
  • #T2T  - Based on the simple idea that a BIG impact comes from focusing on one small change at a time. I also love the related #onesmallthing hashtag. These are both connected to the awesome Teacher 2 Teacher Website.
  • #ditchbook - This hashtag brings together educators who understand that technology is changing the world and so must our classrooms. Connected to the book Ditch that Textbook.
If you are looking for additional hashtags, check out this post
  • Edutopia @edutopia "A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. We emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration."
  • Mindshift @MindShiftKQED "MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking, and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.
  • "WeAreTeachers @WeAreTeachers "WeAreTeachers is an online community for educators committed to one of the toughest, most rewarding jobs out there. Our mission is to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, the best freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor."
I also have this list of 25 Innovative Educators to Follow on Twitter. 

Recommended EdTech Resources to Explore
Obviously, I am missing a lot, but I think this is a good start. What do you think am I missing? Please share your ideas in the comments below. 

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic resource. I hear so often from colleagues that I support that they don't have time....I'm hoping if we are faced with a closing many of them will take advantage of the unexpected time for some personal professional growth. This is a great starting place! Thanks for sharing!


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