I like the idea of receiving information alerts and RSS feeds as described on page 135 in the textbook. After reading how busy first year teachers are in the beginning of this chapter, these tools will be very helpful. I just created two alerts in Google to see how it works. The first alerts I chose was 21st century technologies for the classroom and the second alert I created was tips to help teachers stay organized. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me before becoming a teacher so I want to start now learning all I can to help me be prepared for my first classroom. I am sure as I go along I may think of other alerts to create or change, but I feel this is a good place to start.
I also like the idea of using www.portaportal.com to manage websites for students to use in the classroom. This way you are sure students will be more apt to read and learn from the content you decide is appropriate and relevant to the subject being taught. I have already created a portaportal account of my own and set up a few categories so I can start adding relevant links as I find them. This website could also be used to organize web resources that are tied to Florida standards as discussed on page 138. The only thing I don’t like are the ads that are constantly displayed, but those can be deleted if you are willing to upgrade to a paid account. While researching online I found a good example of a 4th grade teacher that is using portaportal.com for her students. I like how the content is organized which makes it easy for students to quickly find just what they are looking for.
I am beginning to see more and more how technology certainly does enhance education. There are so many possibilities that teachers can use to create a great learning environment. For example, a virtual field trip is an excellent way for students to see a new place and learn about that location without leaving the classroom. On page 141, there is quite a list of online trips that are available to visit and plenty of opportunities to go exploring and learn about other parts of the world.
Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.