As we move toward the future and implement more technology into our planning, instruction, and assessment, it is important to keep this in mind. One of the biggest hurdles for teachers is finding educational resources online. With the introduction of the iPad and other tablets, the initial focus was on interactive textbooks created by publishers. These "ebooks" are cool and flashy but very expensive. The next phase was for teachers to create their own digital textbooks. This can be done but is also very time consuming. Considering we are all in the process of implementing the Common Core and new science standards, the content of these books is also very much in flux and subject to change. The current trend is to use OER - "Open Educational Resources". The "open" implies free resources that can be used by educators and shared with their students.
The next few tech tips will go more in depth and suggest possible methods for each step:
- Finding open educational resources
- Curating and sharing these resources