Spotlights Shine on Improving EdTech

#edtech #edchat I don't think I am living under a tech-rock but it seems that if I miss a week of logging onto my Atomic Learning account I miss a lot. Today I logged in to discover a new section called Spotlights. I pull the menu down to see the following Spotlights:

  1. Collaborating with a Global Community
  2. Creating Engaging Presentations
  3. Effective Online Teaching and Learning
  4. Evaluating Web Resources
  5. Video Storytelling in the Classroom

Crud, too many great topics that I could use in my classroom today -- so I picked the first one to see what it is all about.

The first thing to impress me were the Goals -- they are broken down into three quick-read bullet points of Identify, Reflect and Plan. I could quickly review them and see if this was the right course for me. It was, so I continued.
The course was then broken down into 4 sub topics; Build Your Understanding, Put the Concept into Practice, Reflect and Apply, and Reference Tools.
I then watched the intro video by John Sweeney,an  improv guru who explained the importance of this spotlight. I was hooked so the next part was to decide which of the links to follow next. I did a quick refresh of the Flat Classroom idea and then moved on into the tutorial courses on Voice Thread. That is one of the best things about Atomic Learning courses and workshops, you just need to pick the ones hat you need -- no wasting time with material you already know. Respect my time and I'll keep coming back.
So what did I get from this? Inspired by what I learned, I went to my Twitter account and sent out a request for a 5th grade class in another country to work with, I got three replies within the hour. That was my "Put the Concept into Practice" part and next week I will reflect on what has happened.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School