Since he began teaching in 1997, Holbrook has been interested in the use of technology to facilitate learning in the classroom. Unimpressed with the online platforms provided by the university, Holbrook found out about edWeb through a colleague and was immediately pleased with the wealth of opportunity for collaboration and discussion. edWeb makes collaboration outside the classroom simple for Holbrook’s busy doctoral students, many of whom also balance families and full time jobs.
edWeb.net and Nureva have come together to create this free professional learning community (PLC) to help teachers and school leaders learn how to create learning environments that foster student collaboration to ensure that every individual can make a real contribution, and what role technology can play in the process. The new PLC offers educators a place to post questions, share practical tips, and get feedback from experts and peers on the issues and challenges in fostering teamwork in the classroom.
Educators today are rethinking and reshaping their practice to align with the demands of a rapidly changing wired world. Consequently, a greater emphasis has been placed on skills such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, design, play, story, and student agency, all of which can be leveraged by video games. In this edWeb.net webinar presented by the Gaming-Based Learning community, Canadian educator Paul Darvasi shared many practical classroom examples to discuss how video games, as an essential manifestation of contemporary culture, are naturally conducive to learning in the 21st century.
It is an unfortunate situation when novice teachers are unable to access the expertise of experienced colleagues because they are isolated in their classroom all day. In this edWeb.net webinar presented by the New Teacher Help community, middle school administrator and New Teacher Coach, Shannon Holden, showed teachers how to share teaching strategies and resources using a free online platform called Padlet (formerly Wallwisher).
Art builds 21st century readiness and develops the 4C’s: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration skills. In the kickoff webinar for the new edWeb.net community, Champion Creativity, participants explored what creativity means and how to use the Creative Cycle in common, everyday experiences.
What is the relationship between physical space, technology, and learning? What kinds of spaces can leverage technology and support the kinds of learning we want to happen? Bill Selak and Ilsa Dohmen from Hillbrook School shared how to create dynamic learning spaces where teachers and students can collaborate, learn together, and work together.
Interested in the many ways that digital images can be used to build critical thinking skills and student collaboration? Wondering how digital images can deepen and strengthen the learning going on in the classroom or library? In this session, Sara Torpey shared simple, practical strategies for incorporating digital images into everyday teaching!
Sharing digital material within your professional network is becoming more common, and people are using their digital portfolios to do so. In this webinar, presenter Holly Clark stressed the importance of creating and maintaining your professional digital portfolio.
In this edWeb.net webinar, held by the TechTools for the Classroom community, tech instructor Shannon Holden revealed two excellent online collaboration tools that give educators the privacy and control they need!
Engaging parents and boosting school-home communications is a priority in Fremont School District 79. And creating the environment that celebrates collaborative practices is central to the district’s vision and promotes home-school connections!