The face of the Web, social media, and tech in general has been changing so rapidly, it’s often hard to keep up!
Though I’m experimenting with a number of new online tools to use with students, the ones I listed at the end of last year (see The Online Tools I Had Students Use Most This Year) still hold true. I do suspect, however, that there will be some changes throughout the year.
This post will focus on the ones I use pretty much daily:
I’ll start off, of course, with this blog and its host site, Edublogs. I’ve been posting here for sixteen years, and it has served me well.
I came to Google Classroom late-to-the-game (when the pandemic first hit), and its been a Godsend. Though I always give my Theory of Knowledge students the option of using paper/posters for assignments (except for slideshows, practically all my ELL assignments are off-line), most students prefer doing them on Chromebooks. And that makes grading soooooooo much easier! The relatively recent update of being able to schedule in advance for multiple classes made it even better. I do wish at some point they let you give all students in a class credit for the same assignment with one-click – when it’s a pass/fail assignment it’s a hassle to have to write in everyone’s grade manually. And, of course, its ability to export grades to Infinite Campus, our districts LMS, also makes things easy.
I may be a dying breed, but I still am a fan of RSS, and I use Feedly to keep me updated.
Elon Musk continues to work very hard to make Twitter unusable, but its benefits still outweigh its negatives – at least, for me. By staying in my lane of educators, I’m still able to learn a lot and avoid the trolls. Musk seems to make things more difficult everyday….
To help keep up with news, I’ve been regularly visiting the sections of news sites titled “Latest Headlines” or “Latest News.” The Washington Post and NBC News has them, but not all others do.
Though I do share my latest posts in other social media networks, like Threads, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, there just are not enough hours in the day for me to actively participate in them (though I am most intrigued about the potential of LinkedIn).
So, what do you think I’m missing?