Today, I came across an interesting blog post about personal learning environments (PLEs) on the blog Social Learn. I particularly like the graphic organizers embedded within the post because they visually map out the various popular Internet applications that people use today to organize their life, share information, find information, etc. After reading the post, I decided to take a look at some of the Internet applications the post refers to that I was previously unaware of. As a 21st century educator, I think you will find the following applications very useful for your literacy classroom and beyond!
- Gliffy is a tool that allows you to easily create and share professional looking diagrams, flowcharts, floor plans, etc. Just think how useful this is for classroom brainstorming, storyboarding and mind mapping activities!
- Remember the Milk is on online task manager that helps you stay organized and remember to do important things like picking up milk on the way home from school, writing interim report cards, staying on top of faculty meetings, etc. The best part about it, is that you can add and access tasks from both your phone and the web and its free!
- Slideshare is a free online application that allows you to find and share slide presentations from people around the globe! Using this application, I searched for literacy presentations and came across the presentation below by David Warlick on Literacy Learning for the 21st Century. This presentation is a great reminder that as we prepare children to be literate for the 21st Century (the Information Age), we must aim to teach them how to teach themselves. Warlick writes, “For the first time in history our job as educators is to prepare our students for a future that we cannot clearly describe.”
Take a look at the presentation below! Very thought provoking in terms of its pedagogical implications for the literacy classroom!