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1. You require your students to use a variety of sources for their research projects…and they cite blogs, podcasts, and interviews they’ve conducted via Skype. Not there yet – remember I teach 2nd grade, yet this doesn’t mean this can’t be done.
2. Your students work on collaborative projects…with students in Australia. Also not there yet.
3. You give weekly class updates to parents…via your blog. Yes, and class website.
4. Your students participate in class…by tweeting their questions and comments. Again, I teach 2nd grade and am fairly new to this tool.
5. You ask your students to study and create reports on a controversial topic…and you grade their video submissions. Yes to the first statement, and I offer video submissions as an option, but haven’t received one yet.
6. You prepare substitutes with detailed directions…via Podcasts. Cool idea, never thought of it.
7. You ask your students to do a character/historical person study…and they create mock social media profiles of their character. Not yet.
8. Your students create a study guide…working together on a group wiki. Boy am I feeling so last century.
9. You share lesson plans with your teacher friends…from around the globe. Just starting to do this.
10. Your classroom budget is tight…but it doesn’t matter because there are so many free resources on the web you can use. Exactly.
11. You realize the importance of professional development…and you read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self development. One of the main reasons I do it.
12. You take your students on a field trip to the Great Wall of China…and never leave your classroom. The pyramids of Giza, King Tut’s Tomb, but Great Wall of China may come soon (one of my students chose it as part of her independent research project)
13. Your students share stories of their summer vacation…through an online photo repository. I don’t share photos of my students unless they’re behind a password protected page.
14. You visit the Louvre with your students…and don’t spend a dime. Did that with the Museé National Picasso in Paris before our visit to the Seattle Art Museum whem it’s collection was here.
15. You teach your students not to be bullies…or cyberbullies. Definitely. One of the reasons I think kids should use tech early is so they can use it responsibly and respectfully. They need to learn how to use it as a tool, not a crutch, and they also need to learn to turn it off.
16. You make your students turn in their cell phones before class starts…because you plan on using them in class. Not something of concern with second graders.
17. You require your students to summarize a recent chapter…and submit it to you via a text message. Pencil and paper still work for this one.
18. You showcase your students’ original work…to the world. No, but I put them on our class website.
19. You have your morning coffee…while checking your RSS feed. It’s an evening thing for me, so no coffee.
20. You are reading this. This must be a bonus.
21. You tweet this page, blog about it, “like” it, or email it to someone else…” Another bonus.