If you are a teacher (or work closely with them), it's no secret that summer isn't necessarily about rest and relaxation. In fact many educators spend the summer catching up on the latest and greatest teaching strategies and technology—recharging and getting energized for the following school year.
A recent article highlighted several ways that teachers could "become an edtech ninja". Here's a few of our favorites from the list, as well as a couple of our own!
- Attend a Conference
In the words of @jmattmiller"The beauty of a summer conference is time to reflect and act. School-year conferences are usually followed the next day with getting back to business as usual with no time to implement what was learned."Of course, depending on where you live, the options vary. One of the biggest is ISTE 2015—June 28th through July 1st in Philadelphia—if you can't make it, you can always follow #ISTE2015 on Twitter.(If you ARE planning to attend and want to chat, drop us a note!)
- Get Connected
There are a huge variety of ways to digitally connect with peers and thought leaders today—among the most popular are Twitter and Pinterest. If you're new to one or both, Atomic Learning's training for both is available here. Already have some experience under your belt? Be sure to check out this Weekly Twitter Chat List!
- Join Summer Session
If you're an Atomic Learning user, this is a must. This special email series uses fun topics related to summer break to focus on self-improvement, such as Planning a Vacation…or Stay-cation, with resources on popular Google™ Calendar, Maps, and Earth applications—and did we mention there are prizes involved?Each time you share a takeaway from the topic highlighted in the email, you'll be entered for a chance to win over $500 in prizes—and qualify your school as well! See details.