Current Events Part 2

Follow up to my recent post about a current events class…  I ran across a post from Free Tech for Teachers about a tool called Hubii. Hubii integrates newspapers from around the world, a virtual one-stop-shop for a worldwide newstand.

10 x 10 Screen Shot, December 11 2011

A previous post from Richard Byrne had suggested four other tools to visualize the news. All are worth checking out:

How to Integrate

Interesting blog post by an instructional technologist about TPACK, a concept about how to integrate technology into instruction without being so overwhelming.

If I understand, this approach encourages teachers to take their existing curriculum and add appropriate technology – and just try. It might work, it might not. Just try.

Screen shot of interactive technology grid He points out a couple of interactive tools that allow for a progression of integration. The sites give ideas, tips, tools and lay it out in a step-by-step process. The tools he mentions are from The Florida Center For Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida and Northern Arizona University.

After a quick glance, these matrices seem to lay out clear goals to slowly integrate technology in the classroom. It’s not just about technology – it’s about 21st century skills, such as collaboration, creation and critical thinking.