“We have to get away from just drilling knowledge into students and create environments where they create, they discuss, they measure, and they collaborate” – Eric Sheninger, Principal of New Milford High School, New Jersey.
This morning, I found a cool site called Ed Tech Talk, which I’ll be honest, I know nothing about. Up to this point, I have only scrolled down through the first page. However, there looks to be a bunch of good discussion on the site about how to use technology in the classroom. Check it out. I know that I will be over the next several days.
On the Ed Tech Talk site, I ran across a video featuring Eric Sheninger about how to use Twitter as both a professional development tool and a communication tool in schools. What makes Sheninger stand out from other proponents of educational technology is the fact that he is a principal of a school. Much of the time, teachers are the early adopters and spend a career fighting (that may be too strong of word), trying to persuade administrators to change. But when the administrator is the one speaking out and teaching how to make changes, things are going to happen. If anything, the video is worth watching just to see how Sheninger’s school is using social media, especially Twitter, as a productive tool.
The following video is not the same as the one on the Ed Tech Talk site. I couldn’t get that one to load on this page, but in the following video, Sheninger gives more insight into using Twitter as a school administrator and also as a teacher.