#ETT511 Greetings from Dr. J at #BbWorld14

For the next 4 days, I’ll be attending the BbWorld 2014 conference in Las Vegas. I’ll be frequently posting to social media using hashtag #BbWorld14 as well as blogging from the conference, prefixing all my BbWorld blog posts using hashtag #BbWorld14

I’m continuing to work on grading Unit 5 activities and will send a quick text message once Unit 5 scores and feedback are available for you in Blackboard. Enjoy your week…I’ll see you online!

~ Dr. J

7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher

The Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher-

  1. You can integrate digital skills into everyday life: digital skills are transferable.
  2. You have a balanced attitude: you are a teacher not a techie.
  3. You are open to using and trying new stuff: find digital tools and explore how they work.
  4. You are a digital communicator: you can use email and social media with ease.
  5. You know how to do a digital assessment: you’re a sound judge of the quality of information, apps and tools.
  6. You understand and respect privacy: you treat personal data with the respect it deserves.
  7. You are a digital citizen: you know how to behave online appropriately and you’ll pass it on to your pupils.

Source: DailyGenius

Do you agree with this list of characteristics for a digitally competent teacher? What additional characteristics would you add to this list? Leave a comment with your ideas!

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards

“Netiquette” refers to the rules of etiquette that apply to online communication. Follow these 15 rules shared by Touro College to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’ online discussion boards.

Netiquette Online Discussion Boards infographicvia Online Education Blog of Touro College

  1. Before posting your question to a discussion board, check if anyone has asked it already and received a reply. Just as you wouldn’t repeat a topic of discussion right after it happened in real life, don’t do that in discussion boards either.
  2. Stay on topic – Don’t post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, or pictures.
  3. Don’t type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it will look like you’re screaming.
  4. Don’t write anything that sounds angry or sarcastic, even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice, your peers might not realize you’re joking.
  5. Always remember to say “Please” and “Thank you” when soliciting help from your classmates.
  6. Respect the opinions of your classmates. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate’s argument. Acknowledge that others are entitled to have their own perspective on the issue.
  7. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate! If you’re not 100% sure when the paper is due, DO NOT GUESS! Otherwise, you could really mess things up for your classmates and they will not appreciate it.
  8. If you ask a question and many people respond, summarize all answers and post that summary to benefit your whole class.
  9. Be brief. If you write a long dissertation in response to a simple question, it’s unlikely that anyone will spend the time to read through it all.
  10. Don’t badmouth others or call them stupid. You may disagree with their ideas, but don’t mock the person.
  11. If you refer to something your classmate said earlier in the discussion, quote justa few key lines from their post so that others wont have to go back and figure out which post you’re referring to.
  12. Before asking a question, check the class FAQs or search the Internet to see if the answer is obvious or easy to find.
  13. Check the most recent comments before you reply to an older comment, since the issue might have already been resolved or opinions may have changed.
  14. Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don’t badger him or her for it. Just let it go – it happens to the best of us.
  15. Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything to the discussion board. It only takes a minute, and can make the difference between sounding like a fool and sounding knowledgeable.

What additional tips would you recommend be added to this list? Leave a comment with your suggestions!

#ETT511 Top 100 Technology Blogs for Teachers

As you look to build your own personal learning network, here’s a great collection of technology blogs specifically geared toward education that you might find of interest:

http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-100-technology-blogs-for-teachers

~ Dr. J

#ETT511 The Importance of Teacher Bloggers

Why should you consider blogging as an educator? Check out this article discussing the importance of teacher bloggers and offering blogging suggestions for teachers.

http://www.teachhub.com/importance-teacher-bloggers