As I get rolling with my 10th year of teaching in Shrewsbury, I have been reflecting on my use of technology and how it has changed over the years. Some of you know that my team has had a pretty awesome website (www.8gold.org) since the beginning, and this site has evolved over the years. We embedded a team Google Calendar, converted many of our handouts and nightly homework into Google Docs, inserted an Animoto video, and even added a Google Translate button for families that do not speak English at home.
- Communicate with alumni (students and parents). This is a great way to let them know about upcoming team and town events such as road races or hiking trips up Mt. Monadnock.
- Share pictures and videos. I created a team photo gallery for last year’s students and added pictures from different events throughout the year. ALL students and parents can access the pictures, even if they do not have a Facebook account. They can “like” photos but comment and tagging are both disabled. I set up a new photo gallery for this year’s class.
Here are some of the things tweeted during the first few weeks of school:
- Links to online resources (bullying, social media, cross country signups, etc.)
- Quick reminders and notes like “Great to meet you all at Curriculum Night”)
- Pictures from class labs
- Links to team YouTube videos