Meanwhile, I checked my Google+ stream (I tend to start my day with +Larry Ferlazzo and +Edudemic), took a peek at top stories on News-360, and then moved on to clearing a few dozen messages from my Gmail inbox. Of course, +Richard Byrne, was the early bird again this morning, sharing Free Technology for Teachers. +George Couros was inspiring thought and discussion about cultivating and admiring a learning "Mindset" with The Principal of Change, blog. George is also motivating me to be more expressive and collaborative with my blog. I also took a few minutes to review a recent favorite blog post, "I Used to Think...", Shelley Wright.
One of my primary New Year's Resolutions is to become a better learner this year, and after just forty minutes of tapping and clicking, here are a few exciting "learnings" obtained with my iPad and my PLN just eight hours into the new year...
Learning Resolutions; Make the Investment in Yourself - Mike Taylor
- It is certainly debatable whether or not the iPad is the ideal device for 1:1 implementation in schools. However, there is no doubt that my iPad provides me with amazing personalized, and connected learning opportunities 24-7-365. My better half, a novice "techie" by her own admission, received an iPad from Santa on Christmas Eve. It has not left her "kung-fu grip" for the past week as she has caught the connected learning bug. iPad, King of the Classroom, Adam Webster, +Edudemic
- I would like to make a stronger commitment to becoming bi-lingual. +Richard Byrne introduced me to duoLingo, a free web app to help me become a better learner, speaker, and listener of Spanish. It could also help me learn French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
- In his same post, Richard directed me to a YouTube playlist of 26 videos to help me learn more about using iBooks Author. This playlist from diyjourno, contains a series of clear and concise videos that can help either the novice or the advanced user get more out of creating ebooks using iBooks Author.
- I was able to spend a few minutes reviewing guitar chords using the "Instinct" web app that +Larry Ferlazzo introduced me to a few days ago. This free, simple app helps me sharpen my skills anywhere, and anytime I have a wi-fi connection and my Taylor 712 by my side.
- Finally, based upon +Richard Byrne's recommendation, I also bookmarked the MIT-Video site. A collection of 12,000 videos, many of them educational, that are interesting, professional-looking, and "searchable" by subject, pre-created channels, or categories.
Thanks everyone - it's going to be a very good year!