Great tutorial site!

I don’t know about you, but (especially) when it comes to technology, I learn best by watching someone else use a tool, and then trying it myself.  I have learned a lot from UK tech and ELL guru Russell Stannard at his site.  Full of teacher-training videos done as screencasts using Camtasia software, Russell walks you through a web tool and shares how you might use it with students.

I’ve learned the ins and outs of Glogster, Voki, Twitter, and mybrainshark from Russell’s videos, to name a few.  It’s easy to search his site, and once you’re “in” one of his trainings it’s easy to go back and see/hear one part again by clicking on the slides in the sidebar.

What’s your favorite way to explore a new tool?  What’s your favorite new tool?  Please share!

TeachersFirst Gets a Facelift!

Readers of this blog know that I have written here and here and here about the professional development provided by the folks at Teachers First in their OK2ASK snack sessions and webinars.

What I haven’t blogged about before is the vast number of web resources I’ve learned about from Teachers First, all reviewed by people in the field, just like you and me.  This is taken from their homepage:

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our robust search tools.

Teachers First takes the guesswork out of web tools and sites to use with your students, and when you subscribe to their weekly updates you know you’ll get all the latest content.

Earlier this summer Teachers First got a facelift, and their site is easier than ever to use.  Teachers have access to the Edge (reviews of web 2.0 tools), unit ideas, lesson plans, ready-to-go classroom activities for interactive whiteboards, special topics, a classroom planning calendar with important dates and upcoming events, and more.

Searching on Teachers First is easy.  Search by keyword and grade level and you’ll find resources appropriate for your particular students. Explore the different tabs at the top of the page and look at links on the sidebars as well.  If you’re looking to infuse your lessons with some technology give Teachers First a try!

Please leave a comment and let me know how you are using Teachers First.