There are several objectives I have in mind when thinking about creating my own digital learning hub. I would like to create a space that is accessible to students and their families, as well as to colleagues and others I connect with around the world. This hub must be useful for my students and me since we will be the primary users of it. However, I hope that it grows to become useful and relevant to others as well, including former students. Another important goal is to set a model of how to create a positive digital footprint for my students. I also want them to have opportunities to connect with others from around the world as they work to achieve their learning goals.
As I embark on this process, I envision a space that will link to other pages with a wealth of information. I have already begun this process by creating a home page for my seventh grade team. Currently, the page lists daily homework assignments and links to documents handed out in class. It also includes a weekly email with updates from each teacher. This team website will be one that I link to my digital learning hub. Some of the other areas that I hope to include are:
- an Edmodo page for my classes. Students will use this to access assignments and to interact with each other.
- my own blog. I will use my blog to promote my digital identity and my digital learning hub. I will also use it to reflect on my practices in the classroom.
- tutorials for students. These may include screencasts about how to use a specific tool, or recordings of class activities for students who were absent or would like to review the information.
- examples of student work. This could include tutorials created by students, samples of student writing or projects and more.
- online content that I will use in class. This might include resources for students, documents I am sharing, units of study that I have created and more.
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