Online Personal Learning Network
I am currently a Middle School Social Studies Teacher at St. Augustine Catholic School in Washington, DC. As a relatively new teacher, I am looking for new ways to increase the effectiveness of my instruction. I am particularly interested in new instructional methods, resources, and activities that will enhance a digital classroom.
- To access and aggregate resources related to
teaching and learning in the digital age classroom.
- To increase my knowledge of tools, topic, and trends utilized in 21st century classroom in order to improve as an instructor
- To pass along the information I collect to others
- To develop professionally through collaboration
- To access new techniques and activities for use in the classroom from a variety of sources in order to increase the effectiveness of my instruction.
- Mystery Skype: I was introduced to this activity last year and found it to be an innovative way of teaching and practicing critical thinking and geographical skills: http://psolarz.weebly.com/how-to-set-up-and-run-a-mystery-skype-session.html,
- Constitution Happened Here: I worked on this project while at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and think that it would be a good Project Base Learning approach to teaching Local History: http://chh.constitutioncenter.org/
- iCivics: A web based resource with games and lesson plans for teaching civics: icivics.org
- National Constitution Center: A resource with activities and lesson plans for teaching the Constitution: http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/
- Smithsonian: Digital collection of Smithsonian artifacts. Great for using primary sources to teach history: http://collections.si.edu/