Like much of my person, my preparation for class is constantly evolving. The way in which I access information is so crazy different from when I was a young student in school. In thinking back on my college days, the sources for my own undergraduate dissertation were limited to
Yep. That was it. I wonder how much better my dissertation would have been if I had the resources of today. Wow. Well, such is life. Technology has deepened our potential grasp of all things geography, economics, history, and civics. I cannot change what was going down in 1999, but I can change my instructional goals. I also know this.
I do not want to teach class so that my kids are ready to write a 1999-grade-A undergraduate dissertation.
Figuring out how to do that is the problem. Here is where I am today, contemplating life for the Class of 2016. I have to think of how I will prepare them to write their dissertation four years from now. That means I have to not only use the Internet in my own classroom in ways that anticipates future learning, but I must also gear myself and my own instruction for planning in the same way. After all, I believe in learning by doing.
So, here are my top five commitments to help me help the college graduation class of 2020.
A few weeks back, I introduced a way to compile video files (either feature-length films or video clips) so that government teachers can harvest and then sort these resources and use them as necessary.
I promised a follow up to this idea; one that would replicate the crowd-sourcing of finding resources (both digital and print) and log them so that we collectively can check out what there is to see out there.
Consider this my follow up. Here, you can fill out the form over and over again. It allows you to log the webform and enter the information.
When you are done, you can see all the sources we have compiled. Keep in mind that this is a spreadsheet, so you can sort the fields as you see fit. Feel free to copy this file and do with it as you see fit... just remember to contribute! The file you will be able to see (but you cannot alter) is a spreadsheet. If you want more help finding movies or anything, hit Ctrl + F on your windows or Apple Cmd + F on Apple products.
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan