The video above is about how schools and teachers can kill creativity. It's a serious matter to think about, and the video is engaging, humorous, and highly thought provoking. It's something I've watched numerous times and continue to think about deeply as I plan what I want my students to do and learn. I encourage you to watch it.
We'll likely use online tools from Google or Edmodo as a means of teaching responsible netizenship, and as a means of collaborating with others using Google Docs in preparation for future life skills.
Explore Web Tools. 100 Awesome, Free Web Tools is a list of websites worthy of exploration. My class doesn't have access to computers often enough to teach what I think is essential in the world of education today. Take the time to slowly explore the resources described on this site, and at your own pace.
There is a series of new standards called 21st century standards that I am attempting to embrace. I'm taking my first few steps toward this process, and hope to address more of them as time goes on. There's a PDF document in the attachments section below outlining those standards for multiple grade levels.
Some things are more difficult than others given our limited technology budget. I don't have the resources I'd like to have in order to teach video editing and numerous other multimedia formats that offer students alternate ways to create, but I'm going to try my best to use Web 2.0 tools to teach with the tools that are available for free online.