Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blog Wrap Up and the Learning Connection

First, a big THANK YOU to all of our guest bloggers who shared so many excellent web resources with us during Digital Learning month. We had a great time compiling and sharing all of the resources through this blog. We also want to thank all of the dedicated educators from our state and beyond who checked in daily and who are implementing these tools to enhance teaching and learning in their schools. The blog will remain open, so we encourage educators to continue to use it as a resource for good web 2.0 resources. Please continue to comment on ways that you are using the resources in your work. For even more great ideas, join us for a Digital Learning Smackdown today, March 1st, at 4pm Eastern. Click here to register. Also, don't forget to check out our Digital Learning Stories channel on YouTube. We would still love to add more videos to the channel. Create a 1-minute video telling the digital learning story of your classroom, school, or district, post it on YouTube, then send the link to Meri Carnahan.

We would like to end the month by sharing the Learning Connection.


The Learning Connection is a free resource available for all Indiana educators and school and district administrators. Why should you join the Learning Connection? Here are just a few of the reasons.

  • Access to student data: Teachers registered with a school will have access all available test data for their current students.
  • Interact with your fellow educators: There are over 1200 communities in the Learning Connection. Once you are logged in click on Communities -- My Communities -- Find a Community and enter your search terms to locate a community in which you are interested. One DOE-created community that you might be interested in Ed Tech Connect. Educational technology news and resources are available in this community. You can also add other Learning Connection users to your contacts to make it easy to keep in touch with them. Click on Contacts -- My Contacts to search for and add contacts.
  • Standards-aligned resources: There are over 3000 standards-aligned resources available, some are vendor-created, others were created by Indiana teachers. Click on Library -- Find Resources -- Published/Shared Resources. If you have questions about using the Learning Connection you can visit the Learning Connection Help Site or contact the support staff.
The Challenge

If you don’t already have one, create a Learning Connection account, search for some resources to use in your classroom, search for and add some contacts, and search for and join some communities. Start researching and collaborating!

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