Becoming a 21st Century Educator

EAST Facilitator

Lisa Byrd

Cutter Morning Star High School

Hot Springs, AR

In this session, participants will create, communicate and collaborate on the Web. We will practice the concepts and learn the skills necessary to navigate the Web 2.0 world. The presenters will discuss how to effectively implement these skills and concepts in your classroom. Participants will learn to use an RSS feed, videos online, social bookmarking tools and social networking.

“Knowing How to Think Empowers You Far Beyond Those Who Know Only What to Think.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Why do I need to be a

21st Century Teacher?

21st Century Education is using the tools around us to teach our students to think and being able to let go of our own past experiences. Or

Time to take a test...

Betty Grable

Brittni Spears

Gracie Allen

Katy Perry

Demi Lavato

Jane Goodall

Joan Collins

Nicki Minaj

Marie Curie

Nicole Kidman

How Can Teachers Use PLNs or Personal Learning Networks?

  • PLNs can help teachers sift through all the data to identify the information that will be most useful to their students
  • Teachers use them to locate resources for their classroom such as websites, links, docs and many more
  • Get lesson plan ideas from experienced teachers
  • Share interesting successful stories of students from other countries to motivate your students
  • Create communities of practice where students from different classes meet to discuss their learning

  • Teachers can help their students set up their blogs and show them how to use RSS Feeds
  • Create and share educational wikis with students and give them the driver's seat in leading them
  • Teachers can connect with other teachers and seek out help in classroom issues they face
  • Teachers can get tips on how to integrate technology into their teaching from PLNs

Steps to Becoming

1. Use an RSS reader.

2. Use videos online.

3. Bookmark It!

4. Become a blogger or a Twitterer.

5. Go to a conference at your computer.

6. Join a network of people like you.

7. Use the Clouds.

8. Subscribe to podcasts and use iTunes University.

9. Find and use web 2.0 tools.

10. Use an online LMS.

1. Use an RSS Reader

Full Definition

According to, it is

"RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading."

What Next?

RSS Readers are:

*specific to an operating system


When you have your feed reader, find sites that syndicate content.

Website to try...




2. Use Videos Online

What If Videos Are Blocked?

Use an add-on to your browser or google the question.

Top 15

Things You Need to Know

My Favorite: Diigo

Social Bookmarking just means your bookmarks are accessible with an internet connection and they can be shared with anyone.

4. Become a Blogger or a Twitterer

Most popular for education- Edublogs

Top Ten Blogs Worth Following

Top 25 Blogs for Educators

My Blog



My favorite- Twitter

You can find me @baldmisery

Everything you need to know about hashtags and Twitter and education!!!!

Something cool about Twitter


5. Go to a Conference at Your Computer

Classroom 2.0 edWeb

EduPLN Admin2.0

Do a google search for professional organizations online.

6. Join a network of people like you

Report on Educators and Social Media

Facebook Guide for Educators

Why Use Them?

Infographic on Social Media in Education

Social Networking involves finding people who are interested in the same things.

7. Use the Clouds

8. Subscribe to Podcasts/iTunesU

What is a Podcast?

How to Create a Podcast-- PC Mac

What is iTunesU?

What is on iTunesU?

9. Find and Use Web 2.0 Tools

List of sites that discuss web tools:

DiscoveryEd KathySchrock

Go2Web Edudemic


Do a Google Search for web 2.0 tools

Everything You Need to Know...

Did you know Pinterest is a web tool??

10. Use an Online LMS

Learning Management System is...

List of top free LMS for schools

My favorite is Edmodo

We have to graduate globally competitive students. We can’t do that with worksheets and questions from the Teacher’s Edition.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.

This organization has developed a

P21 CCSS Toolkit.

Livebinder on CCSS and 21st Century Standards

Need More Help?

So What’s the Point??

Lisa Byrd

Contact me:



Cutter Morning Star High School

2801 Spring St.

Hot Springs, AR 71901

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