Digital Classroom Resources ..
We all have teaching memories hidden away in storage -teachers LOVE to keep things….I was cleaning up my shed the other day when I came across my old teaching resources. One large folder I found was from my first teaching contract I did in Broken Hill in 1996. I gave a smirk and dusted off a folding chair to enjoy looking back at how teaching has changed. It is strange looking back when I first started because we have so many digital classroom resources. Teaching has changed so much since I finished my degree in ‘93 (hey love that it rhymes, but woooow it makes me feel old..) I can also see how much my teaching practice has changed. Boy, has it changed!
But it is also amazing to see how many teaching resources I had in my folder. I remember I would lug my prize folder around…it was my oxygen. It nearly broke my back bringing that crazy folder to and from school every day. The hours I spent photocopying resources so I could keep an original in my folder. Then the hours I would spend handwriting writing my program and then creating my resources. All by hand! #whatthe?? Please view exhibit A from the mid 90’s
My programming now
Bring on 2016….20 years later.. I can hold my programming folder with one hand. I print out my term by term planning and place it in a small binder. My prize possession for teaching now is my USB. This holds all of my digital resources for the year –my day by day planning, term planners and then resources I may need throughout the year. (Yes, I nearly stopped breathing the day I lost my USB –if this has this ever happened you will know my pain!)
Benefits of digital classroom resources
For me it eliminates the paper trail. I love having all of my digital resources on hand to model the activity via the interactive whiteboard. I can carry my USB to any computer on campus and I have everything I need for my lesson. Life definitely became easier for teachers when the digital teaching resources came into our lives. Technology in the Australian classroom assists with the ever changing curriculum. And although I was a big fan of writing on chalkboards; thankfully the chalk and talk era has gone! It is a new world of PDF, PowerPoint’s and word documents where children are given opportunities to learn through enquiry and questioning. Throw in the internet and you have access to an amazing resource bank to ensure your lessons are powerful and worthwhile.
But where can we find all of these great resources?
Where to find digital classroom resources
If you are anything like me you will do the Google search and see what can come out of that. Such a stab in the dark to see if the perfect resources comes up and often then you will need to adapt them to suit your needs… another 2 hours are gone… Meanwhile the marking is piling up, you really wanted to go to the gym and you haven’t created the dictation for tomorrows spelling words! An easy solution is to tap into a market place for teachers to buy and sell resources. That way you know that they have been used before in classrooms, resources made for teachers, by teachers. The Alphabet Tree is the perfect place to pick the right resources for your classroom. It is like a one stop shop to collect the resources “time poor teachers” need to create the perfect learning space for their class.
The Alphabet tree has a free membership for all buyers –just buy as you need the resources –you are not paying for things you will never use! Enjoy the exploring the site and growing your classroom resources www.alphabettree.com.au
Have some amazing resources you would like to sell?
If you have a USB full of amazing resources and would like to make some extra money for all of your time you can open your own store on The Alphabet Tree more details on our website.
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