Explore: While exploring the digital learning communities I found several that interested me. I chose to sign up for Symbaloo and saved my bookmarks there. I was able to sign up through my Google account and the set-up was very simple. The site even included a web tutorial to help me with set-up. However, using Symbaloo I was not able to annotate each entry.
Artifact: Here is the link to my Symbalook page:
I chose to bookmark more than three DLCs. Through my exploration I found many of them to be helpful, but the content found in each was geared either toward teachers or students.
The three that I found to be the most helpful for a teacher were: Edutopia, Khan Academy, and LiveBinders. Edutopia is a site that I have used in the past. All materials within the website are accessible through an easy filtered search. I have found this site handy in locating articles and videos for use in professional development with the staff at my school. Khan Academy is phenomenal. I used it regularly when my niece was trying to make her way through 10th grade math. It has a wealth of information to help teachers and students with many subjects. The best portion of the website are the videos of actual teachers teaching concepts. This allows students an outlet to learn from someone other than their teacher in their school building. Sometimes students need to hear the information in a different way to learn it.
Answer: LiveBinders is the one that I found most worthy of joining (I can’t lie, I joined all three), but LiveBinders was the most impressive. Being an instructional coach is not an easy job so when a teacher asks me for resources on a subject that I am not familiar with I turn to LiveBinders. These are materials created by and for teachers. I found many of the materials were created by teachers right in my own county. It is easily searched and organized into subjects and grade levels. The website is not super flashy, but so full of great materials! I feel that LiveBinders is a reputable digital community and aligns with my interests and needs because I can use it to find most anything to match my varying needs of the teachers in my building. I think the biggest draw for LiveBinders is the fact that it is free. Resources are a hard thing to come by in some schools. LiveBinders puts everyone on the same playing field by providing resources to the masses. You can share binders with colleagues and allow them to edit the binder. Also, if a teacher chooses they can make the binder private or keep it public for all the world to use.