That Used to Be Us–Looking Outward and Forward

That Used to Be Us—Links on looking to the future

Last thoughts on how the book connects to educators

Places to find more information

“Who knew that being an educator meant you needed to be a student of technology?” Gregg W. Downey, Editor & Publisher eSchool News

I want to create three posts on where to look while we think about how we are changing—guideposts and cool stuff to use along the way. My goal is to have the positive, the negative, and the truth that lies between them. This first of the three posts is about online resources. The second will be on books. The third will be a counterpoint to the idea (expressed in That Used to Be Us) that poverty has no effect on educational success.

Online Items of Interest

The following links are all available on Victoria’s Diigo account, tagged with TUTBU:


If you aren’t tech savvy and feel like the world is changing around you, and you need a place to grab hold as it spins out of control, this is it. It’s also good for students and teachers who do some social networking and use online tools, but would like to broaden their scope.

Introductions to a variety of useful online tools—these self-paced tutorials are available from the California School Library Association and are linked to and used by folks from all over the country.

For students:

Teen Learning 2.0 – An introduction to digital treats and new technologies

For educators:

Classroom Learning 2.0

The Must-Have Guide To Helping Technophobic Educators | Edudemic (Actually, this isn’t just for technophobes—it has ideas on educational use of Twitter, Google, iPads and more.)


As they say, “reading is fundamental.” How will reading change?

What other media will be fundamental?

Apple and iPads

Justice Department investigating e-book pricing – Los Angeles Times

U.S. sues Apple, publishers over eBook prices | eSchool News

Apple iBooks 2 license agreement gets icy reception in higher education | eCampus News

iBooks 2: Reinventing Textbooks Or Lulu on Steroids?

Other eBook thoughts

Are Teens Embracing E-books? (An earlier study said teens didn’t like them. This one says they do, but, ironically, they want to download ebooks for the immediacy of starting the read, but then will buy a hard copy to keep and share with friends. A fun article.)

Digital textbooks get a boost with new offerings | eSchool News

The Googlization of Books (discussion with the author of the book The Googlization of Everything)

Other Media

Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Our Media, Ourselves: Are We Headed For A Matrix? : NPR Perhaps we fear technology because it will remove our stuff, reveling the emptiness of our lives?


What will your classroom look like?

Khan Academy: The future of education? – CBS News

60 Minutes – Interviews, Profiles & Reports – CBS News

Online Teacher of the Year: Individualized instruction is key | eSchool News

Diane Ravitch outlines ed tech’s promise, perils | eSchool News

Gooru – Home Page

Gooru – Online learning

Gain a better understanding of how to use Gooru with these tools. Watch a brief video or view a tutorial. Download a PDF presentation and demo script for a step-by-step guide of Gooru product features.

Panarea Digital Debuts Nearpod For Schools

Ten education blogs worth following | eSchool News (good stuff on flipped classrooms, etc.)

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News

MentorMob – Learn What You Want, Teach What You Love – MentorMob

2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook from EmergingEdTech

Considerations Before Deploying iPads and iPods « Socratech Seminars

Four keys to creating successful eLearning programs | eSchool News

Hyping classroom technology helps tech firms, not students –

COOL STUFF We Should All be Using Now

Of course, there’s a plethora of cool stuff for specific content areas, but these links contain fun tools for students that are useful in classes now and will help them in using digital tools in higher education.

Top Web Annotation and Markup Tools

School Systems Blog – Four Ways to Use Pinterest in Education

Free Technology for Teachers: Embed Plus – Clip & Annotate YouTube Videos

STUDYBLUE | Make online flashcards & notes. Study anywhere, anytime.

Must See: A New Web 2.0 App Store Just For Educators | Edudemic


About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.
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