Online Resources for Educators: Teacher Reboot Camp Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews technology that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some online resources for educators. Today's article focuses on Teacher Reboot Camp. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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What Is It?

Teacher Reboot Camp is a blog that is focused on helping teachers bring technology and other innovative techniques into the classroom. The blog's tone is thoughtful and engaging, and I think it makes a great read for all educators, even if you're not particularly enthused about using technology. If you are interested in technology, either because you're already using digital tools in your professional life or because you want to, there's plenty of things to learn on this blog, and even some ways to get involved with a digital community of educators.

The posts on the site make great use of multimedia, and are often accompanied by videos. If the post spotlights a particular tech trick or trend, there's typically a link or group of links to help flesh out the explanation. Overall, the posts are useful and informative, especially when it comes to tech use. There's less of a how-to aspect to this blog than there is to some of the other resources I found, meaning that some of the tech elements might be slightly out of reach for more novice users. But the professional development aspects are relevant to everyone, and can be used by all experience levels.

One of my favorite professional development features on Teacher Reboot Camp is the 30 Goals Challenge. This self-improvement exercise consists of 30 goals that educators can set for themselves to improve their performance. The goals focus on ways to engage students, connect with other educators, figure out personal achievement goals and make use of technology. Each post dedicated to a specific goal is accompanied by a video and a podcast, making it easy to engage with the challenge in multiple formats. Overall, the 30 Goals Challenge is a great example of the useful and interesting resources available on this blog.

Who Will Get the Most Use Out of It?

I think all educators can get some use out of this site. Features like the 30 Goals Challenge focus on job performance improvement, but have a fresh approach that isn't always present in professional development materials. It's also a great directory for other online resources, making it particularly useful for those who are just dipping a toe into the world of online education blogging.

Another great way to use Teacher Reboot Camp is as a sort of how-to for successful education blogging. The blog's writer, Shelly Terrell, is a teacher herself, and the blog is produced through education blogging service Edublogs. Teacher Reboot Camp is a really excellent blog, and it's a great example of how easy it is to 'get into' blogging.

Her posts obviously come from the heart, and are the result of thinking she does about her profession and how to improve her performance. Certainly, this is something many teachers can relate to. Seeing a colleague turn those thoughts into a really helpful and engaging blog might help provide some inspiration to other teachers who have been thinking about doing the same.

This is the third article in a series about online resources for educators. Previously, the Techie wrote about Integrating Technology and The Edublogger. Stay tuned for more reviews this week!

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