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Sourcing the crowd: Tech tips for teachers

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A teacher and educational technologist is writing an article for a professional magazine. The topic is crowdsourcing. To illustrate how crowdsourcing works, she decides to crowdsource something that her readers might find useful – tips for teachers new to using technology in the classroom.  She has a good online professional network via Facebook and Twitter (and Google+ when she remembers). So she posts to her Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts asking her network for (brief) tips. Within 12 hours she has a pile of tips from practising, experienced teachers. She has crowdsourced info from a bunch of savvy educationalists, who have come up with a great range of tips reflecting all sorts of contexts and concerns – far richer than anything she could have come up with by herself. This is the wisdom of the (right) crowd.

The teacher above is of course me, and the tips were provided by my PLN (Personal Learning Network). The article I’m writing has a word limit of 900 words. Too short to include all the tips. So here they are:

Thank you too all the contributors! Hope you enjoy these crowdsourced tech tips – and please feel free to add more in the Comments section below!

Nicky Hockly
The Consultants-E

October 2011


  1. Marisa Pavan says:

    Hello Nicky!

    Thanks for crowdsourcing these tips for using technology in the classroom. It shows how significant social media are for professional development. It’s a great way of learning and growing professionally.
    Hugs from Argentina!

  2. Hi Nicky,
    Thanks for eliciting all these great tips. You have a fantastic PLN and I’m delighted to be in it. I’m sure that I’ll be able to make great use of all these tips.
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  4. Great post, some excellent tips in there!

    Here’s one from us – try not to use too many abbreviations or acronyms…

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