Today, arvind grover and I presented at the NAIS Speed Innovation Sessions. Our presentation concentrated on publication, collaboration, and productivity. The slides are below. Comments/Questions appreciated.
Category Archives: 21st Century Teaching
Two resources to take a look at to further your ideas about how the iPad may be used in school:
I have been having lots of conversations at school (the one where I work) about Disrupting Class. People keep saying, "I have to read the book."
Obviously, reading the book is the best way to get this, but if you don’t have time to read the book right now and want a primer, here’s some audio/video/text to get you up to speed:
- Scott McLeod’s K-12 Online Presentation: Leading the Change: Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations
- Our EdTechTalk: 21st Century Learning interview with Scott on DI
- Christensen on YouTube
- Business Week Article
- EdWeek Article – Disruptive Innovation in K12 (subscription required)
And if you’re still interested (this is what’s on my bookshelf at least):
- The Richard Elmore podcast from this post (and any of the other pieces as well)
- Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids: Tomlinson and McTighe
- The Innovator’s Dilemma: Christensen
- Influencer: Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, Switzler
- Tribes: Seth Godin
There are tons of other good resources out there. I’ve been watching Google Blog Search for Disrupting Class as well.
arvind, Vinnie and I will also be interviewing Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson on 11/24 at noon EST and 12/4 at 2:15 EST respectively at EdTechTalk.
What recommendations do you have?
When I got to Baltimore to present at the AIMS conference, I realized that I had Internet access. I uploaded my slides to Google Presentations, did some editing and got going. Vinnie Vrotny and Patrick Higgings showed up for the presentation (huge thanks to the two of them). Alecia Berman-Dry was a wonderful host (she invited me to present at the conference and blogged about it here).
The audience did a great job keeping their attention during the last session of the day. After my presentation, we all discussed how we could bring collaborative technology to back to their schools and classrooms.
Here’s my updated Google Presentation
Also, I forgot to hand out my handouts. Here’s a link to the PDF handout.
As I tweaked the presentation on the train to Baltimore, I realized more and more that these projects are about the relationships. Lucy Gray spoke about it in our conversations, Vicki Davis discusses it when she speaks about the Flat Classroom project. It’s all about the connections we are making. And they are real, even though many are virtual.
I’m working on editing the video of the event and will post that shortly.
Comments appreciated. Thanks!
Thanks, Nancy and David for stretching my thinking about this professional development day.
I’m struggling with appropriate administrative pressure and my department’s buy in to provide basics training to faculty. I have been re-tooling our sessions to allow for better technological solutions for everyday problems. For example, “Appropriate Presentations” would include a discussion about what appropriate skills and guidelines are, how to find images, and create a presentation that is visually appealing. Another example is, “Creating a Newsletter” which would include pulling resources together and then formatting them in a desktop publishing program.
Nancy, I love your visualization question,
“Try to “imagine it is a year from now and you have embraced a couple of tools and practices that make your work more meaningful/fun/productive. What does that look like?”
I plan on using this when asking folks to register for sessions.
I am truly struggling with David’s game. I believe in my heart that that is the way to go, but want to start slow in smaller groups so we have some practice before going to the “big group”. I would like to try this with a small group of faculty during this day.
I hesitate because this is my professional development first day like this with a new Head of School and Business Manager. We have a traditional faculty and I want to expose small groups to this before we do it with the entire faculty.
I will definitely use these exercises in my department over the Spring, and then during our Summer Professional Development series where we’ll be working with faculty to use read/write web options…
I’m trying to be transparent in my writing here… Honest and open. But boy do I feel like I’m not living up to good pedagogical principles for adult learning… It’s very hard to let go of that “control”.
Thanks again, Nancy and David, for stretching me.
I have been thinking a lot about what basic technology skills faculty should know. We’ve surveyed our faculty on basic tech skills, and have a good idea of what people know and don’t know, but what Technology skills should they know?
The reason I ask this question is that we have half of a professional development day in February to work with our entire faculty on technology skills. Our plan now is to run 4, 40 minute sessions on the basics: word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, desktop publishing, e-mail, information literacy skills, laptop hardware optimization and troubleshooting and configuration, and a number of other ‘basics’. We are planning lessons that demonstrate and allow participants to practice 2-4 skills, walk them through an Atomic Learning Lesson (if applicable), and give examples of the use of that software in a classroom.
NETS has a long list of skills that beginning teachers should have when entering the classroom. This list is well above the performance point of my faculty.
In order to learn something new, faculty (for that matter – anyone) must feel a need and be engaged. How do we get the second and third wavers to be engaged when teaching the basics? Nancy White asks these types of questions often.
Here are some of the other questions running through my head:
If you were running a seminar for faculty who have a wide variety of technology skills, what would be the core goal of each session that you teach?
Just thinking through my fingers: Start with the learners, know their skill set, and teach them what they need to get to the next level, even if that means configuring windows and file management.
What skills/applications would you teach?
Word vs. Google Docs
Do you have links to examples?
Our lesson plans will be posed here: Tech at Collegiate when complete.
Thanks for your time and thought.
Just a forward that I thought the EdTech Community would appreciate:
Help ISTE Develop the Next Generation of NETS for Students
ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) were introduced
in 1998. Since then, the NETS have served as a common denominator for
effective technology integration in education throughout the country and
around the world. To keep the NETS relevant in today’s increasingly
digital world, ISTE is developing the next generation of the NETS for
Students (NETS*S) and needs your feedback. There are two easy ways for
you to get involved:
* Register to attend one of these free NETS Refresh Town Hall being held at regional conferences: FETC, January 25, Orlando, FL and TCEA, February 6, Austin, TX
I’m working on a technology self-assessment for our faculty. We’ve collected a number of surveys from the Independent School community and are using them as a base to create our own. I’ll publish that on the School Computing Wiki when it is done — hopefully by the end of the month.
Our assessment is surveying application skills: Wordprocessing, Spreadsheets, Presentation Software, E-mail, Internet, our Student Information System. Our next step is to use the NETS standards to give us real world examples of how to apply technology skills in the classroom. Once we have the results of our skills survey, we’ll offer 1 hour professional development sessions that are focused on applying technology skills for in the classroom.
It is my opinion that there need to be clear expectations on faculty that they keep up to date on current research on teaching and learning, and within that, there is an expectation that they know what technology is out there to use as a tool to enhance the learning in their classrooms. Our goals of these 1 hour sessions is to give them technology skills and a way to use technology to enhance the learning in their classrooms.
I would love to see how other folks are training and evaluating faculty. My feeling is that evaluation needs to be based upon faculty teaching and student learning. Within this evaluation of teaching and learning, tools such as textbooks, worksheets, technology, etc. are critical as they are tools to enable the best possible learning results for all students.
What do you think of this?
If you have good examples, add them to the School Computing Wiki – Teaching with Technology space.
The momentum is here — arvind and I have been discussing how to extend the 2006 NYSAIS Conference for Managers of Technology on our webcast this fall. I’m on the planning committee, and arvind is the blog manager (or blog master as I like to call him:D). With the help of our NYCIST FreeBSD Guru and a donated server, we’ve put up this Drupal site: http://www.nycist.net.
We’re pretty excited as we’re going to live webcast the main sessions of the conference and allow folks to chime in the chat room. We’re also asking that participants use del.icio.us and flickr to post links and photos with the NYSAISEdTech2006 tag. Folks can also blog using the Conference tag (NYSIASEdTech2006) and getting aggregated to our site (right navbar) or New York State area Educators and register and blog at the NYCIST.net web site. How’s that for the read/write web extended conference?
A year ago, I couldn’t webcast and didn’t know what del.icio.us was. Hopefully we’ll bring some of the other folks at this conference along for the ride. Then they can go back and bring their schools along. Very, very exciting.
We’ll be doing our final planning session tomorrow at 1:30pm EST at EdTechTalk.
Have a story you want to share? Something that will help our conference participants learn these new technologies? We’re already using some of the K-12 Online Conference posts to help folks along.
Let the conversation
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