Call for a Conversation: Online Teacher Academy (beta)

Fred Bartel’s Starting a Virtual Independent School thread morphed recently. As we discussed the topic, what resonated in me was the importance that our communities understand what it means to learn online. Once a critical mass of our communities know what the the pros and cons of this environment are, we can better assess how they will fit into our schools.

Over the past couple of weeks, arvind, Vinnie and I have been discussing the creation of an Online Teacher Academy for this purpose. Here are links to the two podcasts:

21st Century Learning #97:Designing an open, web 2.0, personal lear…
21st Century Learning #98: Designing an Open Online Teacher Academy…

In the two podcasts above, we begin the discussion about how to lead our teachers through an online experience that provides them with the tools and the inspiration to build their own personal learning network.

After our last podcast, I posted a couple of goals and a short description for this experience:

1. Teach online tools in the context of teaching and learning
2. Creating online community to model and sustain this learning

This online teacher academy starts by walking its participants through some basic online tools while building a community, and creates a structure for the participants to create and document new work thus leaving a legacy for the next generation of learners.

I would like to spend some time working to create this learning experience with a group of interested educators from June 30 – July 2nd here in New York City. We’ll definitely be broadcasting this, so don’t worry if you can’t be in NYC. This also coincides with NECC and I’m sure we’ll be bringing folks who are there into this conversation.

We already have some takers who are interested in participating in this discussion.

What do you think? Who’s interested in participating? Please add comments to the thread at isenet.

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