http://digitalbootcamp.ning.com/For today’s session, we will be using this Ning site to gather your thoughts, comments and ideas. Anyone new to Ning? (If so, go through the basics. If not, have them Sign Up and we will mainly focus on the FORUM to answer specific info and the CHAT arena for Yes/No info)
Ask question, have participants go to the FORUM and find question #1 and reply.
It has to do with people, has a certain energy about it and should be cast, not contained or restrained. Sometimes a grand vision contains BIG ideas that may be difficult to follow.
http://silviahartmann.com/background-tile-art/images/1-silk-blue-background.jpgGo to the FORUM area and answer #2, discussion as well.
Yes/No through CHAT feature on Ning.Add more specific info, such as their actual school/division VISION statement on #3 in the FORUM. Have a discussion.
Does it include anything about: “Fostering innovation in teaching and learning, leveraging technology, personal relationships, community partnerships and creative delivery to offer a tailored learning experience.?”Add any further information, discussion on FORUM question #4.
Does your school/division have a technology policy? Yes/No in CHAT area.Discussion can be made into FORUM #5 plus answer:1) Name three issues for which a technology policy is needed in school.2) What is a GOOD policy?– should tie in with our vision, be positive, contains high expectations. Check out http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AeJuPhKYJgSOZGRtaHNidnFfMzVncXRrc2JuZg&hl=en_GB together.Discussion of policy, regulation, procedure (maybe?)***Like RUP – responsible use policy. (Daughter going out with a guy – do want him to be acceptable or responsible?) Like responsible. This AUP is old. We have an obligation to help teachers and students learn to manage that responsibility.***
How do admin become integrators/facilitators of technology? How do we work with administrators to make their actions and rationales visible to all = purposeful transparency. And how can we help them to see the collaborative conversations and work that is going on in the school/division? = productive eavesdropping. Share your own info in FORUM #6.Regardless of the potential promise of any technology innovation, specialized effort is needed to assure widespread and effective use. We should be asking ourselves:1. How can the change process be facilitated to achieve high levels of implementationin classrooms and across a school?2. What factors and approaches can be applied for achieving widespread use?3. What is the extent of implementation with each individual and school?4. How do outcomes vary with extent of implementation?Share your thoughts.Share your:Recommended ReadingRecommended Tools/Videos
Schools are public places – have to think about how to put it out there? Purposeful about what you want to say. How does an administrator make their actions visible?Have participants share….aloud.Show the How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek – first 5 minutes only.
How can administrators help staff, parents see the discussions and the work that is going on in the school? Need to create opportunities for people to do this. Listen in such as a chat room or backchannel like todaysmeet. Sometimes that goes array in backchannels or mike was still on (unproductive eavesdropping). Kids and staff listening in. Make sure what they hear/read is productive. Need to be purposeful such as in a blog, school twitter feed. Show 5 minute video PLN for Educators.Have participants share….aloud.
One way to be purposeful is to show administrators how to use an RSS aggregator like netvibes. Bring in a few administrative blogs and then admin can productively “listen in”. A great site to find people to follow is this wiki - http://supportblogging.com/Links+to+School+Bloggers.This is the Reader view in netvibes.
This is the same Admin page but in Widgets view.The point is to see if there is anything that you can contribute to the ongoing conversation. As well if there are teachers who are blogging in your school, an administrator can “pull” those blogs onto a page within netvibes to read, follow and make comments. Next step may be to have an administrator start their own school blog or professional blog (also known as a blogfolio). Modeling purposeful conversations is also important and allows you to think about how you are being purposefully transparent. Networks build community and community can build networks.Show Bill’s blog http://kidblog.org/Grade45/and George’s school/professional bloghttp://georgecouros.wordpress.com/and my blog http://ottomat3ch.wordpress.com/. Ask participants their thoughts…..What should be happening you are finding ways to connect with those that think the same or different or are going somewhere you have never thought of. We get to determine which people and organizations to follow.
Be thoughtful of the tools we are using – allowing other people to drop in?? (Diigo does that – sharing your blog URL.) Be thoughtful of the tools you choose – help you be purposefully transparent and productively eavesdroppeable. During PSD’s YEAR 1 Supporting Innovative Classrooms – SLItech (admin group): our journey commenced with:Introduction of tools (collaboration, audio, video, written). (Again, the tools are not the important piece but engaging conversations, learning, motivation, connection are!)Discussion of purposeful learning/modeling using technology Acknowledging 9 effective strategies for Admin to use while integrating/facilitating tech integration at their siteIntroduction to ISTE NETS Admin, Teacher, StudentBook study: Using Technology in Classroom Instruction that WorksFlip through magazine http://issuu.com/nlakusta/docs/slitech_in2ovation_magazineand comment…* And yes, there are admin who say they don’t have time to build a network so I take more time with them to nurture, to set up their tools. They will be ready at different times to do this and it’s OK. I try to encourage that they be part of or at least aware of the professional, educational and technological conversations that surround them.
In summary, we live in a time where we are engaged in some exciting innovations in education. We also acknowledge that implementation efforts must be strategic/visionary. Meeting the needs of ALL learners is our goal; yet it doesn’t come without challenges.Comments?Thank you – please complete an evaluation form.
Digital bootcamp FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERS From local to global Monday August 16th, 2010 Emerge 2010, Banff, Alberta