Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What I learned this week 03/17/2010

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Personal/Professional Networked Learning Community/Collaborative

My Professional Learning

What I learned this week....


  1. I learned how to make a Diary of Wimpy kid avatar…
  2. I watched a Scott McLeod presentation to the NEA on disruptive innovation…
  3. I skimmed and then downloaded the latest draft of the new core standards and was pleased to see positive language of said standards…
  4. I skimmed and downloaded the national tech plan and was thrilled that people like Yong Zhao and Will Richardson are pleased wit them…
  5. I learned of typewithme a cool collaborative work tool that is based on the etherpad code…
  6. I learned about crocodoc, a tool that allows you to upload basically almost any file type and then collaborate on that document…
  7. I read the lesson plans the NY Times have put together to help teachers teach about the US Census…
  8. I skimmed a summary study tracking/ability grouping of students…and whether it improves learning or hurts learners and the answer is “yes”.
  9. I saw the Blogger has released a tool that lets people edit and customize their blog design…
  10. I saw that David Pogue of the NY Times really likes Microsoft Live tools…especially LiveMesh and LiveSych which puts MS in the cloud allowing a user to synch files from multiple devices in the cloud…
  11. I discovered a new blog about coffee and only coffee…
  12. I watched a clever video on YouTube….basically the trailer to any Academy Award winning picture.
  13. I looked at Google’s new lesson plans on teaching effective Internet searching…
  14. I found a great infographic on the Megalodon shark and found a comment in the blog about historic 911 calls as a possible engaging project (not to mention the video)….
  15. I found a great video mashup tool that allows you to put your image into another video…what a great writing incentive…

Information Overload...Filter Failure

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Week of 1/10/10 03/15/2010

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Typical Teacher Network

So we as professionals are required to stay up to date and own our professional development.  What tools and resources do we have in our disposal for this?

With our PLCs we multiply what is available in our "network" because we are bringing in different individuals.  But at least some of the learning resources of your "teammates" are identical to your resources.

How do we prevent the bubble from forming then? How do we realize if what we are doing is even as good as it could be or the right thing to do?

images from Alex Couros

More on PD pt. 2

The content we are required to teach and the ways in which we can successfully teach our content are always changing.

In our PLC (if we are lucky) we can learn from our peers and they can learn from us. But we are limited to those "local" teachers.  Any school district or department or team over time begins to develop a "bubble" whether they realize it or not.  The bubble is barrier that doesn't prevent new ideas but certainly makes it hard for new ideas to reach the team.

The Web allows teachers to prevent that bubble from forming or at least keeps it more permeable.  It allows teachers who choose to learn to stay current and bring those new ideas into their classroom and their local teams.

More on PD

It is our responsibility to engage in ongoing, purposeful professional development.  It is a shared responsibility between the educator and the school district.  However, I would argue that in the limited time that our school gives they cannot meet the needs of all of us.  District provided PD is limited in time and the scope is limited to current building and district improvement plans.  While these plans are very important, they don't ensure your growth as a professional.  They are more universal in nature and geared towards test scores.  This is neither good or bad....just the way districts are required to operate to reach success as measured by the state.

graphic from Standards for Ohio Educators

PD via RSS and Web 2.0

RSS and Web 2.0 enable collaboration that supports our growth and student learning.

graphic from Standards for Ohio Educators

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Week of 1/10/10 03/14/2010

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Google Account....Do Yourself a Favor

GoogleDocs in Plain English

RSS in Plain English

OneNote resources

OneNote at Microsoft

OneNote tuts. at Atomic Learning (see Mark for Atomic Learning password)

OneNote Custom Guide (2 page graphic detailed)

Various tutorial documents at YouTube


What do you teach?
What do you hope to learn (why did you take the class)?
Project ideas at this point?

How Could You Not Like This....


Each class Kerry and I will present "new" content that may have smaller min-assignments associated with them.  It is one thing to hear someone talk about a new tool or idea, another to watch them demonstrate that same tool, but if you want to really learn it you have to use it/apply it yourself.

The Main Assignment

My main goal of this class is that it is useful for you and the learning of your students.  With that in mind you main assignment is find something you want to learn more about and then implement it in your class/position.

At the end of our class you will present your project to your classmates.

One of main the benefits of this class is that you have the time and the support of your peers to help you complete this project.

We have a diverse group of people with very different job responsibilities and requirements.    Kerry and I will help you as much as we can but it is extremely important that you are a self-directed learner.  Embrace the challenge and choose something meaningful for your position.

Tech Tools for Teachers: March 9th

Purpose of this class:
  1. OneNote as a teacher/student teaching and learning tool
  2. Learn how to take charge of your own PD via PNLC (extending the PLC)
  3. Extend your learning and practice with summative and formative assessments to improve/guide the teaching and learning of your students
  4. To learn more about the 21st Century Skills called for by "futurists"/economists
  5. To learn more about various Web 2.0 tools and how you can harness their instructional potential in the classroom
  6. To further your knowledge and practice of using technology to improve both teaching and learning

Week of 1/10/10 03/09/2010

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