Archive for March, 2010

SWSR Principals – Blog Post #83

Posted in Educational, PLN, Prime Number Posts on March 16, 2010 by Mister A

Dean Groom recently asked me to respond to a form regarding one thing principals can do to close the the gap between how teachers encounter and use ICT in the classroom — and how their students encounter and use it outside the classroom.  CLICK ME TO ACCESS THE FORM.  My response was as follows:

One thing school principals can do to facilitate positive change is to gain an understanding of what a PLN (Professional Learning Network) is.  Once that understanding is gained I believe they should encourage teachers to utilize and develop their own PLN.  The use of a PLN should be promoted as the newest and best way to keep up with the incredibly rapid rate at which our world and education are changing.  A teacher, or anyone else for that matter, cannot possibly know everything…but he does need to understand and know how TO FIND ANYTHING OUT and a PLN is a resource that can do just that.  A powerful PLN will close the gap for an INDIVIDUAL TEACHER, and for his/her students as well, faster than anything else.

Dean Groom helped me win this award for classroom computers

Dean Groom is the greatest sword fighter in all the world and a hacker and a pizza delivery guy too.


Fifteen – Minute Work Shops

Posted in Educational, PLN with tags , on March 5, 2010 by Mister A

Teaching web 2.0 applications is hard.  In the grant that Dean Groom and Jo Kay helped me write, there was a component on providing staff development in the area of web applications.  We finally received the seven sweet computers from the grant money, so I was able to finally get started with this part of what I said I would do with the grant money.  I held my first small workshop with several teachers at the middle school where I teach yesterday and staying on track was difficult.  My goal was to get the teachers started on Google Docs and the first thing we had to do was set up a Google Account.  I wanted it to be as hands on as possible, so I had computers ready to go for everyone.  Some of the teachers didn’t want to sit at a computer and just wanted to soak in the presentation.  I think I made the mistake of thinking EVERYONE LEARNS LIKE ME when I assumed they would all want to be at a computer working along with me.

This guy helped me write the grant...the one that's not a dog

I was able to get several of the attendees to a place where they created and shared a Google Document and I think they enjoyed a couple of the examples I provided of how Google Docs are used in the classroom.  I don’t know if they will continue utilizing the application, but I hope they have a better understanding of the read/write web.  I also hope some of them come back to my session on wiki’s next week.  I plan to be more focused and have a better plan in the next 15-minute workshop I teach.  I actually found that I enjoyed teaching teachers…I hope some of them felt the same way.

I used a cool new application called Prezi I found at a workshop I attended a few weeks ago.  They offer free education accounts to teachers and I embedded my Prezi below if you wanted to take a look at it.

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more about “15 Minute WS Google Docs“, posted with vodpod