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August 9, 2007 (photos from day 1)


9:00 Introductions (Joe and Dave)


9:15 Tear Down the Walls

Twitter and Chatcasting using skype. Bringing "the world" into professional development. (A model for the classroom?) "How to." Also, we'll dump the "chatcast" into a wiki and use it as a prompt for later reference and reflection.


9:45 Learning the Guitar or thinking about innovation in education

A model for using blogs and a suite of other online tools to amplify teaching and learning in the 21st century. Very tightly tied to curricular outcomes and good pedagogy.


11:15 Break


11:30 Whiplash!

This will be a lightening fast introduction to a selection of powerful online tools that teachers and students can use in and out of the classroom.


12:30 Lunch



1:30 Plenary (Joe and Dave)


1:45 Rip, Mix, Learn (playing with tools, build blogs, wikis, flickr accounts, and ???)

An introduction to the "Rip, Mix, Learn" metaphor and an overview of the K12 Online conference; teachers take control of their own learning and professional development ... then they pass that passion along to their students.


3:15 Closing (Joe and Dave)


3:30 End Day 1


August 10, 2007


9:00 What Can I Do Now That I Couldn't Do Before?

New Tools enable New Pedagogies. We will learn, using concrete examples, how to think about adapting and adopting new web 2.0 tools to create powerful learning experiences for students. We will also explore how to involve students deeply into the assessment process.


10:30 Break


10:45 Developing Expert Voices

An indepth look at leveraging the suite of tools we have been learning about to create meaningful and authentic assessment for all students. We will incorporate the ideas discussed in "What Can I Do Now That I Couldn't Do Before?" about involving students and key players in determining assessment criteria and creating learning objects that illustrate the expertise they have acquired in any course.


12:00 Lunch



Joe and Dave - Developing Professional Plans


Comments (10)

Anonymous said

at 10:35 pm on Aug 8, 2007

Darren, it was good to meet you today. I look forward to the next 2 days of learning and exploring. I'm confident all the technology will work smoothly.

Anonymous said

at 2:54 pm on Aug 9, 2007

Skype name: john.protsman
Twitter: protsman

Anonymous said

at 2:56 pm on Aug 9, 2007

I am very impressed with this training. There is so much to learn.

Anonymous said

at 7:09 pm on Aug 9, 2007

The level of integration and input students have on their own learning process using the tools we looked at today is amazing. I wrote a little about metacognition and thinking about how we think on my new blog today. Check it out: http://toniajohnson.blogspot.com

Anonymous said

at 9:26 pm on Aug 9, 2007

Training was very interesting but alot to consume. I hope to work on one tool and learn it well and then move on to the next tool.

Anonymous said

at 11:27 pm on Aug 9, 2007

Very interesting and valuable information delivered this morning. The excitment will come when the culture of our school environment permeates with changing the way we teach, and how the use of technology will make a difference in the way we learn.

Anonymous said

at 11:53 pm on Aug 9, 2007

Very interesting day, but I feel a bit overwhelmed. I think having students take turns scribing learnings from class on a blog is an awesome idea, but need to explore how to accomplish that when a lot of our students don't have internet access at home.

Anonymous said

at 8:29 am on Aug 10, 2007

I think the possibilities of blogs to generate and track dialog between students and myself and between students is exciting. I think my studnets will learn to take pride in their posts and will give them a chance to interact with the content in new ways.

Anonymous said

at 9:34 am on Aug 10, 2007

I agree with Jeremy that kids are looking for something new to keep learning exciting. It is a great way to show parents the progress their kids are making and the effort they are giving toward their classes.

Anonymous said

at 12:59 am on Aug 13, 2007

Technology of this sort amplifies good teaching. Darren's idea of doing something I couldn't do before helps to focus the issue on why would we want to use these tools as opposed to using them just for the sake of it.

As one who has given a number of workshops and training in this area, I've discovered that just because it's easy, doesn't mean folks with use them. You have to have a reason. You have to be convinced it makes a difference for kids. Without this belief, it won't matter. But as many have stated, it takes time to wrap your head around all that's possible.
My guess is that you are all good teachers and will see your good teaching amplified by embracing the tools when you see fit.

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