Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I came across this graphic created by the team at Online Education which takes as look at the average day in the life on the Internet. Ironically, I was listening to the Beatles tune "A Day in the Life" on the train to work this morning, and caught myself thinking how vastly different the world is today, from when I was kid first listening to that song on the record player in my family room.
"I don't know about this music, Dad. The guitars aren't loud enough." He just smiled and said, "Kid, you've got a lot to learn."
The statistics represented here are mind boggling to say the least. We truly are living in a fascinating and wild times.
In other news, Google just announced that they are launching an Enterprise/Education friendly version of Google Groups. This is big news for schools currently using Google as the mainstay for their online learning communities. We now have one more opportunity to enhance communication and collaboration among staff, students and beyond.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
On November 19th I facilitated a full-day workshop entitled: Teamwork, Technology & Transparency – Envisioning Your School Innovation Plan. This was a challenging and awe inspiring day of discovery with an emphasis on moving forward as effective 21st century teaching and learning communities. Educators and school leaders came together from across the city to begin laying the foundation for a school-wide Innovation Plan focusing on curriculum goals, improvement initiatives and technology objectives.
Sonia, a teacher in
Brooklynsaid: “Transformation happens when teachers are open-minded to change and to learn new strategies and techniques to implement into their classrooms.”
Joan, an Assistant Principal in
Staten Islandsaid: “Administrators need to provide PD with new initiatives and technology and have a well versed on site Technology coach and PD from outside sources.”
Brian, a Principal in
Queenssaid: “Teachers are engaged in socialized learning setting to share technological knowledge bases for purpose of investigating ways to use technology to enhance instruction and improve efficiency. The technology plan must support the instructional mission of the school and be viewed as a tool/vehicle, rather than an add on obstacle.”
Teams then worked collaboratively to envision their ideal 21st century learning community. In order to complete this activity I asked participants to put on their thinking hats to brainstorm what they would like their schools to look like 5-years from now. Participants took on the role of students, teachers, administrators, and parents to describe what these learning communities would look, sound, feel, and think like. We watched a video entitled “What If” to spark their intellect. We also modeled how they might make their own video response by using the simple web based montage mixing tool, One True Media. View my video response below:
; 2) Curriculum and Implementation Planning; 3) Hardware, Software, and Infrastructure Policy and Implementation; 4) Evaluation; 5) Transformation. And then participants worked on setting SMART goals connected to a key area of the plan they wanted to focus on for the remainder of the day. In order to stay true to workshop theme -- we utilized Google Docs to work collaboratively and share our results. Century School
Participants spent the rest of the day working with their teams to begin the development of their school wide Innovation Plan. We reviewed and discussed the core components of an Innovation Plan: 1) Envisioning the 21st
This was a powerful day of learning – in which participants began to articulate how technology should be integrated to accelerate and positively impact teaching and learning. As the day came to a close one of the participants chimed in: “I now see why we’re calling this an Innovation Plan and not a technology plan. This is about creating a foundation for whole-school change.” I couldn’t have said it much better myself.