keep yourself in the role of the learner
tell your story: be visible, live out loud, create value, leverage video and social media, reflect and blog
consider frameworks such as the SAMR model as an ongoing change model
consider the power of students teaching students through video
nurture those around you
Mark Carbone, President ECOO
These are all great ways to move forward from this point. I consider myself very fortunate to have received such great PD over the past six months. The CASA conference in July, Will Richardson @willrich45 at our Director’s Conference and of course #ECOO13.
I have to thank my superintendent Simone Oliver @SimoneROliver and our IT guru Rob Long @longrwr for giving me these wonderful opportunities! Now, I need to keep the learning going.
For one thing, I have to go back to lanyard and collect more information from the workshops I attended – I will go back and add this to the posta already up.
Next, what do I do when I return to school?
One idea. I loved the Minds on Media session. I had great conversations with teachers and I learned about cool apps
I would like to make the rest of this year a Minds on Media session.
Our teachers are doing great things every day. They use Raz Kids, Dream Box, mathletics, Edmodo, Edublog, Kidblog, Blogger. They use iPads, netbooks and now Chromebooks. They are doing incredible things all the time.
On top of all that, they work in collaborative teams with teachers from two other schools – they are all involved in really interesting inquiry projects – the first set of projects will be complete by the end of November.
So, this is what I am going to do:
- make a visual record of the innovative teaching that is going on every day
- give our staff an audience by posting their work here on this blog
- create a visual record of the work of our triads – journey with them through their inquiries
- celebrate, encourage, support, serve and learn from our teachers
This is such a challenging time for teachers – every day they are confronted with some new form of technology. They are being asked to change their teaching methodology to support an entirely new learning environment. They are being asked not to deliver information but to create intelligence out of the mass of information our students now have access to.
Has there ever been a more challenging time – I would say no.
So what do I need to do? See myself as the lead learner in the school and accompany our teachers on the rocky journey to incorporate technology into a new way of teaching – the journey will be rockey because not everything will work – but if you don’t take risks you will never learn, and we are all about learning!