Dec 20 2010


Sample newletter post

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blog worksheet

CLick on the link above to download the worksheet.

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Dec 20 2010


sample vocaroo

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Dec 20 2010


Sample video 2

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Dec 20 2010


Sample Youtube video

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Aug 16 2009


Teaching Naked

Filed under PLN,Podcast

Cross-posted on my work blog:

What a title right?  I’ve seen about 3 references to this recently…I was slightly intrigued each time.  Today, trying to “get into” doing my homework for a PD class I am taking, I ran across Al Rowell aka locotech – a fellow learner in the class.  I decided that as a technology director who seemed interested in edtech training he might be a great source to add to my PLN. Looking at what Al’s been tweeting lately, I saw yet another mention of teaching naked and I had to bite.

 The Chronicle of Higher Ed published an article on teaching naked last month.  The article is about a Dean at a college who is removing computers from “smart” classrooms.  His premise – powerpointing students to death is not best practice.  Students come to class to interact with the teacher and each other and the crutch that PowerPoint has become is getting in the way.  Think about it – the most boring thing that you can have in a class is an instructor who reads to you from a PowerPoint presentation.  This Dean thinks a good professor will put the PowerPoint online along with a podcast to accompany it.  Students can take a short quiz online or in class that verifies that they have read the material.  Then they can take student knowledge to a higher level on Blooms taxonomy with the time they have in class through group work and discussion. 

 What if we did that for our elementary students?  We can’t make them read PowerPoint presentations and listen to podcasts at home, but we could at school. 

 What if we covered the recall and understanding portions of Bloom’s taxonomy using centers?  Students could watch video clips or listen to podcasts in centers.  We already have the equipment.  A teacher could use Discovery Education Streaming quizzes or lesson builders to deliver video and podcasts that would cover the basics.  RECALL could be tested, remediated, and the quiz could be scored automatically using a well constructed DE Streaming quiz.  Would you rather use a podcast?  You can create one yourself using a voice recorder or find a ready made one (there are tons out there).  Put together a quiz or worksheet for the student to fill in as s/he listens.  Moving up to UNDERSTANDING – ask your student to summarize.  Use a DE Streaming writing prompt, use a few questions on your blog: either can be easily done as a group in the school computer lab or on a COW or at the computer center in the back of your room. 

 When you are ready for whole group instruction you can break out the FUN!  Starting at APPLICATION now that the boring part is done – do that science experiment, practice as a whole group using your whiteboard/slate/wireless keyboard, work on an application assignment together at the document camera. Group discussion becomes ANALYSIS using your similarities and differences Marzano strategy – In what ways is this like or different from what we’ve studied before? Or make a connection – when I think about (insert your content here) I am reminded about…

 EVALUATING and CREATING can be a part of every class project.  Where your students can create a representation of your concept (create their own podcast, photostory, wiki page, animoto, voicethread, museum_box etc.) evaluating resources from DE Streaming or Freeplay music or some other source to decide what types of content is appropriate to add to their project.

Changing your style of teaching won’t be easy, but wouldn’t it be a great thing for our kids to operate at higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy?  We don’t have to throw out our technology, just use it in better, more powerful and more appropriate ways.

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Dec 25 2008


I can’t keep up…

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I’ll get it figured out eventually, but between work and school, I’ve got little time for staying current. I went to two discussions in Second Life this month.  Both were advocating PLNs to help, but I’m having real difficulty.  I think changing my reader will help.  I’m going to investigate the Yahoo reader.  Not having to go to a separate application might make it better for me.  Netvibes was working, but every time I need assistance from IT they reset my start page.  It’s like a conspiracy.  I’m goin to spend some time today getting things set up and hope for better results in the new year.

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May 23 2008


Filed under Work

cross-posted at Ruth’s Ruckus 2 

 I started a class on Web 2.0 about three weeks ago.  Sometimes the VDOE offers classes for TRTs.  I guess they think that they should help us decide the direction that we ought to be going.  I try to take as many as I can because I want to make sure that I am at least keeping pace with what the VDOE has suggested.  The classes have been interesting, but in general they seem to be things I have a pretty good handle on already.  I think the classes are great for learning about what is going on in other school divisions and for networking.  So I will continue to take them as I have the opportunity. 

We are supposed to post to our blogs weekly about the course content, and of course since it’s on my blog, this assignment has fallen to the way side.  So here’s the post that I was supposed to do last week.  Required reading for this week is some older posts from Richardson and Dembo, both of whom I read (when I am reading).  The posts introduce the idea of conjugating the word blog.  Blog (noun), blogging (verb), and what the concepts we are talking about really mean. 

Just to summarize, a blog is the site where you read what has been written and perhaps comment on it.  Blogging on the other hand is the act of reading, reflecting, and writing about what you read.  Which then might be read by someone else who reflects and then writes about what you have written.  The continuing circle becomes what we know as the blogosphere.  Dembo then asks a question:  When we take this practice into the classroom, are we rehashing the same old skills are we teaching something new?    Is the skill set required by students who blog different from what students are required to do in a regular classroom. 

I am pretty sure that this is a new skill set.  Especially if we allow students to choose whose reflections they will read.  I could be said that they might have the same outcomes reading and reflecting on The Diary of Anne Frank, but I beg to differ.  Blogging becomes alive in a very different way then the reading, reflecting, and discussing that goes on in a regular classroom.  Blogging allows the student to choose what direction the discussion will go in.  It requires them to thoroughly think through their thoughts and opinions as they have to be expressed in writing.  Too a student in a class will add to the discussion a partial thought and be unable to fully express it.  Another student adds to their thought in an attempt to assist and then the conversation has may be seeded with thoughts that the student was in no way thinking.  If one of the participants hooks on to that idea there is a fundamental shift in the conversation that may never come back to the partially expressed thought of the first student. A student’s blog is her own.  The conversation never gets away from her and she is able to bring it back to her point and clarify to her audience. 

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May 08 2008


Without NCLB we would have time to prepare our kids for the 21st century…

 I’ve read some interesting stuff today and it’s wonderful that it’s thematic.  McLeod talks about marketing interactions.  You know the interactions that we have on a daily basis with our customers and other stakeholders (students, parents, and other folks in the communities that we serve).  These interactions have the ability to build or chip away at the trust and goodwill that we would like to exchange with them – the very trust and goodwill that is at the foundation of their support of our endeavors with their children.  

Our ability to have those great interactions has been hampered by NCLB.  We have a push to make the score at all costs.  We throw out every piece of the curriculum that isn’t directly measured by one of those tests.  Our bulletin boards have to be correlated to the tests.  Field trips have to be justified by objectives measured by the tests.  Art, music and PE have been changed to support mechanisms to drill additional content in order to prepare students for the tests.  No wonder we have poor marketing interactions with the community.  They are not interested in making their children good test takers.  They are interested in seeing their kids learn and maximize their potential.  

Unfortunately education under NCLB has become a very expensive venture into policymaking that failed. Our nation will reap the consequences in ways that we can hardly imagine.  So now that policymakers are willing to admit that they made a $6 billion dollar mistake will they allow educators to really educate our children?  Warlick asks what we would find if we had our constraints lifted…I think we would find time.  Without NCLB we would find that we actually had the time to learn about new technologies and design instructional sequences to teach children the literacies of the 21st century. The technology is there, the support professionals are in place, we just need to have the teachers freed from NCLB.  

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May 05 2008


My inbox is overflowing…

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I saw Warlick’s post on taming your PLN a few weeks ago.  I think that was when it started to bother me that I had not blogged in months.  I read a blog yesterday (sorry didn’t save the reference) about morning routines and the woman talked about including reading her feeds in her routine.  So I have been thinking about this for a while (yes a day is a while for me…). 

I really wanted to know why I had stopped blogging, and I realized that my reader is poorly setup and overflowing, so I guess I need to declare bankruptcy and start over.  Then I might be able to read something that I can reflect on…

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Dec 08 2007


This should be interesting…

Filed under school,web 2.0,Work

http://students2oh.org/#what

http://beyond-school.org/2007/12/07/students-20-edublog-pre-launch-help-spread-the-splash/

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Students talking about education..I know I want to hear what they have to say…

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