Monday, October 27, 2008
It was really cool to imagine myself as a high school senior in each of those eras. The 80s picture happened to look a lot like the big-haired photo I had of myself in my 1985 senior photo that I have, and laugh about today.
As an innovative educator the thought immediately came to mind that this would be a great way to launch an American History unit...letting students really place themselves as they were actually a character in history. I was also thinking that if the social studies/ history teacher and literacy/ writing teacher were working collaboratively this could turn into some interesting writing and projects. I'm sure there are many other great ideas other innovative educators can come up with as well.
Featured along the right of this page are photos of me in the 60s, 70s, 80s, then as a boy in the 90s.
Below you'll see some pictures of one of my colleagues and my director. Take a look, then hop on over to www.yearbookyourself.com and try it out. If you use this idea with your students, please share how it went!
Do you recognize any of them :PPP
Saturday, October 25, 2008
School 2.0 Transformation Toolkit - A Recommended Resource for Innovative Educators to "Let the conversation begin!"
The Transformation Toolkit: Let the conversation begin!
These Transformation Tools are designed to provide individual schools and school districts with a menu of meeting facilitation tools, templates, and activities that enable the broad range of stakeholders - students, teachers, principals, chief technology officers, parents, community members and policymakers – to engage in a series of conversations that support strategic planning for education and technology.
These visioning and planning activities can be used in the order they are presented, or can be selected and combined in any fashion to meet school or district needs. The capstone of this collection is a process for developing and monitoring an implementation plan that includes the identification of responsible persons and timelines.
Theses tools lead to the creation of a set of living documents that capture the community’s education vision and that serve to guide the school or district through the process of creating learning environments that are future-focused and which leverage technology to be both engaging and productive.
Table of Contents
I. Give One, Get One
This opening activity provides participants with an opportunity to get to know each other while
exploring ways that integrating technology into the instructional program can enhance learning for all students.
II. Technology Shared Language Activity
This activity provides participants with the background knowledge and shared vocabulary necessary to meaningfully participate in the technology visioning and planning activities.
III. Introduction to School 2.0 Map
It is important that participants become very familiar with the School 2.0 map. This activity provides an opportunity for participants to explore the map in depth, reflect on the interdependent components and discover new ideas and practices.
IV. People Wheel Activity
Assuming that the ultimate goal of stakeholders in School 2.0 is to design the “next generation of
school” that ultimately prepares students for the 21st century, this activity provides an opportunity for all participants to understand the perspectives of the different stakeholder groups in a school community.
V. Process Area
Now that the specific needs and roles of each stakeholder have been established, participants will identify ways technology can enable stakeholders to address the identified needs.
VI. TechTacks Activity
This activity provides participants with the opportunity to use what they have learned in the previous activities to create a technology equipped 21st century classroom.
VII. Technology Visioning Process
This visioning activity provides participants an opportunity to efficiently draft an instructional technology vision for their district or school.
VIII. Give One, Get One for Technology Administrators and Principals
This activity sets the stage for Chief Technology Officers, Directors of Technology, Principals, Lead Technology Specialists, and Central Officeb Instructional and Support Staff to participate in writing a vision statement for their district.
IX. Challenge Scenarios
This activity provides opportunities for groups to focus on and respond to some common technology challenges faced by school staff and communities, and central office and school-based administrators.
X. Introduction to Strategic and Technology Planning
Strategic Technology Plan: This activity provides a foundation for the technology planning process. It allows participants to gain the information and background knowledge necessary to begin their own process for developing their strategic technology planning. Implementation Plan: After completing the creation of the Strategic Technology Plan, use this activity to develop an implementation plan that supports the previously-developed technology vision and sets their strategic plan in motion.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Documents for Innovative Educators
Documents for Innovative Educators
School 2.0 Transformation Toolkit
The Transformation Tools are designed to provide individual schools and school districts with a menu of meeting facilitation techniques, templates, and activities that enable the broad range of stakeholders – students, teachers, principals, chief technology officers, parents, community members, and policymakers--to engage in conversations that support strategic planning for education and technology.
School 2.0 Learning Ecosystem Map
The Learning Ecosystem is at the heart of the conversation about the future of schooling and the goal of School 2.0. This is where teaching, learning, instruction and assessment take place and where school management, planning, staffing, and design come together to create the next generation of schooling. In School 2.0, the learning ecosystem includes not just a school building, but also the combination of home, school, and community that collaborate to bring the wider world into day-to-day instruction and provide a rich array of learning opportunities.
Bandwidth Planner Calculator
The Bandwidth Planner is intended to help school principals and district CTOs plan their bandwidth needs, demystify bandwidth for nontechnical educators, and bridge the knowledge gap between educators and technologists to improve strategic technology planning.
School 2.0 Reflection Tool
The Reflection Tool presents questions that are designed to help you reflect on your skills in technology integration and to identify areas for growth.
School Principal Questionnaire
Technology Coordinator/CTO Questionnaire
Description of Technology Literate Students
A description of technology literate students at key developmental points in their precollege education from ISTE. Here you will find the NETS-Students profiles which highlight a few important types of learning activities in which students might engage as the standards are implemented.
National Educational Technology Standards
ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) have served as a roadmap since 1998 for improved teaching and learning by educators. ISTE standards for students, teachers, and administrators help to measure proficiency and set aspirational goals for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed in today’s Digital Age.
National Standards for Technology in Teacher Preparation
To meet the growing need for highly qualified educational technologists, ISTE has worked with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to develop a set of performance assessment standards for initial and advanced endorsements in the areas of Technology Facilitation and Technology Leadership.
Technology Leadership Standards
Technology Facilitator Standards
Secondary Computer Science Education Standards
Information Communication Technology Literacy Maps
In collaboration with several content area organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills developed a series of ICT Literacy Maps illustrating the intersection between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy and core academic subjects including English, mathematics, science and social studies (civics/government, geography, economics, history). The maps enable educators to gain concrete examples of how ICT Literacy can be integrated into core subjects, while making the teaching and learning of core subjects more relevant to the demands of the 21st century.
Download the English ICT Literacy Map:
Download the Geography ICT Literacy Map
Download the Math ICT Literacy Map:
Download the Science ICT Literacy Map:
Download the Social Studies ICT Literacy MapWriting a Technology Plan
It is important to think about what you are trying to accomplish. Begin by planning. Channel 13 has put together a template called Writing a Technology Plan that is a great start.
Documents Used in Tech-Rich NYC DOE Classrooms
Technology Infused Non-Fiction Writing Unit
This writing unit contains diverse ways to integrate technology into non-fiction writing.
Technology-Rich Classroom Visitation Rubric
This rubric was created to help educators and administrators determine how well 21st Century skills are being used in the classroom.
Technology Integration Plan
This is a planning document coaches can use with teachers to determine how teaching practices can be enhanced with technology.
Family Guide to the Internet
Internet Safety Guide for Families from the New York City Department of Education.
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
The New York City Department of Education’s rules for Internet Acceptable Use.
Unblock or block websites. Accessible only through the NYC DOE intranet and can only be activated from an administrative line.
Allows you to determine if a website is blocked by the web filter. Enter the URL for the website you would like to research in the “Enter URL” field. Click the Submit button. In the “Disposition” field of the form it will now inform you if it is blocked or not.
Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoards)
Lesson Activity Toolkit Supplements "Essentials for Educators"
I invite you to add to this list at TIE's Helpful Docs.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sadly I had to part with this concept as our office was taking a different direction, but the idea of Learning 2.0 is surging strong and doing so in our schools. When I was contacted by the Village Voice to recommend schools where web 2.0 tools were the norm in helping to advance 21st Century learning CIS 339 quickly came to mind along with a few others, IS 93, Cavallero, and MS 202. These are some of the schools I work with that are making impressive strides in bringing education into the 21st Century.
I invite you to take a look at the Village Voice's coverage of the story 'Learning 2.0' Brings Schools into the Digital Age. Unlike some other press stories such as last year's
Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops - New York Times this reporter is covering stories of technology gone right. The difference between the schools featured in each of the two stories is the structures and supports for success that were put in place. The aforementioned schools all have a school technology coach, and on site technician, iSquad student support teams, extensive professional development and visionary leadership which includes using tools like a 21st Century Classroom Visit Rubric for use when observing classes. Together these are some of the key ingredients to ensure success in Learning 2.0. I'm looking forward to continuing to help establish schools that can be targeted for more positive celebration of technology done right in education.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This 3:45 second clip from Will Richardson provides great insight into the importance of developing your PLN.
Personal Learning Networks are a terrific way to extend your knowledge and learning outside your classroom. I recommend Innovative Educators new to PLNs begin as a PLN consumer (1.0 skills) and grow into PLN producers (2.0 skills). Here is some advice to get started.
5 Ways to Begin Building Your Personal Learning Network 1.0
1-Join a professional social network. I belong to Classroom 2.0 (for educators using Web 2.0 technology) and EduBlogger World (for education bloggers) and I launched a social network called Transforming Ed for The 21st Century. I have found great value in each of them. I am also a member of Linked In but haven't found much value in that as an educator.
2-Pick 5 Blogs you find interesting and start reading them. In addition to my own blog, I follow weblogg-ed: learning with the read/write web, A Principal's Reflections, Practical Theory, The Brazen Careerist, Cool Cat Teacher, Ted Talks. You may want to look at some of these as well as find other Education Blogs or explore the listing of International Edubloggers.
3-Set up an iGoogle account and subscribe to the blogs you selected in Google Reader. Caution: Limit your reader to five to start. Keeping up with more blogs will be difficult.
4-Become a part of the conversation and start commenting on the blogs you read. I invite you to begin here! (If you're following closely you may note this is actually PLN 2.0 tip thrown in for those who are ready for a head start, and because I'd really love to get to know my readers through comments here).
5-Join the microblogging phenomena by reading Tweets at Twitter. Start by selecting 5 well-known Edubloggers to follow and watch all the great stuff they have to share. You'll learn a lot in minutes that fit into 140 character sound bytes. I'd recommend starting with willrich45 / Will Richardson, coolcatteacher / Vicki Davis, stevehargadon / Steve Hargadon, acarvin / Andy Carvin, penelopetrunk / Penelope Trunk, and because you can, why not follow BarackObama / Barack Obama. Just get ready because once people start following you, you may feel compelled to start engaging in exciting activities worth posting…in 140 characters or less.
So get to it and start building your learning network. Join a social network, subscribe to blogs, comment and Tweet. If you do, I promise you will learn a lot. Once you do, I encourage you to come back here and share your experience by leaving a comment.
Additional Reading (suggestions from the Philly Teacher blog)
'Creating a PLN' Wikispace
What is a PLN, Anyway? from Teaching Village (Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto)
How to Build a Personal Learning Network from Free Technology for Teachers (Richard Byrne)
Oh, the Adventures You'll Have if Only... from Teacher Reboot Camp (Shelly Terrell)
How to Become a Twitter Teacher in 23 Steps or less by Kapil Bhatia
Why You Should Start Tweeting by Jason Renshaw
How’s Your PLN? from the Ramblings of a Professional Learning Community blog.
Your PLN - A website designed to introduce the idea of what a PLN is and what it can bring to your professional life as an educator.
Tool for further investigation
Questler is an informal learning network with a focus on individuals' experiences and conversations as the information content from which personal and collective connections are created based on shared interests within diverse contexts. Each quest in Questler is a mini-blog, where text, links and multi-media files can be put around several types of an informal learning experience be it a query, a discovery, an observation, research, a story or media. Questlers can create their learning network from individuals they already know; as well as find others who share their same interests. Together they can use Questler's toolset to start conversations about various topics and thus engage in knowledge sharing.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
By WINNIE HU
Published: October 8, 2008
This fall, schools in the
By MOTOKO RICH
Published: October 6, 2008
Publishers, authors and even libraries are embracing video games to promote books to young readers.