Saturday, November 21, 2009

Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development? Webinar
Barbara Treacy, director, EdTech Leaders Online, Education Development Center
Christopher Sessums,  College of Education at the University of Florida
Moderator: Anthony Rebora, managing editor,, Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook Themes: Online PD, teacher social networking, collaborative
Opening questions: what's happening? what are the opportunities & issues?

I. TREACY: Elements of effective PD? Which Tools Support Elements? Some Examples
PD needs to be well designed & delivered and to be better respected in its role for the educator.
Web 2.0 can support effective PD

  • be intensive, ongoing, connected to practice
  • focus on student learning
  • address teaching of spec content
  • alignt school prop
  • build strong working relationships among teachers.

Succeeding with Web 2.0

Classroom 2.0 Live webinar 11-21-09 with Terry Freedman
Classroom 2.0 resources for Freedman:

Elluminate features needed for attendees [approx 79+]
- what was cool here was clicking on a map & seeing where all attendees were from
Attendee Survey
- poll 1: experience using Web 2.0 -> 50/79 = Yes; 12/79 = No
- poll 2: googleform w/ 2 checkbox answer questions

Case Study: E13 Learning Community

Every Child Matters
  • be healthy
  • stay safe
  • enjoy & achieve
  • make a positive contribution
  • achieve economic well being

TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More
School Logo - worldle of places students are from + representative flags

Personal Learning; Thinking Skills
  • team work
  • independent engquiry
  • self management
  • reflective learning
  • effective participation
  • creative thinking
Anatomy of a Successful Project
  • get key decision-makers on board
  • agree ot teachiing and learning aims
  • measuring success [criteria[
  • importance of the community
  • project managment
  • getting the equipement [supplier]
  • working within the current framework
  • senior leadership
  • unintended consequences
Terry's Slideshow

Other References Shared by Webinar Attendees
Creative Projects for the 6th Grade Classroom
Parents as Partners
Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum
Ideas & Thoughts
Open Thinking
Qualifications & Curriculum Development Agency
Teachers Connecting
Customizable Whiteboard Widgets
Innovative use of technology in learning
Web 2.0 Projects Book:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Educational Practice

[11:41 mins] In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.