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How Would You Rate Yourself?. Project at a Glance: Alabama Best Practices Center’s Powerful Conversations Professional Development in 21st Century Schools.
Project at a Glance:
Alabama Best Practices Center’sPowerful Conversations
Professional Development in 21st Century Schools
Where are you on the developmental continuum for 21st Century teaching and learning- on a “know nothing” to “know everything” scale? (Please take one of the colored dots on the table and place it on the needs assessment chart.)
A newcomer to cyberspace, Web 2.0 and/or social networking.
2. ExplorerWilling to try a few new things, ask questions, and starting to gain an awareness around using blogs, wikis, podcasts, and vidcasts in instruction. You have possibly joined a listserv and are sharing ideas with other teachers.
3. Path FinderYou or your students have created a blogs, wiki, or podcast. Some of your teaching is delivered in a student centered, inquiry-based format. You are reading articles/books about how to use Web 2.0 tools with your students. You understand the term digital native.
4. Power UserYou blog and teach others how to blog. You use flickr, RSS, del.icio.us, and a wiki regularly. You can give at least three traits of a netgener and confusion and chaos do not bother you anymore. You regularly use project/problem based teaching in your classroom.
Selected 10 Fellows with a strong technology interest and developed them into leaders in their school, state, region, and nation.
Enhanced leadership capabilities of Fellows and school team members which contributed to promotions, recognitions and awards and selection on important state task forces (Governor’s Commission on Teaching Quality)
introduce new content
time to process and apply it
Spurred creation of blogs, wikis, podcasts, vblogs and screencasts by every 21st Century school.
Delicious Bookmarks – ABPC Web 2.0 Projects
(Charlotte Wilson – Vestavia Hills EL East)
High School Economics
(Edith Pickens – Challenger MS)
21st Century School Project Blog
(Vestavia Hills EL East)
Elementary Podcasting – Field Trips Creston’s Podcast
(George Hall Elementary)
Published:Working Toward Excellence Journal on “Educating the Digital Generation” that was distributed to every educator in Alabama (63,000 copies) and promoted through the ABPC Website.
Featured in local, state, regional and national publicity, including Edutopia
Engaged national experts in our work including Will Richardson, Darren Kuropatwa, Nancy Willard, Gene Roche and Brady Barr (National Geographic scientist).
~ Elluminating Alabama
~ Sipping the Koolaid in Alabama
~ One Liners
~ Alabama Buddies
~ Brady Barr
~ K12 Online Conference
• IT Directors
Conducted ongoing assessment for program improvement through online surveys, written evaluations, Fellows’ reports and individualcontact (email, phone and face-to-face).
Accelerated the acquisition of 21st Century knowledge and skills among teachers on school teams, and among our Fellows, who started as learners and were transformed into mentors and guides for colleagues and other school teams.
1. One exciting thing that your district or school did with technology last year?2. Something you personally would like to do with technology in the coming year?3. Speculate on where you think technology will take your district and your students in the future.
~ How I became a Fellow
~ All things I never knew
~ Relationship between IT department and teachers
~ Blogging with students
~ Effect on student learning
~ The Ripple Effect
From what you have heard so far…
Please share in pairs-
One thing you liked
One thing you learned
One thing you will use
It isn’t just “coming”… it has arrived!
Considering the results of this study…
How will your schools need to be shaped for the future?
Share one exciting thing your school is doing to ensure that your students will be prepared for success in a global knowledge/information age.
16 Major Characteristics of Schools and School Systems Capable of Preparing Students for a Global -Knowledge/Information Age
Source:AASA Year Long Study:Preparing Schools and School Systems for the 21st Century
Tom Carroll, NCTAF
Peter Vaill Antioch University
5 Charts– Groups of 10-12
Brainstorm quickly in the group - call out bulleted points and have someone record them on the chart.
About 4-5 minutes at each chart
Move clockwise 5 times
Lewis Perelman, author of School's Out (1992). Perelman argues that schools are out of sync with technological change:
...the technological gap between the school environment and the "real world" is growing so wide, so fast that the classroom experience is on the way to becoming not merely unproductive but increasingly irrelevant to normal human existence (p.215).
Seymour Papert (1993)
In the wake of the startling growth of science and technology in our recent past, some areas of human activity have undergone megachange. Telecommunications, entertainment and transportation, as well as medicine, are among them. School is a notable example of an area that has not(p.2).
Understanding the Net Generation
Source: Educating the Net Generation, Diana Oblinger and James Oblinger (2005)
How are Millennials different? What examples can you give from your students or loved ones?
A blog (or weblog) is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed with the newest at the top. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world. 
Will Richardson’s videohttp://campus.belmont.edu/chenowit/dragonstale/WebLoggingSmall.mov
There are many introductions to RSS available on the Internet.
Blog LinesNews GatorWhat does it look like?
A vlog is a weblog which uses video as its primary presentation format. It is primarily a medium for distributing video content. Vlog posts are usually accompanied by text, image, and additional meta data to provide a context or overview for the video. Vlogs or videoblogs are created by vloggers or videobloggers, while the act itself is referred to as vlogging or videoblogging
Do I need to have an iPod?
Content to go
The three steps...
1 - record2 - edit(?)3 - publish
The term wiki is a shortened form of wiki wiki which is from the native language of Hawaii where it is commonly used as an adjective to denote something "quick" or "fast"!
Let’s brainstorm how we can use wikis….
What concerns, questions, reactions do you have so far about using these emerging technologies in your classroom or organization?
What are some key assumptions about how students need to learn that are stressed at your school?
Finish this statement….Students learn best when…
Source: John Seely Brown
How can the tools support project-based and inquiry-driven approaches to learning and help students acquire the 21st Century skills identified by national education/business partnerships as vital to their future success?
Brainstorm one idea per sticky
Wrights Mill- Advanced School