- What? What have you done well?
- So what? What difficulties did you have?
- Now what? What can you do next time to improve?
1www.electronicportfolios.org) and she and I agree about keeping ePortfolios as a separate entity from assessment and evaluation. Before you start your ePortfolio, determine your purpose, goal, and audience. If you decide you want to create an assessment ePortfolio, then design it for your target audience. Is it to meet graduation requirements? If so, start collecting evidence of learning right from the beginning of your freshman year. To do that, then create a separate digital file cabinet for collecting that evidence. Collect whatever you think might demonstrate understanding. Then select the most effective artifacts for your ePortfolio. Okay - back to the showcase ePortfolio. You can create either a personal or professional showcase ePortfolio that provides a forum for reflective writing where learners respond to key questions like:
1barbara-constructivist I'm still new at WordPress and cannot figure out how to play the video right from this post - I hope you click on the link to check it out. What I learned from Gary Stager is that making things is the best way to learn. More and more we will see books, TV shows, craft events, websites about making stuff. When you do something learning is not passive. Gary showed us a video from Imaginit.com that was inspirational - please check it out and share. Talked about books we have to read. I'm buying Making Learning Whole by David Perkins for our book club. Never heard of Howtoons.com before. Will be sharing more and adding more to this when I learn more.
- Used to use iPhone to follow online course and now iPad is a larger iPhone. Keyboarding was a t first a challenge - now no problem.
- Ability to finally move into differentiated instruction
- Much better than a traditional textbook
- Multi-touch changes how school is done -
- Laptop is used for production mode: iPad is easier to read - do iPads motivate kids to learn to read? Step in the door to motivate students to read, to learn music, to learn a language.
- iPad launches quickly while waiting for a laptop to load.
- First generation device - along with knock-offs will be coming.
- How do students hand in work?
- Not able to edit in Google Docs, Google Sites, and Wikispaces.
- As a teacher how would you use the iPad in your classroom? Follow on twitter about educational apps Poundedapps. Examples of different apps teachers use:
- National Geographic
- Dr. Zeuss's ABC
- PBS apps
- Pocket Universe
- Me Muves
- Instapaper - takes articles
- Dictation by Dragon
- Sonic Clicks
- Be aware of culture. It is difficult to know the culture. The person who brought you in wants you to be their voice.
- Do a complete needs assessment. Online survey before we meet. Data we need before we start: Strategic plan, student data, and teacher data.
- What is going on with your curriculum?
- You cannot win everyone over.
- Being honest.
- Be clear about expectations.
0Wikispaces Sandbox new features
- can paste in word docs without unformatting
- new editor
- select a collection
- can add their own stories
- grab pictures and add text
June 25, 2010Posted by Barbara Bray in Learning Environments, Online Learning Communities, Professional Development
- Set up a contract for you and your coachees.
- Put that contract on your team page so everyone can refer to it.
- Build in realistic expectations on how soon you will respond.
- Negotiate with your coachees roles and responsibilities.
- Monitor the progress of your relationship.
- Update and change the expectations when needed.
0But what have you shipped? and thought about how that relates to teachers. If you just sit there and think about what you should do or not sure you can do something, then nothing will happen. I write because I love writing. I write even if no one reads my blog posts, articles or columns. I hope you do and they give you some value, but that’s not why I write. My mother was an artist who had to draw or paint. It was in her blood. When times were tough, she still painted somehow. Then her talent opened doors for her and she became a courtroom artist. I think of her when I sit down to write. It just spills out of me. Sometimes in my dreams, I’m thinking of the next thing I want to write. Now it’s time for me to write a book. I find that everyone has something that they can ship, share, talk about, get the buzz out. No matter how tough times are, follow your dreams.
June 25, 2010Posted by Barbara Bray in 21st Century Skills, Educational Models, Learning Environments, Professional Developmentor a field trip to a museum outside of your school, state or country where your students could talk to the curator. Add web conferencing to connect classrooms in collaborative projects. Add a website to publish interactive projects and links to resources. Technology allows you to connect, share, and learn beyond classroom walls. If used correctly, the technology with multimedia and interactive capabilities, the student can become more engaged in the content and wanting to learn and share. No matter what the teacher does, it is important to start with the student. I believe that each student can learn. The problem is motivation and engaging students in the learning process. Much of the curriculum is designed around what we believe children should be doing by a specific age. I believe we need to rethink how we learn, when we learn and how the brain works. Having a teacher present content in front of a class with or without technology where we force feed facts into our students is not going to work anymore. Today, students have access to all the facts they need on the internet. The problem is how do they know these are facts, opinions. or lies. Our students need critical thinking skills to determine authority, bias, and credibility of the facts they find. What if we redesign our learning environments so students can work together and even alone, at school or at home, from anywhere, anytime and at any age. The Internet, social media, and cell phones are changing the way we live, learn, work, and play. When you look at how students are interacting online, they share everything, play games collaboratively and connect with whoever they want. What if...
- teachers learned how to be the facilitator of their students learning?
- curriculum designers made up of curriculum specialists, teachers, librarians, and students designed critical thinking strategies that scaffolded what students were learning?
- students had individual learning plans based on prior knowledge and not their age?
- classes were composed of people from age who want to learn the content?
- students would have to provide evidence of learning with artifacts, reflections, videos, audio files, and interviews from peers, teachers, and parents?
- learning environments could be designed around a concept where you could use multiple places on-site and online?
What if we started working with parents when their children are at an early age showing them where they can get the support they need to prepare their children for their future?Technology will be part of our childrens future because they already have cell phones and access to the internet, no matter if we teach them about technology or not. Even if we continue to ban these technologies, our children will find a way to get access. What if...
- we designed community learning centers where the entire community was involved with the learning process?
- our students were also the faclitators and helped other students learn?
- each learner created their own learning plan based on their learning goals?
- each learner requested support from different mentors or facilitators based on their goals?
The way that people interact and conduct themselves online is changing, and with the discussion surrounding privacy and social networks escalating in recent weeks, it seems that we have reached a tipping point. Pew Research recently released a study that focuses on individuals’ online identities, which takes into consideration reputation management and what people are really using online social tools for. We decided to highlight the most interesting findings from these reports in the graphic below. Perhaps the most interesting of these findings was that, ” the most visible and engaged Internet users are also most active in limiting the information connected to their names online.”