Professional Development on steroids!

I am not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I just loved this evening. I attended three professional development opportunities almost at the same time. It was wild and woolly, educational and stimulating!

The first was with David Warlick in a fireside chat on Elluminate. There were over 100 people in the chat room which was hard to follow but the chat can be downloaded for later. Before David came on we were broken down in to small groups in the caht room. That was pretty interesting. I thought David did an excellent job considering he had a million questions thrown at him… He spoke about “reinventing boundaries”. Here’s a link to the chat.

Next came Will Richardson on UStream TV. He gave a demo of what UStream and the chat room can do. This is a very cool new tool that was just released about 2 weeks ago. Be looking for some cool stuff to come .,

And finally Women of the Web 2.0 with David Jakes and Ewan McIntosh. Here’s the chat log and video of the session.

Professional Development:

  • change teacher behavior (change in practice)
  • Increase student learning
  • model professional learning
  • teachers model being learners
  • Make comparison to what teachers know
  • make a personal learning network

Idea from Marie: Power Hour for 1 hour with teachers bi-weekly
Idea from Kern: “Tech Sherpas” Students adopt a classroom

The power of these sessions was the network of people collaborating online. It was wonderful to log in a folks saying hi (many of these folks I have not met face to face). Then while listening, people are talking about all kind of things related to the speakers topic. One of the great questions is “Why aren’t we doing this in the classroom?” This was an amazing hour. I need to read the chat transcript again because so much was going on.

I can’t wait for what comes next!

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One thought on “Professional Development on steroids!

  1. Hi Alice,

    Thanks for the Elluminate mention. It’s pretty exciting that we have all these opportunities for online collaboration–more tools arrive every day.

    If you are interested in having your own free virtual room to experiment with, Elluminate vRoom is available for up to 3 users at time. It’s got all the functionality of Elluminate Live! except for recording. And you can use it for as long as you like. Just visit

    – Beth, Elluminate Goddess of Communication

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