Mike Arsenault, Cathy Wolinsky and I started our summer course for teachers today.
Yarmouth teachers will learn and practice expanded uses of technology for teaching and learning. This course will be setup as sessions of discovery tasks, explorations and reflections. Class discussions and teamwork will be part of each session. Participants will be expected to complete all sessions and interact with each other as well as the instructors during the course. Individual participants or teams of teachers will design a project that involves their students and/or classes. The final session is an opportunity to hear from colleagues about projects that are underway or have been completed. On completion of the course all participants will be experienced with the technology tools learned in each of the sessions and will have used at least one of them as a part of a class project integrated into their teaching.
This year’s course will follow the themes of the article: “Orchestrating the Media Collage” written by Jason Ohler.
Ted Hall, our high school principal, and I joined three students to present: “So you have laptops, now what do you do?” at The Maine Principals Conference on November 19th. This is the first year of the Maine Learning Technology Iniative at the high school level. Many high schools were lucky enough to be able to join the 1:1 plan. Our school is in year 7 of having laptops, so we thought we would offer some of the tips that have worked fo us. The main focus of the presentation is on communication and collaboration with teachers and how 24/7 access promotes student achievement. The students did a great job, we are so lucky to work with such thoughtful and intelligent young people.
Mike Richards has tagged me for this one, and as Mike mentioned, professional development is close to my heart as well.
Here are the directions:
Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2008 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.
Here are the rules:
- Pick 3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
- For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/01/08).
- Post the above directions along with your 3 goals on your blog.
- Title your post Professional Development Meme and link back/trackback to http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/353.
- Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme.
- Tag 8 others to participate in the meme.
- Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
- Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.
Here are my goals:
- Attend EduBloggerCon East and Building Learning Communities
- As I prepare to facilitate summer classes at the University of Southern Maine, I find I learn a great deal as I prep for the courses and I learn even more from the students in the classes.
- I am hoping to finally read Wikinomics this summer. It’s been on my bookshelf for a year, so maybe publicly declaring that I want to read it will make me do so! I also want to read Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody