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    Thoughts from Rachel January 24
    I had to share this video. I think we should use an appropriate part of this as an intro to our staff meeting presentation. I have already asked Dave for 15 minutes at our next meeting, by they way.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOtEQB-9tvk
    I need to watch this but wanted to chime in that at our SIP meeting I sketched out an agenda for that staff meeting...KA
    WIKI thoughts from Katie: Jan. 23
    1. Agreed, it is time to abandon the current S&T format and focus on THE Project now that it has arrived. I expect that most of the activity on the Ning will be directed to The Project and we don't need to worry so much about keeping tabs on every new topic or post. But we will need to remain attune to discussions related to the project- to glean info or offer our support to others. Thanks everyone for participating in S&T here- it did help draw attention to items needing attending without feeling like you needed to spend hours every day lurking on the Ning to know what was going on.
    2. Thanks Frank and Wendy for investigating the ins and outs of hosting a Ning. Thanks also to Rachel for making that meeting possible! Yes, our project idea is much more ambitious than others; but the main thing to remember is we don't have it packaged and ready to go by June; but we do have to have an implementation plan. Thanks also for posting the info-
    3. You think the Moses approach will freak the staff out? A little fire and brimstone and we just might convert on the spot. Get Frank a beard, make some tablets, part some seas...all kidding aside...I say yep- agreed on the need for a slow and positive approach too. We want/need to convey that this process will be better in the long run- cause less wasted time and be more productive. Not to get too sale-pitchy, but we need a good sales pitch.
    I will start on the beard immediately. - Frank
    4. Past homework assignment closure; personally, I've left that boat at the port- I've felt that those assignments were generated to get people to participate and investigate the information so we had background info and real data to use when working/creating our projects. I propose taking just a few minutes during our F2F lunch this week to wrap it up and tag any pertinent info-but I do not wish to dwell on them; technically we were to report back on the forum where the assignment was originally posted- we can wrap it all up, record our final thoughts and then we should link our discussions here to the Ning forum there. Just for compliance sake.
    Show & Tell --Darga Jan. 22, 2010
    Though I am not up until tomorrow, this is on my mind right now and I'm swamped with family stuff tomorrow sooo....
    In response to Rachel's thoughts below, I am also feeling at loose ends with the four areas we picked to address. We've compiled some great thoughts and resources--I like the idea of summarizing that next week. And, the groups are not doing much for me either. I'm finding myself reading a lot--especially the links that Sheryl Nussbaum Beach has posted. Lots of intriguing and interesting stuff. I don't know if it's a dry spell necessarily, I think we might just be hungry for the next step.
    Frank and I had the opportunity to sit for a bit this afternoon (thanks for subs Rachel!) and start investigating the Ning of Dreams. We also spent some time looking at the project examples highlighted in the last elluminate session. We tried to get a handle on the grant applications as well. Here's what we came up with. To create and maintain a Ning would not be free. There are costs involved to gain access to tech support, storage space, have ads removed, etc. It would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $75-100 a month depending on what we opted to include. We could use grant money to fund it for a year. If we were to receive both grants, we would have up to $1250. I heard back from Debbi Hartman regarding the Foundation grant...it can be used for PD and is capped at $250. I'm not certain about the Pino Agency Grant, but it's probably the same. The question then becomes: Will this be successful and sustainable? I think it could be if we did the proper groundwork. I will say, though, that based on what Frank and I looked at today, this is a pretty ambitious undertaking. The projects we skimmed over were not anywhere near this elaborate. So we have some thinking to do...
    What has really been on my mind, though, is bringing the staff up to speed with what we are doing and what this is all about. Most people know that we are doing this Tech PD thing and that we have little red netbooks, but that's about the extent of their understanding. I think we need to start sharing what this is all about, what we are learning and how we are bringing it back to them. If, all of a sudden, we descend from Mount Technology with the Ning of Dreams, people are going to be a bit freaked out to say the least. As I was looking at the agenda for the Feb. 1 PD, I realized that it just doesn't fit well that day. We have much to do with our existing PD teams that day. I think that we could very easily start smaller and look at 10-15 minutes at a staff meeting. The nuts and bolts are still fuzzy in my head, but (and this is really blue of me) I think we need to convey the power of this and not necessarily the how. One thing our staff is lacking is a serious feeling of the whole. We are so many disparate groups that need something to really bind us together. That's why the Ning came to mind for me. It can be so engaging and so contagious. Even if all you did was create a page, put a picture up and lurk around, you would still be PRESENT. Attendance would probably be better than it is at staff meetings and PD days. Anyway, I would really like to figure out a way to impress that feeling onto the staff. To try to create some curiousity, motivation and engagement.
    What do you think?
    BTW: We copied and pasted the project outline into the Ning of Dreams page as a guide to help us start thinking...
    Secondly, Showing, Telling, Etc. 1/21/10
    Rachel
    One of these nights.....and I don't mean the song by the Eagles.
    Show more, tell less. Oh, I am taking a risk now....Now that the Ning of Dreams is up, I want to sink my teeth into it, but I am spending my time on the Ning and reporting out tonight, instead of working on that. Could we come up with a more uniform reporting out style?
    I have spent quite a bit of time this week on the NING. There is always at least a little something new I can report on, but I want to pose a few questions for which I desperately need answers:
    (This is my good girl script coming forward, and I need a yes or no probably from Katie, to feel I am complying with requirements.)
    Are we still editing and adding to the 4 discussion topics pages? It doesn't appear to me that anyone is posting anything new, and I know we have already gone past our deadlines, but I feel closure is missing. I am proposing that when we meet for our face to face lunch, we review the 4 areas, and decide any important kernels of info. to be shared with staff. What do you all think?
    Also, how much are you all involved in your groups? I joined one group, but am not really enjoying my groups, therefore am not participating as much as I should be. Maybe I am just going through a dry spell.
    Ning stuff: I did respond to the post on sustainable online communities of practice, which I found very interesting. Actually, I like the references to research Sheryl embedded in her post. I also found Will's comment in the discussion forum about Haiti fascinating, and I have been really thinking about it.
    What are our current expectations, homework? Do we post in the Show and Tell, contribute, and post regarding the Ning of Dreams? I need some solid guidelines, before my ADD gets the best of me.
    Showing, Telling, Etc. 1/20/10
    Frank reporting to you
    I've got some interesting tidbits for you today! First of all, a recent blog post by Rob Lyons asks whether or not Wikipedia accurately represents our school. We are simply a blip on the Rochester Community Schools wikipedia page, and only the High Schools have their own pages. I have no qualms with this, but if you do, you could always make it. The info is accurate, but he does detail how to Track Changes in case it isn't sometime in the future. Interesting, but not pressing. I am so intrigued by this...I think we should not only make our page, but make it in a big way...we have a 20th anniversary to celebrate and much history to share. I'll be checking this out! Darga
    New discussion began today on Wireless in Schools, and so far Jeff has been the only comment on Nicole's question, noting the difficulties of some of these networks. He does mention, however, that wireless can create a flexible learning environment, and it makes me realize what we might be taking for granted. Maybe Wendy should take the laptops outside with her kids this spring and see who has a heart attack. I had a discussion about using the wireless to go paperless with some of my kids last week, and told them it would someday be the future. Nobody laughed. It could be possible, and I think it would take many years, but maybe it is more doable that I believe. Interesting, eh? I'd like to discuss that sometime. Awesome idea Frank...I think I will!
    Finally, the project. Katie is right -- we need to post our idea in the project group forum. So far only one person has commented on and of the three topics Sheryl posted when she started the group following the session, and it was to ask for an attachment that wasn't posted. I have no doubt that other groups are watching the thread, as the numbers continue to climb, but nobody has come forward with their ideas yet. They must be talking about it in Wikis somewhere! I'm ready to start talking about the NING of Dreams in front of all of them to get proper feedback, so let's follow the suggestions set forth by those who posted before me and up our watching of that group, and posting in all threads. I personally made some major improvements yesterday in the amount that I post, and I am already feeling benefits from it (blog discussion in Digital Language Arts) -- I hope you are too! Well we did rock the Ning last night...no doubt. And, Rachel did mention the Ning of Dreams in a post...I agree that we should post it in the project room.
    Frank
    ​S&T: Jan. 19/ Katie:
    So. Here is your fair warning. It is past 9pm which is WAY late for me to be up and forming complete sentences. Case in point; Wendy and I have been chatting on the NING and I told her I was going to post something and then promptly forgot what it was I had planned to say; although I am convinced it was brilliant. I couldn't retrieve the chat history so I really have no idea...
    The news tonight is the Nerdy Netbookers are rocking the NING! At one point we had four of us on at the same time!
    Here is my thought for the day. We should start to work on developing our project and talking about it in the project forum. (Thanks Frank for reporting out on this new group) By doing this we can certainly tap into all the great resources out there- I am amazed at how many Directors of Something we have in this group. I have to believe someone else has been thinking about creating the "NING of Dreams" as well- or has started something similar. Keeping an eye on the forum topics and new discussions will still be ongoing, but I believe we will be best served by concentrating on collaborating on our project idea. I like Sandy's idea of making a daily commitment to the Ning and the groups- I know we are all working on that same thing and that is important to be able to keep an ear to the ground while working on the project.
    Show and Tell: January 18 Turner I'm actually writing this on the 19th of January..but all the info. is from the 18th...thus the date. Anyway...Will R. posted a new discussion asking for feedback on the tools that were discussed in the Elluminate Session. If you are using any of these you may want to post to his discussion. (see below for the discussion starter and links to the tools that were discussed.) I would love to give Evernote a try, but as with anything these days..I need to have a real purpose to motivate the usage everyday. I did decide this morning that I need to make a daily commitment to the Ning and the groups I've joined. I don't think I'll ever move out of the "visitor status" unless I do. The discussion post regarding the project mentioned the power of the group that we are connected to and I realize that I don't yet feel that power. I feel the strength in our small group and am LOVING the connection. However....to get the most out of this experience I know I need to expand. EXACTLY right! Yea you! KA The only other discussion was regarding the project guidelines that Frank has already referenced.
    From Will Richardson: So just wanted to follow up with a post of some links from our note taking discussion from the second Elluminate session. Please feel free to use this as a continuation of the conversation about moving from paper to digital and what the implications are for our students and ourselves. Evernote Zoho Zotero
    Show & Tell: January 16 Darga
    The surge in posts seems to have lessened over the last few days. One interesting discussion regarding the use of social media in response to Haiti. Question posed was whether the barrage of info/pictures, etc and the ease of donating to the cause (even by text) makes it close to us and at the same time pushes it away. If we can donate $$ immediately and do so, is our responsibility to humanity done? Even a suggestion from Sheryl that a group might focus their PLP project on the Haiti situation.
    Frank's summary of and suggestion to get into the Team Project Room is a good one. We need to firm up our ideas. Another interesting discussion in the Digital Language Arts group regarding motivating students to read. Some good links in there. They reference Nancy Atwell (In the Middle)...her work with reading/writing workshop is really neat, but hard to replicate in different settings. I read her books years ago (when I taught LA) before the use of blogs, etc became a big part of the LA classroom. I wonder how she has adapted and used these tools in her situation.
    On a personal note, I decided to give Tizmos a try...suggestion by Doug Peterson in Will's discussion "The Daily Me"... and I really like it. It's a good organizational tool. Still feeling like I could read all day and never catch up!! I've also been trying to get more into using Twitter...still a little slow there.
    Guess that's what I've got to share...enjoy the rest of the weekend! Wendy
    Show and Tell: January 13th
    Frank Reporting.
    Great session yesterday all! New things on the Ning since then:
    There's been a surge in group joining since the Elluminate session, which has fortunately also led to a surge in discussion posting within the Experienced Voices group. I've been looking into Evernote and Zotero since the session, which are also being discussed in Digital Language Arts. Make sure to check in with the groups you have joined for the same reason.
    One group that all participants of the session were instructed to join (though many that were in the session have not yet) is the Team Project group. While "Beginning Thoughts" is a thread that asks us to be transparent about sharing ideas and general questions, "The Plan" is a very specific outline for where we need to get to as a PLP team. I suggest you take a look at it as soon as possible, because to quote the post, "Your team should be in high gear in terms of project plans late February."
    That's what's new today. I'm going to keep watch on the thread Katie mentioned, because it really applies to us from a curriculum standpoint.
    Frank
    Show and Tell: January 12 by Katie
    Not much new to report...the person who asked a question in the chat now has that topic in the forum- I think someone else posted the topic. It was about using various online tools with kids who are under the age of 13 at school.
    Really just want to say- LOVED meeting with you all today! Great discussion/time spent. It was so productive and fun! Am working on contacting Sheryl about our use of this wiki. When thinking about it while driving home I realized that Jeff also started a "forum topic" with us on our group page on the NING. So now obsessing about transparency there too...will report out what I learn.
    VERY excited about our project idea too!
    ARRRGGGGHHH.. by Darga....I went into the Team Project Room group and found the following sentence in the process section: However, your team will still need to create their own space (here in your School Group, on a blog, wiki, or other collaborative space) to share your own journey as you go through imagineering your Team Project. Is this not what we are doing???? Props to Katie for setting this up before it was even suggested in the Ning. And...I lifted this from one of the resources in the PLC group forums. It speaks to Collaboration and Collegiality. I am so feeling the first one as I work with this group and I am so trying to figure out a way to make what we do in terms of a project NOT turn into the second one...thoughts???
    Will be pondering that one....certainly don't want to gravitate towards the second one for sure!
    Genuine collaboration and collegiality are noted for spontaneity, for being voluntary, that it is pervasive across time and space, unpredictable, and development-oriented.
    Contrived collaboration and collegiality is noted for being administratively regulated, compulsory, fixed in time and space, and predictable.
    As an aside (@Rachel), isn't imagineering one of the big Langford/Systems Thinking ideas???????? YES! Rach
    Show and Tell: January 11 by Sandy
    Ok...I was just ready to fill you all in on the "You are Not a Gadget " info. and well....Rachel beat me to it :) The issue that I have been wrestling with the last week or so...is that idea of "opportunity cost" in relation to the shift into 21st Century Learning. What is it that we are "giving up" to embrace all the changes? The article posted by Leslie gives some fairly extreme views on this thought...but I really believe it is an important question to consider as we move forward. My daughter came home this weekend talking about her Future Problem Solving Question which is dealing with sensory overload. She was discussing how long it takes to fully engage in a task after being interupted with cell phone or tweets or facebook updates or _(fill in the blank). Then last night we received an email from her teacher with a new article that is dealing with Technology Addiction . With 3 teenagers at home...I do see the non-academic applications of all these tools and I have wondered how it impacts their learning. Trust me...they are NOT using these tools to further their "academic knowlege" :)
    I'm sure looking forward to tomorrow to meet "face to face with you all".
    Oh and I am enjoying Katie's blog as well :)
    Over and out.
    Show & Tell: January 9-10, 2010--by Rachel ( I could/did not log in to edit Thursday...)
    This is my first post to the Show and Tell, and I do apologize for that. I thought I had posted something, but evidently I had not.
    Everyone probably received the email encouraging us to join a group. I must confess to being a lurker these past few weeks, with some reading, and little commenting.
    I found several new things this morning on the Ning....
    Leslie Accardo posted a discussion board on a new book out. She also provides a link to a review of this book that has some strong feelings about Web 2.0. I am always interested in that "other" voice, especially since I tend to hear it a lot in administration!
    "You Are Not a Gadget is basically a collection of his Internet columns and postings, bound, set into type, and called a "manifesto." Over the years, Lanier has become a skeptic of that amorphous thing called Web 2.0. He directs most of his ire toward the "anonymous blog comments, vapid video pranks, and lightweight mashups" that flit through our browsers and Twitter feeds. But he's also critical of bigger Internet landmarks, such as Wikipedia, the open-source software Linux, and the "hive mind" in general. "
    Doug Peterson, whose musings I enjoy, shared some neat ways of managing Twitter, which include creating 2 accounts...I may try this, since I have not effectively been using twitter.
    I enjoy reading the blogs that various authors post on the right menu bar. I also have found our own Katie Allen's blog to be quite interesting!
    Show & Tell: January 9-10, 2010--by Wendy
    Not a ton of new stuff in the Forum area...few interesting new comments though... Did give FastFlip a quick look and I LOVED IT! But, like Frank, I need to get it to do what I want. Only issue for me though is to really make it "fast"--I want to read everything! Personal problem. Also set up Readtwit and added to my reader. Like it as well. Set up Twitter Times, but have not gotten into it yet. Need time to organize all of this! Hey Frank, can we set up TweetDeck to manage some of this?? I will try to find time to look today. I have had an Evernote account for a while, but have not used it well...anyone had luck with it?
    The Digital Citizenship topic is still interesting...so far conversation there surrounds the idea of morphing our Acceptable Use Guidelines into more positive statements rather than punitive ones. I think it's an idea worth investigating for us. Turning to the groups...In the Ed Tech: Who's in Charge group conversation is about filtering decisions and about who makes those decisions. The Universal Access group hasn't had much new, though the links are interesting reads. Frank summarized the Digital Language Arts group already so I won't go there...The group I've spent the most time in is the Developing and Leading PLCs, etc. There is a ton of research linked in there to read and I haven't been able to plow through it all yet, but the summary provided by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach in Building the Foundation—A Look at the Research topic is worth looking at...
    Looking forward to our time in Tuesday...so much to discuss!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Wendy
    Show and Tell: January 6th, 2010.
    The following things have been noticed by: Frank
    Well, to begin with, you've all received an email that Jeff posted a new thread on our group page concerning resolutions. I'll be putting mine up there while making this post, as well as beginning to act on it immediately. You've also no doubt noticed that joining a group is required as of late, and I must say that I'm really impressed with the Digital Language Arts group so far. Susan Carter Morgan has provided a variety of discussion to jump into, from changing the physical space of the classroom (which I've not yet been able to do) to using new media and technology to expand ELA (which is more or less my constant goal). I hope that you have all found a group that focuses on what you want to get out of PLP, and is something you really feel you can contribute to successfully.
    The "Daily Me," previously mentioned by Katie, is something that I plan to incorporate. I agree that we need to be following Will on delicious, but then again, I need to use delicious more effectively. I have had some success with TweetDeck, which I previously mentioned, but Twitter is far too "in the moment," and if you are teaching for three hours when a great bit of information gets in, it may be swallowed up before your prep. The websites/tools Will mentioned seem like they can help me with my problem of information overload, once I get google Fastflip to understand my preferences. One point that I am definitely feeling after reading that topic is that I have a lot more reading to do, and I am going to set time and comment goals for myself, both on Ning and Delicious.
    Try that fastflip link if you haven't yet. It may be more convenient to someone with a cinema display than a netbook, but you can always adjust you window. That lab is worth it. That's what I've got today.
    Frank
    S&T 01/05/10: by Katie
    Will started a new forum topic called the "Daily Me" and he talks about where he gets his information online. I think if I just follow him I will find out all the stuff I really need to know because he is working so hard to filter everything. I think we should add him to our Delicious list; not that I am in the habit of actually going there often, but it would be a great resource. He is asking us what strategies we use to filter the constant influx of info...but I don't know if I will tell him I am relying on him...that sounds like a cop out. But he has good resources so you may want to check it out.
    That is about it for new items. Please make sure you join some of the groups put together by the new experts in the field. You should have received an email explaining this. Over and out! Katie
    Show and Tell-Jan. 4th 2010
    There really has been very little activity over the last few days. I did link to What's Changed in 2009 by Mark Cabone. The only reason I'm mentioning this..is that it seems timely in developing New Year's Resolutions. He discusses what has changed for him personally as well as the system's changes which have occured.
    He also has a link to his "digital footprint". It helped me to see how this is really defined and this may sound incredibly simple...but I realized that for every digital "item" he has out there...his name is somehow attached. I always use more of a "code name" so many of the items that I may have out there don't show up. I'm sure that defines me as a "visitor" in that I don't really WANT my name out there. (Sorry...this is a rambling...but I really am starting to appreciate my learning "exponential" curve. :)
    Sandy
    Show and Tell- Jan. 3, 2010
    In case you did not have the opportunity to read Ira Socol's blog (linked from the Main Ning - Forum) He cleverly described the antiquated search process at airports to our antiquated education system in the following ways: "We do the same things in schools, of course. As Yong Zhao points out, our entire school curriculum push right now is designed to help our students "catch up" with the Japanese students of 1970 who were producing excellent Datsuns while we struggled to produce Vegas. We put endless energy into preventing students from "cheating" on tests so worthless that the ability to cheat on them is actually more educationally relevant than the test answers are themselves. We adopt "zero tolerance" policies to prevent the last crisis at some other school. We use research studies completed five years ago, in an entirely different technological world, to plan for how our schools will work five years from now.
    In a few hours we will be in the second decade of the 21st Century, this seems to be an excellent moment to consider that no one successfully plans for a future by being bound entirely by past experience. Whether we are making air travel safe or schools relevant, we will only do things of value if we place the future at the center of our thinking.
    Because once we've pushed "the terrorists" beyond the underwear bomb, we need creative thinking to meet the next challenge. The answers will simply not be, A, B, C, D, or even, E.
    Katie, I'm very impressed with your view of the "2020 vision" for schools. I agree that it's hard to envision what to expect by 2020, but you allow us to believe and to continue to be passionate by saying, "My vision is one where hope and motivation and engagement reside. I plan to move forward with rational thinking and consciously regard the world around me with my eyes wide open employing 2010 vision." Yea! Let's all keep up our positive thinking and continue to show great examples of infusing technology into our teaching!- Dale
    Question: Can someone remind me how to get to our page where we are posting our responses to our Curriclum Tasks? Thanks and Happy New Year !! ST
    Sandy...just go back to where you clicked to get to this page and scroll down. The links for the curriculum pages are down below the Ning thing schedule. See you Monday...Wendy
    Show and Tell January 2, 2010 Happy New Year!
    Though I don't have as good of a reason for not being here as Frank...here's what I can share--Wendy
    Not much new on the Ning since Frank's report. A few new groups have been added by our "experienced voices"--the most active one seems to be the elementary group which isn't really on our radar. Others include one regarding assistive technology and ed tech leadership. I haven't joined either one yet, but am considering the leadership one. Looks like it will focus on the bureacracy and decision-making regarding tech at the district level.
    Am also intrigued by the picture/video a day deal. Not sure that I can commit the time it would take to make it work. However, I am considering doing it in a more personal way with my own kids...I can enlist my daughter to be in charge!
    Great idea as I had already forgotten about my commitment! I'll get one of my girls on it too-KA
    I was tempted to chime in on the real vs electronic book discussion, but did not want to reveal my dinosaurish views. I LOVE a real book...the feel of it, the weight of it, etc. There is nothing like a new book. And, there is such history and nostaglia in being able to go back to a dog-eared, marked up book that you read years ago and see your old notes, etc. I hope we never lose books. Besides, what would all the book burners do then? Have Kindle Crush parties???
    I had replied earlier to that discussion and shared my dinosaurish views too- so don't worry about being the only fuddy-duddy. I LOVE holding a book for those same exact reasons, Wendy. Although, I am tempted to let myself go wild with excitement over ditching the newspaper because Rich leaves black fingerprint marks all over the house due to the ink. That I could live with...KA
    Still no replies to Will's discussion about where we will be in 10 years. I, too, need to really think before I put my thoughts out there. Just think of what has exploded during the last 10 years. Who could have predicted Facebook, Twitter and the like? Trying to wrap my head around what schools might look like is overwhelming really. I've been following Dr. Scott McLeod's blog Dangerously Irrelevant for a bit and there's an interesting link in his last post to a presentation he gave to the NEA Board of Directors. The slides are interesting, but the audio was even more so. It's the Q&A after the presentation. Could we (as in educators) be the next "victims" of the flattening of the world? We have some changing to do! See you all Monday...
    Wendy, thanks for the update. I linked into the presentation and by the end I felt an increased urgency in making the changes that need to occur in education. Over break I have spoken to many people in the "business" world and realize that we are so far behind where we need to be to help prepare our kids for what they will face in their future. Unfortunately..they are "preparing themselves with little guidance or direction (except from their peers). I am excited to start work on a project and I've found some resources that might be helpful that I'll post in the Partnership for 21st century skills project. ST
    I posted a short, small, virtually insignificant but true comment on there just because I have spent two days thinking about a 202 vision when I realized that really wasn't what Will was asking. But I did write a post on my blog about my feelings about a 2020 vision...looking forward to viewing the presentation. Thanks Wendy! KA
    Katie...I read your blog and it was AMAZING!!!!! I need to reread it since I'm trying to finish up the task for tonight...I'd love to have this discussion with your sometime. I posted to the 2020 as well...but then I read your blog...and well...I wanted to erase my posting. However...I think he was looking for short and simple in the response-I'm surprised more people aren't responding. :) Oh...and Wendy...I'm going to use the presentation at a meeting at church to try to help move the group closer to the 21st century...however...it IS the Catholic Church...so I'm not sure how successful it will be. See you all tomorrow! ST
    Show and Tell December 30, 2009
    Brought to you by Frank
    I'm back! Sorry I didn't check in last week, but I was still on my honeymoon. I got back just before Detroit Metro went to the top of the list of locations where crazy stuff occur, luckily. On that topic, a recent forum post from Doug Peterson brought up the ways in which this local news was reported, and how it was spread to the world through people retweeting links to our own Detroit News and Free Press, as well as Windsor Papers. While I found out by speeding to CNN after getting a text message, had it been a school day, I would have found the news on Twitter. This website broke the water landing in NYC, and gave me the insight that the sign from Auschwitz had been stolen long before I would have tuned into the nightly news. Doug posted looking for implications, but I intend to reply at an early convenience about the fact that while Twitter can break the story, I don't see myself checking #topics for follow-up -- the news source still exists beyond what 140 characters can supply, but it is an interesting source.
    There are still no replies for Will's question of 2020, and I've got to dwell on that for a bit before I can say something there. I almost don't feel qualified, since I've not really been in education for 10 years, but I do look forward to conferencing on that and seeing replies. Speaking of conferencing, there is a topic concerning video conferencing, no doubt inspired by the commercials in which Cisco products are used to allow two classrooms to connect. I am curious if a smartboard and a webcam can be used to mirror this system, but it seems that a foreign language classroom might benefit from it most of all. The search for a class to connect to is also in question, but I am certain that will be possible.
    And, as for the video posting on YouTube that Katie previously mentioned, I never would've thought to edit and assemble the video painstakingly. Do not take this the wrong way, please! I just happen to already be putting videos online for students (one), with a poor amount of editing (none), so I think it isn't a big deal. While Dean shared a bit about editing being a necessary part, I think prepared remarks can take little time at all. Then again, my first video (which repeated the answers to students' most commonly asked questions about book reviews so I wouldn't get emails while on my honeymoon) is definitely a rough edit, and I'm sure I'll learn to polish over time. I am considering taking the challenge set forth by Rob! Movie Maker and the camera in this netbook will work for it, but you cannot upload to youtube from the school server, so just keep that in mind.
    Welcome back, Frank- glad you returned prior to the excitement! Not taking your video comment the wrong way at all- I just know me and my quirks and maybe if I got in the habit or forced myself to "just post!" I could take this challenge on...I would rather do the already been-done idea of a photo a day, but my only camera currently is my cellphone. Maybe I'll just start with that idea; a cell phone pic a day. I'm going to take one right now actually-KA
    I now have a Flip Video Camcorder. It is extremely easy to edit and send video clips either by email or to post on You Tube. I could use this to try to start this challenge with our group.ST
    I would be game to take on something that we could complete at school and have a compelling theme to share....like our progress with this project. We could take turns speaking and submit as a team. Thoughts? KA
    And that's what I've got to report.
    Frank
    Show and Tell December 29, 2009
    Submitted by Katie
    Ok, this is the first time I have turned on my computer since Dec. 18...I did do some reading for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, but am not ready to report out on that yet. The happy news is I have thoroughly enjoyed this break spending time with family and friends- so I won't spend too much time feeling guilty.
    Jumping on the NING I did notice there are some new forum posts; Will Richardson asks us to consider a 2020 vision for education- so far, no one has commented on his post. The most interesting new forum topic is one that I admittedly have no interest in pursuing; it is a challenge, or a call- depending how you look at it, to create a 2-4 minute video once a week around a theme to chart your progress on significant/insignificant accomplishments/events/activities and upload to YouTube. I can see myself spending 14 hours just editing and recreating the film, BUT it will be very interesting to watch. According to the posts, other people have attempted a similar feat, but no one yet- that we know of- has accomplished this over the course of a year.
    Enjoy the rest of your break! Looking forward to seeing you all next week- I had this completely hilarious dream that we nerdy netbookers were taking on all the problems in the district like superheroes and we were wildly successful!!!
    Show and Tell: December 16, 2009
    Humbly submitted by F. Accavitti, Sargent at Arms
    I can second Katie's recommendation for the learning curve article on starting your blogging process. It nearly reads like a lesson plan, and is a great gift for those of us that are beginning with that process. Personally, I drafted my letter home to parents about it today, and will be sending it home on Friday as well as following up with an email blast to let them know it is coming. Blogging can really be a great tool for students to collaborate with, and I feel that this learning curve article helps put a finer point on the development of purpose, keeping it from being a flashy tool to show that you are in the 21st Century. Sorry if I sound like an article on Collaboration in the Digital Age, but I like to make sure things are justified. Consider it a hobby of mine.
    There haven't been new blog posts on the NING, but several people have begun simply posting a link to their own blog. Whether it is a personal blog in which you discuss education, or the actual classroom blog you are setting up, please feel free to do the same. It seems to be getting readership up for some of them. Personally, I am waiting, because I don't have a blog where I discuss education, and I will put the classroom blog up for viewing of our internet peers when it has active contributions.
    Delicious is definitely lacking in tags, so there is literally nothing new to report there. We've been posting the links elsewhere (including here) so that may be why there is less activity on that network. Anyone feel we should start that up again? It is a great network, but we do have a lot of different networks going at the same time.
    Finally, let's talk about Twitter. Specificially, TweetDeck, which is the program that I have been using to view the different tweets put up throughout the day. I certainly don't get through them all, but some of the time, useful information is shared. What I like about TweetDeck is that you can make columns for your lists, direct messages, or even have one that continually searches a specific tag, such as always letting you know when there is a new #plpontario tweet! Sometimes useful information really is presented, and it also contributes to the lack of delcious tags I mentioned earlier -- they just get tweeted a lot of the time.
    Hey Sarge- I would love to chat with you about Tweetdeck during 5th hour- I have some questions! Katie
    And that's what I have to report today.
    Cheers,
    Frank
    Show and Tell: December 15, 2009
    Submitted by Katie
    Following up on the Blogging with Junior Student discussion: just making sure you all saw this link from Shannon, the person who started the thread. It is a great site to use with teachers who are starting to embark on the blogging process; I'm going to email it to the other teachers in the building who are just getting started with the Oakland Schools blog; http://learningcurve.globalteacher.org.au/tag/blogging/
    OK...Wowza to you on this link! Wish I'd had it in my pocket about 6 weeks ago!!! I'll be back to this one when I have more time..
    Also- the only other "new" thing is from Doug Peterson:
    There's an interesting article in The Guardian this morning.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/dec/14/children-advertising-...
    A study says that students as young as five should be aware of advertising exploitation on the internet. Thoughts? So far there is only one response.
    Can't wait to watch the Oxford University video tonight!
    Show and Tell: December 14th 2009
    Submitted by Sandy
    Ok...I was just getting ready to actually get something up here when I saw that Wendy beat me to it :)
    I love the Oxford University video. It really helped me define some of the frustrations I'm trying to work through with this medium for learning. However...Wendy did such a great job summarizing..that I'm going to say..read her summary. I'll get on again tomorrow and see what's new and add something new and exciting :)
    My favorite part is his quote:it's not about academic or technical skills, it's about culture and motivation. KA
    I'm sorry Sandy!! I had a busy weekend and didn't get to my Saturday job. I logged on here now to add the idea that White's visitor/resident ideas eliminates the negativity associated with the native/immigrant idea. In other words, you are not a bad user of Web 2.0 if you don't tweet, etc. It's all in what your goals and motivations are about and what you CHOOSE to do with the technology. There's more to say, but I have to get kids out of bed!! Wendy
    Show & Tell: December 13, 2009
    Submitted by Wendy
    Forum Activity:
    Blogging with Junior Student
    Got lost in the links Dean Shareski provided in his reply to this post. He had written a post about how to be successful with student blogs and provided some links to resources. One of the resources was a video of a session of the K12Online Conference. I watched it and was totally intrigued. Lots of great stuff in this, but the one idea I will take away is having students start to build Personal Learning Networks. One of the teachers highlighted is using an RSS feed to send his kids out to other blogs so that they can read and comment on the works of others. The kids are in 5th grade!! I want to play around with how to use this with my kids.
    ​Boo-yah! I love it! 5th grade- that is just amazing. What did you find your students found today when you asked them to look for blogs or networks about their topic of choice? I wonder if because they are members of word press that they can leave comments logged in with that information? KA
    Visitors vs Residents
    Very interesting presentation! Takes a few minutes to watch, but worth it. Dave White, Oxford University, --has a fantastic accent by the way-- explains the idea of being visitor on web and how it is different than being resident of the web. He puts these at opposite ends of a continuum and talks about how you can be anywhere along it depending on your motivation. Very different than the idea of being a digital immigrant vs a digital native. Visitor/Resident has nothing to do with age or with tech abilities necessarily, it has to do with culture and motivation. A digital visitor views the web as a tool box. S/he gets what is needed and exits without leaving behind a "footprint" Digital residents view the web as a space for interaction and actively cultivate image and network. Some do it only personally, some only professionally, some both. Really makes you think about how you use the web, how you should or shouldn't use it, and what we will teach students. One of the final points White makes has to do with digital literacy and what that might mean.
    I'll be busy tonight catching up on some things- I have to admit- I've been so busy offline that I have not been on the NING in days...but I do love feeling up to speed with the show and tell information. KA
    Happy reading!!
    Show and Tell: December 9, 2009
    Submitted by Frank
    Forum Activity:
    One new post today from Carlinda, advertising her attempt at a goal many seem to be considering (in our building and elsewhere) as of late: maintaining a blog. While many at Hart are working for use as a collaborative tool for students, this particular blog is still in the teacher only stage. Her most recent post details her thoughts on a topic you know I have been heavily considering with the rest of you as of late -- cellphone use in schools. Her analogy compares confiscating phones to binding the hands of students, echoing much of what we have already spoken about. It is another call to "abandon foolish denial," but the comments on the forum post are truly where some new information and suggestion enters the scene. Paul Bianchi's reply is the true meat as of the time of this posting, with two great suggestions that we can benefit from, or at least continue our own discussion about allowing in technology in some form:
    1.) Paul subbed for a colleague who had put a paper square in the corner of each desk that simply read "Cell Phones Here." Bringing it out into the open so that it cannot be played with under the table? Yes. Displaying a sense of trust in letting the student know that their phone will not be confiscated? Yes. A solid plan for being as clear as possible about it? Oh my yes. When something is out in the open instead of hiding in a hoodie pocket, the temptation will fade.
    2.) Paul, as a result of the previously described experience, brought in students on how they were using their phones, and what they felt was appropriate and inappropriate usage of technology. We've been considering how to draft these principles for technology (phones as well as laptops?) but bringing in the students themselves as a part of the discussion could not only make us see what we may have missed, but let their be the establishment of an "early adopter" focus group of students to calmly spread the word about the use of these devices in the classroom.
    That's your Wednesday update, team.
    The cell phone zone on the desk is an interesting idea. Was this a middle or high school I wonder? Seems like it work in a high school...Can you see it here? I see us (middle school) teaching kids more about appropriate and safe use of the technology and then moving toward using them as learning tools. Thanks, Frank...
    I wonder if they run into any of the haves vs have nots with the cell phones visible on the desks. (That vs is NOT to be read as "versed" as my lovely news crew recently reported btw....)
    Show and Tell: December 8, 2009
    Submitted by Katie
    Forum Posts:
    Great article from Nicole B. highlighting changes coming to Canada's schools for the 2011 school year. It leads me to a conversation I would LOVE to have with the group about a topic Wendy and I discussed with two MSU faculty members last night about our nation’s schools and the educational model we are moving towards compared with other nation’s schools educational model; what lies behind the desire for change; how the different models are in direct conflict with each other; we are trying to emulate what they have created and vice versa! There are so many components to this topic that I think my brain might start to bleed if I attempt to write it all down here without the benefit of additional multi-way conversation. AND I don’t want to pull a Hamlet here and deliver a soliloquy.
    http://plpontario.ning.com/forum/topics/curriculum-overhaul
    "To be or not to be..." just kidding. What a great article. I think we need to forward it to Arne Duncan. More standards piled upon more standards will get us nothing but a bigger pile to climb out from under! It so reflects the ideas that we were talking about last night!! Do they make a bandaid big enough for your brain?
    Yes, let's forward it to Arne Duncan- great idea! We need to plan a get-together chat session- I'm thinking everyone in comfy clothes with good snacks and libations...and one of those little circle bandaids would be sufficient for my bleeding brain- you know the type that never stick to anything and are always the ones left over in the box!
    If you're thinking off site, I would be happy to host...week between Xmas and New Year? I was picturing a much larger bandage...more like a full body cast!
    Lastly, Dean Shareski just posted a new forum topic asking us to " point to a discussion, a single post or some idea that has really sparked your thinking, challenged you or simply had an impact in some way. It doesn't have to be a long piece, a short soundbite or link to another person's comment or post or discussion." I am going to ponder this one before I respond, but wanted you all to know that is out there and is new. http://plpontario.ning.com/forum/topics/the-highlights
    Blog Post: Don't know if you saw this in Mark's blog post right under Frank's but I thought it was really interesting. It is a 7 min. Frontline clip about a middle school in NYC who made the switch to teaching with technology and the difference it makes. It also touches upon how to manage student use of their laptops; Jeff is not going to like this point, but they use a NetOp-type product to monitor students and interact with them about what they are doing. One of my personal goals this year is to figure out a way to use Google Docs with students, but right now I have not figured out a way to do this without requiring students to have a Google account. http://tinyurl.com/yctmph2
    Show & Tell: December 5, 2009
    Submitted by Wendy
    Forum Posts:
    Collaborative Learning
    Interesting discussion regarding professional collaboration. Is it more effective to work with like minded individuals or to bring together huge diversity? Pro & cons for both. Too many like minded folks in one group may be very effective, but “deaf to outside criticism.” Too much diversity may paralyze the group. Bottom line seems that we need to teach adults to collaborate just like we would teach students. The idea of facilitating meetings using specific strategies and tools comes to mind for me. This relates to the PLC Curriculum piece.
    Twitter
    Two discussions…One is Twitter in the Workplace and the other is Civility in the Digital Age. I’m not totally sold on Twitter’s value. I see some positives…and after reading the Civility post, I really see some negatives. What are your thoughts?
    Poop! I tried to reply in pink but for some non-understandable reason it changed Wendy's text to pink...this is what I posted on the NING; I have been using Twitter for a while...I love the potential for getting information but also tire easily of the constant drone of meforming...at first I decided I would only use it for my personal professional development- but I discovered that even the professionals I was following engaged in a great deal of meforming. Also, because I don't have it linked to my phone and I don't sit at my desk all day, I find I engage in twitter more for treasure seeking endeavors. What I mean by that is I hop on every once in a while and sift through the tweets until I find something interesting, aka a treasure!. Today I've been glued to my computer so I have had tweetdeck open. I like that and have enjoyed the influx of info streaming in to my deck; but I still am not a Twitterholic. Katie
    Evaluation in the Digital Age
    Interesting article about how to create assessments that reflect new ways of learning. This is something I’m struggling with right now. How do I assign grades to student blog posts? As Einstein said, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” As we move forward with more technology oriented assignments and learning, we will be tackling this issue.
    I really like the Einstein quote...we will be tackling this issue and it will be very interesting to be part of the process! KA
    Blogging
    Katie and I put up a post about what our students are doing in Keyboarding.
    Websites:
    Interesting article about the changing role of the teacher—it’s a link on Delicious—The whole Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side is morphing into the Meddler in the Middle. I rather like the idea of being a meddler. Me too- I love being dangerous in everything and master of little...KA
    **I scanned through the curriculum posts and didn’t see much in there though there are a few tags in Delicious for the different topics. I saved one today for Digital Citizenship…I’ll put it on the Wiki page.
    Way to go Frank…putting up a blog post in the Ning…hope it won’t be your last one;)
    Yes, I saw it too- nice work! LOVE the show and tell- Thanks Wendy! I feel very caught up! KA

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    funding doesn't support wide open learning in the forms of stuff and people
    Leadership doesn't support open learning environments
    difficult to led go off traditional role of teacher vs. coach mentor
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