Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Joyce's session this morning, the last morning at NECC07 when we are all feeling a little worn out, was inspirational! Along with Ken Rodoff, the dynamic duo took their audience through new ideas and new tools for 'blending information fluency with Web 2.0'
Some brief messages from Joyce who considers herself to be Web 1.8 (not quite there yet) include:
- It's OK to be in Beta!
- Stone Soup: the soldier who inspired a village to make soup from a stone was in fact not running a scam but inspiring change and facilitating a collaborative community
- The notion of information has changed....we want our students to find a variety of media rich resources
- You need to create pathfinders...create wiki pathfinders!
I am so excited about sharing these resources with my own school media specialists. The wiki provides ALL the resources and links to numerous ideas and best-practice use of Web 2.0 tools.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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We had about 40 people in the audience all listening intently and trying to make sense of where the future lies with handheld technology. The panel members spoke on different topics and treated the audience to a diverse breadth and depth of knowledge to do with mobile computing.
Main points I will take away from this session:
- Graham's semantic preference for 'Learning while mobile' instead of 'Mobile Learning', meaning that the learning will come first and the mobility will enhance this.
- Judy encouraging educators to the embrace individuality of being mobile.
- Janice reminding us that educators have become part of the learning process.
- Tony emphasising and showing new tools for web apps for mobile devices. See his learninginhand.com site.
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Therefore, today some bloggers at NECC united in a specific extra-curricular activity that started with a few innocent Twitters.......
and ended as a series of photos on Flickr.
Of course, let's be sensible here, we are not in the business of promoting suppliers, no matter how big their bags may be. For preference I like this set of photos.
Here I go again with that Seuss channelling........the blogger pictures made me think of the infamous and hallowed poem found in its full version HERE:
This one has
a little star.
This one has a little car.
Say! What a lot
of fish there are.
Yes. Some are red. And some are blue.
Some are old. And some are new.
Some are sad.
And some are glad.
And some are very, very bad.
Why are they
sad and glad and bad?
I do not know.
Go ask your dad
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere.
Thanks to John Pederson for his photos on Flickr
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Monday, June 25, 2007
Today I attended the ISTE International Committee meeting in the Oak Room of the Omni Hotel. Led by Camilla Gagliola the committee comprises non-US and US representatives and aims to increase the internationalism of ISTE. I was invited to be part of this group 2 years ago, and despite a 2-year turnover regulation that seems to be vaguely not enforced, I am here again this year. Today we discussed ways to increase international membership (currently standing at about 700 out of the 16,000 total ISTE members) by possibly offering different types of membership (such as free, online, group, library etc). We also discussed the possibility of creating ambassador positions within ISTE whereby representatives of ISTE attend conferences and government-initiated events globally with the view to promoting and sharing knowledge about ISTE. The membership Committee joined us for a working lunch and we continued to discuss options and how best to support the integration of technology around the world. Some excellent ideas were minuted. I am hoping ISTE Board will show some insight and move towards implementing some new ideas....small steps at first.
This afternoon Vicki and I attended the ISTE Member Welcome and Conference Overview to accept our award. We are absolutely thrilled to be receiving this award from SIGTel (Special Interest Group Telelearning). It is the Online Learning Award for 2007 and has been awarded to us for our work on the Flat Classroom Project. The award was presented to us by Trina Davis, President of ISTE. It is a marble plaque, beautifully done and quite heavy (thinking of international travel...it's OK I will make room!). Congratulations goes to the other award winners this afternoon including Carole Colburn and Charlene Chasis.
OK, off to the aquarium....along with thousands of others. We found the queue (British term meaning line) too long and found our way to Ted's for dinner instead. Delightfully we gravitated towards other like-minded attendees including David, Jeff, Mario and Chris. I don't think as a group we have solved all of the worlds problems yet....we need a few more bison enriched dinners to do that... but a great time was had by all!
OK, that's it, after 12:30, have to up by 6 to start another action packed day. To quote my grandfather who always packed the most he could into his day, 'You can sleep when you are dead!'
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
Here is the full version: Oh, the places you'll go!
Like a new graduate with places to go the NECC Edubloggercon event yesterday organised by Steve Hargadon was a momentous day but only the start of great things to happen and great places to go. This event could be emulated at other conferences, nationally and internationally. It could also diversify and expand to offer a wider variety of sessions at different entry levels. However, right now it is grass roots and it is exciting to be part of it and to meet up with so many colleagues who I have only seen virtually for many months. I was thrilled to meet Vicki Davis and it was a natural transition from being online together to actually talking and sharing face to face. You will find this funny, Vicki skyped me in the middle of David Warlick's session....I was only sitting 2 seats away but she thought I should be responding to a point made and told me so....we are so used to communicating online!
Also, during the same session a good looking young man came to sit with is, I looked up and...wow, it was Jeff Utecht...we have so much to still catch up on this week.
None of this is new of course, we cannot be fooled into thinking we are inventing the wheel just because we now have some new toys and online spaces to play with. However, never before has the immediacy of the Internet made it possible to interact, communicate and create and share in such a way. Increased bandwidth, online storage and networking sites (eg slideshare, YouTube, Flickr etc) have opened our eyes to more possibilities. Think laterally! Don't just give out the 'make a Powerpoint' asignment, include a wiki page, slideshare and embed the artefact on the wiki and invite discussion. Use the tools and invite analytical approaches in the classroom.
So we have brains in our head and feet in our shoes and we can steer ourselves in the direction we choose. Let's choose wisely! Let's be inclusive and not biased or prejudiced. Let's provide opportunities for ourselves and our students that improve understanding globally and aim for a holistic approach to learning.
Thank you to all edubloggers for your comraderie and for sharing ideas, desires and plans for a better future.
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What have you seen in schools that is Web 2.0?
- Using wikis as a centralising and organising force
- pooling resources and enhancing communication
- using tools to support fundamental literacies: communicating
- Building momentum towards a different kind of learning environment
- Inter-cultural and global connections important
Leaders who help teachers lead into that area of creativity
Every kid with an IEP that addresses their learning styles: the long tail
School of the future concentrates on learning and student passion
Project based learning and learning about learning
What is a 'smart' classroom? Constructivist, role of the teacher changing
What is Assessment 2.0 look like?
- Assessment for learning: formative see Stiggins
- Technology not integrated but integral
- Use of rubric based assessment
- use of peer assessment
- Transparency of the learning process
- making everyone accountable: teachers and students
- social networking becomes student networking as a professional environment
Teacher of the future: we don't need a separate list? willing to learn from student, open risk-taker, champion, courageous...to be continued
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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Chair: Steve Hargadon
- An historical moment
- Cultural significance
- Like Open Source SW: we know we have already 'won' and that blogging is here to stay!
Barriers created through misconceptions about what blogging and We 2.0 is.
Why don't educators blog? Lack of time, misconceptions about what blogging is and can do.
Fear of writing is an issue: lack of confidence.
Issues with teacher philosophy and pedagogy
Ning: provides a visual, snappy look and you can bring your 'junk' (pictures, music, videos)
There is a responsibility to maintain a blog (?)
Has to be a combination of top-down and grass roots.
- Go for the 'heart': our students need this!
- Aim to educate administrators
- Need to move towards a more student-centred approach to teaching
- Focus on life-long learning
- Focus on the practice of reflective writing
- Good instructional design needs to be embedded to enhance the experience
- Creating a resource using existing practices
- There are a lot of audiences here: teachers, students, administrators, parents
- Web 2.0 is far-reaching
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Essentially as an international educator you have to be tough enough to break through these inconveniences. You have to be tough enough to emerge from hours of painful travel (I hate flying!) and want something bad enough to put yourself through this. My family left me at the Changi airport in Singapore (great Internet terminals but not free wifi) after a midnight flight from Dhaka, after an emotional last day in Bangladesh. They arrived in Melbourne hours ago and if I could dial internationally I would be able to speak to them! I subsequently flew went through Tokyo, LAX and then Atlanta. I am good with time zones but once I cross the international date line in the Pacific it gets confusing. Will have to look up dateandtime.com again.
At least I have good wifi in the hotel room. I loved flying into Atlanta! We flew right around the city and the lights were very pretty.
Don't forget we get a chance to discuss international issues, liaisons and Web 2.0 practices globally at Edubloggercon in a few hours. This is the session Vicki and I will host togetehr.
- Global Connections and Flat Classroom Ideals in a Web 2.0 World
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Right, that's it, I deserve a bath and 5 hours sleep, if I'm lucky. See you tomorrow!
PS: credit card and international dialling issues now resolved, and the hotel receptionist and I are on speaking terms again...I did apologise and she was very understanding about my snappy disposition.....maybe the tears helped, sometimes it's unavoidable.....I have also spoken to my family and all is well there.......roll on NECC!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This particular NECC is the most exciting one yet out of the past four I have attended (Seattle, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego) because I am going to meet some very special people I have come to know through online activities this past year, including for the first time f2f my Flat Classroom colleague, Vicki Davis...and this is going to happen in 4 days only!
Tonight I am madly trying to finish off presentation material and other online things so that I will be truly ready to meet and greet, rise to the challenge of the commitments I have made without sounding like I know nothing and basically get organised. For some reason I have a lot of double bookings on my conference planner. Let me share the scenario with you. Oh, a special thank you of course to Steve Hargadon for creating the fabulous session tags for us bloggers and readers alike.
Here is what I am doing at NECC 2007 so far. As you can see I have a number of clashes but also a number of gaps to fill.
- Saturday June 23: EdubloggerCon There are numerous sessions offered here including the one that Vicki and I are hosting:
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- Sunday June 24
- 11am: International Committee Meeting with Camilla Gagliola
- 4-5:30: International Attendees Reception in GWCC B206 (come and meet teh attendees who are jet-lagged like myself!)
- 4:15-5:15: ISTE Member Welcome and Conference Overview in GWCC Sidney Marcus Auditorium (I have been invited especially to this session to receive an award along with Vicki for our Flat Classroom Project)
- 5:45-7:00: Opening Keynote with Andrew Zolli in the GWC Murphy Ballroom
- Monday June 25
- 7:30-1:00: McLaughlin, Bob: 'International Leadership Summit: Learning Technology Development, Research, and Dissemination' (EITL) in B203 Tag=n07s123 Blog Posts / Blog RSS / Flickr / Flickr RSS
- 8:30-9:30: Lindsay, Julie: 'Mobile, Digital, Ubiquitous: Solutions for Learning with Handhelds' in B213 (also: Judy Breck, Graham Brown-Martin, Janice Kelly, Tony Vincent) Tag=n07s732 Blog Posts / Blog RSS / Flickr / Flickr RSS
- 9:00-11:00: Freedman, Terry: 'The Coming of Age Web 2.0 Book: Idea To Implementation' in Galleria (Posters) at 9:00 on Monday
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- 4:45-6:15: Birds of a Feather sessions: Virtual Worlds and Second LifeCreating Global Projects or
- Tuesday June 26
- 8:30-9:45: Tuesday Keynote Panel in the GWCC Murphy Ballroom with Andrew Zolli and panel with the topic "What do the arts, brain research, and creativity have to do with the emerging face of education? EVERYTHING! The "creative class" is on the move, and as the world flattens and competition in the global economy increases, the roles of creativity and innovation come into focus."!!!
- 10:20-10:40: Speaking at the Elluminate booth in the Trade Hall
- 10:30-12:30: 'SIGMS Forum: The Changing Landscape of 21st Century School Information Centers' (EMS) in B206 (also: Doug Johnson, Larry Johnson, William Richardson, Joyce Valenza)
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- 1:00-3:00: Lindsay, Julie and Davis, Victoria: 'Flat Classroom Project: Online Learning with a Web 2.0 Spin' in Galleria (Posters)
- 2:00-4:00: Going Global! NETS*S Around the World (iNETS Forum) in GWCC B202
- 3:00-3:30: Edublogger Interview with Vicki and Steve Hargadon and others
- 4:45-6:15: Free, Open Source, and Web 2.0 Software for the ClassroomSIGHC (Handheld Computing) Business Meeting [Birds-of-a-Feather] or
- Wednesday June 27
- 12:00-1:00: Using Wikis in the Classroom (Vicki with Adam Frey) in GWCC B308
I do hope if you are reading this blog and coming to NECC you will come and say hello at one of the above sessions! Don't be shy now.
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
"The problem is, how do you recruit leaders? You can’t just walk up to someone and say, “Hey, you are the person that can be a leader for ed tech.”
Wesley Fryer has responded to Tim's post by also discussing diversity and listing women in the blogosphere (13 he came up with ...including the other 3 key members of WOW2).
Wesley then goes on to say:
"In summary, I’ll go back to the original point I made about IDEAS. Whether these ideas are expressed by a man or a woman, by someone with brown hair or green hair, THE IDEAS are what are most important. The doors to conversations here in the edublogosphere, and the doors to leadership on local, regional, state, national and international levels for constructive school change, are open wider today than I think they ever have been before. Our responsibility is to keep inviting more people to walk through those doors, to share their ideas, mentor each other, and shape the conversations which will both change us and thereby empower us to help change our own contexts."
Thank you Wesley for mentioning INTERNATIONAL! Yes, let's embrace diversity, let's encourage new ideas (please!), and lets be inclusive....but more importantly let's do this on a global scale!! We can all learn from each other and learn more about the world by opening our eyes to what is actually going on out there, outside our classrooms, outside our schools, outside our states and countries. Let's not miss ANY amazing opportunities that may come along because of who we are and where we are. That is the joy of being online, being a leader can be redefined to include how and when you conduct yourself online and what you do with what you have where you are.
I am so looking forward to NECC in Atlanta this year (in 6 days!!) as I want to meet and interact with current and future 'leaders' and 'movers and shakers' of the world as we know it today. I want to revel in new ideas and (exhausted as I am right now....did you know changing jobs and moving countries at the same time is almost on the same stress level as a marriage breakup?....or am I including that as well?...the week is in it's infancy ;-)) be part of the 'buffet'.
So Tim and Wes, let's join forces and make these lists longer and provide options for best-practice use of online communication tools so that new comers and old comers alike can have diverse and exciting choices. Let's promote leadership and let's 'flatten' our approach as we embark either physically or virtually on one of the most exciting conferences in the world of global educational technology. The world is such an exciting place...and I will be flying over more than half of it to get to Atlanta! See you all soon!
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Saturday, June 09, 2007
Having just come from colourful and humid Bangladesh I was immediately struck by the dryness of the heat and the colourless surroundings. I do not mind the heat (40+ C) as ALL venues and cars have excellent air con (too cold in fact!) so it is good to get out into the warmth for a few minutes. I have even got used to the lack of colour, the open expanses of rubbly desert, the dusty palm trees and the copious construction work. Qatar Academy is a magnificent school. It exists under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation (QF). On the enormous QF campus there is the 1500-student Pre 3-12 Academy as well as tertiary institutions, accommodation, enormous recreation centre and other facilities (even a Starbucks coffee shop!!).
I will not go into full detail today as my head is spinning from this intense training (5 days in the same room with the same people....) but I will just say that I am really looking forward to being here next year. Educationally QA is a fully accredited International Baccalaureate school with all three programs (PYP, MYP and Diploma). My position will that of Head of IT across both Primary and Secondary schools. The school is just ripe for some serious exposure to e-learning and Web 2.0....but it is going to be a challenge as IT skills and knowledge seem to be a little low. I was getting quite blank looks from other teachers when I mentioned blogging, wikis, RSS, social bookmarking.......but the good news is there seems to be a bit of money to spend (they are one of the top 5 wealthiest countries in the world) and a receptive attitude towards change and progress.
Yes, I know only people who have lived in Bangladesh for 4 years actually take pictures of inside a shopping centre ;-). But this one is extra special. The façade is of a street and there is a sky and a glow that makes you think you are outside or on a movie set. There is even a canal running through it! Beautiful shops and restaurants and department stores....including....wait for it....a Virgin Megastore!!!! with books at US prices and a whole range of electrical items at reasonable prices!!
Here are more pics from Qatar on a flickr slideshow.
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Monday, June 04, 2007
First, Wikis in Plain English but CommonCraft. This has been watched over 6,000 times since May 29. It gives a clever and understandable explanation of how a wiki can be used to facilitate online collaboration and how advantageous this is compared to using email.
Second, you are going to laugh at this one, Love Two Point Oh (the key) by johnnyonline. This has been watched nearly 100,000 times since may 6. Johnnyonline is a musician with a sense of humour. The song is about unrequited love in a Web 2.0 world. The lyrics are available on the YouTube page as well. I think I will play this for my senior students and get them to identify the key IT words and then go about explaining them.
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Friday, June 01, 2007
Last night was a special night for us all as it was the inaugural Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony for International School Dhaka (ISD) As one of the longest surviving expatriate teachers in the school and one of the few who has seen the development and growth of these students through Grade 9, 10 and then the IB years of Grade 11 and 12 I felt a particular sadness that the first fledglings were being sent on their way in the world.
We acknowledged the event with a grand ceremony at the newly opened Radisson Hotel in Dhaka. Both administrators and students spoke eloquently about the educational opportunities at ISD and how the current 36 graduates have an opportunity now to make a difference to the future of Bangladesh. I was delighted to hear our guest speaker, Dr Michael Maybury, former Executive Director of CIS, talk about how our graduates have the potential and the power to really move Bangladesh into the 21st century. Amongst other things he mentioned the fact that with so many millions of people in the country the challenges are great but that it is surely not right that a person can work hard all week (6-7 days and still not be able to feed a family).
As a world International Baccalaureate school running all three programmes (PYP, MYP and DP) the philosophy of education at ISD includes learning how to learn and embraces a holistic approach to education, with multiculturalism and communication underpinning the curriculum. I hope to see some of my ex-students take their place on the world stage as leaders in their country. It is interesting as from what they have told me they all have the desire to return to their country after pursuing tertiary education outside Bangladesh. They all have a great love for their country and their patriotism coupled with the educational advantages they have had as a privileged group in a very poor nation are significant factors to help make a difference. We, as educators from the outside world, are hoping that the philosophy and approach lived everyday while at secondary school will show them that corruption and taking advantage of privilege and status are not attributes that can help Bangladesh develop and grow internationally.
As part of the ceremony one of my ITGS students, Shaveena, had put together a 'memories of Grade 12' video and with her permission I uploaded it to YouTube. This is fairly personal to a small group of people but you may be interested to view it as Shaveena did a great job!
Memories of Grade 12, 2007
Produced by Shaveena, Grade 12 student at ISD
Also, here are a couple of photos but more can be found on my flickr slideshow.
My family and I at the ceremony
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