Monday afternoon, a few cups of coffee later, ehâ€¦getting there, so why not begin writing this week’s post. Â First I’d like to thank you all for helping rescue #Daytime. Â Following last week’s cry for help, I’ve been re-invigorated with ideas to progress into stage two of #Daytime. Â If you haven’t seen them, please take a look at a few of these condensed versions that really got me thinking:
Rene Deberardinis -Â Suggestion to increase engagement: if some how you could try and relate the tools/concepts in your posts to specific curriculum/projects or work that teachers are doing in the classroomâ€¦this MAY make your posts more applicable, transferable, relatable? Not sure butâ€¦ I wonder if itâ€™s possible for you to visit some classrooms, find out what themes or units the teachers are presenting, share your ideas with them on tech tools they could use to enhance their unit, maybe lend support in the classroom while theyâ€™re trying it out (youâ€™re probably doing a lot of this already!) and then report out these experiences on your blog posts â€” your successes/experiments around this.
Margaret Smith -Â I humbly suggest you consider shadowing one or two teachers â€“ for 3 weeks or even a month. It may seem a very micro approach to take when you are looking to service a five-division crowd â€“ but it could give you a much deeper vision into the day-to-day world of the classroom, what teachers need, and the logistics of taking a great idea in theory into a concrete three day project at the end of a concrete two week unit. You may also end up seeing things in the classroom with your tech eyes that a teacher might not see through their pedagogy eyes, and in doing so you may be able to make suggestions a teacher wouldnâ€™t think to ask for. Likewise you might come away with some more knowledge about how students are interacting with the technology day to day in their classes â€“ and this might significantly differ from how we as teachers think (and then report back to you and Jenn) students are interacting with it.
Stephanie Moore -Â Margaret, you are always full of ideas. I think it would certainly be powerful for Vince, not to mention, department chairs, Pete and other people who are making decisions that effect all divisions to know what is happening in all divisions and that would be able to happen with more cross-divisional observation.Â I believe you and I have eve spoke about it in the past.Â There are some very cool things happening in LS Cherokee that could inform practice at all levels and I am sure the same is true across divisions. Â Perhaps some of the responsibility rests on us to inform Vince of what we have applied to our teaching from his sharing so he can circle back around and highlight for other teachers ways to make connections to their own practice. Time in faculty meeting to perhaps share these ideas would be great as well until more people get connected to the social media strategy of learning and sharing.Â Just a quick and dirty…I tried this, maybe you would like it, feel free to ask me about it.
Prior to making any final decisions regarding the development #Daytime, I’m going to need more help from you all. Â #Daytime began as way for me to provide tech support to the school on a more personal level, and ultimately it has been a success. Â However, as my role has evolved this year I’m finding that much of the Daytime sessions are spent on tech support issues rather than ed-tech projects, ideas, questions, concerns, etc. Â As a result, I have been considering a new approach that will allow #Daytime to mature. Â Last week’s responses have me considering completely transitioning #Daytime as we know it, from 1 hour tech sessions (we have a crack staff that handles that 24/7 in Ziva, Lionel, and Dev), to time slots that can be reserved where I visit classrooms to do exactly what Rene, Margaret, and Stephanie have suggested, figure out techniques to create a connection between the pedagogy in the classroom and what I’m doing behind the scenes. Â Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments section below. Â I am absolutely going to continue the blog including funny videos, sports commentary, personal anecdotes and more, along with a few snippets of educational material 🙂
Moving along to the portion of #Daytime that contains some educational substance. Â This week’s topic, the emergence of ebooks and Apple’s role in the market moving forward. Â I’m fairly certain that many of you have heard of Apple’s most recent announcement that they have partnered with the 3 largest education textbook publishers to bring us an entirely new platform that will include an array of multimedia options promoting extreme interactivity and collaboration, at a greatly reduced rate! Â I read a great article last week by Kimberly Hefling of the Huffington Post that discussesÂ Obama Â Administration’s Challenge To Schools: Â Embrace Digital Textbooks Within 5 years. Â I say we meet that challenge in much less than 5 years!
If you have not heard the Apple announcement or would like more info, take a look at the following resources:Â iBooks textbooks for iPad. Â There’s nothing textbook about them.
The iBooks textbook video including a cameo from Chris Lehman. Â Love this quote from the video – “The ability to engage a student is the key to being a good teacher”Â
If you can find the time, I highly recommend watching the full keynote from January 19, 2012:Â
Check out this cool graphic from The NY Times:Â A graphic history of classroom technology, from the writing slate to the iPad.
Finally, I hope you all enjoy the new #Daytime graphic designed by our very own Ziva Borjla. Â Feel free to tap into Z’s graphic design skills, I certainly cashed in! Â Again, please add comments below to keep this discussion ongoing. Â If you’re not sure how to leave a comment, take a look atÂ this video.
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