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January 17, 2012

Which should we support first for the best result? A reform in student learning (teaching methods) or a reform in teacher learning (professional development, or PD)?

#Edchat 01 – 10 – 2012 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

 

Happy New Year 2012!

Here is the first #edchat session of 2012 and again we are very grateful to @TestSoup for providing the bones of this summary. It seems that everybody had a good holiday and were able to re-charge batteries as this was a fast and furious chat with ideas flying around the twittersphere and we all enjoyed the first chat as a feisty encounter.

So, follow the link to John’s blog post  and find out what happened.

Don’t forget to check out the links below. These were shared by participants in the chat and give just a flavour. For more details visit the edchat wiki and the archive

 

Some links shared by #edchat participants:

 cybraryman1: @tsocko Should be shoutout to all edcamps and TeachMeets #edcamp Wiki http://t.co/A22HQPps  #edchat

@pernilleripp: Thoughts on PD http://t.co/PJpQceox  #edchat

@cybraryman1: @John_DAdamo My PD page might help: http://t.co/TMtMGpx8  #edchat

jonbergmann: do teachers need to relearn how to learn? http://t.co/P8j72Cen  gr8 blog post relevant to #edchat topic today

@tweetmeme Technology Does Not Make the Classroom Successful- the Teacher Does http://t.co/yystG5UR  Invested teachers are first. #EdChat

DrThomasHo: PD under fire: http://t.co/S0yfLlM9  #edchat

July 11, 2010

How do we as leaders promote engagement of teachers, parents students?

#Edchat

7 – 7 – 2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Our thanks for this week’s #edchat summary go to Joan Young (@flourishingkids). Her educational background and interests make her an ideal choice for his topic of full integration of all stake-holders into the learning process. I am sure you will agree that such a complex topic is not an easy one to pin down and Joan has done an excellent job. See more about Joan in her bio at the end of the summary.

Engagement is a key issue in education these days as we work to develop school environments that promote learning, critical thinking and teamwork among teachers, parents and students. At a time where budget crises, political agendas and cultural pressures threaten the efficacy of teachers and students, we must work together to mobilize and change the fabric of education.  From the physical structure of a school campus, with its signs, fences and buildings to the reciprocal communication with parents and students, leaders must create a positive experience in a safe enough environment where both teachers and students will take the necessary risks in growing and learning. With new technology, rising awareness, and a greater variety of participating stakeholders like those here on edchat, we have a wonderful opportunity to work on increasing engagement.
Although the topic was engagement of teachers, parents, and students, much of the discussion as highlighted in themes below centered on getting parents more involved. As we realize that parents are critical activists in demanding change from schools, we need to mobilize and utilize their skills, develop understanding and promote involvement for positive change.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  • We must understand what engagement looks like in our settings. Active, talkative, excited students in class then sharing with parents?
  • Barriers to parent engagement include preconceived notions of school from parents’ own life experiences.
  • Our campus, modes of communication with parents, students, teachers must facilitate, not block open dialogue.
  • Students must lead the way, through student led conferences, guiding parents on school activity, learning nights.
  • Parents have valuable insights and expertise that we need to discover, mobilize. Active parents can engage other reluctant parents.
  • Communication via all tools available must be utilized so that all families are reached. Can’t assume all have tech access.
  • Teachers are reluctant at times to lead due to increase in duties, peer pressure. Admin. can create safer environment for this.
  • We must share our student successes and let students vocalize, publicize them so that others can see the great models of engagement.
  • As we engage students through relevant, meaningful learning experiences, they will share their learning at home.

Here is a selection of some of the comments:

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

@Katiemc827 #edchat fav quote by Comer, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship” applies to parents/students/teachers
@pughamy: #edchat people act because they are inspired, not swayed. how do we become leaders that inspire change?
@ShellTerrell: Engagement means we stop assuming each party is apathetic & doesn’t want to be included! Let’s find out why #edchat

@MrMacnology #edchat We have 2 find ways tht tchrs c how “this” will improve lrnng.  They have 2 experience it. Provide time 2 explore 2 prmte engagement

@cybraryman1: Involve all in the decisionmaking process to get each ones point of view. #edchat
@teachingwthsoul: Leaders encompass all stakeholders. Not just admin. Teacher leaders, parent leaders too. Must seek out strenghs of all. #edchat
@L_Hilt #edchat You definitely need to bring the parents into the school as often as possible. Design day & evening activities for learning 2gether!
@21stcenturychem: The best way is to model engagement for them. If you aren’t excited about the lning process, why should they? #edchat
@weemooseus Design activities for parents that involve showcasing students’ learning, have students present #edchat
@whatedsaid If students have responsibility for their learning (not teachers) they are more engaged, then parents are more engaged too. #edchat
@Ron_Peck We have to promote engagement in such a way so that it is ongoing and a part of the school culture. #edchat #EDCHAT
@skipvia Apathy isn’t a natural state – it’s created by dull curricula and poor pedagogy. #edchat
@bhsprincipal: With technology, there are a lot more ways to engage stakeholders – Facebook, blog, twitter, streaming events #edchat
@fiteach I always start the year with a survey asking parents what I should know about their kids.  It sets the tone that they are valued. #edchat
@LesLinks With all the loss of resources, many parents may be happy to help may have surprising skills/talents could contribute, and engaged. #edchat
@tomwhitby: Informed parents may be your best ALLY.Uninformed parents may be your worst Enemy. Engagement #edchat
@averyteach I try to have tchrs present at staff meetings, work in focus groups on school improvement issues, “gently” push them into ldershp #edchat
@irasocol Most school offices lack the welcoming nature needed to put parents at ease #edchat
@Parentella You have to be willing to “go” where your parents/students are, be it FB, Twitter, email, phone, postage mail etc #edchat
@tkraz#edchat takeaway: student lead conf showing what and how they are learning. Focus on process/importance to their learning #edchat

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:
With so many community members with expertise and resources available to us, and the tools of Web 2.0 how are we utlizing them? Are teachers and admin. using our local and global connections to inspire kids to discover their passions, interests through mentor visits, author visits, etc?

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

As ever, there were some great links shared:

cybraryman1:  Parent-Teacher + Teacher-Student Communication is important. PT Commun: http://www.cybraryman.com/ptconferences.html #edchat

 averyteach:   http://www2.ed.gov/admins/comm/parents/parentinvolve/index.html NCLB pub about parent engagement #edchat 

yongclee:  RT @AndreaGenevieve: Around on July 31st? #education #smcedu #edtech #edchat #highered #edcamp come to SMCEDU camp! http://www.smceducamp.com/

Poll Learnitin5:  Which Web 2.0 application would you like to learn? http://ow.ly/27CLO #edchat #web20

aforgrave:  Perhaps @SirKenRobinson ‘s The Element http://amzn.to/LdyNy  has part of the answer? #edchat

averyteach:  http://nationalserviceresources.org/node/17449 website that has good resources for parent involvement #edchat

whatedsaid:  @pughamy Blogged about students taking charge of learning here http://bit.ly/bEtP6x  #edchat

michellek107:  One of my goals this year is to change perception of tchrs, such as those in the comments from this article- http://bit.ly/dwtbgD #edchat

nancyrubin:  Engaging Students with Engaging tools: http://bit.ly/arsQdO #edchat

cybraryman1:  Parental Involvement should be encouraged PI:http://www.cybraryman.com/parenting.html#school

yongclee:  Educators, what do you think of A Teacher’s Guide to Using Facebook: http://scr.bi/bJGMy5 #smcedu #edchat #edtech

ColinTGraham:  @briankotts But is homework necessarily a good thing…?  John Hattie doesnt think so: http://bit.ly/9x4uV9  #edchat

nancyrubin:  Technology-Infused Lesson Plans: http://bit.ly/aTKIqP #edchat

nancyrubin:  Use a class blog to communicate with parents – What Can I Do With a Blog?: http://bit.ly/cBj9kM

onlinespeechtherapy:  @tvanderark We provide speech-language therapy services to students in their school.  http://www.OnlineSpeechTherapy.com #edchat #edtech

tomwhitby: RT @bhsprincipal: A four-year old on ipad with no PD! Go Figure! http://twitpic.com/22yfph #edchat

briankotts:  @colintgraham @jensrantil Interesting. I read Alfie Kohn’s post on Rethinking Homework http://bit.ly/9w9yOM #edchat

evemarfil:  #edchat #teachers @pgsimoes    #edtech Seven Videos All Teachers & Principals Should Watch http://dlvr.it/2MNPT

web20education:  #edtech20  #edchat Put YoLink In Your Blog: Yesterday, I published a post about YoLink. Today, I had the http://url4.eu/5TTA4

web20education:  #edtech20  #edchat Lots of Great Links from ISTE 2010: The ISTE 2010 conference just wrapped-up a couple of hours http://url4.eu/5TTA5

briankotts:  Remember this NYTimes article? Spreading Homework Out So Even Parents Have Some http://nyti.ms/bKsOO1 #edchat 

evemarfil:  A must watch! Creating the schools we need TEDxNY Chris Lehman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FEMCyHYTyQ  #edchat

ShellTerrell: Twitter for Learning – 55 Articles http://bit.ly/c7EIcl via @tonykarrer #edtech #elearning #edchat 

briankotts:  My personal favourite in the parent-child conflict:  So Young, and So Gadgeted | NYT http://nyti.ms/aEWlcE #edchat

billgx: This teacher uses YouTube to engage parents, family with student learning. Awesome! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNSvffHX9Sw #edchat

My name is Joan Young aka @flourishingkids on Twitter. I will be teaching 4th grade this year in Menlo Park, California after many years of teaching Kindergarten/1st grade. As a former foster care social worker and clinical therapist, I’ve always been particularly interested in the connections between environment, emotions, relationships, cognitive science and learning. I am passionate about discovering how we can utillize the unique strengths of our students, their parents and our colleagues to facilitate lively, engaging classrooms and exciting, thriving school environments. I enjoy learning and writing about a variety of subjects, particularly how we can garner the power of positive emotions and trusting relationships to facilitate higher cognition and growth among our students.  I believe that as educators we must help kids discover the unique ways that they learn so that they can take on challenges and pursue their interests to the fullest. I am also passionate about joining together with educators around the world who truly want to actively engage in dialogue and actions for meaningful change in schools. You can read more of my reflections at http://allkidscanflourish.blogspot.com and http://365mindfulmoments.blogspot.com .
 

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July 1, 2010

How can K12 & Higher Ed better work together to promote positive change in education?

#Edchat

6-29-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

K-12 through Higher Education one big happy Edu family!

Tuesday’s #edchat topic was a difficult one with a very wide scope. It was also a frustrating one with twitter problems causing all twitter clients to freeze and run slow. Despite the numerous problems we kept on with the discussion and our very intrepid guest blogger Tania Ash (@tcash) has produced an amazing summary for us. I think you will agree that it is a magnificent job! Thank you Tania. Tania is a great evangelist for the use of technology in education (you can read her bio at the end of her post).

Though part of one big education system, K12 and Higher Ed are sometimes viewed as two separate entities that may or may not be working hand in hand. For many students, the transition between K12 and Higher Ed is a difficult one. Students entering Higher Ed must deal with new learning environments and approaches, demanding curricula – many factors intersecting that can affect student performance. Though K12 and Higher ed share the common goal to produce competent, confident and productive members of society, there is a definite need for improvement in terms of the ways in which they work together to strive towards positive change.

Though this #edchat conversation was about K12 and Higher Ed working together to promote positive change, there was also related discussion about pedagogical practice in Higher Education. Many edchatters found fault with the more traditional, lecture styles used in Higher Education. Higher Ed teachers were perceived as being very specialized in their domain-specific subject matter, but edchatters called for professional development, collaboration and networking for teachers at all levels (including Higher Ed) to become better pedagogues. In a follow-up blog post, @readywriting, a college professor pointed out that college professors are under pressure to conduct research instead of improving teaching, and that, while university professors may need to work at becoming better teachers, they should also be given credit for being passionate and competent in their field.

As is usually the case for #edchat conversations, the hour ended all too quickly with many new ideas and questions to mull over. Thanks to @ShellTerrell and @rliberni for being outstanding moderators!

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  • General agreement that there is a gap between K-12 and Higher Ed
  • There needs to be more dialogue and collaboration between K-12 and Higher Ed
  • Professional development and knowledge of sound pedagogical practice are necessary at all levels
  • Though it is important for teachers to be well versed in their domain content, they must also understand how to service all learners. This is true for teachers in K-12 as well as in Higher Ed.
  • Transition between K-12 and Higher Ed must be well supported
  • K-12 and Higher Ed are part of a same system working towards student achievement
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.
@GaryBrannigan:  Communication is key among all levels of Ed.: grade to grade, level to level

@rliberni: I think one end of the progression that is edu should feed the other – it’s a cycle

@Todd_conaway:  Less blaming, more conversation, more integration of  long known K12  practices in Higher ed.
@cybraryman1: Schools need to know from higher ed how to better prepare students for their level of learning
@Parentella:  Perhaps start mtgs with transitional teachers 2 brainstorm ideas on smoothing out the transition
@Todd_conaway: What looks more like a “work” or “life” environment, a K12 classroom or a college classroom?
@Ron_Peck:  Higher ed and k12 need to be on the same page of what the positive change looks like.
@ShellTerrell: In most Higher Ed lecturing is still the main instructional practice! We need more prob solv & discovery

@lindseybp: Experience each other’s daily realities-do regular onsite visits combined w/online community 2 cont conversation. Share curriculum

@mhuskerfan: Higher ed and K-12 both need to shift teaching methodologies to more PBL, real life applications to meet our 21st Century Learners.
@ColinTGraham: Pastoral support is also important, since many Ss will be moving to an unfamiliar environ. at college. Should work w/ HS b4hand…
@cybraryman1: There should be joint meetings, workshops, edcamps to bring educators on all levels together
@zecool: Too many times, focus is on institution (Prim., HS, HE). Ultimately, should be only 1 focus: the student. It’s a learning continuum!
@vickyloras: K-12 should be a smooth transition to higher ed, no discrepancies and lack of connection should show at all
@K12Learn: Both K12 & Higher Ed need 2 explore integrating tech throughout- that is what this generation knows & uses &  it will continue …
@johnsquared1829: Could student teaching be expanded more? Like med school…different ‘levels’, lots more time; more one-on-one w/ pros
@tcash: Working together on joint projects – common objectives – might help open dialogue btwn Higher Ed & K-12
@Dramanique: I think college advisors should visit HS to discuss w/ counselors what stdts should b focusing on for future majors.
@Ron_Peck: Positive reform can happen and begin with better student teaching focus.
@cybraryman1 There should be learning exchanges & opportunities for lower level students with Higher Ed profs. Seen this with Science
@ColinTGraham Maybe the push for reform in Higher Ed needs to come from the students themselves by showing them other ways of learning in K12…

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:

My request is somewhat unrelated to the topic at hand. I am currently working on a research project for a graduate course. My goal is to explore the potential of using Web 2.0 technologies to develop metacognition in learners, via the creation and use of an electronic portfolio and student-led conferences. Any relevant questions would be really great! For example:

  • How do we measure metacognition? Then, how do we help students develop metacognition and assess?
  • Should learning portfolios be lifelong portfolios that students can take with them wherever they go? What kind of tools can be used to create portfolios that are portable and can evolve with the learner?
  • What are the best ways to encourage students to reflect on, and take charge of, their own learning?

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

As ever, there were some great links shared:

Todd_conaway: @cybraryman1 working on it! http://bit.ly/5DYEQw
EdTechEvolution: Using the principles of ANDRAGOGY, not pedagogy, for ALL learners, including kids: http://bit.ly/V2cSv #iste10 #edchat #edtech
davidwees:  6 concrete things you can do to help with #edreform.  Please add to the list and share your ideas. http://bit.ly/c44iPK #edchat #iste10
ColinTGraham: Shameless plug! #mathchat Time: http://bit.ly/b8F4mk Discussion ideas: http://bit.ly/acK52S Twibbon: http://twb.ly/9oWRFo #edchat #ukedchat
wdesoto: #edchat Survey: “What Parents Want from Schools.” http://bit.ly/cGwW0s
edudemic: Brown University Goes Google http://goo.gl/fb/e1ucX #edchat
EdOptionsInc: RT @whatedsaid 10 ways to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning http://bit.ly/bfWxA8 #edchat
europeaantje: RT @edudemic: The Ultimate Guide To Giving Outstanding Presentations http://goo.gl/fb/Ep97P #edchat
ShellTerrell: @graingered many educators have begun projects & collaborating as result of #edchat you can join many here http://edupln.ning.com/
hoprea: Guest” blog post: Are you ready for real conversation?: http://wp.me/pC2OH-2T #education #edchat #tefl #elt
KARISTUBBS: RT @jdthomas7: QUIZ: Tech Savvy Teaching: How Do You Rank? | Edutopia – http://goo.gl/wx5O #edchat #edtech #iste10
Tech_Academy: 8 Social Media Tips for Higher Education According to Students http://budurl.com/sfta #smcedu #edchat #edtech #iste #elearning #education
alexgfrancisco: Teachers Helping Teachers: The PLN Road Map http://goo.gl/2iu5 #edchat #education #teachers #ntchat
jwrezz: RT @TeachPaperless: New Post: “You Have Seen the Future” http://ht.ly/24Sru #ISTE10 #edchat
alexgfrancisco: Dissecting the 21st Century Teacher http://goo.gl/JW91 #edchat #edtech #ntchat #teachers


My name is Tania Ash (@tcash). I am a 5th grade teacher in Rabat, Morocco. I love teaching in an international school because of the built-in diversity and the stimulating challenges inherent in being part of such a transient community. I facilitate a student-led ecoAction group that has successfully undertaken projects such as bringing paper and plastic recycling to our school community. I am also the lucky mom of a fantastic preschooler. In my spare time, I am a graduate student in educational technology, currently doing research on the potential of Web 2.0 tools to improve student learning. I rely on my PLN, especially the Twitter community, for my daily source of inspiration. I am honored to have been asked to create this guest post!

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June 3, 2010

Advantages and pitfalls of educators being evaluated by student test scores

Merit pay based on student test scores

Edchat

6-1-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Our #Edchat summary this week has been written by another passionate edchatter Adam Burk (@pushingupward). I’m sure you will agree that Adam has done a great job in capturing well what was a very insightful and lively debate. Adam is a great campaigner for reform, not just in education. Read his blogs for more information. Links to these and bio below.

The news is filled with stories about our failing public education system in the United States. Lately, a lot of focus has been put on teachers as a significant cause of the problems in schools. This week #edchat’s focus was on one of the current leading proposals to improve performance in our schools: Accountability of teachers based on their students’ scores on standardized tests. For example, Race to the Top funding is contingent on states breaking through union blocks to create such measures for teacher evaluation. Race to the Top measures are similar to current programs which thus far are failing in Chicago according to preliminary findings. Nonetheless, just like No Child Left Behind was shoved down public school’s throats, here comes more mis-guided reliance on high-stake testing to prove not only students’ ability, but teachers’ as well.

During this #edchat discussion it was made clear that the emphasis on high-stake standardized tests is not welcomed by this group of educational professionals. Potential advantages of said proposal were not clearly identified. It undermines efforts to implement meaningful change in pedagogy to support students to be successful in the information age. Standardized tests are a tool in public education that divorces students from their inherent passion for learning. Schools need to become places that foster passion and creativity both in students and teachers. Current proposals in education reform fail to do this. Innovation in assessment and accountability are needed, this is agreed upon, but what exactly this looks like is not. If tests are to be used, they must learn to share the spotlight with other forms of assessment and feedback. There is support from some for 360 degree reviews where student, peer, parent, and administrator feedback is utilized to comprise a comprehensive review.

But even before we define our evaluation methods we must redefine education in the United States. Even with higher test scores our students and schools will not be meeting the needs and challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s workplace, nor our global situation. Thus, we must align our purpose of education with aiding students to be inspired, sophisticated, thinkers, doers, and citizens, who actually are prepared to meet the challenges that are before them.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  • High-stake standardized testing ruins creativity
  • Higher quality means of assessment should be emphasized and fostered instead of standardized tests.
  • Merit Pay based on high-stake standardized testing erodes collaboration in schools and promotes self-interest
  • High-stake standardized testing creates a high risk for increase in cheating
  • Merit pay will create environments where “difficult” or “behind” students are not wanted on a class roster
  • Merit pay is designed for businesses dependent upon sales, not for issues of human development
  • Test scores as one of many pieces of diverse information may be an acceptable means of teacher evaluation
  • If tests are used they should be created by teachers to support their curriculum design and to inform students and teachers of strengths and weaknesses as part of a diverse assessment strategy
  • Fundamental change in our educational paradigm is needed
  • Measuring success by means of test scores is the wrong focus
  • The logistics for implementing teacher evaluation based on student performance on high-stakes standardized tests may be ridiculous
  • Student performance is more complex than teacher performance, e.g., poverty, nutrition, parents
  • Standardized tests are flawed with cultural biases and focus on low-level thinking
  • Standardized tests may persist because they create a safe place where teachers are absolved of responsibility for creating something better
  • To define what good teaching looks like we must first redefine education; otherwise we are bolstering bad habits.

Here is a selection of some of the comments:

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

@MissCheska #edchat I think teaching to the test focuses more on fact-based instruction than a more holistic instruction; it loses sight of bigger pic.

@rkiker #edchat I think the greatest measurement of teacher evaluation are authentic student evaluations/feedback – although they can be dangerous

@GaryBrannigan Meaningful assessment should be built into the instructional process #edchat

@bjnichols Eval. should be tied to real outcomes/growth of students. Not the ability to bubble & answer mult. choice questions #edchat

@k_shelton @techmunoz So a highly tech person like myself would be evaluated by who? And based upon what? #edchat

@tomwhitby Do we now need to give every class in every grade a standardized test so that we may evaluate every teacher? #edchat

@k_shelton It’s not fair to evaluate a teacher’s performance, when you have students that don’t even get breakfast before the school day #edchat

@shighla It’s important for formative assessment to be part of the teaching and learning process.    #edchat

@tucksoon Both teachers and students are judged by standardized tests. Both will lose out in the end. A looping vicious cycle #edchat

@ShellTerrell With high-stakes tests there are already teachers who don’t want to teach the kids that are behind the prob will grow #edchat

@Harmerj Interesting #edchat. problem with performance-related pay is the many many many diff variables u wld have to use to evaluate performance!

@tomwhitby With so much riding on the test, we have shifted the focus from learning to successful test taking. #edchat

@michellek107 Our kids are tested relentlessly. There is no joy in learning. Sad to always hear, “Is this for a grade/on the test?” #edchat

@rliberni I feel we look too much to industry 4 our models shouldn’t we be more creative with our own industry? #edchat

@seanbanville @Harmerj Excellence needs to be determined by the teaching team – vote for whoever contributed most/best  #edchat

@phystweeter Teacher evaluations that I have experienced have not been in depth.  Most evaluators don’t know enough about content to evaluate it. #edchat

@bjnichols Creativity is all about risk taking.  Tying performance to a single measure would greatly diminish creativity in classrooms. #edchat

@datadiva Hammers are used to smash car windows, but no one is clamoring to ban them. We need change how we view tests in their rightful place #edchat

@phystweeter Perhaps this is an unpopular opinion, but I welcome merit pay.  Why shouldn’t those who do more get paid more?  #edchat

@jenclevette Part of my eval is my Prof Growth Plan, which is a living document of what I believe I need to work on.  #edchat

@michellek107 @ShellTerrell eval me on student engagement, continuing prof dev, growth as tchr, effective teaching, leadership opp’s I take. #edchat

@pushingupward @ShellTerrell Motivation should be intrinsic motivation based on passion to learn. Schools annihilate this inherent passion. #edchat

@drtimony @jenclevette responsible educators and analysts should be able to use testing as part of a profile of assessment.  #edchat

@MZimmer557 I will gladly take merit based pay if we create a method of merit based parenting!  #edchat

@PodPirate …unfortunately we need to start offering solid solutions to this problem or somebody else is going to make decisions for us. #edchat

@drtimony Let teachers choose how they are evaluated. Imagine that. Let them set goals and achieve/exceed. Like we should do with kids. #edchat

@rjwassink #edchat My union contract says I get a raise every year… whether I improve or not.  Why???

@tomwhitby The teacher is only one aspect of a student’s learning. How do we test Family, Culture, Environment and Health? Other tests? #edchat

@colport It is interesting how many teachers actually like standardised tests…it appears to be a safety zone for them #edchat

@ladyteachkdg All that really matters is the learning that happens with our students when “the rubber meets the road” in our classrooms #edchat

@Smichael920 If testing does have a place it’s to support & inform teacher assessment not their pay #edchat

@Mamacita Teaching to a test is easy.  Takes no brains, no guts, no creativity, no personality, and no originality.  Just read the script. #edchat

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:

How are public schools aligned or misaligned to develop a citizenry prepared to deal with the issues of today and tomorrow including humanitarian, ecological, economic, and political crises?

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

As ever, there were some great links shared:

JamiePortman:  Tooble is gr8 free software 4 borrowing videos from Youtube. http://bit.ly/bYi5Rh

kevcreutz: Point by point discussion on negative effect of testing http://bit.ly/99N35i

leahmacvie: Choice: School Choice in America – http://tinyurl.com/38ade35

web20education: Share and rt http://www.sharetabs.com/?web20socialmediaeducation Web 2.0 and social media  in  education

datruss: What makes a Great Teacher http://bit.ly/bn9cLX

pushingupward: Consider new standards to redefine school. Fixed process vs. fixed content. http://ow.ly/1SyvD

rushtheiceberg:  Don’t Cripple Kids w/ Compassion!  http://bit.ly/ahr8Y8

datruss: See Dan Pink on Motivation http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc Are good teachers the type to be motivated by merit pay?

Teachers_Speak: If anyone missed the special about education and testing, merit pay- here is link – http://usaguns.net/patriots/minds.html

edudemic: Follow everything happening on today’s #edchat discussion with our LIVE STREAM page on EduDemic. (Just upgraded!) http://bit.ly/cUg80b

rosamariatorres: (video) Challenging current “common sense” on Merit Pay for Teachers http://bit.ly/4r4R2w

drtimony: absolutely you can. we all break. solution? success. RT @BrandiJClark: Can you fix broken teachers? http://bit.ly/aiSXMr

PodPirate: @debra47 http://tinyurl.com/2ef5eeo here you go

tomwhitby: This is the latest Post from Sean Banville. I enjoyed this and recommend it. http://bit.ly/b0dk5G

rachelala: for deep thinking and understanding of formative assessment see Dylan Wiliam’s work http://bit.ly/cWUxu3

ransomtech: Would u agree 2 transfer 2 a struggling middle school 4 2 years in exchange 4 a $20,000 bonus? http://bit.ly/aPTGqw

CrudBasher: My #edchat contribution: How Do We Evaluate Teachers? http://bit.ly/cpLqhb

tomwhitby: I’ve noticed when I recommend posts from others everyone follows.When I do my own-Zippo . Digital Pointers? http://bit.ly/86CKmb

Adam Burk can only be defined as one thing for sure, a human being. Bound by this condition he does the best he can to learn, grow, play, do good, and be of service. He believes we are largely looking the wrong way in our discussions in education reform. Ultimately, we must be talking about cultural reform, developing profoundly sane personalities for planetary citizenship. This looks like individuals contributing to the aims of The Earth Charter and is the enactment of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic.

While his activities are many–philosopher, wilderness guide, teacher, social worker, gardener, husband, dog whisperer, naturalist, cook, jewelry maker, lover, healer, writer, community activist, change agent, and more–he is guided by the simple principle to do good in the service of others. He lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. Adam blogs at Pushing Upward: Growing a Culture of Peace and Cooperative Catalyst. He can be reached at pushingupward@gmail.com and found on twitter as @pushingupward.

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May 19, 2010

Saving District Money: 4 day Week/Extended school day.

#Edchat

5-18-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

1,000 participants and 4,000 tweets!!

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We’re thrilled to have John Steltz (@jpsteltz) providing this week’s #edchat summary. He is a regular at edchat and devoted to technology in education. I think you will agree that his summary is a very thoughtful representation of what was a great discussion! See John’s bio at the end of the summary.

Our topic began with several pros/cons to the idea of having a four-day school week and extending the hours of those four school days.  The topic transformed from a discussion about funding and budgets back to doing what is needed for our students.  Great educators always bring every discussion back to creating opportunities for our students to be successful.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  1. Maximize/Optimize Regular School Day
  2. Saving on Transportation Costs would make Significant Impact
  3. Options for 5th Day: Professional Development, Community Service for Students, Mentors w/ Local Businesses, Virtual Schools, DOWNFALL – Child Care
  4. Timeshift via Technology Use: Schools w/out walls, Blended Classes, Work in Shifts
  5. Impact on Extra-Curricular Activities:Activities in morning/Academics in afternoon, Learning Outside of Classroom, EC Important to Education and Students Finding Passion
  6. Change – Not One Size Fits All: Rural Districts vs. Urban Districts
  7. United States Edu vs. Other Countries
  8. Start from Scratch, Build Something that Lasts

Here is a selection of some of the comments:

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

tomwhitby

We may want to consider blended classes using Technology to timeshift learning and reduce time in the building.

Berni Wall rliberni

We need a classroom without walls approach

Shaelynn Farnsworth shfarnsworth

scheduled day -Friday to hold all extras -field trips, college tours, group projects, comm. would cut down disruptions dur. reg. wk

Jane Byers Goodwin Mamacita

Are any coaches going to chime in about games, practices, etc? Those always ruled the roost here.

Shelly S Terrell ShellTerrell

This school found a 4 day wk to be successful, greater student attendance & attention http://bit.ly/cDNwtO

Cheska Lorena MissCheska

What about configuring A/B block schedules to align w/ more problem-based/project-based instruction?

skipvia skipvia

The 800 lb gorilla in this discussion is child care.

Tina nocturne4342

“American students spend about 30% less time in school than students in other leading nations,’’ Senator Edward Kennedy

Tom Whitby tomwhitby

@wmchamberlain Tech enables us to timeshift. collaboration does not revolve around school time. BTW I do not disagree with you.

Howard Glasser hglasser

Why not a 7-day “learning” week? Learning can (should!) occur always even when outside of school. Why not break outside of “school?”

Maggie Powers farfalla3

4 days could of in class could open up lots of possibilities 4 day 5: research, field work, service, trips. Doable at your school?

TeachPaperless

Change in time (schoolday) and change in space (learning environment) go hand in hand; it can’t be done piecemeal.

Debra Pierson piersoncci

As a parent, I can’t imagine trying to find care for my kids during day 5? What if my employer doesn’t do 4/10s?

Matthias Heil MatthiasHeil

My dream: (at least) double periods, time 4 projects, no homework, loads of study time, everybody moves on at the end of the year

edtechsteve

How does a 4-day week for students mesh with 5-day work weeks for parents?

Martin Swanhall Swanny203

how about those students who are not ‘morning people’ – let them go to school from 3 to 8ish (night shift)

Cheska Lorena MissCheska

I like Google’s idea of letting employees spend 20% of time work on personal projects. That could translate well to education.

clarkmusic

I would rather have an extended day in which the work gets done at school than the current day with hours of homework.

Chris Franzen franze98

@rliberni transporation costs, but those will vary by district. lunch costs & other hourly support staff costs lessened

MissCheska

Moving school days to business 4/10 schedule seems practical, but how does that fit students’ development? Attn span is already shot

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:

How can educators, teachers and administrators, in the same building genuinely work together for the success of students?


To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here


As ever, there were some great links shared:

nocturne4342: http://bit.ly/lCC8i article from last yr. on experimntl schl extend day in MA. While 4/5 different funding culd still be issue

skipvia: Time should be a variable. Learning/standards should be the constants. (YES! http://www.sbs.adams50.org)

Mamacita: Many older students would do much better if their day began at noon. Teens need more sleep than toddlers do. #edchat http://ff.im/kwmUP

ShellTerrell: This school found a 4 day wk to be successful, greater student attendance & attention http://bit.ly/cDNwtO

mamacita: Are any coaches going to chime in about games, practices, etc? Those always ruled the roost here. #edchat http://ff.im/kwnx2

mamacita: I like the idea of shifts, so a.m. lovers can do morning & night owls can do later. #edchat http://ff.im/kwnPd

dumacornellucia: New blog post #edtech20 ad comments and rt http://bit.ly/cirVwi

piersoncci: Indiana study on 4 day wks – http://bit.ly/bNykcB – works best in rural, small districts.

luis2010: Google Gives Away Google Voice Invites to College Students. http://is.gd/cbCld

Mamacita: Isolated subjects are worthless. We must help students learn that everything is connected to everything else. #edchat http://ff.im/kwqGz

Mamacita: Good teachers know how to make connections. Teams are nice but not always necessary. #edchat http://ff.im/kwroV

Mamacita: How about a full day for academic students, & a half day school/half day actual job for the non-academics? #edchat http://ff.im/kwrQs

NMHS_Principal: explains the power of Twitter to change Public Education for the better: http://bit.ly/bsS2On

dumacornellucia: New blog post on # eskills about my activities using new tehnologies in education #edtech20 http://bit.ly/9itljs

datruss: @mctownsley Ideal PD can vary in length, but see my final ‘trap’ here for my perspective http://bit.ly/9IQYRJ

Mamacita: Without the arts, we are bumpkins stuffed with facts. #edchat http://ff.im/kwszM

cybraryman1: @readtoday See: Open Doors, a School-Business Partnership, on my Careers page: http://bit.ly/34zO7O

Pappyo: Putting #edreform with #edtech into perspective. Interesting read. http://oreil.ly/a6y1No #edchat (via @radar)

nocturne4342: 4-Day School Weeks Might Be Coming In Illinois http://bit.ly/ckEEQt

ShellTerrell:  Another successful case of a 4 day school week http://bit.ly/9yRoyZ

Dowbiggin: Here’s a link to that 19th Century Schools blog I wrote almost a year ago: http://bit.ly/aDaWjE

Dowbiggin:   I don’t like AM anything. I am a night owl. #edchat //Amen. http://ff.im/kwuFf

tomwhitby: We are trying to get a handle on the reach of #edchat. Please help us by filling in some survey info. THX http://is.gd/ceOU7

Mamacita: College admission standards should be more stringent. I teach college now & have students who can barely read. #edchat http://ff.im/kwv5K

Mamacita: Far too many kids go to college on the Parental Fantasy Plan. #edchat http://ff.im/kwvA2

leahmacvie: Great article: Feed money into the system that will school your future employees. http://cot.ag/azlWde

elanaleoni: @farfalla3 BBC just did an article on Finland: http://bit.ly/dgpKlB & Linda Darling-Hammond has research: http://bit.ly/aFpbth

cybraryman1:  @readtoday See: Open Doors, a School-Business Partnership, on my Careers page: http://bit.ly/34zO7O

lizditz:   @k_5remediation: 85% of low SES 4th graders failing in reading http://bit.ly/9AwPgr

Parentella: Middle School: are we done yet?!? http://bit.ly/da5l3z

My name is John Steltz (@jpsteltz).  I am a teacher of students, father of four, and loving, devoted friend to Desiree, my tremendous spouse.  My subject area is English/Language Arts.  I teach in Seymour, WI.  Twitter and  #edchat has been instrumental in igniting a spark in my classroom for my students.  Thanks to all the members that make #edchat go each week!!!


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May 10, 2010

Thoughts on Ning announcement & its implications 4 the future of tech

#Edchat

5-4-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Thoughts on the Ning announcement

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Tuesday’s edchat session saw a sudden change of topic just 15 minutes before we began. As we were approaching the start of #edchat,  several tweets came through desiring to discuss the announcement made by Ning about their new pricing policy. There were also a few tweets pointing out that the topic scheduled was not only quite similar to the previous week’s but had also been discussed a month or so ago. The discussion was lively and @ning participated (see highlighted link below – we await comments!)

Our thanks go to Melissa Smith (@EduTechSmith) for the guest summary this week. She is a regular edchat participant and great ‘evangelist’ for technology in education. We are very grateful to Melissa for finding time to produce this summary despite having had a sudden family emergency over the past few days.

Today’s #edchat focused on the change that NING announced – making creators of NING networks pay for their services. They explained 3 different payment options for those creating NINGS to choose from, keeping a free NING option for those in education, but limiting its members to 150. With the reform going on in education, bringing a new type of learning environment into the classroom via Web 2.0 tools, educators expressed the need in continuing to use social media sites to improve on their teaching skills and practices. It seemed that the majority of education-based tweeters understood the desire and need of the business world to earn money off of their products, and recognized the need to pay creators for their work, but also felt that those using this sites for education should be excluded from fees or have a very low price. Teachers are excellent adapters to change, and since we are on limited budgets many folks brainstormed different ways to continue to grow via social networks such as #Edchat now showcasing itself on Facebook, Cybraryman (Jerry Bumengarten) offering to create a databank of our ideas on his site, or partnering up with local businesses to sponsor the NINGS. As the conversation continued several voices discussed the lack of funding that education has in the United States. Ning just seemed to be another great online tool that is now going to make the financially struggling teacher turn his or her focus on finding funds and away from their number one interest: educating the future of America. Voices expressed a push towards businesses coming in and supporting schools, children’s learning experiences, and teacher development – I feel this is what we are going to need to do in order to support, educate, and prepare our youth for the future.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

@rliberni: Should edu always have free access?

@MissCheska: Can anyone really put a price on learning? true but people creating need to earn too

@rliberni: (RT) Edu should have either free access or very low cost options. Biz can write off the expenditure differences

@pysproblem81: #edchat – Ning is just a brand – they come go. Real question, should ‘social’ development be recognized as essential CPD?

@andycinek: Wikispaces did this and allowed free private access for K-12, hopefully Ning will continue this trend.

@andycinek: My question is, what does ning intend on doing with the $? If it means making their site, and education better, I’m ok with that

@andersch: The whole Ning issue illustrates how our network connections need to be networks of ppl, not platforms. #edchat would continue w/o Ning.

@olafelch: Don’t want this to sound nasty, but a grp with several 100 members could find a way to raise the funds.

@reportertanya What lessons should we learn from Ning’s news as well as other sites that have changed their services?

@psyproblem81 Good point on brands; social development = already essential PD in 21C environment

Here is a selection of some of the comments:

@cybraryman1: On my Blogs page I have Ning explanation, sites & alternatives (left column): http://bit.ly/8mcqcC #edchat

@sarabest: For use with students 2.95 a month isn’t a lot, but if I have to pay that for every online tool I use it would add up to a lot.

@olafelch: I have a feeling this may be the dawn of an era where we have to get used to paying for good services

@EduTechSmith: nothing in education should cost teachers and students to use – companies should get $ for corporations & sponsors

@MissCheska: I know it makes sense in business side, but that makes me 😦 bc I don’t have $ to pay for all the tools I use for tech PD

@aeringuy: Who is the education company sponsoring free Ning for teachers? http://bit.ly/azYQb2

@seanbanville: All providers of free services need to explore better ways to keep their services free #edchat

@musicfan214: This content is great for @ning. I hope they listen to what educators want and need out of their service and make the changes

@kevcreutz: A ning offers a great variety of ways to collaborate and to provide a forum for a group. I do not know of a more comprehensive site

@ akenuam : I hear you, i just see what happened to teachertube and grow fearful of ads. It ruined the site.

@ksivick: we have some serious work to do educating administration if we hope to continue with Ning #edchat

RT @esolcourses: one of the problems w relyin on free online tools is there’s no guarantee that they will always be there

RT @WeAreTeachers: We are able to keep our communities free for educators by having companies sponsor grant opps

RT @anderscj: Ning Mini they are offering is not the Ning we have been using. No groups, no file uploads, limit of 150 members,

@k_shelton The problem is we as Edu aren’t even floating…we’re drowning due to budget cuts!

@rliberni (RT) http://bit.ly/hBH6Q This is a great site with many open source alternatives helpful to edu and tight budgets. #edchat

@kalinagoenglish: Not sure every1 wants web2.0tools 2 all b free 4ever. Educators get salaries. Software co.s have employees

@edutek one of the problems with relying on free online tools is that there’s no guarantee that they will always be there

RT @k_shelton: I would like to see more cooperative relationships between biz. all benefit for the sake of our students and schools

@kevcreutz Would it work to have students involved in obtaining sponsorships? Authentic learning opportunity? #edchat

@shellTerrell It’s a positive sign when Apps begin asking for educator input

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:

Creating a plan. What can we actually go and do to help one another create learning environments so that we aren’t reinventing the wheel?

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

As ever, there were some great links shared:

teachingwthsoul: Yay! RT @ShellTerrell: RT @olafelch: RT @ning: Looking forward to feedback about new Ning options in today’s #edchat http://bit.ly/c98Yf7

regentsreview: Here’s a documentary on America’s Digital Divide. #edchat #edtech http://fb.me/x5LJAqMG

WeAreTeachers: @MissCheska we would be happy to have you relocate to http://bit.ly/dCMUlq

rliberni: RT @olafelch: I read that Ning will remain free for K12 http://bit.ly/9JbwWL

ksivick: Announcement link #edchat http://bit.ly/aBVgba

web20education: Ning free for teachers http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/ning-planning-to-remain-free-for-teachers/?src=tptw

web20education: What platform recommand #edchat if we will must pay for our Ning http://proiectdiferitidaregali.ning.com

pysproblem81: RT @jamesclay: Makes for interesting reading http://about.ning.com/announcement/ wonder if free edu pricing will apply to UK!

@cybraryman1: On my Blogs page I have Ning explanation, sites & alternatives (left column): http://bit.ly/8mcqcC

aeringuy: Who is the education company sponsoring free Ning for teachers? http://bit.ly/azYQb2

jdthomas7: Ning Blog » Ning Pro, Ning Plus and Ning Mini Pricing Plans ( http://bit.ly/coKBXQ )

heistes: RT @pisanojm: Please Take My Survey: TweetDeck or HootSuite ~5 Questions: http://is.gd/bTFK9

akenuam: there is also schoolrack and engrade http://bit.ly/cpT6Tj

raysadad: Yes, on http://blog.ning.com but name not public yet. – It’s big sponsorship! good promo 4 them!

lemino: @anderscj It doesn’t. But how long are they going to remain free? http://bit.ly/9wXnEf

elanaleoni: I know Edutopia offers free online groups 2 any class/educator. http://bit.ly/bZh8Om (Ning alternative?)

ESLlibrary: RT @rliberni http://bit.ly/hBH6Q This is a great site with many open source alternatives helpful to edu and tight budgets

olafelch: … this may be the dawn of an era where we have to get used to paying for good services. #edchat http://bit.ly/9wXnEf

reportertanya: @MissCheska The sponsored accounts for educators will be for Ning Mini http://bit.ly/cqpZqQ

web20education: Very interesting web 2.0 expo in San Francisco this days http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2010

k_shelton: And here is a worthwhile read about Ning and their attempts to be free to ed and non-profits http://nyti.ms/cioCXu

Nashua_Online: socialmedia / 04 – Inside Higher Ed: http://bit.ly/cqW2SZ

michellek107: @MissCheska Read this: http://blog.ning.com/2010/05/introducing-ning-pro-ning-plus-and-ning-mini.html

ShellTerrell: RT @dgende: @SeanBanville Take a look at this open source social networking: http://mahara.org/

dgende: @EduTechSmith It HAD an effect! Looks like Ning will be free for educators at some point, read NYTimes http://nyti.ms/aqk9WB

ededco:  Our new blog post inspired by our chat on differentiation a few weeks back! http://bit.ly/cwiijs

rkiker: @rliberni http://bit.ly/hBH6Q This is a great site with many open source alternatives helpful to edu and tight budgets.

*ShellTerrell: Thanks for asking! RT @Ning: Looking forward to seeing feedback about new Ning options in today’s #edchat http://bit.ly/cXGNnA

skabachia: Looks like I get to keep using Ning with my students. http://ow.ly/1GRjq

edutek: #edchat recap will be coming shortly at Learning Today Blog http://ow.ly/1GRiw

mixxt: @TalstoneDJ @xiotex Ning alternative? Give mixxt.com a try! Details & Ning-Import here: http://bit.ly/ningalt

MrConsiglio: #truth #edchat RT @getschooled Must “stop messing around with the dynamics of the system” http://ow.ly/1GQig

web20education: Now is very easy to share using mozilla add-on .Please comment if you know other intersting add-on http://bit.ly/9HAYZZ

w2e: Web2Open has arrived! http://yfrog.com/0hlvlkj #w2e Check out this free unconference on the second floor. Go now

web20education: All twitter members #edchat are welcome to use #edtech20 http://twubs.com/edtech20 and to join free http://web20ineducation2010.ning.com/

reportertanya: In case you missed this last week: #Ning News Highlights Need to Pick Online Tools Wisely http://bit.ly/dkEyoZ

@edutechsmith: Melissa Smith – I have been in education since 1997 and am currently a Technology Specialist, supporting grades 4th through 6th at Presbyterian Day School, an all boy’s school in Memphis, TN. I am also the president for the Memphis Association of Independent Schools, Technology Education Consortium.
http://maistec.posterous.com

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April 29, 2010

How To Provide Equal Access To Quality EDU For All

#Edchat  

    4-27-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST    

A World of Educators!

This week’s guest writer is Rich Kiker (@rkiker). In addition to writing the summary he also created the amazing word graphic above. Fabulous! Rich is a regular participant at edchat bringing both his expertise in the edtech arena and his strong dedication to education and the development of young people. See his bio at the end of the summary. 

Once again, I had my Media Technology high school students huddled around my desk to voice their opinions on #edchat via my posts.  They seemed to ignore the “six foot wide”, projected Tweetdeck display of the chat and preferred to yell at my tiny monitor.  The yelling was loud this week.  In a time when many say our kids are getting more disengaged, it was particularly invigorating to see their passion.  Their exuberance made me especially proud because of the discussion this week. 

How do we provide equal access to a quality education for all?  EdChatters rallied as usual this week with a large cache of ideas and emotions on this politically charged topic.  Furthermore, a week after we heard @chrislehmann deliver a refreshing speech at the 140 Conference – NYC, @jeffpulver himself dropped in to hear some of the ideas we were throwing around.  Here is what we came up with and shared: 

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:  

  • Great education happens because of great teachers.  However, quality resources make the job easier and engage us.
  • Community partnerships can be a powerful equalizer, but educators have to ask for the support.
  • Funding without a discrete purpose and use can easily be wasted.
  • We need more quality teachers in the schools that need them. But, how?
  • Human resources are, by far, the most important resources.
  • We all get frustrated.  However, the usual message was delivered by #edchat again.  All of us are dedicated to making it about every child, all the time.   

Here is a selection of some of the comments:  

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye. 

@spedteacher: I think we start by acknowledging that the current lack of access is deliberate policy 

@tbfurman: Reliance on property tax builds in a poverty penalty as well as a basic inequity 

@akenuam: another problem is that we base funding on test scores, its a never ending self destructing circle 

@ShellTerrell: We start by building relationships w community & business leaders! 

@cybraryman1: It is important that teachers take their insular students out of the classroom & increase their experiences & learning 

@jpsteltz: the one common denominator for all students is the teacher…if teacher is effective, all students have access 

@lhmiles2: unfortunately for those of us in lacking schools, we end up spending our own money to make sure resources are there 

@Parentella: I live in a poorer community and am finding the gap growing between families who can afford and cannot.-Amanda 

@edtechsteve: And when talking about resources, don’t forget the most important ones- the people! And quality professional devt. 

@rliberni: I believe that every child should have the best education that is possible within their context 

@imcraddock: not sure it’s bout making us better teachers. Tools can’t do that. But they can make it easier 2 be a better teacher 

@SSNS_Teachers: Where there is a will, there is a way.. and good teachers have ” the Will” 

@bjnichols: Equity requires being a strong advocate for the students that you serve. We have rscrs because we go out & find em 

@getsweetie: Schools & Community must be willing to provide support when parents don’t provide for children as well 

@EduTechSmith: all teachers need to take pride in students of any background – they are all our future 

@daveandcori: I think it is a truly sad day when schools have to compete for funds from Feds. Quality educ should be priority and $$ based on need 

@seanbanville: must be 1000s of recyclable PCs on which teachers can instal open source, If only more teachers knew what this was

@arosey:
Schools that receive extra $ from gov need 2 spend it in right places.Tchrs need a seat at the table-how can we get 1?

@jeffpulver
 I’m looking at the #edchat tweets 

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week: 

I keep hearing that more and more teachers are getting out of education before they even reach 5 years of service.  So, How can social media inspire new teachers? 

To follow the complete discussion see here  

For the stats on #edchat participation see here  

As ever, there were some great links shared: 

tbfurman: Here’s someone in Illinois doing something about equity. http://tinyurl.com/2bykus4 

rkiker:  @ShellTerrell raising funds or things like http://www.donorschoose.org/ 

EightFalls:  Sweden and Finland are the only two countries in the world that server free school lunches. http://tinyurl.com/32ep5zt 

EduTechSmith:  @rkiker http://www.sweatmonkey.org/ 

cybraryman1: Sources for free & inexpensive supplies for classrooms: http://bit.ly/4cyxFb 

tbfurman:  simple phone calls can do a lot to reduce inequity. http://tinyurl.com/248wmfd 

esolcourses:  @seanbanville @elanaleoni: @akenuam red tape can be a problem, as can.Administrative “deniability” http://bit.ly/cYAuGJ 

anderscj:  Techno Constructivist: Web 2.0 & Connectivist Learning http://bit.ly/cLGrl4 #edchat @siemens @courosa @sschwister #edubloggersalliance 

cybraryman1:  Schools need to build partnerships with business & local community. See: Open Doors: http://bit.ly/34zO7O 

web20education:  RT @DUMACORNELLUCIA: RT @ShellTerrell @Ozge I saw yours gr8 presentations for The virtual Table Conference #VRT10 #edchat http://bit.ly/5MljMZ 

DoeMiSo:  RT @DoremiGirl: Pianist Lang Lang Plays iPad in Concert Encore! http://ht.ly/1DFMx #musedchat #edchat (@digitalnative is this what you meant?) 

graingered:  @rliberni We spend2much time blamin ploitcs4 our issus/we’re srprisd when govt gets it wrng-need2 mov on@ http://tinyurl.com/ybhlrsc 

MusicEdTech:  MUST read every Bd of Ed, Admin & tech consult: RT @jimfrankel: The Other 80%: An Industry Perspective http://bit.ly/btydg0  PLZ RT! 

wmchamberlain:  @eplybon You are so right! Check this out http://bit.ly/cx1bMb There are opportunities to learn more! 

web20education:  This week was 3 gr8 conference #140CONF http://bit.ly/92UaTM  #VRT10 http://bit.ly/cRF35T   

EduTechSmith:  http://maistec.posterous.com/ – Here is where I try and share with others things i have done and implemented 

web20education:  @tomwhitby gr8 presentation in #140CONF http://bit.ly/cBOBXb 

akamrt:  If the tchrs in UK can stand up to stdzd testing & say NO! What’s stopping us? We need remind rselves to: http://twitpic.com/1inje7 

LRIM_loakvik:  RT @rliberni: The importance of reading to children http://bit.ly/9XV8lC 

EightFalls:  RT @peterflom: @EightFalls Standardized testing should be frequent, short,low-stress,and varied. We are 0 for 4. http://ow.ly/1DKzX 

web20education:  RT @nik_nik: 7 Social Media Aggregation Tools To Simplify Your Streams http://ow.ly/1DHGQ  via @socialmedia2day #edtech20 #edchat 

web20education:  #edtech20 follow this channel for #140conf http://dev.ippio.com/140conf 

Smichael920:  Great #edchat this afternoon. For a UK perspective on what’s happening here right now pls read: Assessment for who?: http://wp.me/pvUIF-3A 

graingered:  @wmchamberlain Is teaching a profession? Check out http://tinyurl.com/yjukdkw 

graingered:  Could change in ed be as simple as leading by example? … Morphic Resonance at http://tinyurl.com/yytfrh5 

shmlfc:   for @shamsensei: plight of hashtag conversations #edchat My hashtag tweets not showing up in the stream? http://j.mp/9u0446  #MissingOut 

jpsteltz:  An Argument for Project-Based Learning. I invite your thoughts and comments http://bit.ly/b3Hbem 

 

Rich Kiker – @rkiker
Bucks County, PA, USA
First and foremost, I am a husband and father of two children. Then, in my spare time, I am the Classrooms for the Future Coach/Media Technology Academy Chair at Palisades High School and an adjunct professor of instructional technology at Kutztown University. I am also an independent consultant leading professional development and adult learning all over Pennsylvania.  I have a BA in MIS and an MEd in Education.  My latest ventures include building an independent cyber charter for our district and building the Palisades Laptop Purchase Program for the entire Palisades community. I am currently rebuilding my wiki as a resource for all educators and learners.  Please feel free to use it and I’d love your feedback and suggestions: rkiker.wikispaces.com 

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April 23, 2010

Should The Grading System Be Replaced With IEPs?

#Edchat 

    4-20-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST   

IEPs Versus Grades

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Our thanks to Cheska Lorena @MissCheska for this week’s #edchat summary. Cheska is an avid edchatter and a great pioneer for the use of technology in education. (see bio at bottom of post) Thank you Cheska for this summary.

On Tuesday, 4/20/10, Twitters came together to discuss alternatives to the current grading system. The hot topic for the afternoon edchat: Can we create individualized education plans (IEPs) for all our students? Many tweeters agreed that the current grading system is ineffective, but while the thought of IEPs was very alluring, a majority of tweeters also acknowledged that IEPs in today’s learning environment might not be the sought-after cure. Like in most #edchat conversations, this Tuesday’s hour-long discussion peeled back and revealed the many layers of education and student learning.

 Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • Individualized education plans (IEPs) have many benefits for students. When they are done right, they provide students with customized learning environments, modifications and accomodations. IEPs also require the involvement of students, parents, and teachers by allowing all to come together in one place, discuss students’ learning needs and solutions, and bring everyone to the same page.
  • Extending IEPs for all students seems unrealistic/impractical in today’s current educational settings: too many students, too little time and support.
  • Universal IEPs (UIEPs), while great in theory, might turn out to be more paperwork than meaningful change.
  • UIEPs might shelter students from the real world. How would IEPs fit in in a college/university environment?
  • Bigger changes in the current education system should be fixed before focusing on UIEPs. Should we look more into what is being taught in the classroom or focus more on how students learn?
  • Differentiated instruction, personalized education plans (PEPs), and portfolio assessments may be better solutions than UIEPs.
  • Can creativity be measured? Should it be measured and/or evaluated at all?
  • How is assessment different from testing? What do we measure in the first place?
  • If the current grading system was to be scrapped, what would the new system look like? Who would build it? (Choice A: Model after Finland school system! Choice B: Do away with grades! Choice C: Create #edchat environment for students! 🙂

Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

 With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

@wmchamberlain: IEP’s are the only safe guard (excluding passionate teachers) that many of our students have to guarantee at least some education.

@esolcourses: Have used ILP’s, (individual learning plans) which are similar. Pro’s : good 4 students Cons: time consuming/extra paperwork burden.

@harrisonmike: The problem w/learning plans is that its more paperwork (or inputting info using computer program) – when can I plan lessons please? 

@Mamacita: 185 students, each of whom must be taught differently & given individual goals? No aides. No additional help. HOW?

@olafelch: The problem with this massive amount of individualised goals, is that the teachers need to be VERY consistent. Could be a problem.

@blairteach: There is REAL danger that UIEPs could just become one more paperwork time-sucker instead of meaningful documents.

@gericoats: I think if you try to simplify an IEP to the point that it is manageable for 100+ students, it is watered down and not useful.

@jswiatek: How would colleges accept IEPs? Without grades, how can universities accept/deny students?

@andycinek: If we individualize our educational system, we are not preparing students for real life interactions.

@mbteach: Education should be individualized, but IEP paperwork for each student is overkill.

@blairteach: I don’t actually think whether or not we use UIEP is the issue; the problems arise from current ways of assessing students.

@jswiatek: From my stdents: Grading system is broken but only because of the vast number of tests that are always given.

 @AngEngland: Much of our education system rewards good test-taking but not necessarily LEARNING.

@rkiker: I think teachers are already accomodating UIEPs if they are truly embracing DI and student centered environments.

@tbfurman: The presence of a rich diversity of electives is a type of IEP.

@CorinaFiore: I have developed some layered curriculum lessons to differentiate instruction. They worked well.

@malcolmbellamy: The alternative to grades is not overloading teachers with IEP’s to prepare but accepting their assessments.

@AtomiClint: What is the purest measure of education success? Readiness for the workplace? Personal stability and satisfaction?

@ededco: Constant assessment (NOT TESTING) = only way 2 appropriately individualize.

@EricTownsley: Could a good grading system be no grading system? or maybe a stadards grading system? 

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:

Via @POWERORGmath: How do we generate student passion into creative outcomes? (Based on offshoot conversation on evaluating student creativity)

To follow the complete discussion see here 


For the stats on #edchat participation see here 


As ever, there were some great links shared:

Todays #Edchat Topic: Should IEPs for every stdt replace today’s grading? http://ow.ly/1ANtE  Plz Join

DUMACORNELLUCIA: Related to IEP and #special needs see a project ,,Different , but equal ” #edchat http://bit.ly/d03DZR

DUMACORNELLUCIA: #edchat ,,Different , but equal ” partenership and collaboration between students with special needs in Europe http://bit.ly/bnrjde

olafelch: A useful link on SMART(ER) criteria. http://bit.ly/b9AMYy A good basis for assessment programs.

DUMACORNELLUCIA: #edchat , #education Gr8 twitter tools http://teacherluciandumaweb20.blogspot.com/2010/04/gr8-twitter-tools-part-1.html

andycinek: Thanks for another great #edchat I must run, but if you get a chance please check out my Tech integration plan http://bit.ly/az7cdp

cybraryman1: I’ve learned not all should have IEP, need to use more DI (http://bit.ly/bOWv96) & we have to revamp curriculum & grading system

pysproblem81: @olafelch I agree – but this is detailed here www.bit.ly/cpg6VM, www.bit.ly/bGgFF2,  http://bit.ly/dmSlb0 would like to C other side

web20education: very interesting twitter application – for you dear friends http://www.bubbletweet.com/channel/web20education/hdpis  members
Cheska Lorena (@MissCheska) is a self-described “twenty-something New Yorker, certified HS biology teacher, and a huge ed-tech enthusiast.”
Currently she is graduate student at The College of Saint Rose, where she is majoring in Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Technology. Her professional interests are social media, teacher technology integration, and innovate new teacher professional development programs. Her blog is Teaching Miss Cheska.

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April 14, 2010

From an educator’s point of view, what should be cut from education budgets when times get tough?

#Edchat 

    4-6-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST    

Both @shellterrell and myself (@rliberni) were attending a conference and therefore unable to moderate edchat on April 6th. We are fortunate in having great edchatters to step in and take over this role and thank Sean Banville, Olaf Elech and Joe Bower for doing this – thank you very much!

Joe also agreed to provide the edchat summary for this topic. As his summary on his own blog site was so comprehensive, it seemed foolish to re-invent the wheel so here is the link to the summary  and all the shared links for the topic are listed below for you to explore!!

I believe students should experience their success and failure not as reward and punishment but as information. Author of For the Love of Learning.

 

To follow the complete discussion see here  

 For the stats on #edchat participation see here  

 As ever, there were some great links shared: 

akenuam: @tbfurman: Florida is a mess http://bit.ly/bkGuYS

akenuam: anyone used the open innovation portal to suggest reform? http://bit.ly/aYsVjO

lisamonthie: @corriekelly i agree: I c articles about students who passed their state test but cant handle college http://tinyurl.com/ylkqmop

reyjunco: Using multiple video chats in education http://bit.ly/9JihxO

SmartEdServices: @corriekelly How 2 show importance of 21st cent. learning- New test measures digital literacy 4 tomorrow’s jobs http://bit.ly/b61BbU

akenuam: budgets aside, how can we close the achievement gap? http://bit.ly/ap3oVZ

joe_bower: No need to census test every kid. Sampling stu is good solution to cutting testing costs. Finland does it. http://bit.ly/cAW6WM

joe_bower: Did anyone else see the $$ Deleware is spending on DATA cops so they could get RttT $ ? http://bit.ly/c07Stx

teacher6th: program idea for helping teachers beat budget restrictions: http://www.donorschoose.org/twt-p/

web20education: RT @DUMACORNELLUCIA: Why teachers must use Social Media in education , #edtech20 , #edchat ? http://bit.ly/5MljMZ . Please repply here http://bit.ly/cNd3z2

joe_bower: Too often educators assume the cuts must happen. If we are organized, we can fight the cuts http://www.investinschools.ca/

reportertanya: These districts saved money by moving activity and facility schedules online http://bit.ly/c96ZRv

web20educationRT@ DUMACORNELLUCIA: Social Media in education  http://tweetphoto.com/17393631

elanaleoni: @EduTechSmith Yes! High Tech High does this well. http://bit.ly/bpxclK #

web20education: RT @DUMACORNELLUCIA: Twitter is also a great tool for teaching and playing , #edtech20 , #edchat 🙂 http://bit.ly/9AGcCh

web20education: RT @bjnichols: New Google Earth Imagery – Google Earth Blog http://bit.ly/c8ltSX

joe_bower: Wanna know how to keep pissing away edu reform $$, keep breaking these five rules http://bit.ly/duT0dd Florida is doing great

DUMACORNELLUCIA:  I involved 110 teachers in project ,,Different, but equal ” . #edchat , #edtech20 see blog http://bit.ly/bTwsnJ Ning http://bit.ly/bnrjde

lisamonthie: @bcahrens u should see interactive lectures by @glennw98 http://bit.ly/bUScoS he does a great job

theresawhite: “Why The Arts Are Important in Schools for the Future of the Workplace” Keynote by Dan Pink http://www.tmea.org/2009keynote/

daveandcori: RT @tomwhitby: Eliminate mailings by using the internet for parent communication. saves $$$ #edchat – I agree-more ways –http://goo.gl/7CGL

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March 31, 2010

Passion in Education and How it can Drive Change

Passion in Education is truly alive and well!
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#Edchat 

    3-30-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST    

Yesterday’s edchat followed a slightly different format. In preparation for the webinar with Sir Ken Robinson hosted by The Future of Education and due to take place in the evening, it was decided that a discussion, as a lead in to the webinar would be held. The topic was on passion in education, a theme in Sir Ken’s book, The Element, which was going to be the basis of the webinar. As ever a crowd gathered at the appointed time (though there was still some confusion over clock changes!) and off we went! 

The discussion was lively and yes, well, passionate! 

Here are some of the emerging themes – there were so many: 

  • Passion is the love of something for its own sake.

  • Education needs to help people to find their passion (students, teachers, all involved in education)

  • Passion in education is about serving others.

  • How to sustain and maintain it? What causes it to go away?

  • Passion is a two-way street, both teachers and students can spark it.

  • How do pay & conditions, systems, testing etc.. affect passion?

  • PLNs can have a strong positive impact on nurturing and growing passion.

  • Does passion translate into vision?

  • Passion needs direction and guidance

  • Is passion the difference between great teachers and mediocre ones?

Here is a flavour of some of the comments.

MatthiasHeil: To me, passion is what makes us tick, and explore – even at great cost. Has to do with teaching, I guess…- 

 joe_bower:  Passion is a love for something for its own sake and someone couldn’t stop you from doing it if they tried. 

Malcolmbellamy: can we change passion to vision? I feel this is essential for change 

 Msmultipoint: Passion is what makes the world go around. Certainly in teaching, there has to be a HUGE amount of passion for serving others. 

 SECottrell: If you don’t have a passion to teach, you will end up wishing you were anywhere else. 

 cybraryman1: Passion is boundless enthusiasm 

 derrallg: Passion is the overiding drive backed by reason and emotion to accomplish what is more important than ourselves 

 Horizons93: PAssion is essential for learning. Most schools kill it. 

 tomwhitby: Is the amount of passion the difference between great teachers and mediocre teachers? 

 InspiringEd: Do you feel like passion is more of a goal of education (creating it in students) or a way of approaching the educating process? 

 Teachingwthsoul: But can we not continue “against all odds”? This is the key to never allowing the external systemic pieces to put out the fire 

tomwhitby: What drains the Passion from those who have it? #edchat Old ideas and habits from above 

 iangowans: If you think of YOUR favourite tchr growing up, one quality I’d bet you name about them was their passion. 

 rliberni: I think we see it when students begin to ask lots of questions when they hunger for more 

 akenuam: to inspire passion we need to show how our students are so much more capable than people give them credit, raise expectations. 

 Mamacita: All too often, truly passionate, dedicated teachers are targeted & disciplined for that very thing. Dangerous wavemakers! 

 Teachingwthsoul: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”~Eleanor Roosevelt 

jorech : The more I hear, the less I like the word “passionate.” Is “focused” better? I have known some “passionate” yet ineffective teachers 

 elanaleoni: #Education is the civil rights movement of our time. Without passion all hope for change is lost. 

To follow the complete discussion see here  

 For the stats on #edchat participation see here  

 As ever, there were some great links shared: 

@cybraryman1: Teaching is not a profession; it’s a passion.Ed. Quotes: http://bit.ly/EPRmh 

@joe_bower: I wrote this last night in anticipation of today’s passion/Sir Ken Robinson talk on #edchat http://bit.ly/9MREpU  I am passionate about this! 

@Edu4U: Good read on the changing face of the University http://budurl.com/q2kq 

@joe_bower: You have 2 convince the kids who hate school to become tchrs if you want it 2 change (@rrmurry) <–real change! http://bit.ly/cLcPeB 

@joe_bower: Wanna get ready for @Sirkenrobinson’s #edchat webinar? Read on! http://bit.ly/beKRyZ http://bit.ly/9FTZsY http://bit.ly/d0xD6q   

@DUMACORNELLUCIA: Web 2.0 and new tehnologies in education #edchat , #edtech20 http://web20ineducation2010.ning.com/  http://tweetphoto.com/16427534  

@R4RLA: Collaborate with professionals to renew your passion! Attend/present at our conferences http://bit.ly/ccP37Q 

@DeputyMitchell: Coveritlive has #edchat in one place here: http://bit.ly/9uOQrL 

@malcolmbellamy: for a short introduction to Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas see http://bit.ly/aXl6AQ 

@MikeGwaltney: Most people are more afraid of Failure than Mediocrity. It should be the reverse. http://bit.ly/9dhrUh @danielpink 

@akenuam: what teachers make: http://bit.ly/27oCDA 

@web20education: Teachers connect with other teacher @ShellTerrel – passion #edchat http://web20ineducation2010.ning.com/video/web-20-and-new-tehnologies-in 

@graingered: @joe_bower Yes, inspire mindful students #edchat @ http://tinyurl.com/yc58hyd 

@tomwhitby: Upon the conclusion of #edchat watcht this video on leadership. It fosters passion in followers. http://bit.ly/b9b6M4 

@isteconnects: ETAN needs teacher advocates to tell Congress their stories. Share your passion! http://bit.ly/9enJ8M 

joe_bower: Sometimes subversion is an act of professionalism to salvage passion in public edcuation http://bit.ly/bkDVoG 

@graingered: We (teachers) look far & wide 4 solutions in education… we R the SOLUTION! We need to find our passion! http://tinyurl.com/ydhkd8r 

@irishscott: Might read before the webinar: Sir Ken Robinson and The Element – http://bit.ly/w0Mdj 

@joe_bower: Studies show that behaviourism, extrinsic manipulators like rewards and punishment are corrosive to passion http://bit.ly/aK3fXG 

@DUMACORNELLUCIA: Our students learn more if they have a passionate teacher http://differentbutequaletwinning.blogspot.com/ 

@graingered: @rliberni Its OK to be wrong, right? http://tinyurl.com/yl6hhov 

@graingered: @TEFL Know your students! Create personal learning stories http://tinyurl.com/yjggtwo  Find their passion 

@DUMACORNELLUCIA: Web 20 and new thnologies can bring passion for teachers and for students http://teacherluciandumaweb20.blogspot.com/ 

@joe_bower: Here is a cool TEDtalk on passion in education. Very cool story from India http://bit.ly/9cFfR1 

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