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August 2, 2011

In light of education reform, what will a teacher look like and be doing 10 years from today?


#Edchat 08 – 26 – 2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Great video isn’t it! I love the idea that we will be able to access the internet EVERYWHERE! I learned about this video from a student who works for Corning and he told me that all of this is possible now. The incredible flexibility of glass as a material for technology is mind-blowing and to think that it is such an ancient product – it makes you think! Can you imagine greeting your students on the door of their refrigerator each morning  before they come to school? It’s so exciting! And how about the whole wall that turns into a screen – awesome!  I want one in my classroom! The world might look SO different in 10 years from now.

This was our topic last week at #edchat and we have a really amazing summary here written by Tracy Brady @mmebrady) who is a vibrant and innovative edchatter and this was a great ‘blue-sky thinking’ #edchat session. Tracy has really captured some of that excitement and buzz that was flying around twitter during the hour. I’m sure you will love reading her summary here and you can find out more about Tracy and her work as a French teacher in New York at the end of the post. Thank you so much Tracy for this great post 🙂

This topic provided for a phenomenal opportunity to discuss our “educational wishlists” and imagine the future.  Thinking back 10 years at how different things were, I think most of us realize that although much has changed (technology) sadly, much still remains the same (bureaucrats, the have-nots, row seating, farm-based schedule, standardized tests…).  Many of the ideas put forth were fascinating, exciting, thought-provoking, fill in your own blank.  Looking to the future is always a fun exercise, but it was also pointed out, that we need to focus our efforts on the classes of 10 minutes from now — exert control over our own realm.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  •  Classrooms will be paperless
  •  Will the digital divide widen or narrow — (between students as well as schools)  will the bureaucrats still be in control? where should the $ be spent?
  •  Classrooms should be more student centered with passion based learning and more individualized instruction — “communities of inquiry”
  •  Teacher prep needs to change significantly
  •  Communication will be improved as learning continues outside class walls and time (perhaps year round?) — mobilization, globalization, and collaboration
  •  There will be more flipped /blended classes — the human element (interpersonal) will always be necessary
  •  PLN/PD needs to be ongoing — teachers will need to continue to develop their own skills to continue to be relevant
  •  We should see the end of standardized tests — authentic assessment should replace it
  •  flying robots — it is hard to envision the future based on how different things were 10 years ago — like predicting a hurricane
  •  We will see the end of filtering websites, and  teach digital citizenship  instead.  We will take advantage of the digital native status of students AND teachers — byod
  •  We will see new learning spaces (not just formal rows inside classroom walls)
Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

CoachB0066 Looking at the economic landscape I believe that BYOD programs will be more popular than pure 1:1 programs

USCTeacher 10 years-teachers will be even more tech savvy, assignments will be submitted paperless, and schools will continue refining tech use

inquirebook @mmebrady I think tech will continue to change so fast that everybody will have to constantly learn and adapt.

inquirebook Technology is really just about connecting students to teachers and to each other, and connecting all to information.

stumpteacher My hope is that in 10 years our government listens to teachers and not businessmen/cheaters

stumpteacher @cybraryman1 I would hope the teachers continue to step back and empower students. Give up more control of learning to students.

NoodleEducation @rliberni would like to see technology provide objective assessment on a more holistic level for indiv students to replace STD tests

allisonletts @MarkWinegar one step: students pursuing a passion during classtime–learning how to learn independently about something fascinating

USCTeacher @rliberni Think about the communities that will be able to form! Not 1 building, 1 community, but 1 world

2footgiraffe @NathanSandberg @stumpteacher agreed. Tech is not the answer in education. It is just one part of student engagement.

CTuckerEnglish I’d like to see a move to customize & individualized instruction using tech integration to meet diverse needs if students

lauwailap1 In 10 yrs:Hoping teachers will have more control + input in the curriculum, which should be flexible+allow us to constantly innovate.

love_teach Schools need to prep them on how to facilitate learning and how to guide students to discover their own knowledge and tools

after_school 10 yrs from now more kinds of people will be recognized as teachers: museum/library/afterschool staff, kids leading othr kids.

CrudBasher I predict in 10 yrs, the most valuable skill in the world will be the ability to learn anything at anytime.

saraallen91 2 prepare tchrs 10 yrs from now, we have 2 prepare them 2 constantly challenge their thinking, experiment w/ new tech, & take risks.

Akevy613 In 10 years learning should be mobile and global and move way beyond the walls of a classroom

I hope in 10 years teachers start to get respect again

inquirebook @cybraryman1 I hope augmented reality is ubiquitous–another change to our relationship with information.

drdouggreen @ShellTerrell Let’s stop building schools with rows of identical classrooms and more open areas. Some are.

ShellTerrell Perhaps 10yrs from now we have better solutions to improving schools rather than firing teachers

mrbarranca @drdouggreen @beyondtech1 That’s a great point. Can’t teach new teachers 1980-1990 practices and expect them to then be cutting edge

CrudBasher You can plan the education system in 10 years in the same way you can plan a hurricane. #beyondcontrol

drdouggreen @jenniferg92 All teachers must be comfortable learning from students. It empowers both.

MaryAnnReilly The division we know among teacher, student, coach, mentor, and community member will blur. We will need new language to name.

chrisemdin I love the idea of predicting what you want things to be like in 10yrs. Imagination is the seedbed of possibility

 To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

ShellTerrell: Educators on Google+ http://bit.ly/oz4qK8  #edtech #edchat

CoachB0066:  We need to focus on educator prep (teachers and admin) to change pedagogy #edchat We can infuse all the tech… (cont) http://deck.ly/~WT9C4

cybraryman1:  What role will Blended Learning http://tinyurl.com/483kbhl  have in the future? #edchat

briankotts: The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here http://bit.ly/dT2u47  #edchat #ukedchat

SnaPanda: RT @rscon3: Check out: Sharing values in the classroom: When, How, Y & Y not http://bit.ly/pJdN41   video by @brad5patterson #eltchat #edchat

findingDulcinea: Awesome commentary on EdTech RT @mcleod My opening remarks at Iowa Education Summit http://t.co/8Oul1kM  #edchat #sschat

iObservation:  New York State Education Department Approves Dr. Robert Marzano’s Teacher Evaluation Model http://bit.ly/mnnS86  #cpchat #edchat

Kerry_EasyBib: @NMHS_Principal was featured in USA Today in a great article about social media and the future of the classroom http://ow.ly/5NHL6  #edchat

drdouggreen: @malcolmbellamy Colleges serve to widen gap between haves & have nots. Check my summary of Academically Adrift http://bit.ly/oCig5G  #edchat

cybraryman1: What role will Augmented Reality (http://tinyurl.com/346ogtf ) play in education in the future: #edchat

cybraryman1: My Student Centered Classrooms page: http://tinyurl.com/454czsq  #edchat

rliberni: Here’s a great vision for the future with tech everywhere! http://youtu.be/6Cf7IL_eZ38  #edchat

cybraryman1: Personalized, passionate learning http://goo.gl/fb/jJhR3  #edchat

iObservation:  Video: Robert Marzano on His Career in Research http://youtu.be/G0yOZpPSu7s  #edchat #education

cybraryman1: I can see more Self-Directed Learning http://tinyurl.com/3yzrakm  with teacher there to faciliate the learning #edchat

drwetzel: What is the Technology Footprint in Your Classroom? http://t.co/9A67ruv  #edtech #edchat #elemchat #teaching #education #web20

tuchodi:  @ShellTerrell From our school district http://bit.ly/q7JzvN  #edchat

web20education:  Pls rt I work #edtech20 #socialmedia #curation project gateway to knowledge in #education20 , I need #PLN help #edchat http://t.co/WvMFXQh

cybraryman1: @lauwailap1 See Open Doors School-Business Partnership (left column down) http://tinyurl.com/4zyk5qq  #edchat

engaginged:  Interested in global collaboration? Here’s a great project: Challenge 20/20: http://t.co/CyxrsYo  #globaled #edchat

AAEteachers: #Education is hurt by #politics according to Arne Duncan. #teachers – what do you think? | http://is.gd/xIS2v3  #edreform #edchat

CrudBasher: @SamGliksman Reading expressions online. http://bit.ly/nzWq8I  #edchat

Social_LMS: 2011 Learning Tools Directory : http://t.co/YjZLRGb  #lrnchat #edchat #ednewschat

mjgormans:  10 Steps to Transform Past Lessons for 21st Century .,, If u r at #BLC11 plz stop in at 1 of my sessions http://t.co/XNrOJ9A  #edchat

OECD_Edu: PISA – Against the Odds: Disadvantaged Students Who Succeed in School http://bit.ly/nbEIdO  #edchat #ukedchat #finnedchat

joe_bower:  Assessment wagging the dog http://t.co/iT9TXPe  #abed #edchat #edtech

web20education:  I update #curation story #googleplus gateway to #semanticweb #web30 in #education20 http://t.co/EOISqqY  #edtech20 #edreform #rscon3 #edchat

My name is Tracy Brady  I am a French teacher (middle and high school) in Central New York.  I strive to push against constraints of time and space to globalize my students’ learning experience.    I am a strong proponent of BYOD and thinking outside the box to bridge the digital divide.  My colleagues don’t always know what to make of my wild ideas, but then again, neither do my 2 beautiful daughters (Florica and Aline).  Sometimes it takes a little bit of crazy to get the job done.  #edchat is an invaluable tool in my PD arsenal, and I am honored to have been asked to write this summary.  My blog can be found at http://mmetechie.blogspot.com

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March 4, 2011

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

 #Edchat 03-01–2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Grateful thanks to Carl Anderson (@anderscj) for this week’s #edchat summary. It was a great discussion with several participants from both ends of the spectrum and in-between to so a wide range of ideas and experiences. Carl has captured this beautifully in his summary. I hope you all enjoy the post. Thank you Carl. See Carl’s bio at the end of this post.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  1. k-12 and higher ed need to collaborate more
  2. lack of communication and connection between all levels of education
  3. Do all students need to be prepared for college?

Contrast between k12 and higher ed pedagogies

  1. disconnect between how we teach and how we learn at all levels
  2. What is the purpose of school/education?

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.

@cybraryman1: K12 schools should establish more partnerships with those in Higher Ed and work together to better education #edchat

 @franze98: . @ShellTerrell we have partnered w/ local community college to offer dual credit courses. shouldn’t all do that? #edchat

 @rliberni:  In fact how closely to Primary and secondary schools work together? Are we all in our own boxes? #edchat

 @tomwhitby: We need a better connection for what K-12 expects of new teachers from college Edu programs. #Edchat

 @leahmacvie: I don’t understand why some colleges are hesitant to partner with K-12 that could offer them future enrollments. #edchat

 @pschoolsystems: Do you think the #CommonCore State Standards will aide in communication between K12 and HigherEd? #edchat

 @leahmacvie: Bringing in K-12 teachers to discuss w/ highered teachers helps to illustrate the types of tech experience and skills students have. #edchat

 @QZLPatriotHawk: How many teachers said they didn’t learn anything of substance until they student taught? More practicum time needed. #edchat

 @TeacherFreeman: Why is it important for teachers to be familiar with curriculum in grades they do not teach? #edchat

 @ShellTerrell: I think in low-income areas a collaboration btwn K12 & Univ helps Ss begin to be college minded Good point! #Edchat

 @leahmacvie: @unhmba Our charter’s are getting students thinking about college much earlier than 11th. Is that a good or bad….. #edchat

@QZLPatriotHawk: Teaching cannot be taught without seeing it in action and getting dirty. Should look more like an apprenticeship #edchat

 @Saveby: #edchat If I remmbr Sir Ken Robinson mentioned a kindergarten sign saying “college begins in kindergarten”. I think here lies the problem

 @isteconnects: In my experience, K-12 is light years ahead of higher ed when it comes to teaching w/ tech #edchat

 @tomwhitby: If the goal of K-12 education is to get everyone to go to college it is unattainable. #Edchat

 @tomwhitby: I have yet to see any real agreement as to what the goal of education should be. #Edchat

 @lemino: If my son’s teacher (6th grade!) says she’s tough on him bcz she’s preparing him for his future education… #edchat

@wmchamberlain: Do we teachers emphasize traditional colleges/universities too much to the deficit of trade schools? Are we creating social classes? #edchat

@isteconnects: Maybe local K12 tech leaders could offer teaching workshops for profs? Anyone see that happening? #edchat

@wmchamberlain: What about students that don’t want/need college? #edchat

 @jorech: If K-12 ONLY prepares kids for college, we are doing them a huge disservice. #edchat

 @EduTechSmith: to me education is not to get kids into college. it is to prepare children to be self-sufficient adults who know how to learn & grow #edchat

@teachnetcom: There’s a disconnect between academia and the real world. We’re not exposing students to enough in HS bc we’re too busy w standards. #edchat

@Smichael920: if schools r preparing learners 4 future society whats the purpose of testing & memorisation? #edchat

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

  1. For you, what is the purpose of #edchat?
  2. How are school systems addressing the production gap?
  3. What invisible technologies effecting schools & society do we need to be aware of and how do we work to minimize their harm?
  4. Data Walls:  accountability or child exploitation?
  5. What might a world without schools look like?

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

As ever, there were some great links shared:

briankotts What Can TED Do For Education Reform? http://bit.ly/dHt8Os  /via @GOOD #edchat #edtech #ukedchat

MSMS_tech: Students & guidance counselors need to be better able to evaluate college teaching quality and value of degree http://bit.ly/fH9S3c #edchat

andycinek: #edchat here is what I am doing with my Eng 101 class. Students lecture and we use twitter back channel for discussion http://bit.ly/99QKKu

andycinek: @tgwynn Agreed! (throwing pencils in the air) WOO HOO! Cut to: student dance sequence http://youtu.be/cEi2hKbgo0c  #edchat

Dr. Michio Kaku @michiokaku: The Problem with the learning system in school P.2 http://youtu.be/X6o_q0NoeNo  #edchat #ukedchat #eduswe #dkudd

delta_dc:  @jleung10 thanks for sharing http://t.co/z3VHVvN  it makes some good points but I think the following is the most important. #edchat (1/3)

@ShellTerrell Lots going in States around redefining teacher highered. Interesting article at the Economist http://ilnk.me/63c6 #edchat

My school (PDS) has a mentoring program to give a yr’s practice of field work for college students http://tinyurl.com/4rl5r7p

@jorech: What about students that don’t want/need college? This might happen http://imdb.to/9mbNmF #edchat Seems more likely than ever

ERStrategies: #Districts must drill down to understand student needs in more detail http://ow.ly/42MFl  #cpchat #edchat

anderscj: @Smichael920 #Edchat Purpose of testing and memorization = mandate soft bigotry of low expectations http://is.gd/VgoonY

ToughLoveforX: In New York City at big step forward in teacher HigherEd http://ilnk.me/700c  #edchat might be replicable

kbakerIEE: Strong correlation w/P2A http://bit.ly/fvtWq3  :”Tough Choices or Tough Times” http://bit.ly/fBHO73  #edchat #edreform article via @ericjuli

@evmaiden Colleges can ignore messiness of the data because consumers of higher ed are willing, mostly paying. http://bit.ly/gwweLj

Carl Anderson is currently a technology integration specialist for East Metro Integration School District 6067 in St. Paul, MN, an online art and technology teacher for Connections Academy, and an adjunct instructor for Hamline University’s Graduate School of Education. He was a classroom art teacher for nine years before his current positions. His research interests include technology mediated differentiated instruction, virtual worlds, alternative pedagogy, project-based learning, and equity issues related to technology and schools. Carl is a frequent conference presenter and school technology consultant.  He blogs at Techno Constructivist and is @anderscj on Twitter.

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February 7, 2011

Are Edcamps & TeachMeets viable alternatives to professional development

#Edchat 01-02–2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

We are thrilled to have our summary provided this week by Joe Jacquot @WackJacq who is no stranger to PD. He has caught the enthusiasm for edcamps and teachmeets very well and I’m sure you will find the summary both enjoyable and informative. For Joe’s bio see the end of the post.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  •  #edchat educators compared the ways in which Edcamps and Teachmeets differ from than traditional professional development.
  •  Many teachers agreed that the newer formats are more effective.
  •  Although admittedly not an exclusive list, most of the participants supported the idea of using elements of Edcamps and Teachmeets in PD:
  •  for educators who are interested in creative ways to meet the needs of their students. (@Marama)
  •  for more environments for collaboration (@tomwhitby)
  •  for collaboration and learning in mind, not pushing agenda (@ktenkely)
  •  for time and resources to focus on teaching and learning during the school day (@ian23505)
  •  for educators to connect , socialize & collaborate (@ShanaAtDS)
  •  for control over their own learning (@L_Hilt:)(@stumpteacher)
  •  for face to face interaction (@web20classroom)
  •  for passion — driven to be what you need it to be (@justintarte)
 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.

@2footgiraffe: PD should not be a, “let’s all sit here for 6 hours and listen to someone.” Let people choose.

@aaronmueller: Edcamp can help create relationships and PLN that extends past the event, helping throughout entire career! #edchat #mentoring

@andycinek: The edu conference model needs to stop being a fraternity of common voices.

@becky7274:  How will we ever get kids to see mistakes as a way to grow if teachers refuse to take risks and make mistakes themselves? #edchat

@bhsprincipal: I have said it before that #edcamp is a signal from teachers that they can do PD better on their own.

@bjnichols: PD is useful when it is job-embedded, differentiated, connected, and followed-up on. #edchat

@blairteach: TeachMeet is an event planned & produced by participants to share & collaborate on topics they decide upon.

@cmcgee200: As an aspiring administrator, my number one goal will be allowing teachers to fail, and celebrating their risk.

@cybraryman1: Experience an edcamp/TeachMeet & you will see how great they are for sharing, collaborating and re-energizing yourselves

@davidwees: Traditional PD = I share. Edcamp = We share.

@ellclassroom:  I think advertising is a key component of getting more educators on board. Most I talk to have no idea what I’m talking about

@fliegs: I agree. Admin has to build collab time into the schedule if tchrs are going to get anywhere. #edchat

@geraldaungst: andycinek The “purposeful” part is important. Autonomy is not automatically relevant.

@hadleyjf: We need times for new ideas and then times when we get together and plan! Create a new curriculum – a week at a time!

JoAnnJ68: We are indeed all learners & the more we share the stronger ties we develop which results in better collaboration & teaching #edchat

jrichardson30: Radicals is what we are here! RT @shyj: Roots are so deep, need some “tornado like” educators to uproot and get things rolling

@justintarte: I love @cmcgee200 ‘s point…edcamps/teachmeets are like using Twitter – everyday you use Twitter U R attending an edcamp/teachmeet #edchat

@justwonderinY: @blairteach I think it’s more about Leade rshipMeets, doesn’t really matter if admin or teacher. Goals should be same? #edchat

@ktenkely: @wmchamberlain Yes! We need opportunities for in-depth collaborating and learning. #immersivePD #edchat #unpd

@KTVee: live in a world where I can learn more at home on a snow day from twitter than at some expensive conferences. $ does not = quality #edchat

@L_Hilt: We really need to include admin. Otherwise how can they plan these types of experiences for their teachers? #edchat

@lisalearner: great intro to #edcamp and unconferences article for those who want a little background http://bit.ly/bb0Eu2 #edchat

@malcolmbellamy: There’s no pay, it’s after school and everyone is enthusiastic…it sums it up #edchat

@shyj:  @Mrskmpeters Exactly! And in 21st c, there are so many ways that knowledge is available and learning never has to stop. #edchat

@michellek107: We have so many ppl in our own buildings that could share & are not experts, but have smthng worth sharing #edchat

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

If “Schools Kill Creativity,” what can we teachers do to help reverse or mitigate this apparent side effect?

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

davidwees: See this article for a description of an #edcamp. Why teacher run professional development? http://is.gd/hHUJtP #edcampvan #edchat

ChrisVacek:  New Post: Do You Want a SpEdCamp? http://bit.ly/hdgel3  Please Comment & RT! #edchat

cybraryman1:  RT @cybraryman1: Example of chart of sessions at recent #TMGA11 http://yfrog.com/h8bhakj

lisalearner:  @unhmba @KTVee many diff formats, but main point is it’s free and attendees do the presenting–see this article http://bit.ly/bb0Eu2

cybraryman1:  My EdCamp/TeachMeet page (with calendar of upcoming ones): http://bit.ly/dg1Jsk  #edchat eg: Feb 5 – TeachMeet East 2 (Norwich, UK)

lisalearner: This TeachMeet followed a speed-dating model to share ideas–great way to see variety of teaching models! http://bit.ly/548OEH

cybraryman1:  #tmeast #ntcamp2011 #TMNJ #edcampOmaha #edcampVancouver #edcampbham #edcampBoston #edcampPlano http://bit.ly/dg1Jsk

geraldaungst:  @KTVee Basically, yes. See here: http://bit.ly/gcztOw #edcamp #edchat

geraldaungst: A brand new wiki for sharing unconventional PD ideas like today’s #edchat topic: http://unpd.pbworks.com. Join and contribute! #unpd

cybraryman1: Try a Smackdown (http://bit.ly/dWTawr) at a faculty conference to get them in the mood for edcamp/TeachMeet #edchat

ToddAHoffman: How mentoring is helping one district retain science teachers http://sbne.ws/r/6EhZ  #edtech #edchat

andycinek: i’m in contact with edu departments & preservice programs to bring in new teachers for #ntcamp http://bit.ly/c2Pr95  #edchat

EdCampOmaha:  Great #EdCamp conversation during #edchat today. Speaking of which, sign up to join us March 26th! http://t.co/VjWMasB

web20education: New #edtech20 post #ntchat #edchat #lrnchat , Worldwide educators you are invited to join my… http://goo.gl/fb/okYw2

trbaker: Five Great TED Talks for Educators http://ow.ly/3OcEA  #edchat #education #geo #scichat #edchat

L_Hilt: Yeah. Here it is. Then @phsprincipal & I got busy w/ unexpected new jobs & such over summer. http://j.mp/gLsd1s  #edchat #leadcamp

stevejmoore:  Witchita, KS. I’d go. http://bit.ly/hdgel3  #edcamp #edchat

WackJacq:  WOW- via @theschlechtycenter: http://bit.ly/3CreF  Watch the video. Working on the WORK is about creating work kids want to do. #edchat

stumpteacher:  @shyj @blairteach Kids learn more when you give up control…http://bit.ly/fJRxcu

WackJacq:  @surreallyno @ShellTerrell: Working on the Work http://amzn.to/fbcfo4 -His seminal book. He has many other now. Worth a read. #edchat

andycinek: NEW RULES: #ntcamp 2011: Find three new voices in your building and bring them to #ntcamp or an #edcamp #edchat http://bit.ly/c2Pr95

cybraryman1:  Hope to see y’all at #edcampbham See my Calendar: http://bit.ly/atUkDb #edchat

2footgiraffe: #edchat speaking of Teachmeets and educons – here is the participant form for TeachMeet TN/Memphis/Nashville http://bit.ly/eJ4Fk4

andycinek:  Good #edchat must be on my way, but please introduce a new voice to #ntcamp Burlington or Philly this year http://bit.ly/c2Pr95

davidwees:  Thanks all. Participate in your local #edcamp! See this page for details & some dates. http://is.gd/LpKV6G#edchat #unconference

I am a currently teaching Humanities and Latin to American high school students. Lately I have been blogging about my ideas on education, and my experiences acting on those ideas in the classroom. Current topics I am interested in are: classroom2.0, using free technology in the classroom to make learning more personalized and authentic. At the moment I am focusing on Schlechty, PBL, and the vodcasting and mastery learning approach begun by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams in Colorado.

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December 4, 2010

Professional Development for Parents

#Edchat 11-23–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

I was really sorry that I missed this #edchat session as parental involvement in schools is a real passion for me. Having 4 daughters, I have seen great changes in attitudes to parents in school (my eldest is 30 my youngest 11) and mostly for the worse, sadly. Here in the UK some attitudes towards parents in schools are quite frankly bonkers! Parents are, in my opinion a great and often untapped resource – their knowledge and talent should be exploited by schools not feared.

Who better to put together our summary this week than Ainslie Hunter (@ainsliehunter) on behalf of Parentella! This is a really challenging area for teachers and schools and I think this comes across in the summary – some great comments and amazing links. It gives us all food for thought – are we exploiting this relationship as much as we might? Thank you Ainslie!

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 
Parent Engagement is important and necessary:  All involved in the #edchat agreed were extremely passionate about getting more parents involved in schools.  

Difficulties with creating Parent Engagement:  Some difficulties were raised as well as strategies for improvement.  The chat involved a debate as to whether the school should supply suggested PD topics to parents or whether parents should be asked their opinion.  Suggested ways for ascertaining the ideas of parents included polls and surveys.  Other concerns raised were related to how to get parents to turn up to such events, and specifically the right parents.

Specific Professional Development Ideas:  There was a broad selection of PD topics discussed in the #echat.  Examples included

  • Technology – the pitfalls, uses, digital citizenship, online safety, changing ‘tech bans’ at school
  • Day to day teaching – homework, assessment, examples of class work and units
  • School – school vision
  • Student – ways to improve personal responsibility and develop independence, time management, child development, 21st century learning
  • How parents can help at home – homework, reading, assessment
  • Pathways after school – College, Alternatives to College

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.

@MissShuganah – The problem I see is that parents are often afraid of teachers. They could be allies if they knew what teachers/schools needed

@davidwees – The first thing I would do is ask parents what they would like for PD. If we want choice, I’m betting they want choice
@ericjuli – Shifting perceptions of what school is/is not. A parent and childs school experience doesnt need to be synonymous 
@tomwhitby – @davidwees: There is always the point to be made that they don’t know what they don’t know, so how can they direct what they need?
@davidwees –  @tomwhitby Sure, but same argument holds for our students. You can say “here are a bunch of things we think you might like
@ShellTerrell – The problem with PD for parents is the same as the parents’ evening issue – the ones that should be there don’t turn up.

@ericjuli – Parent and Educator goals for children are not always aligned. Need to work on finding common ground on goals of education #edchat

@stumpteacher: i think parents just need help getting connected with their kid, school, and the world they live in

@laura_horan – Let’s help parents understand how expectations are different today. Get rid of the rear-view mirror of their education

@VanessaSCassie – I think the first step to PD with parents is maintaining consistent communication (more than twice a yr at parent-teacher interviews #edchat

@hadleyjf: – We need to help parents feel included, not excluded, by the tools we teach their children.

@CTuckerEnglish – How can we keep lines of communication open w/out placing unrealistic expectations on teachers?

@HOPEinSchools: – Partnerships must be based upon common interest and an understanding there is a common goal: student success. #edchat

@Olafelch – The biggest enemy in this whole debate is the blame game

@gellesastar – As a start how about offering voluntary, low key sessions for those who are interested. I think it may mushroom.

@teachingwthsoul: – We need to also seek out our parents who have the skills to provide the PD. This gets overlooked a lot. Los of gr8 resources!

@ricjuli – Do we ask parents what they want from us or do we try to fit p’s into our pre-conceived ideas of what they ought to do for us?

@EduTechSmith – it is hard to remember at times that both teachers and parents have the same goal-to raise an honest, independent, motivated kid #edchat

@EduTechSmith: – How do we convince students to reach out to their parents for involvement?

@GaryBrannigan: Even if parents can’t contribute to the school in big ways, their presence in school communicates volumes to kids #edchat

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

How can we keep lines of communication open w/out placing unrealistic expectations on teachers?

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

briankotts:  Exams culture ‘fuelling teenage mental health problems’ http://bit.ly/eG7zQY /via @Telegraph #edchat #ukedchat #eduswe

briankotts:   Why We Should Get Rid Of Homework Part 1-3 http://bit.ly/b3A0Mi #edchat

cybraryman1:  My College Information page: http://bit.ly/5cpEXz #edchat

#edtech20 -free eSafety project in the clouds for teachers worldwide finalist in eLearning Awards 2010 http://t.co/7b8vkmP  join free #edchat

Please Don’t Tell Me That http://is.gd/hsexG  One thing I mention is a need for shared language.

MeganLearner:  @cybraryman1 I agree! And also to coordinate how much time kids are spnding w tech-home and school http://nyti.ms/eEIRwh #edchat

cybraryman1:  For parents/teachers My Cyber Safety/Awareness/Citizenship page: http://bit.ly/5fDZ4f  #edchat

@ShellTerrell We created a blog for staff, students and parentsto have a voice for our School Plan! http://bit.ly/eT2DKo  #edchat

davidwees:  Big problem here: How to let your child live their life instead of YOUR life. http://youtu.be/RmLzAkmastE  #edchat #helicopterparents

cybraryman1:  @jgmac1106 My Early Morning Library program was extremely successful http://bit.ly/aWQvtM #edchat

cybraryman1: We have to work more on Parent-Teacher Communication: http://bit.ly/cdBRK1  #edchat

kbakerIEE: We do PD-4-Parents in these areas http://excellenceandethics.com/programs/P2A_8_FocusAreas.pdf  #Edchat more@ excellenceandethics.com/blog

jonathanfields: Is Twitter The Ultimate Creation Killer? – http://ow.ly/3dBoT  #smchat #socialmedia #edchat

ChildWillRead:  Separating Boys and Girls…A Good Thing? What do YOU think? #edchat http://bit.ly/cfEQKa

cybraryman1:  @birklearns My Math Help page: http://bit.ly/60ahfW  #edchat

ShellTerrell:  Parentella is a free online social network for parents to get them engaged with teachers & the school http://bit.ly/2ZEl3V  #edchat

cybraryman1: My library was a noisy hub . http://bit.ly/aWQvtM

cybraryman1:  Parents as partners in education. My Parent Involvement sites: http://bit.ly/FpgFV

briankotts:  Spreading Homework Out So Even Parents Have Some http://nyti.ms/9sYS4j  /via @NYTimes #edchat

Google Voice – great for teachers http://goo.gl/fb/zD4jC  #edtech, #edchat

davidwees:  Another article I wrote for our parents: How do you turn yourself into a 21st century learner? http://wees.it/6q  #edchat

davidwees:  Article I wrote for our parent newsletter: How can we use social media as a tool? http://wees.it/er  #edchat

GaryBrannigan:  Solving Homework Problems: 9 Suggestions http://bit.ly/94VIVH  via @AddToAny #education #edchat #ptchat #spedchat

GaryBrannigan:  More Ways To Solve Homework Problems: 6 More Suggestions http://bit.ly/bvRarO  via @AddToAny #Edchat #ptchat #spedchat

MZimmer557:  Twitter Chat Schedule http://goo.gl/wqdCu  #edchat #edtech

davidwees: article I wrote for our parents: How do you turn yourself into a 21st century learner? http://wees.it/6q  #edchat #pwsd

JonathanEMartin:  Blogged: Gratitude as a virtue & a practice: remarks to students & grandparents: http://wp.me/poMQP-EQ  #cpchat #edchat

MarjieKnudsen:  For the good of the child? or the teacher? http://bit.ly/e3gMjw  v  @HackettKimberly #pto #kids #youth #edchat

This post was written by Ainslie Hunter, writer for Parentella, the free social networking site for parents and educators.

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November 29, 2010

How Do We Motivate Students to Collaborate with Peers Worldwide?

#Edchat 11-16–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Our guest summary this week has been written by Shelly Terrell (@shellterrell). She needs no introduction and we are thrilled that she has taken time to do this for #edchat. Please add your comments at the bottom of the blog and check out Shelly’s bio below!! Thanks Shelly this is really great!!

Collaboration isn’t assessed on standardized tests, yet this is one of the most important skills our students should learn. The world our students have inherited is plagued with the same problems we faced when we were in school. We have yet to find solutions to world hunger, international conflict, poverty, and environmental problems. I believe that the reason we have tackled these problems for years is because we aren’t taught how to collaborate with peers worldwide. If we did, imagine the worldwide teams that could collaborate successfully in solving these issues and more.  Schools have the responsibility to prepare students for their world, therefore, it is important that schools find ways to help students problem solve with their peers worldwide. Through the technology we have today, schools be able to have students participate in international projects. During this week’s Edchat we discussed the best places to find schools to connect with and we shared various projects we knew about. We also shared examples of schools that have gotten their students to collaborate with their peers worldwide.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • International collaboration begins with teachers connecting with other teachers worldwide
  • International collaboration should be supported in school curriculums
  • International collaboration helps students learn about other cultures
  • International communication is a part of making international collaboration successful

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.

baldy7: it’s time to stop learning about other cultures and time to start learning with other cultures.
cybraryman1: #edchat is a great example of global connection that leads to collaborative projects
olafelch: I think the whole process of collaboration is much easier when it starts with direct contact between 2 teachers.
rgriffithjr: Global collaboration is a necessity in workforce, schools should certainly train & introduce students to it
ColinTGraham: Student blogs, and more importantly the comments on them, seem to be a rapidly growing way of global collaboration
dmantz7: Benefit I see of international collaboration is access to primary resources about various cultures & lifestyles.
ShellTerrell: When students collaborate with schools worldwide it helps shed stereotypes & promotes an international dialogue
hadleyjf: Making a global connection adds energy to the day-to-day studies
Tina_Barr: Collaboration can help re-engage dropouts by seeing what makes other programs successful.
rkiker: If we are not making global education the norm, then what world are we preparing students for? “I don’t live there.”
davidwees: You cannot understand your own culture completely without understanding it’s relationships to other cultures.  
chrisemdin: For a truly global classroom, we must embrace the use of tech tools- #googledocs, #youtube, #skype #ustream
@lemino: Curiosity is the key to all learning. If international collaborations lights it – then that’s a cool means!

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:
How do we get current teacher training programs to include online professional development as part of the training?

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

cybraryman1: Langwitches Blog http://bit.ly/3HgcD is a great example of educator connecting globally #edchat

TeacherSabrina:  Great comment from Gary_Eisenberg: Waiting for Superman???? Don’t make me laugh! There’s no need http://huff.to/bvOcYi #edchat #edreform

eshwaranv:  A small collaborative blog between teachers: http://bit.ly/b8hkbz #edchat

cybraryman1:  My first global collaboration was participating in an Email Around the World project in 1999-2000http://bit.ly/adSn3u #edchat

ShellTerrell:  @tkraz Try these resources (esp Epals community or tweet it) http://bit.ly/9h0WTo #edchat

MissCheska:  @cybraryman1 Very true! #scido is a great example of this, http://bit.ly/9IMjwr — sci teachers collaborating and sharing ideas

olafelch:  This new Skype service looks like it could be really useful: http://bit.ly/djrKyz #edchat

iearnusa:  Our Huffpost call to connect all US schools w/partners abroad: http://huff.to/8XAoy9 #Edchat 100 orgs have signed on. #iew 

iearnusa:  We’ve been waiting 22 years for this #edchat topic! 😉 #iearn http://bit.ly/bKCUy5

DrSarahEaton:  Slides: Global Trends in Language Learning uploaded to http://www.slideshare.net/event/the-global-education-conference #globaled10 #edchat

MissCheska:  @tkraz IMHO Depends on what course it is. If for an English class, I would check Nings like English Companion http://bit.ly/cR4BV3 #edchat

JessieNYC:   Cyber Racism & The Future of Free Speech http://bit.ly/bRizcV #edchat#BlackEdu #UrbanGirls

weisburghm:  I’m curious how many teachers encourage students to use LiveMocha http://www.livemocha.com/

AuthorsonCall:  Exciting presentation on Global Ed by INK authors. Don’t miss it 4:00pm EST; Link for room:http://bit.ly/9xwX9R #edchat #education

cybraryman1:  My Email Around the World bulletin board was the most read board in my school http://yfrog.com/j3e4asj

nancyrubin:  Virtual Field Trips as Engaged Learning http://ow.ly/3aI1h #edchat

findingdulcinea:  The Global Coalition Project is a group of interconnected classrooms from around the world:http://bit.ly/adzbL7 #edchat #glolab

cybraryman1:  My Collaboration page: http://cybraryman.com/collaboration.html #edchat

lemino:  Remember the global project about pearl harbor? #edchat http://is.gd/he2f5 What’s stopping you from creating those?

findingdulcinea:  The holy grail of cross-cultural student discussions: http://chattheplanet.com/index.php?page=chat&cat=115 #edchat 

@cschools:   What to make an impact on kids’ lives? Teach an apprenticeship with @cschoolshttp://bit.ly/aT77AI #volunteer #edreform #edchat

ColinTGraham:  @Schoology The Design for Change contest is a great example of globalization of student powerhttp://www.designforchangecontest.com/ #edchat

reuw:  @ShellTerrell On becoming a Globally connected Teacher – See Langwiches blog –http://bit.ly/bBfLBd #edchat

iearnusa:  For youngest kids, global art collaboration is great way to start: http://bit.ly/c9BPdr #edchat #iearn(one of 100 examples we’ve…

jeffkessler:  Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities? Riches – NYTimes http://nyti.ms/aZQPD9 – Digital tools in liberal arts education

cybraryman1:  My Glogs page: http://bit.ly/cBhDiG #edchat

ShellTerrell:  Several resources & examples of students collaborating internationally & how to connect w othershttp://bit.ly/aWfRoS #edchat

education_com:  Survey by @NatGeoSociety: 37% of Americans can find Iraq on map. Make kids global citizens:http://bit.ly/9kNG6e #edchat

cmoor4 An example for your perusal: http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2009/11/heritage-school-of-kabala.html

buffyjhamilton:  Journeys: Of Innovation and Roadblocks: http://is.gd/he6bO #tlchat #edchat

findingdulcinea:  This 3rd grade class in Maine connected w/3rd grade classes in all 50 states last year.http://bit.ly/9oaG3Q #edchat #sschat

miken_bu:  this site calls for Canadians to be intolerant, can’t say I disagree! http://bit.ly/cQ9MUD #edchat

cybraryman1:  Gr8 example of international collaboration going on now: Global Ed Conference http://tinyurl.com/25be2rf 

g4husky:  My elementary classroom is globally connected, appreciating similarities, celebrating differences. http://bit.ly/cATeZM

cybraryman1:  My Skype page: http://bit.ly/aQNA10 #edchat

ShapingYouth:  @Parentella @cybraryman1 need 2read #edchat feeds; this Skype resource pg is fab!http://bit.ly/aQNA10 ? global @SkypeClassroom concept #edu

qui_oui:  Report claims solution to teacher ed is to turn training “upside down”–again. http://bit.ly/dtwUSo#HigherEd #EdChat #HistoryRepeats

TwitClass:  In 4hrs plz join @ShellTerrell in a Free Webinar: Global Projects http://bit.ly/aQOEup 

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is the author of the Teacher Reboot Camp blog  and The 30 Goals Challenge free e-book. She is one of the founders of #Edchat and moderates regularly. She is also the VP of Educator Outreach for Parentella and the Social Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has worked with students of all ages for over a decade and now teaches English in Germany. Find her on Twitter, @shellterrell

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November 17, 2010

Beyond A Blog – The purpose of blogs in education

#Edchat 11-9–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Thank you to Rob Griffith (@rgriffithjr) for this week’s summary. The edchat session on blogging was amazing – as you can see from the post and it was not easy to keep up! Rob has captured the energy in this summary. So many links were posted that there is no excuse for not including blogging in your work! Thank you Rob for providing us with a great summary. See Rob’s bio at the end of the post.

Main Points:

  • Blogging Engagement – Challenging others and ourselves to express views/ideas.

Blogs are a tremendous tool for getting students, teachers, and parents involved in educational discussion and inquiry.  They provide a simple straightforward platform that promotes involvement and higher level thinking.  Students that may be shy in the classroom often open up in the blogging environment

  • Blogging Enabling – Creating an opportunity to speak their voice

Blogs allow the author to speak their mind without fear of reprisal. For those who disagree with the opinion and position they can simply stop reading.  The author is granted ownership through the writing of a blog and generally is compelled to produce a post that demonstrates quality work and preparation.

  • Blogging Effectiveness – Comprehending the outcomes why/how to Blog  

Blogs have the ability to be utilized for multiple purposes.  From introductory thinking, to complicated research, a blog has both usefulness and purpose. Blogs can immerse the reader with ideas, interact with an audience, and inspire people to change.  Take a look at the comments from #edchat about Blogging in Education

Here is a selection of some of the comments:

@malcolmbellamy -I have seen excellent examples of increased confidence and reasons for writing using blogs #edchat

@bhsprincipal  -At the h.s. level, we need more student voice to move the agenda, student blogs are a great vehicle for this. #edchat

@karacornejo – Children need to write for real purposes in genres that are relevant to today’s world. #edchat

@andycinek -Saying no to student blogs is basically saying no to reflection, writing, and critical analysis #edchat

@k_shelton -Blogging provides students with an authentic audience (classmates) that can interact with their writings, unlike a paper journal #edchat

@Tina_Barr – It is the job of and educators to inform, not censor. #edchat

@schoolsEDU – Example: students can blog their learning process(es) and track progress. #edchat

@ericjuli – In blogless classrooms, there sometimes isn’t any purposeful structure for student-student relationships #edchat

@debwhite – Blogs are a way of communicating, reflecting, making thinking visible, showing change over time, documenting learning. This is ed.

@vlnenglish – blogs are a great reflective tool for students and teachers

@WorldWideLearn – Students are heard outside the classroom RT @davidwees What arguments can we produce to justify blogging? #edchat

@baldy7  – #edchat the single greatest transformative experience in my professional career was beginning to blog and reply to blogs

@drtimony   – Blogging is important b/c it is what people are doing now. It is a viable option for expression. Ts should see that. #edchat

@karacornejo   – Not only do I hv students comment on others blogs but I have their parents comment also, nvr would have happened w/ journal writing #edchat

@mathartist  – Blogging is reporting and on the highest level of digital Bloom’s. Reporting is accountability & ownership #edchat

@carneysandoe – #edchat Communication between parents and school is enhanced by this tool.

@davidwees  – Often schools build time into their schedules for collaboration, professional development, how about blogging? #edchat

@malcolmbellamy – the blog is not a one-way thing there is a real conversation with comments! #edchat

@rliberni  – A blog is a real way of engaging stds in something real and tangible #edchat

@yolinksearch – Blogging encourages students to stay up-to-date and critically analyze current events that are important to them #edchat

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

 As ever some great links were shared – so many this week!

HigherEdMorning:  A student’s stranded on a desert island … http://bit.ly/cyhQMN

nancyrubin:  Blogging and Bloom’s Taxonomy http://t.co/hJfcxXf  via @nancyrubin #edchat

FrankCatalano:  Crowdsourcing the 5th-grade classroom: results so far of Slate’s effort http://bit.ly/dxFX5Z

nancyrubin:  Tech Lessons – Blog Ideas http://t.co/ZAdZjx7  via @nancyrubin #edchat

cybraryman1: My collection of Administrators blogs: http://bit.ly/2jA0jN

bhsprincipal:  Social networking (blogging) Improves Literacy (via @gcouros) http://bit.ly/cxQiLB  #edchat
2043777699024896 edudemic 11/9/2010 12:04 PM TV vs. Social Media: Who Swears More? http://t.co/WiOPl8m #edchat

mrami2:  Check out how my student Shawn has embraced blogging in the classroom: http://bit.ly/93ArjM

nancyrubin:  eJournal Ideas for Teachers http://t.co/sCfcKw1  via @nancyrubin #edchat

maggiev: Top 20 Websites No Teacher Should Start the 2010-2011 Year Without http://bit.ly/9augy8 #edchat #edtech

DeputyMitchell:  Is commenting on blogs a dying art? Read @HGJohn’s view: http://bit.ly/9tN601  #edchat

aaronmueller:  Here are many examples of my own video blogs for online students http://bit.ly/8X8zb1

joe_bower: Silent Reading, Star Wars and Technology http://bit.ly/arCNH1  #abed #edchat

andycinek:  @elanaleoni it has happened in philly http://exm.nr/cz5RZh

bhsprincipal:  @socratech We have one. No policy for it http://on.fb.me/9gMpyE

mrami2:  My students share their views on Blogging in the Classroom: http://bit.ly/a9P1fQ

DreamBox_Learn: DreamBox Learning Blog: Tuesday Teacher Tip – Books That Teach Math. Share your favorite! http://bit.ly/d12vOI  #edchat #mathchat

bhsprincipal: “Social networking (blogging) Improves Literacy (via @gcouros) http://bit.ly/cxQiLB

ImagineLearning:  New Post: Helping your English learners take advantage of the Internet: How can you help your Engli… http://bit.ly/cEVNwd

manelrives: willrich45: Rereading: “The Object of Education is Learning, Not Teaching” http://bit.ly/WFOkv  Must read. #edreform #edchat

gcouros: PLS Follow and say hi! to new h.s. Principal blogger from MA is @etracywhs http://bit.ly/cRhRd9  #cpchat #edchat

Tina_Barr: Adobe Flash risk exposing students’ personal data: http://bit.ly/cxIktd  possible risk #edchat

aaronmueller: @ian23505 Here is our first beginnings of a professional facebook presence http://on.fb.me/c104d7

ShellTerrell:  Blogs help students explore their passions! Such as this kid blogger, http://bit.ly/cjJpUc  #edchat

andycinek: When schools say no to blogging they are controling the voice of a population #edchat #1984 http://bit.ly/biAGPB

ian23505:  @aaronmueller thanks for sharing. Here is mine: http://on.fb.me/9Ewjtn

 bhsprincipal:  @socratech I have a link from my blog http://bit.ly/9anyBP  which is linked from our website http://bit.ly/cNgktB

cybraryman1: My Educational Blogs page: http://bit.ly/8mcqcC  I can see a Class Blogs page coming (I have a few) #edchat

nancyrubin:  21st Century Literacies http://t.co/37Of4tV  via @nancyrubin #edchat

carneysandoe:  look at one teacher who’s using blogging as a creative way of showcasing pupils’ work: http://bit.ly/dtqJ65

Tina_Barr:  Good Q RT @JaneVanHof: Should kids learn typing skills or the art of cursive? http://bit.ly/baf0o5

nancyrubin:  Video – The 21st Century Learner http://t.co/CXcTYlT  via @nancyrubin

andycinek:  #ntcamp blogger series post by @kbakerIEE http://bit.ly/b75rVX  #edchat #ntchat

TLkirsten:  Creating a Bloggin Scope and Sequence by Kim Cofino http://bit.ly/aBnFRG

carneysandoe:  RT @rliberni: At what age should we start with blogs? -> Just shared this http://bit.ly/dtqJ65  they are 8. #edchat

TLkirsten: “Creating a Bloggin Scope and Sequence” by Kim Cofino http://bit.ly/aBnFRG

pearsonls:  3 helpful websites for finding interesting teaching techniques. http://ow.ly/36VUi  #edchat #onlinelearning ^SW

cmoor4:  we use R blog 4 all sorts of gr8 assignments, but mostly 2 create an audience & purpose 4 (cont…) http://trunc.it/cgpyk

nelbaquintana:  My 7 year old students have already started blogging! http://ini2-icab-lp.blogspot.com

fliegs:  @michellek107 Totally. Read this http://bit.ly/awh8fF

cybraryman1:  @vmc_teachers See left hand column on my Ed Blogs pg for (blog etiquette, blogs for students, blog rubric..): http://bit.ly/8mcqcC

blanchetblog:  Ithink they should be public, but make sure kids know not to post private info #edchat link to student blog: http://mvutru.blogspot.com/

michellek107:  Aviva’s (@Grade1) take on why tech makes a difference in kids’ writing. http://bit.ly/awh8fF

zecool:  For those of you who understand French, @gauviroo ‘s K-8 school has been actively blogging since 2005 http://cahm.elg.ca/ #edchat #Clair2011

ergosteve: 18 Technologies Changing #Onderwys Forever: Ignoreer dit by jou verantwoording http://bit.ly/dhDHZh  #passiondriven #edchat

rliberni:  My piece on blogging and English language skills http://bit.ly/9m02us  #edchat

budtheteacher:  Considering connective writing might be helpful. http://digitalis.nwp.org/collection/whats-new-or-whats-good-writing-connecti  #edchat

vmc_teachers:  @ShellTerrell @karacornejo What is the advantages of http://Kidblog.org over other platforms ? #edchat #EdRes

ktenkely:  Any of you #edchat peeps want to put in your 2cents for #twitacad, starting a new school would love input! http://bit.ly/cYXS7O

ShellTerrell: Connecting Through Blogs! Many resources http://bit.ly/9beD59  #edchat #blogging #edtech

vmc_teachers: @schoolsEDU Which blogs? I recently discovd http://www.posterous.com  – allows many contribs. WordPress also great. #edchat

leahmacvie:  With a campus-wide effort for blogging, now comes the need for guidelines/directions. See ours: : http://bit.ly/dm081b #edchat

TheHeadsOffice:  DeputyMitchell: Is commenting on blogs a dying art? Read @HGJohn’s view: http://bit.ly/9tN601 #edchat >Presenting on it #tmbristol Weds

TheNerdyTeacher:   @MrsBMG @Mrskmpeters @ShannonMiller’s #edcampkc Session on K-12 Blogging http://bit.ly/daQQ7o  – #edchat #blogging

amichetti:  Love this piece frm DMLcentral re: impt connection btwn #Community & #Writing in digital age http://j.mp/aZ2kS8  cc  @intrepidteacher #edchat

CarneySandoe: 33 Ways to use blogs in your classroom and in the educational setting: http://bit.ly/aYwWdQ

RobertBorgersen:  Blogging with immediate feedback: Google Wave and Google Docs: http://bit.ly/9hgrkg  and http://bit.ly/cy6wVK #edchat #education

tomwhitby:  BTW you are all invited to my Blog “My Island View” . Your comments are most welcomed. http://bit.ly/86CKmb  #Edchat

ianaddison:  I wonder if our US friends would like to look too? Pick a class on the right and leave a comment http://www.stjohnsblogs.co.uk  #edchat

YancyUnger:  #edchat Blogging can be about autonomy, mastery, and purpose. That is the motivation. http://bit.ly/aFiTdn


@rgriffithjr – I am an educator from Western New York.  I love using technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of my classroom instruction.  

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November 9, 2010

Blending of face to face learning with online learning

#Edchat 11-2–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Thank you to Scott Akerson @mra47 for this week’s summary. Blended learning is a popular topic on #edchat. A great edchatter and dedicated educator, Scott had managed to get to the heart of the topic and produced a wonderful summary for us.  See Scott’s bio at the end of the post. Thank you Scott!

With all the technology advancements that have come about in the last 2, 5, 10 years, how can education use start to blend face to face and online learning?  The business world incorporates video conferencing why shouldn’t schools?  Not 100% of the school day online, (not yet), but why not a mix?  Mixing online and face to face classes can have both benefits and drawbacks.  Students can participate in classes at times and in ways they normally couldn’t.  (i.e sickness, lack of course offering)  Many barriers will come about in the debate.  It will scare teachers initially. Lesson plans will need to change, there will be some surrender of control of the classroom.  Are schools and parents ready for teachers not to be source of information, but merely the coach and mentor for the students as they find the information?  Is there enough professional development to make all invested parties comfortable with this model?  What about access to the internet?  the #edchat this week discusses these and other issues in an awesome session.
  Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 
  • Blended learning can expand the course offerings of smaller schools.
  • Blended learning can help with some “away from school” issues like absenteeism, snow days, etc.
  • Blended learning will force change in teaching methodology
  • Does blended learning have to mean “at home”?  Why not offer more options at schools?
  • What about access to the internet?
 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.

@madzia13 The movement towards 21st-century learning in education is actually inevitable, it is just the way society and businesses are moving. #edchat

 @davidwees The biggest issue I’ve seen with it so far is that the gov’t is using it as a way of removing class size limits. #edchat

 @shellterrell Blended options ensure that learning takes place beyond the classroom walls #Edchat

 @RGriffithJR If we are trying to develop students who are always learning, blending becomes even more important #edchat

@ tomwhitby Online teaching may be lessexpnsive form of education

 @ srdouggreeen Students who “fail” can keep going online until they make the grade. #edchat

@cybraryman Learning should take place not only in the classroom but on a global level. We have the tools so we should employ them #edchat

 @ericjuli Successful blended learning requires a shift away from content as learning goal towards content as vehicle for learning skills. #edchat

 @21stprincipal How can a school leader advocate global learning while insisting on traditional classrooms and learning? #edchat

 @ericjuli Am all for blended model-but lots of clarity around purpose, outcomes, resources, feedback etc to be established #edchat

 @gellesastar Blended learning is not about online learning per se. It’s about using technology to facilitate the blended learning. #edchat

 @rgallwitz More clicks less bricks! #edchat

 @azjd RT @tomwhitby: Not requiring students 2 B in school everyday from 7ish 2 3ish will nevr B accepted by R schedule-dependent culture. #Edchat

@tomwhitby worksheets online are still worksheets

 @RGriffithJR The biggest attitude that needs to be changed is the attitude of disillusionment! No model will B a perfect fit for all,all the time #edchat

 @21stprincipal: School leaders also need to learn how to use online learning tools. #edchat – agree! get them into the environment!

 @weisburghm as we move more online, doesn’t the teacher become more of a coach, mentor, and facilitator than sage? #edchat

 @cbell619: Most adults are bad at collaborating online; we need to explicitly develop this skill & can/should do this online w/kids #edchat

 @ShellTerrell If every school had a team to solve access issue in their school then access wouldn’t be a problem #edchat

 RT @comPOSITIONblog: @rgallwitz @web20classroom #edchat Money. If students are poverty-stricken, chances are food is more important than internet literacy

 @bruno_cesar82: With blended teaching there are more roles in a class than just teacher – student #edchat

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

 How can educators get parents on board with the shift in methodology of teaching?   
To follow the complete discussion see here 
For the stats on #edchat participation see here 
As ever, there were some great links shared:

davencvps67 :  blended learning continues to emerge in the K-20 space and needs to be embraced http://bit.ly/cIzFA7

amichetti:  I doubt many educators read published research from US Dept of Ed, but this report on online learning is worth it http://j.mp/cMrmjD

rgallwitz:  YouTube – Learning Without Limits – A TRECA Academy ( http://bit.ly/cA96LT ) Blended School

BarbaraOBrien:  Students Still Reluctant to Try E-Textbooks #edchat #lrnchat @Chronicle of Higher Education http://t.co/YcYKUsz

amichetti:  Also worth reading: http://j.mp/aU7384  #edchat #research #blendedlearning

amichetti:  Meta-Analysis: Is Blended Learning Most Effective? — THE Journal http://bit.ly/beZMmE  #edchat #article #blendedlearning #research

leahmacvie:  @teacherdebra: We are trying this here at my school. http://bit.ly/bb6Nkl

cybraryman1:  My Blended Learning page: http://bit.ly/altQDl  #edchat

davencvps67:   blended learning continues to emerge in the K-20 space http://bit.ly/cIzFA7

aenclade:   @tomwhitby read this in the latimes: Getting an education in learning over the Internet http://tinyurl.com/35oduag

vmc_teachers:  They are great ways also to expend the curriculum, using free online courses, such as @MIT ‘s Open Courseware http://bit.ly/aK7SFQ

vmc_teachers:  And so many fantastic online resources are offered by and for the #homeschooling community http://bit.ly/dxfXuV

teacherdebra: There was an article yesterday about a schl in Ohio that is trying it out–no more snow days. #edchat http://bit.ly/biXE1x

msstewart:  Dropping in quickly- I’m teaching a blended learning US #history class http://bit.ly/bD6VEf

smitha834:  Flip-thinking is one shift I’m making to move toward blended learning. http://ow.ly/33fu8

edinaenglish:  My blog about becoming a blended teacher. Last year, I taught three sections. Now I’m full-time blended. http://bit.ly/dtmD8L

rgallwitz:  YouTube – Networked Student ( http://bit.ly/czlF4e ) Example of what I’m looking for!

vmc_teachers:  Do you know the @global_nomads ? Great way to meet students from around the world using video-conferencing http://bit.ly/bNjig7

datruss:  nlearning: See http://bit.ly/91ZUMi  #BLC10 keynotes by Mitch Resnick, Michael Wesch and Rahaf Harfoush

neilstephenson:  Exemplars of Google Docs in the classroom: for editing/research/collaboration http://bit.ly/cEtZZd

thecleversheep:  Today’s podcast: If you have a PLN, you’re ‘Wired for Scenius Behaviour’. http://thecleversheep.libsyn.com

davidwees:  @anotherschwab @cbell619 @comPOSITIONblog Way off topic, but here a pioneer at UBC in the unlecture : http://is.gd/gCHF5

jonbergmann:  @vmc_teachers the “flipped” clsrm is a gr8 entry point for new blended learning tchrs #edchat http://learning4mastery.com/news.html

rpetersmauri:  15 Best Blogging Practices http://bit.ly/bDTx4D

Scott Akerson has taught MS social studies and other various subjects for 11 years.  All this technology explosion has reenergized him to a new level of love for teaching.  He tweets at @mra47.  He loves to brag on his students’ work at
www.aslsmra.blogspot.com.  You can read some of his thoughts at

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October 27, 2010

What are the myths of education that are clouding the focus?

#Edchat 10-19-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

We are very grateful to have this wonderful guest summary from Larry Fliegelman (@fliegs) for what was one of the most exciting edchats we have experienced! Larry is a regular at #edchat and always provides great insight as well as lots of very useful links. I think you will all agree that he has done a fantastic job capturing the mood of the edchat discussion as well as its content. See Larry’s bio at the end of the post.

  With so much attention in the national media on education issues, it has become increasingly clear that many myths swirl about in the public conscience. If one believes these myths, then one believes that, except for those few great teachers somewhere, teachers know nothing, teachers can do nothing, teachers care nothing for children, and teachers will be motivated by nothing but merit pay. The EdChat community has, for the last several weeks, been talking about how we can counter the popular “conventional wisdom” about teachers in reaction to Waiting for SupermanOprah Winfrey, and NBC’s Education Nation. At some point, we realized that to stop the swirl, we needed to know the myths first.

We devoted a noon edchat session to listing and debating the myths that we’ve heard about.

 Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • There are SO many myths out there about education.
  • For a complete list of the myths mentioned during the chat, see the transcript (link below) or this page that lists only the myth.
  • Some ideas came up repeatedly
    • Homework is good/bad
    • Myth: Anyone can teach
    • Myth: Students are tech literate already
    • Myth: Teachers don’t need to teach tech
    • Merit pay is bad
    • Myth: Teachers don’t work hard
    • Myth: More money will solve the problems
    • Myth: standardized testing = learning

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.

rkiker @rliberni To move myths aside, one option is to involve community – invite them to see our efforts and dedication #edchat

Lauren_Learning I think we have myths like these because they are more convenient than the truth. #edchat

Mamacita Myth: Barbie was right; math is too hard. Some students don’t need ANY math b/c it makes them work too unfairly hard. #edchat

tomwhitby MYTH: Our teachers are all Media literate and are preparing our kids with the latest tech they need for the 21st Century. #Edchat

CrudBasher Seems to me that many of these myths aren’t 100% true or false. Like kids, there are variations. #edchat

L_Hilt Myth: Peer collaboration is scary because my colleagues will be judging me and stealing my ideas! #edchat

domi75P Myths are a way to present one side only of what really happens

fliegs @rliberni I mean letters to newspaper editors (the print kind). Also we need to write to our congressfolks. Invite them to school. #edchat

domi75P We can change the myths by showing that school has changed

fliegs @rliberni Begin at school by engaging in conversation with the teacher next door. Change the conversation in the staff lounge. #edchat

Akevy613 MYTH: Teachers don’t need D.I. when it comes2 their readiness 4 a new skill or 4 P. D. – A one size fits all model is ok 4 teachers #edchat

MikeGwaltney Myth: Teaching Creativity / Alternative Assessments in core academic courses dumbs down education, and should be reserved for arts. #edchat

azjd Myth Busting: we need to keep pushing true educational leaders / ideas to the forefront of the reform discussion. #edchat

DrSmartEd @domi75P Remember, loudest voices against us are the “Experts” who went to sch &”know.” Showing that it has changed is not enough. #edchat

thenewtag Have to truly understand the root cause/ perspective of believers in order to change “mythical” thinking re” ed or anything else #edchat

elanaleoni @ToddAHoffman Good question. We need to infuse teacher’s voices as much as possible when media covers education 2 change the opinion #edchat

MikeGwaltney Myth held by Ed Reformers in D.C. (can they really believe this?!?!): Life is just like a multiple choice test. #edchat

DanielAyres BUT MANY Teachers BELIEVE THEY are solely responsible for the success of the students = truth? #edchat @MeganLearner 😉

thenewtag     Myth: Pro-teacher accountability is the same as anti-teacher. Studies show MANY tchers support more accountable eval./ hr policies #edchat

ShellTerrell What if we all tried to get our best practices in news like @NMHS_Principal @bhsprincipal @SNewco #vanmeter have managed to do? #Edchat

ToddAHoffman #Myth- Feds determine direction of ed- Fact- Probably less than 5% of your school budget comes from Feds #edchat

Lauren_Learning Love this idea! Highlight what’s working rather than what’s not working 2 create a momentum 2 replicate best practices (@elanaleoni) #edchat

TeachPaperless If preconceptions were people, they’d surely be the critics who didn’t read the book. #edchat

GaryBrannigan Teachers need to become more active in the community and the community needs to become more active in children’s education #edchat

fliegs What are YOU going to do about these myths? #edchat

ShellTerrell Do we need a Myth Busters for Education show? #Edchat

azjd Myth Busting: Education is messy. Reform won’t fit into a neat box – one size doesn’t fit all. #edchat

davidwees Join the “Tell Our Story” project if you want to see some of these myths about education dispelled. http://is.gd/fZ7Ka #edchat

rkiker @ShellTerrell I wish society believed that teachers work incredibly hard – and that it is on of the most difficult professions. #Edchat

davidwees The best public education systems are in countries which have done a much better job of addressing poverty than has the US. #edchat

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

How can we implement what we believe to be real education transformation?


To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

tomwhitby: Don’t Forget Diane Ravitch LIVE Today at 4 PM EDT. Presentation & Discussion. http://bit.ly/duX97e Join Us!

cybraryman1: All these myths are the reason why we need Twitter Academy to show how Ed should be http://cybraryman.com/twitacad.html  #twitacad #edchat

fliegs:  Here is a place to start cataloging myths, facts, and alternatives http://bit.ly/dgjrBC

shamblesguru:  If it is a myth then won’t it be listed at http://snopes.com  all the others are 😉 #edchat #edtech

ShellTerrell:  http://bit.ly/9eSxbo  3 column site for myth, fact, alternative #edchat

cybraryman1: @Mamacita Show the nonbelievers my Poetry page: http://cybraryman.com/poetry.html

mreduhowto: top ten youtube channels for education http://t.co/5dUtiac  via @drezac #edtech #edchat

iearnusa: Myth: “Give them a laptop & pupils will teach themselves” @OLPC [The Guardian] http://j.mp/9qDBXR  @ShellTerrell #edchat

ASCD: No. 1 read for today comes from @DianeRavitch http://bit.ly/cOVgHK  #educationnation #edchat

Qwizdom: Bowie High School demonstrates revolutionized instruction! http://bit.ly/aSVXpM  #edchat #edtech

davidwees:  Fun project. Design the computers of the future. http://is.gd/g8lYz  #edchat #edchat

jonbergmann:  @billgx Individualized lrning via the flipped/mastery clssrm http://bit.ly/3PAZ1K  http://bit.ly/bAX4dN  #edchat

Fliegs: Take a minute to add info to the myth, fact, alt list http://bit.ly/dgjrBC  #edchat

rliberni: Myths in edu a definition http://www.teachersmind.com/myths1.htm

carneysandoe:  Myths about teaching: http://www.teachersmind.com/teaching.htm

ShellTerrell:  Many great myths listed here! Please add them to this Google doc created by @twoodwar http://bit.ly/d1qlGO

jonbergmann:  The best summary of what we are doing to differentiate for all is found at http://bit.ly/aAP9UL

DUMACORNELLUCIA: Internet myths #edtech20 #edchat #etchat #elearning #lrnchat #liveclass20 http://slidesha.re/cQzb2f

MZimmer557:  Here are my 8 misconceptions (myths) about tech integration. Great conversation going. http://j.mp/cfT79S

goashland:  Would like this story framed on the positive! Celebrate innovation in education & creating schools that work… http://ow.ly/19woD8

ShellTerrell: Many great myths listed here! Please add them to this Google doc created by @twoodwar http://bit.ly/d1qlGO

davidwees: Join the “Tell Our Story” project if you want to see some of these myths about education dispelled. http://is.gd/fZ7Ka

publicagenda: How A Whisper Became A Roar: teachers talking about reform http://bit.ly/cvnydl Supporting Teacher Talent http://bit.ly/8M1S5U

web20education : Teachers guide in the classroom #microsoft #edtech20 #edchat #lrnchat #educhat #safedchat… http://fb.me/A7DMxUC3

MarjieKnudsen: Teaching solution-focused skills to #kids http://ow.ly/2VG6R  @CoertVisser #edchat #parenting

olafelch: Charles Murray on Education Myths http://youtu.be/n8GN8g0Si7Q

CrudBasher: @ShellTerrell My blog post today is about how everything is up for changing: http://bit.ly/9LieRI

ShellTerrell:  @TeachPaperless Seems like something your students could produce 😉 I think you have a studio #edchat RE http://bit.ly/9GnZp4

4thGrdTeach:  Are you the reform? I am the reform http://ow.ly/2VWrV

cybraryman1:  No myth I’m in between flights. Thanks for great chat My Myths http://cybraryman.com/myths.HTML

carneysandoe:  @fliegs School Pride on Hulu http://www.hulu.com/watch/186012/school-pride-soaring-eagles

edteck: Myth: Test prep works. My post at http://bit.ly/a2mvhH

lemino: Here’s someone who’s trying to break some myths: Greg Whitby http://youtu.be/OpIYsmRkZew #edchat talking about “a new DNA for education”

Larry Fliegelman has been an elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, and middle school social studies teacher for the last 14 years. Larry tweets at @fliegs and blogs for the Connected Principals and his Principal’s Point of View. Other ways to find Larry online are: 

Shelfari, Flieg’s Views, Diigo, email

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October 20, 2010

How can Educators regain the initiative in the talks on Education Reform

#Edchat 10-12-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST


This was a lively edchat and an equally lively summary has been written for us by  Tony Baldasaro (@baldy7). Tony is  regular edchatter and has an impressive bio (see this at the end of the post). He is a great advocate for tech and practises exactly what he preaches in his personal and professional life! Thank you Tony for a great summary.

There has been a lot of discussion lately about education reform.  Fueled by the debut of Waiting for Superman, the $100,000,000 donation by Mark Zuckerberg to Newark Public Schools on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s much ballyhooed Education Nation, and most recently the Superintendents’ Manifesto along with the rebuttals like the ones offered here and here.  With the exception of Brian Crosby, who wrote this piece in rebuttal to Education Nation in the Huffington Post, what has been missed is the authentic voice of the classroom teacher.  As Brian noted, “Teachers and other actual educators were almost completely absent from nearly every “In-depth” discussion — as were parents and students.”  Thus, on Tuesday October 12th at noon, a group of educators from all around the world met virtually in Twitter.  Using the hashtag #edchat, teachers, administrators, parents, and perhaps even a policy maker or two, all of whom share a passion for education reform and thirst for continual learning, shared their perspectives on how teacher can regain the initiative in the talks about education reform.  

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • Practicing educators need to provide more voice to the bigger conversations about education reform.
  • Educator fight the perspective that all adults attended school, thus they “know” how school should be.  However, educators have done little to be proactive in re-educating their respective communities.
  • While teacher unions themselves were not directly criticized, there was consensus that any teacher-led movement should be independent of any professional organization – it should be more grassroots in nature.
  • There was a lot of discussion about the role of media in any grassroots effort, although is often discussed that web2.0 tools could allow teachers voices to be heard without an organized media group involved.
  • Concerns rose of the history to educators to not maintain a consistent voice, while other suggested that a diversity of voices was need to provided multiple dimensions to the issues.
  • Great educators and schools are there to be modeled from.
  • Communities need to be accountable, not only teachers.
  • As per usual, there was much discussion about the role to test scores in the reform process.
  • There is a political process to reform, but true reformers have the courage to step beyond the politics and lead based on principles.
  • Educators need to involve community members and make sure they understand they are stakeholders to the process.

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.

CoachB0066:  Focus on the students, their needs and the world they will enter. And be comfortable w being uncomfortable! Well worth the risk #edchat

 Fliegs:  @Pen63 Unified would be nice, but whatever they say, teachers need to be a driving voice nationally and locally. #edchat

 Ms_Shhh_mala:  I believe public profiles of teaching professionalism, thoughtful commentary on EdReform from T’s are key #edchat

 ShellTerrell:  It seems that more & more public relations is a part of the job description of being an educator #Edchat

 baldy7:  #edchat accountability must be embraced by admin, school boards, and communities too

Pen63:  RT @slaggyc: Its going to take alot of strength. This a battle weve not had to fight before. TRUE – thus the difficulty #edchat

baldy7:  #edchat the problem with inviting community in our classrooms is that they don’t look any different than they did when they were in school.

 ShellTerrell:   #Edchat @rgriffithjr I think solutions most likely coming fr grassroots movmts w teachers taking lead as transformers of the current system

 tomwhitby:  The more we educate people about education the less the sound bites and polls from non educators wil have an impact. #Edchat

baldy7:  #edchat What if we stopped educating the community and started educating WITH the community? Would that challenge our system too much?

 Tina_Barr:  RT @GaryBrannigan: RT @tkraz: Policy makers know what parents want to hear, teachers know what they need to hear. #edchat

 ShellTerrell:  RT @baldy7: #edchat if we can’t get educators to use connective technologies, how do we get them to be transparent

 Nunavut_Teacher:   RT @Pen63: @drdouggreen I only want to be lumped in with those that have the sam e ideas as me, not just the same union dues as me.

 @jgmac1106:   #edchat You don’t take a temperature with a stethascope (sp?) can’t measure learning with standardized test

 Fliegs:   @ShellTerrell Teachers should be using all kinds of media. There are so many of us from several generations and every part of US #Edchat

Teachingwthsoul:  Very cool idea! Imagine the power…RT @baldy7: #edchat we need a million teachers telling a million stories

Lemino:  RT @malcolmbellamy: I think that we need to consider that the media is changing… social media can play a key part in delivering a message #edchat

tomwhitby:  Everyone who has gone to school has an opinion on EDU Reform.We need to examine the foundation of those opinions and dispel the Myths.#Edchat

 JasonFlom:   RT @davidwees: So who’s willing to tell their story? What if each of us contributed a 1 minute positive story of education to our library? #edchat

 Carter_Learning:   embracing technology will enable organic reform; educators often resist it #edchat

 Tomwhitby:  I’m asking for blog posts of positive Edu Reform to be published on Oct 17 with Links on a wallwisher wall. http://bit.ly/a3fH2c #Edchat

To follow the complete discussion see here 

 For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

ShellTerrell: #edchat @johart “Anyone who has been a student feels that they are more qualified to speak on (cont) http://tl.gd/6erv7l

malcolmbellamy:  we need to have more media attention on gr8 practitioners like Brian Crosby see http://malbell.wordpress.com/?s=brian+crosby  #edchat

smartinez:  Interview with @smartinez (me!) tonight on LearnCentral w/ @stevehargadon 8PM/5PM EDT/PDT http://bit.ly/draI5t  #edchat #edtech

for #edchat discussion – share your successes with policymakers at local, state and federal levels. http://bit.ly/M0bLT  ETAN  for ed tech

carolynstarkey:  Education Week: Number of Ed. Civil Rights Complaints on the Rise http://t.co/phmUf2K  via @educationweek #edchat #highered

SloanConsortium: Habitats for Academic Freedom – http://bit.ly/d2w0ec #highered #edchat

davidwees:  We could create our own documentary on the positive change education can make. http://is.gd/fYRcc

edReformer: The Incentivized Principal http://bit.ly/9Beiw 

jonbergmann:  More info on how we are changing ed http://bit.ly/akGOEW  http://bit.ly/bAX4dN http://bit.ly/bE6TCC  http://bit.ly/99NdZh

heoj:  btw here’s a lesson plan in which students make documentaries about their own schools http://nyti.ms/dnC7gR

Tina_Barr: @teachingwthsoul Oprah and Facebook CEO have been advocates. http://bit.ly/dt3lDT

davidwees:  @EMGonline High school dropouts are much more expensive. http://is.gd/fYRXW

veletsianos:  #edchat re: teacher videos: would LOVE to include your video stories in a project we are doing launching this weekend: http://bit.ly/cMJbbm

tomwhitby: I’m asking 4 blog posts of positive Edu Reform 2 be published on Oct 17 w/ Links on a wallwisher http://bit.ly/a3fH2c

AdobeEdu:  @Adobe booth presentation schedule for #EDUCAUSE10 can be found here http://bit.ly/dgV3Yl #edchat #edtech #adobe

ShellTerrell:  Stay tuned! We will be posting soon how to involve yourself in Youtube proj here http://bit.ly/cM28Mm  #edchat We need ur help!

lemino:  Here’s a video on #edreform created using google docs http://youtu.be/dGCJ46vyR9o

tomwhitby:  Pls take the time. This video is one step in Edu Reform. Dean Shareski>”Sharing: The Moral Imperative” http://bit.ly/ba6YRN

ToddAHoffman:  More schools are using video games to get students moving #edtech #edchat http://sbne.ws/r/5QS7

ShellTerrell: Wow! RT @NZWaikato: Students available to Tutor other students via Skype in Maori Language/Culture http://bit.ly/czrDCW

ShellTerrell: Fantastic ! #Edchat RT @veletsianos: we have a similar project looking @ teacher roles & memorable teachers: beta site http://bit.ly/9XQ36x

christal_t:  Bill Gates is funding novel Ed Tech ideas & online courses via @berniedodge http://tinyurl.com/36a6ckg #edtech #edchat #elearning #mlearning

veletsianos:  Teacher Ed reform recommendations from UT: http://bit.ly/alb9Cu  #edchat #edtech #edreform

ShellTerrell: Goes nicely with the today’s topic! A Culture of Blame? http://bit.ly/deBfQx  via @JoHart #edchat #edreform

Hello, my name is Tony Baldasaro. I am the Chief Human Resource Officer and Personalized Pathways Administrator at The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. In addition to supervising the school’s rapidly growing faculty (The school opened with 40 teachers in January 2008. We now have approximately 125), I partner with local school to help students meet competencies (NH is moving away from the traditional Carnegie Unit) and develop Experiential Learning Opportunities which allow students to earn high school credit through a blend of experiential and online learning. VLACS has very quickly become a disrupting force in New Hampshire public education as our enrollment has exploded from 450 in January of ’08 to an estimated 9,000 at this time. This has not only triggered many debates at the state level relative to funding, but also pushed conversations in the education community toward a more flexible approach to educating New Hampshire students. It is an incredible feeling knowing that you are part of a team of educators changing the way students are educated. Intoxicating really.

In addition, I have worked hard to expand my professional learning network.  I tweet regularly, bookmark on delicious and diigo, contribute to my photostream in Flickr, write in my blog, and continue to develop a presence on Linked In. Finally, like many other people, I have developed a particular addiction to Facebook- although I don’t understand why people who would give me the time of day twenty years ago in high school suddenly think we are now friends!

In my personal life, I spend a lot of time with my wife (Kelli) and three kids (Ben, Beth and Emma). We live in Stratham, NH which is ten minutes from the New Hampshire seacoast, and an hour from the lakes and mountains to the north or Boston to to the south. If I am not at work, I am usually at a hockey rink, a horse barn, a soccer field, a football field, a basketball court, a baseball/softball diamond, or cross country meet cheering on my kids in some sort of sporting event. Like many kids, my kids like to be active and be with friends and Kelli and I feel really lucky to have three healthy children who enjoy doing the things that kids enjoy doing. When we have time, we enjoy going to Lake Winnipesaukee and the beach (I much prefer the lake over the beach), going geocaching, cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots both on TV and in person, and taking short, family-friendly hikes. We also really like going to Boston for an afternoon or weekend to try to absorb some of the energy that at big city exudes.

So, let me leave you with my contact information:
Twitter: baldy7
skype: tbaldasaro
email: tbaldasaro@gmail.com
delicious: tbaldasaro
diigo: baldy7
posterous: tbaldasaro
blog: www.transleadership.wordpress.com
Flickr: tonybaldasaro

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October 18, 2010

“How should the observation procedure be made a positive, teaching, and coaching model?”

#Edchat 10-5-2010 – 18:00 CET 7 PM EST

This is the second of David Wee’s #edchat blog posts. Thank you David! See David’s bio at the end of the post.

So many teachers struggle with the observation procedure; especially our newest members of the profession. Many school districts have adopted rigid formats for observations which are inflexible and have stopped being a learning tool for the teacher being observed. While there are other possible secondary purposes of teacher observations, our primary purpose should be to help teachers improve their practice.

Our discussion today is especially relevant given the push to use standardized tests to evaluate teachers. While we know this is educationally unsound, our systems of teacher observations in many schools leave a lot to be desired. It is important that we share best practices about the teacher observation process since this process is something which should eventually happen to every teacher and could be a counterweight for the undesirable effect of relating teacher performance to the performance of their students.

Although this is not currently the case for me, I personally feel that teachers are not observed often enough. Many educators wait years for formal observations and rely on their students as their only source of feedback as to their practice. Even an informal observation with feedback can have a huge improvement on an educators practice. Feedback is an integral part of the learning process; every educator needs to be given timely, high quality, and constructive feedback on a regular basis.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:

  • Peer observation is a powerful tool; administrators are not the only ones who should be doing teacher observations.
  • Observations must include constructive feedback for the teacher on an ongoing basis.
  • Some models of teacher observation are stressful experiences with a much diminished opportunity for improvement from the teacher as a result of the experience.
  • Observations need to be done frequently with timely feedback provided.
  • Self-reflection is an important part of the teacher observation process.

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.

  • @corriekelly – #edchat Peer observation/reflection can be powerful after trust is established. Can lead to better tchg & more collaboration.
  • @Akevy613 – I think it should be teacher driven; ask the teacher for areas that they would like for you to particularly observe- #edchat
  • @andycinek – Teachers should never feel like their job is in jeopardy when being observed, and admin needs to create a culture of growth #edchat
  • @mrdfleming – I wish I’d be observed more frequently. #edchat
  • @gfred33 – Peer observation needs to be part of the process. #edchat
  • @MoYChang – As a principal I learn a lot by asking the students what are you learning and why –the teachers appreciate students response also. #edchat
  • @Talkinitupagain – An extremely powerful tool is to have someone video record u. Really shows if u look and sound like u think u do. #edchat
  • @kylepace – Admins in my district use an iPod Touch app to do more informal walkthroughs/observations. #edchat
  • @ChrisVacek – #edchat shouldn’t all procedures, in all fields, be built to function as positive teaching & coaching opportunities? don’t we want this?
  • @tkraz – Observation of one class is like judging a coach based on one practice throughout an entire season. #edchat
  • @cybaryman1 – I would love to see administrators teach lesson & have teachers do observation reports on their teaching #edchat
  • @danielespejo – teacher observation/assessment should be for the purpose of student learning. Observations should be openly discussed #edchat
  • @Nunavut_Teacher – Observation does not have to be a “formal” time. Admin should be dropping by and saying hi each day to every class. #edchat
  • @math2go – All evals should include ‘opportunities to improve.’ We are none of us perfect. #edchat
  • @MrFoteah – Admins often have so much going on that it’s hard for them to get around to visit. How about inviting them in, though? #edchat
  • @TheDSCWay – Lesson Study is a PD process that engages in systematically examining their practice, with the goal of becoming more effective #edchat
  • @monk51295 – what if the convos between admin and teachers were simply .. what did you learn this week..accountability to learning #edchat
  • @jswiatek – I was disappointed when none of my admins stepped one foot into my classroom last year. I WANTED them to see what my kids were doing #edchat
  • @blujayy – I think teachers should be observed once a week if time permits. An honest critique is very helpful. #edchat
  • @oline73 – I think we should observe our peers too. I’d love to get feedback from more experienced teachers and visit them as well. #edchat

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

What should be the role of art & multimedia in today’s classroom?

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

As ever, there were some great links shared :

justintarte:  http://bit.ly/b1dT37 – Check out my blog – helping educators grow through sharing and collaboration! #edchat #edtech #edreform #cpchat

gbengel:  Just blogged on thinking outside the ban http://bit.ly/9H8UWg. Thanks #tsetc and @innovativeEdu. #edchat #mlearning #nyscate

sinetpd360:  Blog: Free ELL Webinar from WestEd http://bit.ly/bojt1Z  #edchat #education #cpchat

briankotts:  October 5, Happy World Teachers’ Day! http://bit.ly/9Uvy23  #teachertuesday #edchat #ukedchat #edtech #education #edu

cybraryman1:  My Observation page (Walkthroughs, tips, forms & Tom Whitby pictures): http://bit.ly/9HbM7Z

MarjieKnudsen:  The Fake Revolution | Huffington Post – http://huff.to/aXUtA3  #teaching #edreform #edu #edchat #education

getideas:  #Edchat in re peer observation, Jim Lengel / Hunter College case study: http://bit.ly/aJrWoq

4thGrdTeach:  So you think Student Blogging is just for Fun? http://ow.ly/2P37d  #edchat #cpchat #ntchat #elemchat

Wkingbg:  Attend or Present at TEACHMEETKY on Oct. 22 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY http://tinyurl.com/teachmeetky

kylepace: @eliza_peterson Here’s the link to the walkthough app I was talking about: http://bit.ly/aQg48V

getideas:  #Edchat – Is this the @NPRnews story on teach eval folks are looking for? http://bit.ly/bPq0Pl

cybraryman1:  Check out @bhsprincipal post on Walkthroughs on my Observations page: http://bit.ly/9HbM7Z

dannymaas: Some nice examples of student Voicethreads http://ow.ly/2P0l6  #edchat #edtech #cpchat #elemchat

#edchat yes to @tkraz‎: Better to video a teacher and *watch it together?* Again, see the Lengel/Hunter success case: http://bit.ly/aJrWoq

SafinaN:  @thenerdyteacher In Ontario leaders must meet certain competency reqt’s http://bit.ly/aK90nJ

n2teaching:  #edchat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp6jzqfLE_8: an adaptation of the Critical Friends Group; learner.org

kylepace:  @oline73 For walkthroughs? http://ow.ly/2P3XM

colonelb: We just finished first year pilot of system modeled after Danielson’s work. http://is.gd/fMUKL Conversations were strongest part.

web20classroom:  Thanks everyone for a great #edchat. Remember to keep conversations going on FB: http://on.fb.me/dBHUOq  and on http://edupln.com

thenerdyteacher: Project PLN Issue #2 is here. Check it out! #edchat – http://bit.ly/9AMH5m

tomwhitby:  EDU WEEK leadership Panel. http://bit.ly/at5XYH  Using Ed-Tech Tools for Individualizing Education. @NMHS_Principal and @tomwhitby #Edchat

gcouros:  Eight habits of highly effective 21st century teachers http://bit.ly/bKSxE8  #cpchat #edchat

David Wees has taught in Brooklyn, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver in public, parochial, and private education. His diverse experiences have given him a unique perspective on education systems worldwide. He has written an out of date textbook on Mathematics and blogs regularly at http://davidwees.com.



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