Last night I experienced my first successful blackboard collaborate session. I logged in half an hour early just to tinker around, I was a bit nervous… but once Alec prompted me (using my first name what a powerful tool) I felt that I could try some things out. Within 2 minutes of feeling safe in my environment I was able to talk, sing on-line (la la la la la la la) ,have fun, use emoticons interact with others, change my profile. I really became connected to that learning community… I was engaged and I wanted to learn more.
I often hear a few of my colleagues reminiscing on the good old days a time when one “Lesson Plan” fit for years at a time. There also seems to be a lot of concern around “authorship” with some of my colleagues. I know in my heart that this is no longer possible, that children today cannot be molded into a one size fits all model, but I wasn’t entirely clear on what was causing that shift… and then I participated in the discussion last night (images were copied from the blackboard)….
Older teachers grew up in the age of the television. http://youtu.be/e–nitVjLoQ
And therefore need to make the paradigm shift from sole expert to guide of the educational experience.
21st Century Learning Teaching/PLE- new teaching environments
#edchat, #ipaded, #schoolcounseling
Part of what I need to do to both become and model being a 21st century learner is to always be willing to explore, morph and change….. and also allow my students/ colleagues to become my teachers. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tz5kgDF1TyZCq1a5Wusvw0g3u09w-5Xy0OFXHL3I5dg/edit
http://dmlhub.net/ – networking documents
We also need to convince our parents and educational partners that education is more than controlling the environment… it’s about teaching and modeling responsible Digital Citizenship
Sometimes when I counsel in a school I feel like a small fish swimming in a big bowl….
However links and groups like the following, help me to realize that I am actually one of a “school of fish”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU where do good ideas come from
That’s What Friends Are For- January 21, 2013
One of the first things I need to do tonight is send a big shout out to my #etmooc pals from work @HeatherEnzie and @SSpellmanCann. These ladies not only provide me with feedback on my learning, but they also encourage me to continue to take risks and have fun in the process. We all teach in the same building and so we had arranged an actual face to face for Monday morning to regroup after our first week of #etmooc, to share our experiences and to give each other a bit of advice around WordPress (as none of us had tried this format before).
Discoveries I learned from my “teachers” during that session included:
Things to try:
Popcorn maker (tools)
Print a screen
Command shift 3 or 4- on my mac: to iphoto and then crop
Upshift PrtSc – on my PC: use the snip it tool from the start menu
To put in a Haiku deck, take a picture of the first screen, put in blog and then add the link after
Snip it Tool (PC)
Use it as a screen shot
Google Hang Out
Added effects both visual and auditory (the random face creator was a hoot)
3 of us logged in today
Appears with faces at the bottom