Discuss which technology skills are essential to the job of an educator and how to measure and improve teachers’ capabilities for productivity and classroom integration through the use of technology standards or proficiencies.
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Arvind- if you have some specific networks for Middle School I would love to get some suggestions. In talking it over at lunch today I was having difficulty convincing one teacher of the reason to even embark on such a task. I will persevere.
Thanks again for getting me to think far more seriously about PLNs. My next push will be to not only develop my own learning, but the learning of my Middle School faculty. I look forward to much learning.
Arvind, thanks for your thoughtful comments. I like your creative thinking, notably regarding scheduling. From my point of view, courses need to have with assurance class time and time for class-like group meetings outside the normal scheudling for the course; somehow there needs to be an official way (i.e., not left to chance) to do that. I personally envision group occasions and events for a course that are outside class-management occasions (ie., scheduled classes) and open to others, in addition to regularly scheduled classes managed in the normal fashion. So, with regard to my commitment to a reinvented school, high-intensity experiential activities should augment the classrooms of a course and be assured that all will attend. That's just my take on scheduling, for which there is no need to agree with yours.
A couple of curiosities for me: (a) what do your teach? (b) are you interested in new schools as a topic of exploration or are you also committed to being part of a new school?
Arvind, that's great. I agree with everything you said. Do you have preferences with regard to novel approaches to education, what's worth keeping/taking from other schools, etc. I am very much in an inquiry regarding how to reinvent schooling. In addition, I am in the process of designing a school which I think fits your comments. If you would, please tell me more.
Hey Arvind. I got interviewed by Technology and Learning mag for their November cover story on Linux. They asked for a nice head shot. Thus, the picture. In the interview I shared with the author other schools they should be talking to. They did. I then got cut from the article! I'm using the picture to get some value out of that wasted hour! :-)
Thanks for the warm welcome, Arvind! I've been a bit remiss about posting to my own blog lately, but perhaps this expanded community will be the incentive I need. Looking forward to exchanging ideas with you! ~Barbara