Posts tagged ‘Conferences’

Shifting Our Schools Episode 16: How To Shift When Administrators Are Not Onboard?

By , 13 November, 2008, 3 Comments

Introductions

John Mikton and Paul McMahon joined Jeff and David for the show.

Essential Question

How to shift when the administrators are not on board?

Some take aways from the discussion:

-You have to start with the admin before you contemplate shifting. They are the power brokers and are connected to the board and the finance. Sometimes they simply don’t understand. How to make time for conversations? It is a sales situation. IT Director on Admin team. Being part of management team helps build relationships to these power brokers.
-The IT Director needs to have an educational background to know.
-Schools hiding behind the IB and AP programs. Safe and often not questioned by many parents. Why would an administrator take a risk on Learning 2.0 instructional techniques?
-How to shift the IB and AP learning outcomes to be project assessed?
-How to retrain our communities about what is learning?
-Get shifted educators at the admin conferences to help educate the leaders.

David’s post, Paul’s and  John’s posts on this EQ.

Blog Posts of the Week

David: Schooling by Design: Mission, Action and Achievement by McTighe and Wiggins

Jeff: ID: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield

Paul: Anytime Anywhere Learning

John: Walking the Talk by Carolyn Taylor

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*Next show is Thursday November 27th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Our guests will be Jeff Nugent and Andy Torres
*Essential Question for the show: What prevents administrators from shifting?
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Shift Our Schools Episode 14: What Were the Big Picture and Practical Classroom “take aways” from the Learning 2.008 Conference?

By , 7 October, 2008, 1 Comment

Note: Technical difficulties prevented the recording and subsequent posting of this podcast. We will get it right next podcast with quadruple flux capacitator backup procedures. :)

Introductions

Kim Cofino and Julie Lindsay joined David and Jeff for this start of the second season of Shifting Our Schools podcast.

Essential Question

What Were the Big Picture and Practical Classroom “take aways” from the Learning 2.008 Conference?
Some take aways from the discussion>

  • The need to prepare teachers for progressive conferences like Learning 2.008. Scaffold the process so they will take time for the networking, unconferencing and reflection portions of conferences like Learning 2.008.
  • Look to have regular presentation sessions that lead out into and scaffold into unconference sessions
  • Look to shift our regular presentations in the way we organize the rooms and work to make them more discussion focused
  • Need to differentiate for the “shiftedness” continuum of the participants
  • Jan 24-26 Flat Classroom Conference in Qatar

Blog Posts of the Week

David> GenTech podcast by Steve Whitaker, Mark Hofer and Michael Kelly
Jeff> Video by Chris Lehmann   |   Connectivism Blog by George Siemens
Kim> Slideshow of Brain Rules for Presenters
Julie> The Educational Technology Site by Terry Friedman

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  • Next show is Thursday October 23 at 7 PM Bangkok time.
  • Our guest will be Clay Burell.
  • Essential Question for the show: Where do you start the shift?
  • Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.