Posts tagged ‘SOS’


By , 29 March, 2008, No Comment

Over two days I set up shop at a desk in the commons area at the EARCOS Teachers Conference and recorded conversations with anyone who walked by and looked at the crazy guy with headphones and microphones set up. Thank you to everyone who stopped by or who I grabbed to get your prespective on the conference!

Podcast Link:

Webcast Academy how to record a two way Skype call with Audacity

Shifting Our Schools episode 7: How do Adults Learn?

By , 20 March, 2008, No Comment


Jeff Nugent joined Jeff and David for tonight’s show.

|Essential Question|

How do adults learn?

David> See his blog post on which lists several factors we need to keep in mind when working with adult learners. And as with all learners, we must differentiate our instruction to meet their individual needs.

Jeff> We need to think about the following question:

What gets in the way of our veteran generation educators from going more public with their ideas and work?

Take away from the discussion>

-The forming of teacher cohorts focused around essential questions. Helps with feelings and fear of vulnerability. Building community, breaking down isolation. One might start with a book discussion then move into member offered topics and questions.
-How to support educators in taking risks?
-Form Professional Learning Networks (PLN) around different topics of interest to the members.
-Sustaining engagement and ongoing support is key.
-Creating a PLN and community in general is tougher in higher education. Having a physical and eventual digital space where folks can come together to form community is important.
-Adult learners wanting to be self directed and sometimes are overwhelmed by 2.0 learning tools.
-How do we support self-directed learning by minimizing some of the fear of leaving one’s comport zone? (Future EQ)
-Pre-service teacher education programs are so important. Build on these young adults’ natural inclination to socially connect and collaborate. There is a positive side to their sometimes very public nature of our youth and their social networking sites. :)
-What gets in the way of our older generation from going more public with their ideas and work? (Future EQ) Is this the nature of teachers?
-Backwards translation of our (IT/ET leaders) being way out there in blogging, Twitter, wikis, etc. to engage newcomers and overcome their pre-conceived notions of what these tools are about. Blogs are an example of folks thinking that you use them to tell your personal information only.
-Seeking to understand is central for the instructional/educational technologist. We are the “IT counselor” from time to time seeking to understand our teacher partners, their feelings about using technology and information tools and how they might take steps to find one or two that meet their needs. That human relation aspect of our job is huge.

|Blog Posts of the Week|

Jeff U: Webblogg-ed 2 Cents
Jeff N: Connectivism
David: Designed To Inspire

|Sign Off|

  • Next show is next week from the EARCOS conference in Kuala Lumpur. Refer back to this site and Jeff’s The Thinking Stick main page for the date and time.
  • Our guests will be teachers from around Asia.
  • Essential Question for the show: How are you shifting?
  • Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Shifting Our Schools episode 6: How to expand the learning community to the parents?

By , 13 March, 2008, No Comment


Justin Hardman and Chris Betcher joined David and Jeff.

|Essential Question|

How to expand the learning community to the parents?

Jeff> Look at your technology vision and plan to include the development of a school portal that provides the tools to make the components of your plan a reality.

David> See his recent post that focused on two themes. One being that schools should use their portal to build on current practices that are already in place to connect parents and expand the learning community. Making information access and communication digital definitely enhances communication opportunities. A second theme is to invite our corporate parents working in 21st century information-rich jobs to our schools to share their experiences and expectations what skills they want their employees to have. Their real world experiences can help in the shifting process as teachers connect what they are teaching to the real world assessments their students will be experiencing.

Take Away from the Discussion:

-The recent breakout of a virus in HK reminds us of the importance of schools having the capability to go virtual with a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

-Sharing of the myDragonnet online learning platform with three components: classroom management tool, curriculum mapping tool and electronic portfolio. Justin has many insights to share.

-Wetpaint as a very useful wiki provider.

-Value of individualization in developing VLEs by having a programmer on school staff.

|Blog Posts of the Week|

Jeff: Planning for 21st Century Technologies

David: Jonathon’s Blog on VLEs

Chris: Clay’s Wedding Always Learning

Justin: E-Framework Electronic School

|Sign Off|

-Next show is Thursday March 20th. Catch it live at 7:00 PMShanghai time.

-Our guest will be Jeff Nugent from the Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy. Check out his Techne blog.

-Essential Question for the show: How do adults learn?

-Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.