My intention for this presentation above, given at the ISER Regional Conference, was to propose a way that we could engage students using new tools by transforming professional development in our region with Web 2.0 concepts.
Students would benefit enormously as our colleagues became more Web 2.0 savvy and ‘new thinking’ entered classrooms (along with laptops/learning devices and wireless connectivity).
I asked every person in this room to engage with these new tools of communication, collaboration and creativity for the students currently in our schools. I imagine 7 000 staff in the region inspiring these students by showing the way, USING THE TOOLS and sharing online.
We need to take advantage of the new technologies available to students and teachers by providing a simple model that needs little funding and would grow exponentially. Our key strength, the teachers who work in our schools; we need to lead and ask them to lead learning in return.
Perhaps you do already. Perhaps you will.
In the last 12 months I have undertaken compulsory training in a number of areas, including Child Protection and also, CPR, completed online and by a practical test.
Maybe we could have compulsory Web 2.0 training too?
Approximately 80 people sitting in a room listening to me and watching slides is not symbolically, what I wanted to do at the conference, and in fact, represents everything that is wrong with education in our region, NSW and in fact, much of the Western World.
If we had each person with a laptop and internet access we could actually model what needs to happen in a classroom; each individual able to pursue the most appropriate option from a suite of choices that would suit their learning.
This is how I’d really like to have proceeded.
You may wish to choose your path from the following suite of options to continue, at your convenience, where we ended at the conference:
- Read more about PLNs (here and here too) and check out some fine educational blogs
- Read more about Twitter or Delicious or Google Reader
- Establish a Google Reader Account. You may wish to watch this video and another before commencing.*
- Establish a Delicious account. This video may help.
- Establish your identity at Twitter
- Already many DET employees have excellent blogs. For example, you may wish to check out Tony Searl’s blog and bookmark it using Delicious before adding it to Google Reader.
- Here’s a good collection of resources and another video about about Web 2.0
- If you are interested in blogging, an earlier conference workshop post may get you started
*You can find all my saved videos (collected using VodPod) here.
- Imagine if staff used RSS feeds well and were updated from professional websites they had ‘fed’ into Google Reader.
- Imagine if every school in our region had a school Delicious account that all staff accessed and tagged websites of professional interest well. Each school could be part of each others’ network sharing sites creating a phenomenal number of peer reviewed sites.
- Imagine if we were all able to dip into the river that is Twitter to share, collaborate and communciate.
- Imagine how much children would benefit if the Region went 2.0
Growing numbers of students will very readily grasp the concept of what a PLE means for them personally. Will our colleagues?
Here is a great presentation by Graham Attwell on Personal Learning Environments:
Developing a PLN is the most practical way that a teacher can learn more about pedagogy, their subject and what the internet has to offer learning in our schools.
Here are two videos I would have played if time permited:
Connectivist learning (PLE)
And here’s another one that I hope you’ve already seen as it is the most amazing video about Web 2.0 by Professor Michael Wesch:
And here is a presentation on PLNs you may wish to browse:
And, there’s so much more.
I look forward to dialogue about these ideas.