Wrap Up and Next Steps Panel at LBC10

Moderated Panel led by Chris Lehmann

Bud Hunt, Katie Morrow, ??, Chris Lehmann, Doug Johnson, Scott ??

Personal Takeaways of the panel

  • share information about PLN
  • important to have time to stop to process – often forget that when we are working with adults
  • Remember to put kids first (Katie Morrow)
  • Beliefs shouldn’t be pie in the sky – should be reflected in practice
  • Policies, not money, are keeping us from making progress – filtering, scare tactics etc. –
  • Personal beliefs may not be supported by our organizations/schools. What do we do then? Give up, be subversive, ??
  • Leadership is getting people to do what they don’t want to do to achieve what they want to achieve. quote from Tom Landry by Doug Johnson
  • We often design policies etc for the bottom third but we should create for the middle third instead (often includes people who need a reason) – Chris Lehmann
  • We can’t change people or make them passionate
  • Tools should support what is happening in the classroom. Don’t push tools but apply them WHEN USEFUL or when they can ADD VALUE
  • Have a conference to talk about how to make schools better, to dream how our schools can be – lots of great models like educon and lbc already exist to follow

Roundtable Discussion 2

Suggestions

  • Gifted kid uses skype to participate into a higher level math class
  • You can add safety measures to skype
  • Use skype to communicate between classrooms
  • Classroom observation tool – iste
  • Mcrel Walkthrough is another option.
  • Don’t be afraid of the journey. Be confident to figure it out.

Not a lot here because my brain is sizzling.

Communicating and Collaboration Practices at LBC10

Teaching and Learning Strand Focus with Doug Johnson

  • It’s as important to understand human beings as it is to understand technology
  • tech has grown in importance in education; tech administration is usually done by non-educator; there is a difference in values, priorities, knowledge amongst stakeholders –> range war
  • conflicts leads to less tech use, less reliable access, lack of cooperation/respect
  • have clear policies, teach, post and inform them
  • advisory committees should have participation from all stakeholders with regular meetings, good communication and defined responsibilities
  • don’t have a meeting just for disseminating information
  • have a formal communications plan – define audience, schedule communications, create a culture of transparency
  • How to build transparency
    • post it online
    • send out a newsletter
    • share the tech budget (e.g. in google docs)
  • Some schools are cutting librarians (from audience)
  • College humour video

See the presentation at

http://dougjohnson.wikispaces.com/rangewars

Reflecting on the Morning at LBC10

Round table discussion with Gordon Worley

What do I need to know more about

  • how to effectively prune my network
  • how to build strong relationships within the school community (with colleagues and administrators)
  • what is the role of online learning in education

Specific insights

  • even if we’re at high performing schools, we may need to do better for those kids who are not yet high performing
  • Don’t jump from tool to tool but choose a tool and stick to it until you find a new tool that will transform teaching/learning
  • it’s important to prioritize your involvement and your engagement with technology tools so that you’re making the best use of your time and sticking to your priorities (Makes me thing of the time video.)
  • I don’t know everything but I’m connected to a lot of smart people that (collectively) seem to know everything

Actions/Next steps

  • Get relational intelligence book

What I learned from others at the roundtable …

  • The One Percent Doctrine book recommended by Scott McLeod to shed light on why schools have become so restrictive particularly since 9/11
  • How do you support teachers to meet your mission/vision?

Communication and Collaboration Tools at LBC10

IT Strand Focus with Mark Benno (@markbenno)

  • Curriculum Evangelist for Apple
  • original iphone commercial (hello, hello, hello – people always asking for help, your attention). It’s not your phone ringing, it’s a barrage through different tools
  • A lot of what we’re trying to do is relationship based, not education based or technology based
  • Relational intelligence – recommended book for getting beyond issues such as not having social skills and having trouble relating to people
  • If you had to learn something new today, how would you learn it?
  • http://www.pamorama.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/artoflistening.jpg – We can’t do all of these and they are daunting for our users. Boil down to a couple of tools for your end users. Find one and stick with it as long as you can. It may be time to switch if you find a tool that transforms what you’re trying to do
  • Over 200 000 apps. How do we filter? What do you do when you’re expected to support all of them
  • Simulation using wireless digital microscope + airmicro app -> connects on wifi so that people connected on same network can use the app to get feed of whatever the microscope is focused on
  • use Quicktime Player for screen recording to create screencasts
  • Mac OS X Server Wiki (files can be downloaded but there is also the option for quick look) (find out how to do that since we use server wiki at school)
  • all the time Skype communication with colleague from other campus whose thinking is similar to Mark
  • There is no communication if the other person is not involved
  • showed college humor’s video
  • The key to being great is about the relationships, not the technology

Resources
Communication and Collaborations by Katie Morrow on Slideshow

Processing

Hard to backchannel and process and listen

Not sure how effective surveys are during presentations because some of us need more processing time so there are less ideas that there would otherwise be. Note to self to be careful making conclusions, discussing trends based on surveys made during a session