Thursday, August 28, 2008

Professional Learning Practice Leaders Meeting at Kean University

The leaders meeting of this pilot was absolutely awesome and I believe will be a great success for all those involved. The main goal of the group is to change the mode of instruction and learning to be dynamic and student-focused by using technology. The main outcomes are connections, sustainability, capacity. knowledge, pedagogy. Even though technology will be used in this pilot, it is not the main focus. The concept of changing the instructional process is not going to be an easy situation but it has become a necessity unless all our students "are left behind" in the coming economy and globalization of our world. Instruction has not changed much from the 1950s and this does not only affect teachers in a K-12 environment but it also affects the post-secondary institutions. The participants for this project includes NJ Dept of Ed, Kean University, NJASA, NJPSA, and different school districts in the state covering K thru 12th grade.

Learning through emersion.

The craft of education community.

Implement change and be involved in our student’s lives.

It's becoming self-directed and no longer linear.

Emergent design models.

Members of the community owns the community.

Leaders become members of the community.

Needs to evolve over time.

Co-created and building champions.

PLP objectives:
1. understanding of the shifts that occur
2. provide fundamental and practical understanding of how online networks are challenging traditional notions
3. teach participants how to use many of these tools
4. oppotunities for classroom teachers, administrators and other personnel to learn
5. facilitate meaningful collaboration among individual school teams
6. build capacity for individual to grow their own personal learning networks
7. foster an understanding of the shifting pedagogies required to teach Read/Write tools and the literacies that go along with it.

In the afternoon Will and Sheryl presented and demonstrated the online tools that would be used for communication and collaboration during the project including Elluminate, Blogging, creating Ning environments, Delicious bookmarks, Twitter, etc.. At the end of the meeting new connections were formed and the excitment of this project could be felt in the air. The possibilities are endless and will affect the students of New Jersey directly.
NJ Elite 2008, Wildwood, New Jersey.

For the first time I was actually training administrators on how to use Google tools for administrative purposes. On Wednesday 07/16/08, I attended lunch and hear a presentation by David Pogue - Five Technologies for the Next Five Years.

It was great to share the experience with one of my colleagues from my school district and also have a personal conversation with administrators and presenters at my table including David Warlick and Kevin Jarrett.

Kevin had created a Ning online community for conversations to continue during and after the conference. Pogue discussed several tools that at present I have used myself and found to be very useful. The Google 411 is absolutely great! The new T-Mobile phone system is now being adverstised on television and has me considering whether I should change services. The presentation was funny and to the point on what technologies will be introduced in the coming years. Kevin Jarrett did recorded some of the presentation at

The strands that were offered to the attendees of the conference were:

1. Administrative Productivity with Technology (where I taught about using Google Tools and 2 other workshops on using Microsoft Excel and using Microsoft PowerPoint)

2. The Future of Technology and Learning (co-presented by David Warlick and Kevin Jarrett)

3. Superintendents/Principal Forum

The main speaker at the end of the conference was David Warlick. Overall the conference was great! The exchange of ideas and practices at other school districts does inspire me to try new and innovative ways of incorporating technology in my school district.

Some pictures by David Walick on the NJ Elite Conference.