Learning Leader Session 2 (November 28 or 29)

As the session begins, please sign in using this form.

As we continue to move forward in this program, you are starting to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN).  This is something that we have done with our colleagues for years, but now it can be further and more widespread, creating a more diverse network of learning.  Below is a great video to get you thinking about PLN’s:

We are going to focus on some tools today so that we can continue to utilize cloud technology and share our learning.

1. Dropbox – This is a great video on how to use Dropbox.  Dropbox can be on devices as well as your computer which makes sharing items quite easy.

2. HaikuDeck – Please create one image or presentation using this app that gives a summary of what you have learn from Will Richardson’s video.

We are also going to use Twitter for this session.

For the final part of the session, we are going to watch Dean Shareski’s video on “Sharing”.  While we are watching, please share any insights or comments that you have using the #psd70 hashtag.  This is a good practice to understand how students can use this technology to share learning and be more active participants in any lecture type sessions.

The video is below:

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this or any other initiatives so far.

Between now and the next session, please write one blog post on something that you have either found helpful or challenging during this project.  If you want, you are more than welcome to share on any of the articles/videos below:

1.  How YouTube is Driving Innovation

2.  Banned in School

3.  The Time Question


2 thoughts on “Learning Leader Session 2 (November 28 or 29)

  1. School administrators are faced with some tricky times in these technology-driven days. The banning of personal devices and mostly of social networking sites at school have some very sound arguments for continuing to enforce the ban. They point to the distracting influence that electronic devices have in the classroom. They also pose a threat to student safety as security as these devices have become the number one target for theft and robberies.

    Misuses of these devices by students have also been problematic. Students have used them to cheat on exams or videotape fights and other unseemly activity and later post these recordings to sites like YouTube or Facebook.
    So the question is, does the potential harm from allowing these devices into schools outweigh their benefits?

    I believe that the answer is no. The reality is that technology is here to stay and rather than banning it, we must learn to master it and use it to enhance our lives. If we want to change the negative ways that students can abuse these devices then we must teach them to do otherwise.

    Despite the fact that these devices play an ever increasing role in our day-to-day lives, there has been effort by governance of education to require that schools include instruction in the areas of technology etiquette and ethics in the school curriculum.

    While there are many other current and relevant issues have been addressed through instructional and curriculum mandates (bullying, multicultural awareness and tolerance, etc.), no universal initiatives have implemented regarding teaching schools and communities about the ethical use of technology. Banning without first teaching may be easier to do in the short term but may end up costing us far mare at the end of the day.

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