Learning Leader Session 4 (April 24 or April 25)

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

Apps 

1.  Please take a look at the “Evernote” app.  This is a great app to be used for assessment, voice notes, and can be easily shared.

Group Discussions

1.  What have been your favourite apps that you have used during this project and why?

2.  Have you had any “A-ha” moments in connecting with others through social media?

3.  Discuss some of the sessions that you have delivered to your staff.  What has been the impact in school?

Final Video

This is an extremely powerful video on education and the way our world has changed.  Please share any of your thoughts to the #psd70 Twitter hashtag.

By May 10, you will need to finish your final assignment for this project.  Please go through the requirements located on this page.

Pre-Work: Learning Leader Session 4 (April 24th and 25th)

As the 4th Learning Leader Session is quickly coming up, please have the following completed by Friday, March 15th.  Also, please ensure that you know all passwords for your apps and that your iPad is fully charged for the session.

Here are the “to-do’s” before session 3. 

  1. Ensure that you have written your blog post from session 3.  Soon each participant will be making their own page with all blog posts and descriptions of sessions delivered.  Thanks to those that have written some great posts that have been shared.
  2. Download and install the “Evernote” app for your iPad.
  3. Please fill out the survey below indicating which date you will be attending the Learning Leader Session.  You can choose between the April 24th and 25th session, which will both be held at 4-530 at Central Office.
  4. Please ensure that you remember your Twitter account handle and password as we will be using this for session 4.

Please fill out the form below:

Learning Leader Session 3 (January 21 or 24)

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

1.  Joe’s Non-Netbook – This video is a great one for discussion with students and educators to show how ‘text’ may not have the same feel as an iPad or computer with the lack of interactivity.  Check out this short, funny video done by students:

2. ShowMe – ShowMe is a great iPad app for creating video tutorials on different content, but you can also easily create presentations using pictures and upload them as videos to the web.  These videos can be shared and embedded into different websites, but below is a tutorial on how to create a slideshow using this app:

3.  Google Drive App –  A great way to share videos, is through the “Google Drive” app, which allows you to easily access and upload files.  You can also have students upload files to a shared folder as shared below:

As we finish up, it is important that we look at what we will be doing with our own staff and look past technology. This is a great video to help start a discussion with our schools.  Please tweet your thoughts as we watch this today.  Use the hashtag #psd70.

Session 3 Follow-Up Assignment:

Please ensure that you make a post from now until the next session.  I would encourage you to find an article through Twitter, and write about it.  You can talk about whether you agree or not, some major points, or whatever you are interested in.  The purpose of the activity is that you find something you are interested in and you make your own connections through the writing.  Please try and take this challenge!

Pre-Work: Learning Leader Session 3 (January 21 or 24)

As the 3nd Learning Leader Session is quickly coming up, please have the following completed by Friday, January 18th.  Also, please ensure that you know all passwords for your apps and that your iPad is fully charged for the session.

Here are the “to-do’s” before session 3. 

  1. Ensure that you have written your blog post from session 2.  Soon each participant will be making their own page with all blog posts and descriptions of sessions delivered.  Thanks to those that have written some great posts that have been shared.
  2. Download and install the “Google Drive” app for your iPad.
  3. Please install the “ShowMe” app for your iPad.
  4. Please fill out the survey below indicating which date you will be attending the Learning Leader Session.  You can choose between the January 21 or  the January 24th session, which will both be held at 4-530 at Central Office.
  5. Please ensure that you remember your Twitter account handle and password as we will be using this for session 3.

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

 

Pre-Work: Learning Leader Session 2 (November 28 or 29)

As the 2nd Learning Leader Session is quickly coming up, please have the following completed by Friday, November 23rd.

  1. Ensure that you have written your blog post from session 1.  Soon each participant will be making their own page with all blog posts and descriptions of sessions delivered.  Thanks to those that have written some great posts that have been shared.
  2. Sign up for “Dropbox” and download the “Dropbox App“.  Please contact the IT department through a Help Desk ticket to have Dropbox installed on your computer.
  3. Please install the “HaikuDeck” app for your iPad.
  4. Please fill out the survey below indicating which date you will be attending the Learning Leader Session.  You can choose between the November 28th or November 29th session, which will both be held at 4-530 at Central Office.
  5. Please ensure that you remember your Twitter account handle as we will be using this for session 2.

 

Learning Leader Session 1 (October 25, 2012)

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

Welcome to the Learning Leader Kick-Off, Session 1!  We want to make this useful to your learning and the year is going to be focused on developing in the three areas:

  1. Personal Learning Networks
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Using Mobile Devices

The focus in these sessions is not foremost to become a better teacher, but to become a better learner, in the way that many of our students will learn in this time.  As you become more comfortable with what is being taught, please remember the requirements of this project:

  • 6 separate blog posts on this site over 6 months.
  • Teach 2 sessions on what you have learned to colleagues.
  • Attend all 6 sessions.
  • Use Twitter to learn and participate.

This exemplifies the old adage of “…teach a man to fish..” We want to use technology to focus on how we learn, and how we can connect with one another.

Here are two visuals that are guidelines for the work that we will be doing:


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by gcouros


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by gcouros

We will look at how we share and create information over the next few months.

Here is the agenda for today’s session:

1.  Using Twitter – As you all have have completed your pre-work for today’s session, we will be using Twitter to connect and learn.  Please refer to this Twitter Tutorial for the first part of the morning.

We will also be looking at the “Hootsuite” app and how it can be used to manage multiple streams of information.

After completion of the tutorial, we will watch this Ted Talk by Seth Godin.  Please tweet out any thoughts that you have to the #PSD70 hashtag:

2. Blogging for sharing ideas – As a component of this professional development, each participant is expected to blog at least once after each session (6 in total) minimum.  All of you will have received a blog username and password if you have not already use the psdblogs site.  Below is a tutorial on both classroom blogging and blogging as a portfolio:

Blogging Tutorial

Please go to the psdblogs site to logon and you will be shown how to write your first post.

If time permits…

3.  Sharing and learning using ZiteZite is a great app to help find more information while also being able to share your learning.  It is simple yet has a far reach.

Blogging ideas for your first post:

As you are required to blog after this first session, here are some ideas of what you can write about (or a combination of any):

  • Big questions that you have moving forward
  • What did you learn the first session?
  • Apps that you love.
  • Any “pushback” to “why do we need to learn this?”
  • Anything related to learning, either yours or your students.

Looking forward to your first posts!!!!

Prep: Learning Leader Program: Session 1 (Year 2)

We are looking forward to our first cohort session for the Learning Leader program starting on October 25, 2012.  Please ensure that you have the following completed:

  1. Set up a Twitter account. (Download the “Hootsuite” app on your iPad)
  2. Set up an “Evernote” account.   (Download the “Evernote” app on your iPad)
  3. Download the “Zite” app.
  4. Read the following blog post: The Blended PLC.  This will be the model of this group.  There is a mandatory blogging component.
  5. Fill out this survey when you are done the above 3 steps: Learning Leader Survey

As the focus of this program is to build towards becoming a networked teacher, a lot of our time will be spent creating our own digital identity, and having an opportunity to connect with educators all over the world to build a Professional Learning Network (PLN).  Below is a diagram of the “Networked Teacher”:


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by courosa

Although some of our work will be using the iPad, it is not the “focus” of the program.  With that being said, please bring both your iPad and a laptop to the first session.

Below is the (planned) agenda for Session 1 (October 25, 9AM-1PM)

    1. Introductions
    2. Twitter
    3. Using Evernote (iPad)
    4. Writing a blog post on the “Learning Leader Blog”

You will be sent some information prior to arriving to the session to login to the Learning Leader blog.  Please ensure that you keep that email so that you are able to contribute to the blog.

I am very excited about this opportunity. If you are interested, I encourage you to look at this Dean Shareski video on “Sharing” that has made a huge impact on my own learning. Again, this is optional, but it is definitely worth the time to watch.

If you have any questions that you feel may be applicable to the whole group, please feel free to write them in the comment section.

See you soon!

Final Reflections (Assignment)

In lieu of a 6th session, it is important that we share our learning through the past year within this project.  As a final assignment, we would like you to write (blog) or record (through either video or sound), a final reflection of what you have learned.  However, all reflections must be posted to this blog.  This will help to bring this first year to closure while also sharing some of the great stuff that you have done with each other.  These posts should be completed by May 31 and do not have to be of any specific length.

Please ensure that you categorize this post under the “Final Reflections” category so we can easily share the blog posts with others.

Thank you for participation and we are looking forward to a great final event!