Friday, August 28, 2009

1:1 Learning Reflection

The fog is starting to clear!
This week we continued on the journey of 1:1 learning with the imaging and testing of student laptops, delivery of teacher laptops, developing our "Driver's License" curriculum and training with the teachers involved in our pilot. The fact that this project is really going to happen is starting to hit home!
In the training, we further clarified our timeline, reviewed and edited policies, settled on the "essential questions" of our student training, reviewed Google Apps and Moodle, and clarified our expectations of students and consequences for misuse. A lot to do, in 2 days!
During an exercise in which I had the teachers explore some of the presentations from this year's Building Learning Communities Conference, science teacher Nicole Nuckley had this question:
How do we balance the time it takes kids to learn the basic information about a subject (information already known and established) with the time we want to give them to adequately, and intelligently, add to and create in that space of already known and established knowledge?

Our pilot has several goals...
  • Enhance the personalized learning experience
  • Expand learning opportunities beyond the school walls by providing real-world learning experiences through the use of technology
  • Develop in students the 21st century skills needed to compete in a global society
  • Help students achieve higher scores on the constructed response questions on the MCA standardized tests
  • Help students achieve a higher score on the MCA science test
  • Maximize the District’s resources of time and talent
While each of these goals is important, I hope we're able Nicole's question too! Or if not fully, at least help clear the fog!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Testing out Twitcam

For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I have been using Twitter to share information and learning and develop my Personal Learning Network. Today, I received an e-mail from LiveStream (formerly Mogulus) that they had developed an interface allowing you to send out a link to your stream and interact with viewers via Twitter called Twitcam. You can see a short test I did over lunch. (It was salami!) Might be useful for professional development or a quick conference. I think I'd use the full blown Livestream for workshop streaming or guest speakers.