Survey Questions

The Combined Tech Committee and MLTI Leadership Team met to determine how best to design and deliver professional development opportunities related to the use of technology in the classroom. The survey should reflect the need for technology integration to be closely aligned with our existing school goals, initiatives, and mission, as well as best practices for teaching and learning. The results of the survey will inform a process by which we can strengthen our existing knowledge and skills and better prepare our students for their 21st Century futures. (From MLTI Regional Leadership Sample PD Needs Survey)

Please take time to look over the packet of material from this meeting (there is a sample survey in the packet) and use this blog to share questions you would like to see included in the survey.

TPACK

TPACK Webinar

Levels of Technology Use

Punya Mishra’s Keynote ~ Click on “Teachers, Creativity & TPACK: SITE Keynote” in Links

TPCK – Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Over the next few months we will be asked to study the TPACK (formerly TPCK) model and to build some Professional Development around this model. Please take some time to review the materials I have provided and to possibly share some resources you have on this topic. Please remember that we have introduced the levels of use and asked teachers to be aware of these levels but we will need to bring both the ‘Levels of Use’ and ‘TPACK’ to one of our front burners. In this post please share thoughts you have about how we can help our staff understand and incorporate TPACK and Levels of Use into their instructional practice.

Resources for this post;

TPACK-Punya Mishra

TPACK

TPACK Webinar

Levels of Technology Use

Punya Mishra’s Keynote ~ Click on “Teachers, Creativity & TPACK: SITE Keynote” in Links

How Important is Creativity in our Classrooms?

I am married to a High School Art Teacher and I am an Integrationist this has been the cause for many conversations about how important it is to encourage and develop our students’ creative thinking, problem solving and technological skills. Please take some time to view the movie “Do Schools Kill Creativity” (see links), information about the new Bloom’s Taxonomy and join our conversations. Are schools killing creativity?

Blooms Taxonomy


Diploma Stakeholder Recommendations

In Maine they are having discussions around Diploma Stakeholder Recommendations. Teachers of Health and Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages are very concerned about what this will do to their jobs and all teachers are very concerned that these important areas of study may not be available to students. How can students compete in the Creative, Global Economy if they are not receiving instruction in these areas. Teachers are asking “What is Maine Thinking?” Check out document provided in this post and let me know your thoughts. I have also included a snapshot of the requirements if you do not want to read the full document.

Diploma Stakeholder Recommendations

Blogging

Many of you enjoyed using the November Learning Software for blogging. We are now using Moodle for some of our class discussions (blogging) but some of you mentioned you would like to have a blog that is closer to what you had in November Learning. Let me know if you would like help with this but in the meantime here is some reading on the topic

I have had the privilege of hearing both Will Richardson http://weblogg-ed.com and David Warlick http://davidwarlick.com speak and have used their writings in courses that I teach. This tends to make their blogs more attractive to me as I read for information. Moving at the Speed of Creativity http://www.speedofcreativity.org was new to me but will be a place I visit often. It is filled with resources I can share with my teachers as I encourage them to move forward in this area.

“Are You Asking Dead Questions? “http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/?p=1673
This thread is important for any teacher and/or teacher blogger to keep in mind. When posting questions to the blog or to a class it is important that we ask questions that will inspire students to think, and to ask more questions. (read more)

Would you like to start a blog? How will it fit with your curriculum?