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  1. msg Information Overload message posted Information Overload I think a good idea would be to have a discussion about the items that we were exposed to during IS…
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    I think a good idea would be to have a discussion about the items that we were exposed to during ISTE on that first Tech day on the 11th. Then ask the question "what is the most important technology to sharetrain with the staff.

    I also think that we need to discuss what we want the 1/2 day to look like.

    Finally as we discuss/share out technology I would like to see (almost in a demostration format) various lessons they have been used in. This will build my ability to bring ideas to my department when rolling out new tech.
    12:57 pm

Friday, July 23

  1. msg 1/2 Day in the Fall message posted 1/2 Day in the Fall Bret says: I echo Annie's thoughts. My vision for AWest is that we are a school that supports 21st…
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    Bret says: I echo Annie's thoughts. My vision for AWest is that we are a school that supports 21st century learning in the classrooms through effective application of technology that encourages student discovery and achievement. But, how we present that to teachers will be critical to achieving that goal; technology should be seen as the 'solution' for teachers and not a 'you have to use this'. The tech team and ISTE participants will be an important part in encouraging and supporting teachers using technology in the classroom effectively.

    I hope that we can have some PD time around all the new things that we have learned from the conference. Maybe we could have a rotating forum where teachers can share the technology that works in their classroom. Other teachers will be able to see what is working, and how students are learning and engaging in those classrooms. Teachers will also know who to go to get help. I have a lot of things that I want to try next year but I know that I will need help along the way. If teachers know that they will have support they might be more willing to try new things.

    The ongoing piece might be along the lines of the Literacy Project where teachers who are tech savvy can lead a small group in exploring the use of a technical tool in their classrooms or allow walk-ins for other teachers to observe how technology is being used in the classroom.

    Lauren says:
    While I understand that tech-resistant people should not be pushed, there should be some mandated use of technology. Didn't we decide that our goal for the year was to make sure that every teacher has an updated and working web page where students can find useful information?

    I envision a quick whole-school demo on why websites are important, then a series of sessions on setting up websites?

    Perhaps these sessions could be embedded in the round-robin style set up that Bret mentioned?
    9:18 am
  2. msg Information Overload message posted Information Overload I totally agree. The worst part for me is trying to figure out how to share. Rob gives us a 1/2 d…
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    I totally agree. The worst part for me is trying to figure out how to share. Rob gives us a 1/2 day. Do we use 1/2 of that for to do items like webpages, gradebook, soars training and the other 1/2 cyber cafe and we each pick one thing to share?
    9:16 am

Wednesday, July 14

  1. msg Information Overload message posted Information Overload We came away with a lot from this conference. I hope that we will have time as a tech team to go ov…
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    We came away with a lot from this conference. I hope that we will have time as a tech team to go over what we learned and decide our next steps! Thanks Leah!
    1:48 pm

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