Archive for January, 2008

Links for 2008-01-31

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Links for 2008-01-28

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Researcher’s Log 2008-01-25

Friday, January 25th, 2008

1:22 pm – Yesterday I completed the summary for the motivation and engagement section. It took approximately two hours to complete. My first summary today, the context section, took about an hour. Social Learning is taking longer. I hope to finish all of the summaries this afternoon and send out the Round 3 survey today.

1:44 pm – Social Learning took about 90 minutes to compose. I believe that 21st century skills and reflection will go much more quickly… and I am considering cutting the “other” category from this round. I think I fished out any interesting responses last time… and with the extra added reading for questions 1 through 5, I’d love to be able to cut one question again.

3:06 pm – The reflection section was very short, so I’m considering still keeping the “other” question. Working on it now.

4:43 pm – I just emailed out the Round 3 questionnaire. In the end I decided to focus the final (6th) question on the issues that the participants focused on in Round 2. So, question 6 focused on logistics, including cost, resistance, and organizational change. Other more minor benefits and concerns were dropped from this round. I look forward to the results. Perhaps in the intervening week I will read more for the literature realignment.

Researcher’s Log 2008-01-23

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

2:02 pm – Back to coding again. I’m noting that there is a developing consensus. Some participants are saying things such as “all the responses above are very valid,” “nothing to add,” and “there is absolutely no question.”

3:56 pm – For question five, I created a slightly difference coding scheme using one of the following letters as the second character in the code:

a – agree
d – disagree
i – idea

4:53 pm – I’ve completed coding. I’m unsure how to proceed with composing Round 3. I used an outliner to arrange and group codes for Round 2. But there are many more codes for Round 3 and I’m unsure if that approach will work, but I am attempting it to begin with.

5:12 pm – The outline approach appears promising. I also ran a “Count” report in TAMS, which lists all codes and their frequency of appearance. I imported this into a numbers spreadsheet and sorted by the number of appearances. 86 of the 119 codes I’ve used only appear once, so my first two characters (which categorize the codes) are critical in making the information useful. Those characters are driving my organization of the codes in my outliner, which will in turn drive my composition of the round three questions. It is already clear that my six Round 3 questions will focus on these topics:

1. Motivation and Engagement
2. Context-Embedded Learning
3. Social Learning
4. 21st Century Skills (for which I am seeking a different name.)
5. Reflection
6. Logistics (including resistance and time.)

The outline went well and I think I’m ready to compose new summaries (tomorrow). I still wonder about how best to approach the questions. Perhaps I will ask them what statement they disagree with (or agree with) most strongly and why.

EduCon 2.0 Press Release (via Gary Stager)

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Please pitch in by passing on this press release to traditional media, including major national outlets. See Gary Stager’s original release and list of media here.

Media Advisory

(1/23/08 Philadelphia, PA)

First-of-its-kind Educon 2.0 conference to be held in Philadelphia, January 25-27, 2008. Conference organized online by educators seeking to invent the future of public education.

More than 200 educators from 30 states will participate in the unique Educon 2.0 Conference this Friday-Sunday at the Philadelphia Public Schools’ Science and Leadership Academy. The conference will feature 45 presentations and conversations about improving public education and keeping it viable in the digital age. Unlike many discussions of schooling and education reform, Educon 2.0 provides a venue in which practicing educators will shape the future of their profession. Classroom teachers and world-renowned education leaders will travel to Philadelphia at their-own expense to share the Educon 2.0 experience. Educon 2.0 represents a grassroots movement with growing influence.

Conference sessions will be webcast and archived so others may share in the experience, regardless of geography. Web 2.0 tools, including: Wikis, blogs, Twitter, Ning and uStream.tv will be used to keep the conference alive long after the physical conference ends.

Educon 2.0 represents the following opportunities for members of the media:

  • Access to leading futurists, authors and education experts

  • Examples of innovative classroom practice using computers and the read/write web
  • Visit one of the nation’s most innovative and high-tech public school, The Science and Leadership Academy
  • Discuss the affordances and constraints of social networking, online collaboration, research and blogging with high school students and their teachers
  • Learn how emerging Web technologies are being used to shape the future of teaching and learning

View the complete program and pre-conference discussions at: http://educon20.wikispaces.com/

For more information, contact:

Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy
Email: clehmann@scienceleadership.org
Address: 55 N. 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.979.5620
Fax: 215.567.2809

Links for 2008-01-23

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Researcher’s Log 2008-01-22

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

8:36 pm – Last night I setup TAMS Analyzer for Round 2 analysis. I needed to re-learn how to create a new xtprj file and begin populating the code browser. With that preparation out of the way, tonight I begin coding the Round 2 responses so I can compose round three. In the previous round, the direction was very clear. Participant responses to my initial questions provided the detail necessary to write summaries for Round 2 and ask more focused questions. Now, though, the amount of detail looks overwhelming. How do I proceed?

In the case of the “other” question (question #5 in Round 2), the direction is clear. The issues that were ignored will not reappear in Round 3. There were two or three clear “favorites” (wether as benefits or concerns) that will reappear in Round 3. However, with the first four questions (motivation, context, inquiry, and social learning), the participants have provided still more data. Perhaps after I’ve coded the responses the direction will be clear. If I were to predict at this point I would guess that Round 3 might take this form: longer more detailed summaries followed by a question similar to Round 2 number 5 that asks them to take issue with one benefit and/or one concern. That way, what I will be left with is an even better “summary” for the final consensus check, when they will be asked to rate their level of consensus with the final summary. I’ll move forward with this in mind.

8:44 pm – My coding scheme has improved. I now include a two letter sequence before the primary word of the code. The first letter denotes the question topic (such as “m” for motivation) and the second letter denotes the response (such as “b” for benefit). Additional responses are listed below:

b – benefit
c – concern
n – need
i – idea

Teaching Administrators About Blogging

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I’m here with a room full of administrators from my old district, and we’re discussing these three familiar questions:

1. What is a blog? A community, a place to post information, a web log… interactive… there’s an expectation of interaction… allows people to comment… subjective (as opposed to objective)… uncensored (could be concerning if students have blogs)… how is a blog different from MySpace?

2. What is the read/write web? you can read stuff… and then write!… is that like IM? or Blackboard?… wikipedia.. you can edit and collaborate (in a document)… visionary…

3. What do these technologies mean for your students? unlimited access to information (or opinion)… they have to learn to filter all this information… we may need to focus on this element more…

I can tell it’s 2008, but we still have our work cut out for us. Please leave comments for these administrators sharing your thoughts.

Links for 2008-01-20

Sunday, January 20th, 2008
  • NHR – Network Home Redirector
    I would’ve loved this in my days as a site tech coordinator, and I’ll recommend it to my clients: “redirect some [home directory] traffic to the local machine, instead of taxing your network and your AFP servers.”
    (tags: homedirectory osx server)
  • Kunes-OSX
    I also would’ve been stoked to have this site. Amanda Kunes assembled these resources for her Leopard Server workshop at the Macworld Educator Academy.
    (tags: osx server)

Links for 2008-01-19

Saturday, January 19th, 2008