- Black 13 I’m selling my Macbook on eBay. Interested? Purchase includes: Black 13″ Macbook (2 GH, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB HD, Built-In iSight, Mac OS X “Leopard” 10.5), power cable, VGA converter, DVI converter, and brand new battery. Tags: on 2008-12-28 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from cgi.ebay.com
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This event has been a long time in the making… and there are many more details to come, but registration is now open and I wanted to share it here first. It will be going out via the usual channels at CUE and elsewhere in the new year, but you saw it here first. ;)
Lead Learning 2009: A Summer Institute For Professional Developers
Check-In begins at 2 PM on Sunday July 19, 2009.
Celebration and Reflection Lunch ends at 2 PM on Wednesday July 22, 2009.
The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, California 93023
Are you an educator responsible for others’ professional development? If so…
It’s Your Turn to Learn!
Lead Learning 2009 is an intensive three-day summer institute designed to help professional developers learn innovative ways technology can enhance their work. This program is ideal for BTSA coordinators, ELD coordinators, Educational Technology coordinators, Professional Development coordinators, and any administrator or teacher leader responsible for training other educators.
The Lead Learning Institute is hosted in a unique instructional environment at Thacher School in Ojai, California. The Institute Faculty uses intense immersion methodology to create a transformative hands-on learning experience for each participant. Room and board is included so all participants live, eat, and even relax on the picturesque campus. A low student to faculty ratio, small working groups, and unlimited access to wireless Internet (and other school resources) makes the institute a powerful 24/7 learning experience.
Participants will learn to use ubiquitous and free technology to gather data, to facilitate better face-to-face instruction, to enable asynchronous collaboration between meetings, and to share the results of their work with stakeholders – or the world. Workshops will explore the role of face-to-face professional development in the age of streaming video and podcasts. Techniques for keeping training relevant and for tapping into participants’ passions will be shared.
The institute will also focus on the importance of professional developers cultivating their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) online. Participants will “learn to network” so they can then “network to learn” when they return to work in the coming year.
Build a foundation for your own professional development by joining us for this memorable event on the beautiful Central California Coast. It’s your turn to learn!
Tuition: $850, Including Room and Board (Accommodations for three nights, arriving Sunday July 19th and departing Wednesday July 22nd; nine meals, beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with Lunch on Wednesday.)
This event will be lead by Dr. Mark Wagner, CUE’s Professional Development Coordinator, and a cadre of experienced CUE Lead Learners, including Google Certified Teachers, Apple Distinguished Educators, and special guest speakers.
I’d love to hear any feedback or reactions to this program description in the comments. And as I mentioned, more information will be coming soon on a separate website dedicated to the event. :)
I just opened registration for an iPod in Education workshop scheduled during the OCCUE Tech Fair on January 24th. If you are in the area and are interested in a workshop that includes both the iPod Touch and over two hours of inspirational ideas for educational use, please sign up. :)
iPod Touch in Education
January 24, 2009
8:30 to 10:50 AM
St. John’s Lutheran School
Learn how the revolutionary iPod Touch is the ultimate in mobile learning. Store, organize and access media â€“ plus browse the web! Receive a 16 GB iPod Touch. “Learn It, Take It, Use It!” (Ticketed Focus Session, 2 hrs 20 min, $399, Includes iPod Touch)
Robert EM Craven
Coordinator Educational Technology
Orange County Department of Education
I’ll post the workshop links as soon as I have them. In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own (or your own favorite) iPod Touch in education resources in the comments. And let me know if you have any questions about this workshop – or would like to bring one to your own site, of course. :)
- Apple Learning Interchange – Apple Distinguished Educators – 2009 Think you have what it takes to be an Apple Distinguished Educator? Find out. Applications are open for the 2009 cohort.Tags: on 2008-12-19 and saved by 18 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from edcommunity.apple.com
- Strategies for Making Professional Development Work A couple of great blog posts from Jennifer Dorman about… well, making professional development work. ;) Tags: on 2008-12-19 and saved by 3 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from sharetabs.com
- Rachelâ€™s Blog Â» Leahâ€™s Thankful Too This is an amazing post about children and cell phones from Baby Singing Time’s Rachel Coleman. And remember, Leah’s deaf. Tags: on 2008-12-19 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.signingtime.com
- Steve Hargadon: Stressed Over NECC Rejections? Don’t Be. NECC acceptances and (more importantly) rejections came out this week… and Steve Hargadon seized the opportunity to mention that the annual edubloggercon and NECC Unplugged will be back again this year. Read all about it… Tags: on 2008-12-19 and saved by 4 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.stevehargadon.com
- Wikispaces Blog Â» Blog Archive Â» Create Accounts for Your Students Yourself Wikispaces now has a User creator so teachers can create student accounts in bulk themselves… without any need for students to have an email address. The folks at Wikispaces have been great about doing this for teachers, but it’s even better to have a tool available now. :) tags: wikispaces
- DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms This article includes a workaround for creating student email accounts for use with Google Docs (and other web services that require email accounts). It also reminds me of sci-fi books I’ve read where the bad guys send messages from one-time email accounts. ;) tags: googledocs, temporaryemail
- ISTE Games and Simulations for Teaching and Learning – Games and simulations focused on teaching and learning ISTE’s Games and Simulations SIG now has a Ning: “This social network is focused on the use/design of games and simulations and how they can and are impacting both teaching and learning.” tags: iste, edugames
This was written for a recent train-the-trainers workshop I lead for educational technology professional developers. I thought it might be worth sharing here as well. I hope some of you find this helpful – and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic in the comments.
Participants’ evaluations of a professional development session are an
important way to collect feedback regarding what went well (that you
can build on for the future) and what went poorly (that you can do
differently in the future). It is also an opportunity for participants
to request additional follow up. Be sure to include an evaluation after
each professional development session you lead.
If participants will be sitting in front of a computer, you can offer the evaluation online using a service such as surveymonkey.com. (Effective surveys can also be created using forms on Google Docs,
but dedicated services like Survey Moneky still provide more survey
specific features and analysis.) Even if participants are not in front
of a computer, the value of having evaluation data in an easy to use
electronic format might make it worth while to email participants a
link to the survey to complete at their convenience – rather than
handing out paper forms at the end of an event.
Evaluations might be best if kept to a few very specific and very short
questions using a Likert-type scale. Ten might be the maximum number of
questions you should expect participants to answer. Be sure that each
question is asking only one thing (so that participant responses are
not ambiguous) and be sure that each question will provide data you
will actually use. Otherwise, don’t waste the participant’s time with
the question. Ideally, of course, you should ask questions that focus
on the things that are important for you to get right – or that you are
working on. A glance at the questions in the sample evaluation below
will reveal something about what I value and what I think makes good
Also, always be sure to leave an opportunity for open-ended feedback at
the end of the evaluation. The opportunity to express themselves
through natural language is the best opportunity for participants to
share suggestions for improvements – or to share praise for what you
did well. I always find the open ended responses the most valuable at
the end of the day… both for making changes in the future and for
feeling good about a job well done. Also, these responses will often
shed light on otherwise confusing responses to the closed (multiple
Finally, give participants the opportunity to leave you their contact
information (particularly their email). This can be invaluable for
contacting them regarding follow up – and make it possible for you to
contact them regarding future professional development opportunities.
It is best, however, if leaving contact information is optional for
participants. This way, it is still possible for them to complete the
survey anonymously, which will make it more likely you will receive
honest (and helpful) feedback.
The sample evaluation (and results) below are representative of the
online evaluations I use for all workshops that I lead or arrange.
Sample Results (based on what is entered into the sample evaluation above)
I’d love to hear your comments or feedback on this sample evaluation (or on this post in general). How do you handle evaluations for workshops you’ve lead? What have been some of your challenges and how did you overcome them (if you did)? Or… what have you seen as a participant that you’ve appreciated or disliked? In other words, what makes a good professional development evaluation? I look forward to learning from what you might share.
- Future of Education – Home Another project from Steve Hargadon… coming soon. I’m interested… tags: education, future, stevehargadon
- Conversations.net – Home “Search the conversations of the Web”: This is a simple and cool search tool put together by Steve Hargadon (founder of Classroom 2.0 and Support Blogging). It can be useful in tracking conversations on social networking sites (like ning), social microblogging sites (like Twitter), and others. tags: conversations.net, search, twitter, ning, socialnetworking, socialmicroblogging, stevehargadon
I led five workshops at the 2008 CLMS/CLHS/NHSA and CUE Technology Conference. Below are links to the resources for each event:
- An Introduction to Personal Learning Networks (Workshop Wiki)
- Personal Learning Networks for PLCs (Workshop Wiki)
- Google’s Greatest Hits (Streaming Video Archive)
- Using Technology to Support TCSII Recommendations (Workshop Wiki)
- The League Learning Network (No Materials… Just an Intro)
Please feel free to contact me for further details or related information.
- macosxhints.com – 10.5: Repair Time Machine after logic board changes I used Migration Assistant to move my data to my new Macbook via Ethernet cable. Time Machine, though, sees these as two different Macs… the process described in this post should help me rectify the problem and continue my backups from the new Mac. Thanks to Jeremy Davis for the tip. I’ll let you all know if it works. UPDATE: Worked perfectly! tags: timemachine, terminal
- Â» Hakia Bright ideas Another human powered search engine: “Hakia is a search engine that prides itself on bringing credible websites to the searcher. Librarians are able to submit websites they wish to recommend to Hakia. By adding non commercial, peer reviewed websites, search results are smaller, but more reliable. Currently the credible searches only cover the topics of health and environment.” tags: hakia
- Everything you always wanted to know about Googleâ€¦ “This presentation gives a great overview of the companyâ€™s overall strategy and the reasons it has become what it is today.” I’m finding the book The Google Story By David A. Vise & Mark Malseed an interesting (and inspiring) read, too. tags: google
- ShoutEm – Roll your own Microblogging Social Networking This has been open in a browser tab for at least a week, but it’s very cool… similar to using Ning to create your own social network, ShoutEm will let you create your own microblogging community. This is a bit like edmodo which was more focused on teachers and students, but I love the anonymous posting feature in ShoutEm. Steve Dembo has a good example here: http://teach42.shoutem.com/ tags: microblogging, shoutem
- Air Mouse Ken Shelton’s right – I want to try this out: Air Mouse is an in air accelerometer based mouse that also features a touch pad. tags: iphone, mouse, remote
- twitter4teachers / FrontPage A massive list of educators using twitter… categorized by job role… including principals and much much more. This is a good place for a beginner to add individuals to their Personal Learning Network. tags: twitter, twitter4teachers, education, teacher, PLN
- Twellow :: Twitter Search Directory, Twitter Search Engine Search for people on Twitter. It seems to work. tags: Twitter, search
- Curriki – WebHome Hadn’t posted this before and an attendee mentioned it in a workshop: “Curriki, the online education community, is building the first website to offer free, open-source instructional materials for K-12. We have thousands of free worksheets, lesson plans, exams, project ideas and activities for English language arts, math, science, social studies, technology integration and other subjects. All of our educational material is contributed by teachers and partners and is free and open source.” tags: curriculum, wiki
- Dailymotion – Mapple – The Simpsons, a video from aarplane. mapple, apple, simpsons, bart, mipod A very funny video (thanks to Jenith Mishne for passing it on): At the Springfield Mall, Lisa Simpson is amazed at (M)Apple products. And Comic book guy talks about the benefits of OS 4.0. She “inherits” Krusty’s old miPod… tags: funny, apple, simpsons
- Â» What Part Do You Play in Education Technology Deployment F.R. â€œFritzâ€ Nordengren Edublogger F.R. â€œFritzâ€ Nordengren posts a riff on a welcome activity I use that includes an old EDS commercial about “Building Airplanes in The Sky” – which is an obvious metaphor for educational chancge. Fritz asks “who is represented by the actors in the commercial?” That would make an interesting activity. :) tags: welcomeactivity, nordengren
- iPhone in Education (Photo) This is awesome… attendees at Leslie Fisher’s iPhone in Education workshop on Saturday all raise their iPhones for the camera. Cool shot. tags: iphone, education, lesliefisher
- Educaching, A GPS-Based Curriculum for Teachers This looks interesting… it’s Geocaching for education. Cool. tags: educaching, geocaching
- Rachelâ€™s Blog Here’s one more post from Rachel Coleman of Baby Signing Time… and it’s one of the more brave (and moving) blog posts I’ve read. I’m impressed… and I’m hooked. And it’s great to see these technologies (blogs & twitter) being used in such an inspiring way outside of ed tech… although I suppose Baby Signing Time videos are educational technology if anything is. :) tags: babysigningtime, bst, rachelcoleman
- Rachelâ€™s Blog Â» Signing Time is No Longer on Public TV Baby Signing Time is no longer on public TV… and it should be. Read all about it here, and then pass this along to anyone you think can help provide 1.5 million a year for the project. It’s amazing what Rachel and her family have already put into this. tags: babysigningtime, bst, rachelcoleman
- Twitter / ST_Rachel So Clark is actually watching Baby Signing Time when I get an email saying “Rachel Coleman is following you” from Twitter. I don’t make the connection right away, but click through – and sure enough, it’s Rachel from Baby Signing Time! Very cool. tags: babysigningtime, bst, st_rachel, rachelcoleman
- KOCE The copyright site for teachers and administrators from Janet English at KOCE, our local PBS station. tags: copyright, KOCE
- Google Book Search Google books now has magazines! Thanks to GCT Jerry Crisci for the tip. tags: google, books, magazines, search
- Autism Speaks Social Network The highlight of my workshop yesterday was helping three special ed administrators to Google “ning autism” and discovering this. tags: autism, socialnetwork
- Social Networks in Education Â» home I also hadn’t seen this until yesterday’s workshop… it’s a list of Social Networks created for educational purposes, not unlike the list of wikis at http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com or the list of blogs at http://www.supportblogging.com. tags: socialnetworking, education, ning, wiki
- bubbl.us – free web application for brainstorming online Here’s another online mind mapping application. I hadn’t seen it until someone in a workshop found it on Classroom 2.0. tags: mindmap
I’m happy to have been a part of bringing this service to CUE, so I’m sharing the news here as well.
Through a new partnership with Global Classroom, CUE is excited to offer online courses to its members! Global Classroom has delivered online professional development to teachers since 2004 and has a wide array of technology-focused courses. This great benefit is now available to all CUE members. This partnership will provide low-cost professional development in a flexible online environment to teachers throughout the state. And a portion of each registration will also help support CUE’s mission! More…
Check out the course options and register today!
Incidentally, this is one of the few services CUE offers that’s available to readers of this blog from anywhere in the world. Of course, if you’re interested in brining CUEtoYOU face-to-face professional development (or perhaps the Google Learning Institute in particular) to you, we’re willing to travel anywhere on the globe. :)