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    Session Title Maybe You Should Drive: Taking Control of Your Professional Development
    Session Description New tools provide powerful ways to find solutions, expand horizons, and pursue passions. Learn what tools to use, and how to use them most effectively.
    Theme and Strand Professional Learning:Professional Development
    Keywords rss, twitter, ning, passion, wagner
    Primary URL
    Exhibitor Status
    Commercial Content
    Audience Type Chief Technology Officers
Curriculum Specialists
Library Media Specialists
Staff Developers
School Board Members
Teacher Educators
Technology Coordinators
Technology Facilitators
Technology Integration Specialists
    Audience Level All
    Audience Skill Beginner
    Prerequisites All that is required is a web browser, an Internet connection, and familiarity with both.
    NETS•S 2, 3, 5
    NETS•T 3- 5

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    Purpose & Objectives Purpose:

To help educators take control of their own professional development using new two-way web tools such as RSS, twitter, and social networking.


Participants will be able to:
- Articulate their need for more flexible, on-demand, and just-in-time professional development.
- Recognize that they can meet these needs themselves by providing their own individualized and learner-driven professional development.
- Use advanced and specialized search techniques to meet their professional development needs.
- Use RSS, including shared items and postrank filtering, as an efficient professional development tool.
- Use microblogging, including filters and searches, as an efficient professional development tool.
- Use social networking, including online groups and forums, as an efficient professional development tool.
- Leave with a list of additional tools to explore as a part of their ongoing professional development.


Interactive Welcome Activity

Don't just search the web; find only specific types of results. Don’t just skim RSS feeds; read only the best posts. Don’t just follow anyone on Twitter; focus on the most relevant “tweets.” Don’t join every social network; join one for educators like you. Use each of these tools and techniques in the service of pursuing your own passion for learning and helping students succeed.

The Problem:
Educators Receive Too Little Professional Development
Educators Need PD that is Flexible, On-Demand, and Just-In-Time
No one is meeting these needs for you

The Solution:
You can meet these needs yourself!
Individualized Professional Development
Learner-Driven Professional Development


The Tools:
Search - Find what you need.
RSS - The latest comes to you.
Social Microblogging and Social Networks - Connect and learn with colleagues.
GDT Productivity Tools - Make the most of your time and your ideas.

The Techniques:
Advanced and Specialized Search (for Search) - 10 Minutes
Shared Items and PostRank Filtering (for RSS) - 10 Minutes
Filtering “tweets” for Links, Questions, & Keywords (For Social Microblogging w/Twitter) - 10 Minutes
Groups, Forums, and More on Google Groups and Ning, specifically Classroom 2.0 (for Social Networking) - 10 Minutes
More productivity tools: iWantSandy (a virtual secretary), Jott, Remember The Milk, and More - 10 Minutes


Learning to Network and Networking to Learn
Passion and Professional Development
The Workshop Wiki
Interactive Reflection Activity


Participants will be engaged throughout the session, beginning with an interactive welcome activity and ending with an interactive reflection activity. Questions will be encouraged often as the presenter checks for understanding, and additional time will be dedicated to questions at the end of the session. Those who bring their own laptop will also be able to follow along and explore additional resources using the workshop wiki.

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    Presenter Background Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as the president of the Educational Technology and Life Corporation, which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner is the CUEtoYOU professional development coordinator for Computer Using Educators, Inc (CUE), and the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) and California League of High Schools (CLHS). He writes for the Infinite Thinking Machine, a blog and Internet TV Show produced by WestEd and sponsored by Google. He is a Google Certified Teacher and now coordinates the Google Teacher Academy for CUE. In addition, he provides training for administrators through Orange County’s AB 430 program. His work with schools and districts includes writing educational technology plans, leading pilot projects for emerging technologies, coaching teachers, and working with parents to help them understand the powerful new tools their students use everyday.

Dr. Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. He is passionate about helping educators and students discover tools that can help them learn.


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