Designed for Global Nomads Group’s the second set of participants- the educators in the classrooms- these professional development sessions will provide an overview of the 2-part PULSE program- including the curriculum, expectations guidelines, and interactive videoconference tips and best practices. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to “virtually” meet one another and share their expectations and goals for all PULSE programs. What a great way to get everyone on the same page! These sessions are free for the teachers whose classes are participating in upcoming PULSE programs. New Links to New Learning members, if you are interested in any GNG videoconferences, let me know and I will help you get them scheduled (including this PD session).
GRADE LEVELS: 7-8; 9-12 | DATES: Thursday, January 27 or Wednesday, February 2
Tags: best practices, curriculum, Distance Learning, expectations guidelines, Global Nomads Group, GNG, interactive videoconference tips
Midwest Education Technology Conference
this February 8, 9, 10, 2010
registration begins October 1, 2009
Tags: assessment, curriculum, data, integration, media, METC, Midwest Education Technology Conference, networking, technology, Web 2.0, Wordle
The best answer to why videoconference is that it brings in a subject matter expert to classroom fills in curriculum gaps! Classroom teachers cannot be experts in every field.
The final session I attended today at USDLA was presented by Dawn Colavita of CILC. (Between NASA and CILC, I attended the www.thinkfinity.org presentation). Her presentation, Getting Optimum Mileage from Virtual Fieldtrips, explained why K-12 educators choose interactive videoconferencing, and how to find programs that work within curriculum. She highlighted the importance of virtual fieldtrip prepartion- communication between teachers and content providers is a critical element for a successful program (see NASA post below). Dawn discussed that teachers should review the videoconference objectives with students.
- allow participants an experience on camera prior to a videoconference
- remind students they are representing their classroom and school to others
- have students fill out evaluations on the videoconference, plus continue the lesson from the vc in the classroom (a larger project)
- teachers should also fill out evaluations- did it cover objectives? student learning covered? what did the teacher learn- any new strategies for their instruction?
- share vc successes with administrators- superintendents, principals; other teachers; parents & community
Tags: CILC, curriculum, Distance Learning, interactive videoconferencing, NASA, Virtual Fieldtrips
Janine Lim tagged me for the AllStudentsMeme. I enlisted the help of my colleague and office-mate, Stacey Franks, for this task! Here’s what we came up with:
1. All students can learn.
2. All students have different abilities and have the right for those abilities to be met at school.
3. All students come to school with an innate curiosity about the world.
Technology integration is a great way to enrich the curriculum and meet student needs. Using technology can raise achievement levels and keep kids engaged.
Bill, Cindy, Karen, you’re it!
Here are the instructions for this meme:
Read Martha’s original post from the Opening Digital Doors blog.
- Share three things that you believe about all students.
- Reflect on your thoughts in your blog.
- Be sure to link to this post and to where you were first tagged.
- Tag your response with AllStudentsMeme
- Invite others to join the conversation by tagging them to be a part of the meme.
Tags: AllStudentsMeme, curriculum, Janine Lim, technology
Videoconferencing Professional Development!
(right) is again teaching PICC, or Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections. The spring class starts April 14 and runs until May 9. I took this course three years ago (wow!) and really enjoyed it. It’s all online (using Moodle
), and educators from all over participate. It’s pretty cool. Graduate credit is available and there are “bulk” discounts- so grab a friend in your district & sign up today!
Tags: classroom, curriculum, Distance Learning, Moodle, professional development, Videoconferencing
Here are some ways St. Louis area schools are integrating videoconferencing into their curriculum at the end of January-
Malden High is learning about Animal Classification from the Toledo Zoo; Independence Elementary is participating in Chemistry Capers and talking about Who wants to be an Astronaut; Independence is also going to start to Celebrate China. Lafayette High will be learning about the Anatomy of a Human Brain and how to make Rustic Bread! Parkway North will be discussing Racism NOW with GNG. New Links members, what do you want to do? Let me know!
Tags: animal classification, astronaut, bread, China, curriculum, human brain, lessons, New Links to New Learning, racism, videoconference