Paul Clapton-Caputo on Twitter: " #decd #digitalcitizenship #elearning #digital #EdTechSA Use a technology appropriately. New #sketchnote: The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship… Pkcc1 : #decd #digital #literacy via... CHOICE AT A STAFF MEETING. On Monday 12 August forty three (43) @materdeiwagga teachers participated in a Professional Learning Meeting where they were provided with an extensive amount of choice by “setting their own agenda”.
That “agenda” can be found at The focus of the meeting was on “Non-Commissioned Work” such as research or project work. There was a clear understanding that the time afforded to the “open agenda” meeting was not meant for “commissioned work” of marking, programming, preparation and/or summative assessment. At the end of the meeting, 43 teachers participated in a survey. That survey can be found at The findings from the survey included….. Teachers were asked to respond to the statement, “I appreciated the opportunity to make choices about my professional learning.” 35 teachers responded “5” 5 teachers responded “4” 3 teachers responded “3” Reflection: Teachers overwhelmingly appreciated the opportunity to make choices about their professional learning. RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us.
Learning First, Technology Second. I wanted to try my hand at writing a series of blog posts on “Leading Innovative Change”. As I am looking at writing a book on the same topic, I thought I would put some ideas out there and hopefully learn from others on these topics. I also want to give these ideas away for free. These posts are for anyone in education, but are mostly focused on school administrators. In all of these, the idea that administrators openly model their learning will only accelerate a culture of innovation and risk taking. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Brenda Learning First, Technology Second “Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. A few years ago, our school district was strictly a “BlackBerry” environment for mobile devices.
The thing was that this was not easy for our Information Technology Department to manage as moving away from a “standard” and moving to a much more open environment it is tough to control. Looks Can Be Deceiving Four Questions So how do we get this culture to change? How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation. The leaders of a school or school district play a big role in setting the culture and work environment for teachers. And when it comes to trying new things, the attitude of principals and superintendents can sometimes make or break a teacher’s willingness and ability to weave new ideas and methods into the teaching practice.
In most schools, strong, effective leaders can make all the difference. In addition to setting the tone for nimble and progressive teaching that’s geared towards what students need most, school leaders can also find ways to integrate technology in smart ways that work on the same goals. And they can help to remove roadblocks when necessary. “A key leadership role is to try to build a shared vision for blended learning,” said Eric Williams, Superintendent York County School Division in Virginia. Williams also tries to model blended learning for his staff, to help them get acclimated to an idea that didn’t exist throughout most of their careers. Related. Teacher-Collaboration-Rubric.
Excellence Lies Within. I wanted to try my hand at writing a series of blog posts on “Leading Innovative Change.” As I am looking at writing a book on the same topic, I thought I would put some ideas out there and hopefully learn from others on these topics. I also want to give these ideas away for free. These posts are for anyone in education, but are mostly focused on school administrators. In all of these, the idea that administrators openly model their learning will only accelerate a culture of innovation and risk-taking. You can read the first two posts in the series: 1. Learning First, Technology Second2. Cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Sander van Dijk“It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity.”
Years ago as a teacher, I wanted to start a blog as I had just recently heard about them and wanted to see how they would work in the classroom. Pretty tough when you are not allowed. New Beginning Culture of Risk Taking. Honouring Change. Below is a picture of my Dad: That picture was taken in 1958 at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where many immigrants came to Canada to make a better life. My Dad left his parents and siblings, came to this country with less than 20 dollars in his pocket, couldn’t speak a word of english, nor read and write. He worked his way up from being a dishwasher to owning his own restaurant for decades and gave his kids everything. I get nervous about travelling to another country that I can’t speak the language, let alone leaving my family to live there. His story is not unique though as probably many of you reading this have a similar story in your family of someone that took a huge risk to ultimately give you the opportunity to do what you do today.
Seems pretty insignificant when we complain about something like moving from Microsoft Word to Google Apps, doesn’t it? Change is not necessarily a bad thing. So many people that paved the way for us to have the lives we do today understood this. The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee. Five%20Dysfunctions%20of%20a%20Team. SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs SmartBlogs. Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and one-to-one devices, money is flowing into programs and tools for schools like never before, but are these technology devices and tools making a worthwhile impact considering the cost? Who’s leading such implementation and reform?
As these tools become more prevalent in schools, it’s school leaders that will make or break the success of such innovative programs and ultimately help determine if the monetary investments were worthwhile. Administrators that exhibit digital leadership will undoubtedly have a higher return on such investments in technology. Schools without such leaders face an uphill battle. How can administrators exhibit such digital leadership? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.