The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting the Reluctant Teacher I want to talk about a mythical creature – the Reluctant Teacher. This teacher has no desire to try anything new – it either does not interest them, or they do not see how it can possibly improve the way they teach. Despite the whole school, and even the whole profession heading in a particular direction, the Reluctant Teacher does their bit in holding back the tide. After all, they know best. Eventually, though, the impossible happens, and they yield, cautiously embracing change. But how does this happen? Don’t pair up your “strong” teacher with your Reluctant Teacher. Do let teachers know that this is training – that is, they are allowed to try new things and fail, without any concerns of being judged. Don’t set up templates for your Reluctant Teacher. Do show them effective, simple and manageable reasons to use technology. Don’t encourage using technology just because it is available. Do avoid the glitz – show them function instead. Do show relevant examples – not generic ones.
Five Questions For The (Technology) Leader As I am have been transitioning into a Technology Leadership role I have been thinking a lot about how to lead and drive real change in an environment where the pressures are clear. Technology is often seen as another thing. "I don't have time to worry about technology. I have to get my kids ready for the test," is something we hear all the time. So, each day I ask myself 5 questions that help me focus my vision and goals for what I am trying to do. 1) Where are we, as an organization going? 2) What are we doing to carry out our mission? 3) What are we doing to make learning better for kids? 4) What connections can we make today? 5) What am I going to do to be better for kids? Everyday is chance to do something great.
70+ ways to start using ICT and multimedia in the classroom The Power Of The Lurker Any one who knows me or reads my blog and Tweets knows I am a big advocate of social learning. The idea that we don't have to be the smartest or be an expert in everything should be a big relief in the classroom. When I started teaching I did everything I could to make sure I knew more than my students. Looking back, I know I wasted a great deal of time and many teachable moments with that attitude. I don't have to know everything. I have a network of people that I am plugged into that can help me, advise me, suggest for me and point me in the right direction when I am wrong. It's this idea of social learning, however that I have struggled with since I entered the space. I have heard rumblings, now and then, that the only way you can learn on Twitter or other social networks is to contribute. Yes, it is very difficult to learn if no one shares. When I teach Twitter now I don't start with sign up. So, when I am doing my Twitter PD I start with searches. There is power in lurking.
The Best Free Task Management Tools for Teachers While reading The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption , a great book which I will review in the Book Review section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning as soon as I finish it, I got the idea of compiling a list of some of the best task management tools that can help you effectively manage your tasks online and stay organized. Check out the list below and share with us your suggestions : 1- Free Time Management Tools Talking about task management is inherently talking about time management and the list of tools I compiled in this article will provide you with the necessary tools to manage your time online. 2- Free Sticky Notes tools Sticky Note tools are also very important elements in managing your task online and organizing your infrmation, links , resources, and online data. 3- Free Note Taking Tools Check out these 9 free tools that you can use to take notes online. 3- Workflowy 4- Tasskr 5- Trello 6- Any.Do 7- Thought Boxes 8- 42 Tasks 9- Todoist 10- Lazy Meter
Using ICT to support classroom practice and professional learning of MFL teachers Download Edutalk Joe Dale ICT MFL mp3 Being asked to appear on the last live Edutalk show of 2012 and give my take on how language teachers are currently using technology in and out the classroom was an absolute pleasure. Unsurprisingly, I championed the impact of the MFL Twitterati on classroom practice and shared my top tips for nuturing a successful subject specific community. Below is a summary of our discussion. Feel free to leave a comment here or get in touch via Twitter if you'd like to know more. Thanks of course to David and John for inviting me on!
Rules of Engagement; or, How to Build Better Online Discussion | Online Learning All participation is not equal. Digital media prompt us for comments, but in an academic setting we should harness this cultural habit to teach the difference between expressing opinion and authentic engagement. Professors often feel unfulfilled by poorly designed peer review exercises with their students. In an Intro to Psychology course, you might build an online discussion prompt that asks students to compare or contrast the differences between two competing theories. Let’s take a step back to lively class discussion that happens in a brick-and-mortar class. Divide students into staged groups that rotate with different assignments. In an article for Educause (2010), Linda Deneen interviews professor and mentor-teacher Helen Mongan-Rallis and her student-teacher Kyle Keegan, focusing on their experience in fully online and hybrid classrooms. Sometimes I see that students who excel at face-to-face get affirmation from other students, and then they begin to do better online.
30+ Creative Studio Backdrop Ideas for Photographers on a Budget You are here: Blog Home » MCP Thoughts » 30+ Creative Studio Backdrop Ideas for Photographers on a Budget There are dozens of incredible backdrop companies in the marketplace now. When I first started shooting, you pretty much were limited in studio to heavy muslin backdrops or large paper rolls. For newer photographers and for those on a budget, we created a list of things you can use for backdrops in your studio, Big thanks to all those who contributed on my Facebook. Image by Tashana Klonius Designs Ideas for backdrops to use inside your home or studio: Now it is your turn. Previous Post: Which Photoshop Actions Recipe Do You Prefer?