My 25% PD

Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like every link you click on is perfect, makes you think, or say to yourself “Thank god….I’m not crazy”? That was yesterday for me. I feel like yesterday I might have actually met my 25% PD Time. This is a series of blog posts that I started back in February of 2006 after I finished reading the Standards for Staff Development by the National Staff Development Council (looking over it again I see a lot of what Dan Pink talks about in his book Drive and motivation).  Anyway…here is the brain thumping blog posts, articles, research, and videos that I found yesterday that have my mind in a swirl. 1) Conrad Wolfram’s TED Talk video: Fantastic stuff that I can’t wait to share with my math teachers. Also check out his computerbasedmath.org site.  2) Project Red: Do 1:1 Right or Don’t do it at all: ZDnet has a good take on this and it’s always great to have research that shows that 1:1 computing works when implemented correctly. I think this goes with Conrad’s video above about using computers the right way! Complete PDF of research here.  3) The Future will be Personalized: Techcrunch has a good article on what the future looks like and how technology will play a role in our personalization of information.  4) Facebook Messaging, Teens and School Work: Can Facebook Be a Social Learning Network?: Someone actually asked Mark Zuckerburg about Facebook and education. From Mashable: 5:50: Is education an opportunity for Facebook? Zuckerberg responds that if someone builds a great application, there’s a huge opportunity. We’ll see where this goes…and is this a call out to developers to build an educational app for Facebook? We’ll see what happens. 5) The 21st Century Learner: Sent to me by my IT Director this morning.   Now you can see why my head is spinning. If we’re looking at the future of education, there is a lot of stuff we can take away just from this one day spent on the Internet. There are so many possibilities and I would even say that many of us know it needs to change. So what’s the problem? I think Conrad Wolfram has a great visual at the end of his presentation that sums it up. We need something completely new, not just an improvement on education, a whole new idea on school and the...

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My 25% PD

Back at it again. Yesterday was the kids first day at school and even thought it was a short week for them, it seemed long to the rest of us. The last couple of days before kids show up is always a tug of war between meetings and class prep time. But some how, some way, we always find a way to be ready when they come walking through the door. So here I am with my first 25% PD of the 06-07 school year. If you are wondering where this comes from you can read my first post here. I didn’t keep track this week but I’m probably close to 300 minutes of PD our of the 525 I need to make 25%. Not bad, but I’ll do better! At the techlearning blog there has been a good debate on Flickr and the use in schools. Flickr-ing-OUTFlickr-ing-IN In two weeks my 7th graders will be making a digital story on some aspect of the history of computers or the Internet which makes David Jakes Photostory 3 Screencast Tutorials a must! David Warlick posted about Karl Fisch’s presentation Did you Know. (Which I was able to get to now that blogger is unblocked here! YEAH) A must have for anyone giving PD at the beginning of the year. A powerful way to get people thinking. Thanks for sharing Karl! On the bus this morning I listened to David Warlick’s Connect Learning podcast #69 The conversation part at the beginning was so good that I got to school and promptly e-mailed it to my admin. Steve at Teach42 has a great entry on cheating that every teacher should read. Placed around with Elgg.net for awhile. It Moodle and Elgg get together…I want it! And my favorite this week comes from Alicia via Bud the Teacher: I was smiling walking into the building thinking about the minds that I would get to meet and mold and form. I looked over the balcony, down at the kids, thinking that those were the students I would get to know over the next nine months. Months from now I will look down and know who they were, but for a few moments they were just a mass of khakis and polos, tucked in. They looked sharp. They were potential. This is why we teach, why we come to work everyday, and why we love...

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My 25% PD- Prensky Podcast

My 25% PD came in the form of an hour bus ride this morning. There was enough thought provoking information in that 1 hour, I feel, to be considered my 25% PD for the week. I’m really starting to love this hour bus ride I have in the morning. Of course I’m not driving which makes all the difference, and I’m finally getting a system down for loading podcasts on my Palm T5. So yesterday I read Will’s post Engaging Teachers, and then went to Ewan’s site to get the link to the Marc Prensky podcast (There’s connectivism for ya!). So this morning I was excited to jump on the bus sit back and listen. Listen I did, but the sitting back part lasted about 2 minutes as I found myself quickly scrambling for a piece of paper to take notes on. A Flat World: This hit me about 5 minutes into the podcast. Here I sit on a bus in Shanghai listening to a presentation that I would have never had the opportunity to listen to with such ease just 5 years ago. On top of that we talk about how information is becoming free, but in this case it’s actually saving me money. If I were to fly to Shropshire to actually attend Prensky’s presentation the flight alone would have cost me about $1,000. That doesn’t include hotel, food, etc. So I’m sure it’s about $2,000 by the time everything is said and done. Instead, I’ll spend that $2,000 while in South Africa this summer and still get the information. I thank Marc and the Shropshire County Council for saving me $2,000 and allowing me to listen in on the presentation.“If people want to learn, they will find a way.” Prensky says this at one point at the beginning of the podcast and makes reference to China. He is absolutely correct. I’m telling you, if you want to test out just how strong your firewall and proxy servers are, have an exchange student from China join your school. I have learned way more than I ever wanted to know about ways to get around a proxy or firewall. China is doing all it can to filter the information, but if you want to learn something or really want to go to this or that site, there’s a way to do it. If we engage our students in...

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My 25% PD

Time got away from me today. But here is what I consider my PD for the week. Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk BlogDoin’ something about DOPA  (and all the links that go with it!)Interview questions David Warlick’s 2 cents worth Blog Why Kids Blog The Cost of Information Christopher Harris (Infomancy )School Library 2.0 http://www.overduemedia.com/ If you’re a librarian and not reading this you are missing out on a daily laugh. My personal favorite: From gapingvoid http://www.bitsplitter.net/vagablog/  a piece of software I’m trying to get to work on my Palm T5 for moblogging at NECC so I don’t have to carry around my laptop. So far I’ve been unsuccessful. Not sure if it’s the schools network or if I have something set up wrong. Using RSS feeds and RSS feed readers  A screencast I made this week for U Tech Tips. No better way to learn something than to teach it to...

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My 25% PD

I didn’t pose my 25% PD last week. For some reason I am finding it harder and harder to actually sit down and write. I find it really easy to sit down and read. I’ve probably read more in the past year then at any other time in my life. That’s a good thing I guess, I just have to remember to take time to reflect on what I’m reading. Healthier Testing Made Easy : A great article on assessment from Edutopia and a related link to a Grant Wiggins video interview . Miguel Guhlin : Do I have to say any more? Will somebody please go over to Miguel’s house and take away the Deep Change book…and then ship it to me. 🙂 If you haven’t been reading Miguel’s blog lately you are missing out on some great postings. Everything he writes is worth reading but here are a few of my favorites over the past two weeks. Absolute Surrender Voices Not a Whisper Truth 3 Simple Ways to Bypass Filters and just so there is no mistake about it myspace.com myspace.com myspace.com . The thing that I find interesting about this whole filtering conversation is, shouldn’t I be the one complaining? I live in China, which has been in the headlines a lot lately about the filtering of content. Funny thing is, I think I have less content blocked here in China then most schools in the United States. Interesting. Bud the Teacher: Podcast: Myspace, Myspace, Myspace Learning Is Messy (Brian Crosby): Response To: Powerful Beyond Measure I lost this blog for awhile, but glad I found it again. So much great stuff here! TechCrunch: Update on Pandora/Last.fm Mashup for the latest and greatest in web 2.0 tools you have to love TechCrunch. I am a huge fan of Pandora and will have to look at this mashup a little closer. 2 Cents Worth: Just read everything here! Weblogg-ed: Will’s back and at the Milken conference. Some great reflections from a non educational gathering of brains. Because we are celebrating TV Turn Off week here I am only on the computer during school hours. So at home the TV and computer have stayed off all week allowing me to catch up on some of book reading. Finished Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century : My favorite part of the book was the stories at the beginning. I’ll...

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