Last Day with Warlick and off to Bali!

Dear David, I just wanted to send my deepest gratitude for spending this week with our staff here at SAS. You left the staff wanting more and pondering Web 2.0, redefining literacy, and getting into the whole digital world. The talk in the hallways, in the classrooms, and the fact that my session titled “Let’s Blog” went from 10 people to 25 because of your keynote is testament in itself. Today we brought 25 more teachers into the blogosphere. Now how many of them will continue with it? I’m not sure, but at least they have been exposed and the conversation can continue. Personally I want to thank you for the conversations we had outside of Tech Fest. Just like NECC last year it is the conversations away from the conference that I am finding to be the most rewarding to me. It is a strange feeling meeting someone you feel like you know through their writing, their podcasts, and their thinking for the first time and getting to spend a week truly getting to know that person. It goes to show that even though these conversations in the digital world are amazing, there is still something great about a face to face conversation that we crave…which is a good thing and goes to show why teachers will never be replaced by computers all together. We still want and need that face to face interaction with people. Tech Fest was a success, conversations started, plans for the future unveiled and an excitement that I hope I can harness, continue to keep going and help to create a school that is striving to be a leading International school by 2012. But for now…it’s time for a break…Chinese New Year starts tomorrow and we get the week off. In 1 hour I fly to Bali where it is 85 degrees, sunny and white sandy beaches await. The place we are staying has no TV, no newspaper, no radio, and no real ‘connection’ to the outside world. The perfect place to reconnect with nature, to reflect on the pass week, catch up on some reading, and just be. Until I return keep the conversation going and I’ll see you when I’m tan. 🙂 Jeff [tags]techfest[/tags] Technorati Tags: warlick, sastechfest07, sastechfest,...

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Day four with Warlick

WOW is all that describes Warlick’s keynote. Anytime a keynote speaker can run a half hour late (no fault of David’s…herding teacher’s is like herding cats)and still have teachers talking about his message on an hour bus ride home is an exciting day! Before I get to far here are my notes for the second half of the keynote. Telling the New Story Education needs to model what our workforce needs. Uses Thomas Freidman’s book The World is Flat book and the story of his Dell laptop as a story of our workplace today. Global cooperation not global competition…and interesting theory. OK, so I’m not much of a note taker…and as an auditory learner I really shouldn’t be. Now some of the other note takers that where in the audience must be visual…cause man there are some great notes from other teachers and administrators. The keynote today kicks off our Tech Fest. David has been doing small workshop sessions all week and today spoke to all 400+ educators to move us into our 50+ teacher led technology sessions tomorrow. At the same time our administration started the conversation this week about our path to 1:1. I have to say…I’ve been looking forward to this week for over a year. A lot of work has gone into this week. Starting with conversations, visions, planning new buildings that look forward. Surveys, vision statements, meeting with parents, with community members and with teachers. That led to the creation of new positions to support and new hires that understand what it means to use technology in today’s classroom. All of this is coming together this week….as an educational technologist you have to love it. This is what we discuss, creating change, moving forward, and truly looking at the way we teach. It’s kind of cool to look back at all the steps that have led us to this week. I thank YOU the collective readers of this blog. Most of these steps have been written about here, and your feedback has helped and continues to do so. My administration at this moment is looking at how we want to move to a 1:1 program in the next two years and is monitoring yesterday’s post I made and the comments that you are leaving. What’s really interesting is when we’re sitting in a meeting and either I or an administrator says “I’ll put that...

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First half notes from Warlick's keynote

Tags: redefine literacy warlick What do we do with all this information. If 0.01% is only in print and we do not have access to digital information? Are we asking this question in every lesson that we teach: “Is this preparing our students for THEIR future?” To be literate today mean more than being able to read. It means being a “digital detective” Make numbers tell there story…I struggle with helping math teachers to integrate technology. What I need to remember is “how do we make these numbers tell their story?” No matter what the math subject, numbers have a story…as an educator our job is to find ways to engage students in helping to have numbers tell their story. [tags]SAS, Techfest[/tags] Technorati Tags: redefine, literacy, warlick, techfest07,...

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Day three with Warlick

Another great day with David. My morning started off with this e-mail from one of the teachers from yesterday’s session: I just wanted to tell you how inspiring David Warlick’s blog session was yesterday. Seriously, I am totally psyched to use blogs in ESOL next year. The session also gave me a starting point for doing a little catch-up in tech. I know I’m woefully uninformed at this point, but until yesterday I didn’t know what I didn’t know. At least now I realize one way to better make use of tech in the classroom. That’s exactly what we were looking for. We were hoping that David would be able to spark some interest in using technology, to help us start the conversation around these tools and how literacy is changing and therefore so must our teaching. It’s funny….this is the third teacher that has used the line “We don’t know, what we don’t know” and I think that says where we are with these technologies. So many teachers feel this way. Where do we begin? Where do we start? The answer….anywhere! My absolute favorite part of the day though was when one of our 5th graders came to the parent presentation tonight to meet the Blogmeister. Our 5th grade uses David’s blogmeister program for their blogs, and when this student heard that he was in town, she wanted to meet him. So she came with her parents to the presentation tonight and got to shake the blogmeisters hand. David’s keynote is tomorrow…I’ll be blogging it live. I’m excited to see all 400 teachers in one place getting the same message. David has lite a spark in many and tomorrow we get to see that spark slowly spread across the staff. For Valentine’s Day David and I went and got foot massages…I’ll let him tell that story. 😉 [tags]sas, techfest[/tags] Technorati Tags: warlick, techfest, techfest07, jeffutecht,...

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Day two with Warlick

I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday and I’m not the one presenting. Today David did 4 sessions for teacher and then a parent night. Getting home around 8:30pm, I’m sure he’s sleeping well. 🙂 If you EVER get the chance to have David do a parent presentation at your school do it! Although it wasn’t a very good turn out, the word will spread like it does in a parent community about the message that came across. “My dad could get down and play Legos with me, I can’t play my son’s toys with him…everything has changed.” That statement was met with a lot of head shaking of understanding. David did a great job of slowly bringing them up to speed and leaving them with a lot of questions…which is a good thing. It is our job as the school to help them answer those questions…but at least they know the questions exist. It was great timing as I’m preparing to do 4 or 5 parent tech nights in March. They wanted to know more about video games, about IM speak, and this digital world in which their children learn and live. I hope to podcast some of our parent nights, I think there will be some great conversation there. The teacher sessions caused a lot of buzz as well. A great silent conversation is starting which will continue to build tomorrow until David delivers his keynote address to kick off the Tech Fest on Thursday. My favorite part of every day though is the conversations I get to have personally with David. I’m sure he’s sick of me already asking questions, pondering ‘what’s next’ and looking at the direction of SAS. Poor David has 3 more days with me. 🙂 I know I’ll be saying this every day. But I feel privileged to be able to spend 5 whole days talking tech at a depth, until now, has only accrued for me in the blogosphere. I don’t get to go to the conferences, or Skype with people very much do to the time difference so this week is special….for me anyway. Another late one tomorrow with 2 sessions a 2 hour conversation with admin and a hour parent presentation on the other campus. David’s probably the only person that has ever looked forward to the 14 hour flight to San Francisco. [tags]SAS, techfest[/tags] Technorati Tags: SAS, sastechfest, sastechfest07,...

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