Posts Tagged ‘web 2.0’

Yesterday we got the official news: We are going to be a 1:1 iPad school! Every student in our school next year will be receiving an iPad and we will be moving forward as a staff to fully integrate technology in our classes and for our students with the ultimate aim of increasing student achievement.

I know there is SO much to think about in the 1:1 environment, and I am excited to learn, learn, learn! Do you have any resources I should check out and be inspired? I’d love to hear it!

Ultimately, I would love to have a fully integrated classroom, and will be looking forward to making strides with calendars/planners and even digital binders for the students in my AVID classes!


Week one has gone by for the 23 Things discovery learning project.

It was a hot and busy first week, and many people who were/are very interested didn’t have the time to breathe… much less get going on their 23 Things. (How was your first week this year?) I’m attributing the somewhat slow start to that… I’m still hearing interest in the program. Many asked if they could join in during the second week. Absolutely! So we’ll see how those numbers change in the upcoming week.

This project was publicized for our staff, but I’d love it if we had even more people participating (think Flat Classroom Learning). The learning from the 23 Things project is meaningful and easy (even for beginners), but the collaboration and networking that happens as you cheer each other on in their discovery journey becomes even more meaningful the more voices and perspectives we have.

So if you happened across my website today and are interested (at all), come and join us!

SWC’s 23 Things: A discovery journey in Web 2.0

Today we had our staff meeting where I presented about the 23 Things learning opportunity (join us if you’d like!). It was awesome to see so many people writing down the web address, even though they knew I would send it out to them later via e-mail.

For some reason my jump drive refused to work at all, so my PowerPoint presentation that I toiled over for this presentation was out of the question. It turned out okay, though. My dear friend played along well and asked some questions (in that fun way so it seemed like we planned it out as part of the presentation). Fantastic.

After the meeting, one teacher came up and talked about how she was very excited because she had been meaning to do more with technology and this is the perfect “next step”. Another teacher was so excited and said, “I just feel like… like I can DO it!” This totally made my day. Even one of the administrative assistants e-mailed to say that it was fantastic… I hope that she tries it as well. I think it has application in everyone’s life.

So, after a long day of hauling boxes, unpacking boxes and trying to find some semblance of order in my room again (we had a  huge construction project this summer), I’m tired. I hope you’re all having a good night and a great day of school tomorrow!

Last year we really “dug in” in the upper-level German classes and watched the podcasts of the German news (“Tagesschau” from ARD) on a regular basis. We used various exercises to interact with the news: find key vocabulary, bell-ringer activities with the key vocabulary ahead of time, just watching the show (no audio), only audio, creating our own news interpretation as anchors in front of the video, and more. Watching the news was a multi-purpose activity. It is authentic and holistic learning as students can pick up all kinds of vocabulary and news information (differentiated in its very essence) all while they are learning about German (and world) culture and taking those important steps closer to becoming world citizens. It was a fantastic adventure, and we tried a few different news sources, but ended up sticking most with the Tagesschau.

It was a bright, sunny Thursday (read: hot and sweaty in a classroom with no air conditioning) and I was back from lunch, setting up the final things before the upper-level class and one of my students came up to me, PSP in hand.

“Frau? Were you able to get today’s news? I tried a couple times this morning  and couldn’t get it. I’ve got all of them from the past two weeks and I’ve been watching them <thrusting PSP closer to my face>, but I couldn’t get today’s. Could you?”

(Astounded and caught a little off guard) “Uh, no, actually… I couldn’t either. <smile> Wow. I’m so proud of you! Are you loving it?”

And the conversation went on…

Here’s what you need to  know. This student isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, the A+ student in the class (who you might assume would be the one to do this sort of thing), so this was really eye-opening (and exciting) for me.

It made me realize that the more opportunity you give kids to experience and work with (and find) web tools for learning, the more learning they will do on their own. My job, as a facilitator of learning, is to help equip them with the tools for lifelong learning… and for these students (digital natives or not), the tools that they often (not just want, but) need are embedded in technology (21st century workplace, here we come).

So what tools have you helped your students find and learn (perhaps unwittingly, like me) so they can be life-long learners?

It’s kind of inspiring to watch how Moodle can change a school. I’ll let you check it out for yourself.

Human: How Moodle can Change a School

23 Things…

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Learning...
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Today I took the first step and started creating the blog for the 23 things for our staff. I haven’t published anything yet because I’m still in the tinkering stage… but I’m still very excited for this fantastic opportunity.

I decided to put it on a weekly schedule… that way people can work ahead if they want, but won’t feel too overwhelmed with so many things to try and do.

I still have to decide who I need to talk to about implementing this as well as the final list of things that people should discover and play around with. The reason I know I need to deviate a little from the original is that our staff showed some real interest in using Moodle, and I would like to get them information on things like Survey sites as well… all things that help them be more productive, effective, and efficient because, after all, that is what good technology does, right?