Tonight is Social Night…food, drinks, networking, and Speed Geeking – meet others who have used the latest technology tools in their classrooms.
Highland Elementary, Rifle, Colorado (Garfield School District RE2) – iBuddy Kindergarten iPod Program
Using iPod Nanos – send home with students
12 in one classroom to start
see video for more
Jeff Piontek – Keynote
– over 100,000,000 people in the US work completely online.
– his district offers online for K-12
– “get started with something and complete it”
– check out Blue Mars
Steve Dembo – The Perpetual Learning Machine
– How PLN’s are transforming professional development.
– firstname.lastname@example.org, DENCommunity.com
– sometimes a Google search isn’t the best – where do you go when Google fails you? (http://tinyurl.com/2a8xu3v)
– Collective knowledge is better than individual knowledge (Social Practice in Action – pythagorean theorum, starry night, general meade, formula for hydrogen peroxide)
– check out Google Social
– What does a PLN look like? – http://tinyurl.com/2fm2fp
– You can’t keep track of it all (http://tinyurl.com/m6tlea)
– key concept – ambient intimacy – a single tweet does not build a relationship, following 20 tweets a day makes you think you have a relationship, different than face-to-face relationships, it is still a connection and is still valuable and can be powerful
– How social does social networking need to be? – do you need to be communicating directly with them for it to be valueable members of the community?
– yammer, plurk, edmodo, twitter
– social bookmarking – networking features are important (you can bookmark together)
– start by following one educator you are in line with, follow who they follow, check out who they follow – you have now created a PLN that could potentially be worthwhile.
– have policies that support this, provide a shared group space, promote collaboration at every opportunity, celebrate successes
– If you are going to block something, how do you provide an alternative?
Dr. Mark Benno – Daunting Inferno: Quence the IT Fire with Communication and Collaboration
– communication is key!
– Relational Intelligence by Steve Saccone
– find one and stick with it as long as you can, don’t change for one new feature, change when something can completely transform how to present and share
– check out wall wisher
– most students don’t use twitter because it is too long, most adults don’t because it is too short
– You can’t have good communication if the other person isn’t involved.
– email@example.com (share your IT stories)
Dan Magyar – Don’t Wait for the Grail
– shared the wordpress page he set up with district tech tips and information – http://blogs.stvrain.k12.co.us/helpdesk/
– I could do this with 6th Avenue’s Intranet site.
– poster shoppe – how to posters accessible to all
Dan Maas & Mike Porter – Are You Planning Your Budget or Budgeting Your Plan?
– demming model – create a plan, implement small, study results, change/implement the plan
– “Inspired Learning” – goal of LPS ETIL
– writing instruction was the primary focus area the ETIL plan was build around
– researched Maine’s 1-1 programs
– plan downloadable http://tiny.cc/LPS_ETIL
– staff development wiki – http://tiny.cc/LPS_IW_PD
– people are their devices – district principals didn’t like having to log onto the “guest” network, but are ok with logging onto the Podnet (personally owned devices) – same network, different name
– eee pc (linux laptops) not one stolen – not a sexy device – can’t do anything on it at home like run favorite video games – cloudbased computing and thumbdrives
– google docs district wide
– 250 mb storage per student
– working on retiring the district file servers
– clonezilla to reimage
– using Ubuntu with netbook rebuild
– students’ writing about netbooks http://tiny.cc/students_netbooks
– program achievement data http://tiny.cc/LPS_IW_Data
– significant gains in m/f achievement gap – huge gains for both, but most growth for boys