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.
- email@example.com, 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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