This week I had the first of three faculty meetings focused on technology. This one was with the middle school teachers. The meeting with the third/fourth grade teachers is next, followed by the meeting with our K-2 faculty.
The focus of this week’s meeting was to generate discussion about a path the whole 5-8 might pursue together, that involves and integrates technology. How we could use technology to achieve greater things, inspire our students, and help meet the ISTE standards? Should it be a specific tool like Kidblog and Edmodo? Some teachers were hesitant to commit to something they didn’t know much about and others didn’t feel our focus should be on a specific tool. Bravo!
One teacher shared this over-arching goal:
Students will publish/collaborate/share their work with a larger community outside of their classroom.
The group was willing to commit to that and quickly! Upcoming tech-faculty meetings will focus on sharing what this might look like, what tools might support our work (including those shared above), and how we proceed and support one another. Given that it’s the beginning of the school year and parents are about to come in for Open Houses and Curriculum Nights, teachers made a request. They would like to share a statement from the school that tells parents about the focus on and importance of publishing work online and opening the work up to comments and feedback by a larger audience.
Do you have such a statement for your school? Would you be willing to share it?
Thank you for your comments and thoughts. And possibly your resources!