Yesterday we had another technology-based faculty meeting at our preK-2 school. In September the faculty in that building set a tech goal for the year:
Using technology as a learning tool, students will share and communicate learning with others within and beyond their classroom walls.
Before the meeting, I created a Google presentation and invited the teachers to contribute either ideas they were hoping to do to meet this goal or something they already had done with students. I anticipated that we would use this collaborative presentation as a resource for the year as well as a vehicle through which teachers could get an idea of what’s happening elsewhere in the building. What I didn’t expect was that before we even met face to face that 14 teachers would contribute! I’m not going to share the presentation here… yet. I’d like to honor the teachers and their desire to get things up and running before WE share to a larger audience.
During the meeting, we began with a few teachers showing and sharing some examples of how they are working toward our goal with students. These included connecting with others via Twitter class accounts and sharing their learning and participating in global projects that connect kindergarten classes.
We divided up into four groups after that to talk for a short while with these questions and topics:
1. Defining our goal: What does it mean to publish and share our learning with a larger audience?
2. Larger Audience:
- How do we reach a larger audience?
- Who is that?
- Where are they?
- How to find them and/or connect?
- Why is feedback important?
- Does your activity allow for it in some way?
- How do students receive or give feedback or comments?
- How do we teach students about ‘good’ commenting?
4. Blogging: If you’re blogging with students…
- How’s it going?
ideas for posts
how are you sharing and getting feedback/comments?
What settings do you have in place currently on your blogs? (moderating, open for viewing/commenting
And finally, teachers reported out from these small group discussions. Throughout the meeting, I invited participants to utilize a room on TodaysMeet and the conversation there was rich as well.
Our next steps and things to ponder for the next meeting:
- What support do you need?
- What tools could we use to achieve this goal?
- How can WE collaborate and continue to share ideas and support one another toward meeting the goal?
Overall, there are fabulous things happening in this school and we have an amazing faculty. I was so impressed by what teachers were sharing and the level of discussion and commitment. I have the opportunity to facilitate a similar meeting next week with our grades 3-8 faculty. I can’t wait!
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