As part of my teaching load for 2013 I lucky enough to have a year 10 class for Multimedia where we focus primarily on digital media and digital media creation.
The first task that I have issued over the past few semesters is having the students in groups producing a ‘SuperBowl Commercial’. This focuses heavily on the planning aspects of producing film via investigating storyboarding techniques along with script and screenplay development.
In the past few years I must admit that the quality and effort that’s been placed in to these projects has risen considerably which has been great! I see this task as a mini test if you will as i do not cover a whole lot about camera use and technique. I leave all of this solely to the students to demonstrate which then gives me an indication of their knowledge behind camera and filming techniques!
Here I am back at work having left off straight from where i left myself and my workload in 2010. I was thinking that the beginning of 2011 back at school would be somewhat of a smooth process. WRONG! It seems there is truly no rest for the wicked and in the world of ICT it seems that things keep evolving, changing and occasionally, crashing and burning to make life difficult!
But… In saying this i would not have it any other way! In the week and bit i have now been back it has been one of the most hectic work times of my life but i have enjoyed every minute of it. I have rolled out with the assistance of my great Tech’s 130+ MacBooks for classroom use, ensured that all 130+ iPads are up and running for all our students involved in the DEECD iPads for Learning Trial, and made sure that all students in our 1:1 MacBook program in years 8 and 9 have smooth running machines, all of which were re-imaged and raring to go!
Next week I hold two 1:1 Laptop Information Sessions for parents and Students in Yr 7. Parents and students will be spoken to myself of course about our 1:1 Program as well as Tony Richards from ITMadeSimple, who discuss the importance of Cyber Saftey and Cyber Bullying. We also have one of our Apple Supplier representatives from Mac1 talking as well on MacBook care and support. This has been a great night in the past with 80-90% of all parents and their students attending.
A key focus for myself this year, along with teaching my Yr 9 Discovery units on Game Based Learning and Digital media Creation, is to get in to the junior section of the school to assist teachers in that area embed ICT more frequently in to teaching and learning practices. We will be running a buddy program with our Prep and Yr 6 students based upon the use of iPads, integrate and place a greater focus on the use of our IWB’s, and aim to get all students up and running on the all mighty Ultranet!
Since we’ve started back i have already been contacted by two Colleges to come and see the great work our students and teachers are doing with the iPads as well as being visited by the Independent Evaluators of the DEECD iPads for Learning Trial who are keen to see and hear all that’s happening in regards to the trial!
I am keen also this year to utilise the expertise of the excellent people i work with across the college! I have staff who are excelling in the use of Web 2.0 tools, cloud computing and the use of all Apple Applications, especially those associated with iWork and iLife. I even have a staff member creating his own iPad/iPhone4 Applications for use with his prep class! I will certainly keep you informed.
Personally, i have applied to become an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator) and am hoping that I receive the magical message that informs me that i have been successful! And if not, so be it. I will also continue to run my ‘Tech day Thursday’s’ to assist all staff at my College, especially with all and anything ICT.
Recently i attended the first two days of a five day Peer Coaching Course being ran in my region. The focus being placed on ICT Teachers and Leaders Peer Coaching and Mentoring other staff in a school setting to implement ICT practices.
The Peer Coaching Mission, to implement a 21st Century professional development model to enhance standards-based instruction through engaged learning and technology integration, was discussed and as a group we spoke about the need for not only Peer Coaching in ICT, but all major curriculum areas.
Being somewhat new to the Peer Coaching and Mentoring scenario, more so as a Leading Teacher in my educational setting, it was great to hear the philosophy and pedagogy behind the mission above. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of those who attended on what they thought ‘Peer Coaching’ was. We completed a mind mapping activity via http://www.text2mindmap.com which allowed us to express our thoughts through creating an online mind map, or cluster web. Several of these have been posted on the Peer Coaching Wiki, the link is at the bottom of the post.
We also spoke about what Professional Learning/Development that we had attended which had made a difference to us and our teaching practices. We undertook several professional readings, one being the K-12 Horizon Report, which contained excellent readings relating to ICT Practices in Education. I have attached this report here and i highly recommend you have a look through it if you have not already done so!
The second day looked at investigating how Peer Coaches in educational settings are chosen and what there specific roles are. We also spoke about the Coaching Cycle, shown here:
and how to implement and determine what is required by Peer Coaches and those that they are working along side. The last step of the day was to begin to develop a School Agreement Plan to determine the likes of the Background and rationale of the Peer Coaching Program, which members of staff may be involved in the program, and how the overall process will work.
For more information on the Peer Coaching Program, please visit the Wiki, the link is below. It contains the course outlines as well as all relevant documents that we used throughout the first two days.
“What the hell is this bloke on about?” i can hear you saying!
Well. It’s all about Movement. Creating Movement. Encouraging Movement. Movement, Movement, Movement… Whilst attending my latest PL (Professional Learning) relating to Peer Coaching in ICT, which i’ll post about soon!!!!, we looked at creating movement. More so in our context, creating movement in ICT.
The facilitator of the Peer Coaching PL, Helen Otway, showed us a video from TED Talks. The video is by Derek Sivers who talks about creating movement in a great engaging 3 minute speech.
We were asked to reflect about this video. Were we ‘Lone Nuts’ in our Educational Setting. This made think, “Am I a lone nut? Have I already been a lone nut? Am i no longer a lone nut? If i have been a lone nut, were to from here? If i am not anymore, in which direction do i head?”
Helen asked us to post on her Blog, which is linked above, our thoughts about being ‘Lone Nuts’. Here is my response:
“Lone nut… Are nuts ever alone? Usually they hang out in groups on a tree, or in a bowl at a party…
Am i a lone nut? Possibly. It is difficult to answer. There are days where i feel like i am a nut nobody likes, maybe a Hazelnut or a ‘Metal’ Nut that does not fit anything… “Here’s Corrie again rambling on about the something else ICT…”… Other days i feel like a Cashew or Almond covered in honey… Everybody wants a piece of me! “That’s such a great tool, how do i use that, can you show me?”
I think that it is through showing others that it is OK to be a lone nut. To stand up there and try different things. To lead from from the front. To lead by example. Shift and movement started long ago i feel at my College, it is though inspiring other lone nuts to get involved, to become part of that bowl of Mixed Salted, or unsalted nuts… Because together, greater change and movement can occur if all the other ‘lone nuts’ come together!
View Derek’s video below and see if you are a ‘Lone Nut’. Ask yourself, as we were asked, “Are we lone nuts or leaders or both?, And how can we inspire other Lone Nuts to be part of a movement!”…