Recent Group Activity
Presented to ODE on the first REAL Deliverable which was Content Background for English/Language Arts. I had four meetings in a row. I was disappointed that each meeting the participants showed up late. However, we accomplished our first deliverable beyond the requirements.
(Working on ITSC this week to open up registration).
"I heard the voice of a student who has selective mutisum. I have worked with this student since she came here as a kindergartner. She has come to computer lab once a week for the past five years and never said a word in class. I was brought to tears by something she achieved with technology as a tool. We have been working on producing a spring haiku photostory. Students have written a poem, found photographs to illustrate it, added music, and narrated it. Today SHE wanted to narrate her poem. YES!!!!!! Is technology a tool that can unlock a door? Yes!"
~ Carol Proudfit (has attended ITSC and is a part of the Salem-Keizer EdTech Cadre.
I was encouraged to attend Classrooms of Distinction, right before ITSC. It looked cool, my favorite session was the math session. Besides the internet at the convention center being HORRIBLE, I was disappointed... if you removed all the technology the classrooms would have looked the same as a paper pencil worksheet classroom, no interaction, same old strategies. Maybe my thinking has to evolve here but why spend the money if we are going to do it the same ole way? Besides the math session the presenters where not that engaging, but yes we know I have high standards...NEXT...
Wow! IT has been back to back presenting, three weeks in a row. I did a session at NCCE on Cool Tools. I had about 80 people in a huge room. I don't like doing sessions that are not hands on, it is tough for me, I want people to have practice... but it seemed to go over well. I had them up and moving and dialogging along with showcasing some web 2.0 tools.
I did a search recently in Flickr for NCEE and found this picture someone took of me.
Diane Woodard was given the Outstanding Educator award at NCCE. That was great, she totally deserves it.
Prior to ITSC I was informed by ODE that the quality of the lessons we linked to was not up to the level required, thus making it so we did not have the correct number of deliverables. In addition, there was miscommunication with the contract and my understanding of the deliverable, so much of the work we did in writing was not what they had wanted. So I met with ODE to clarify the situation and come up with a solution.
I am really sick about this and for the last month have been mulling it over. At the meeting we were able to see what the mis communications were. ODE took responsibility and kindly altered the deliverables and we changed some. We will have a second meeting to walk through the details. Hind sight is 20/20, if I knew then, what I know now, the project would have gone so much smoother. I am disappointed in mysefl for lnot meeting exceptional the requirements set before me.
I wrote my proposal for Steve Nelson on the OVSD professional development project. I had Carla Wade, Aaron, and Lynn Lary proof it. We will see what happens with that.