Sunday, March 28, 2010

Teacher as Leader, or Leader as Teacher

A teacher is one who ... teaches. Teachers share knowledge. Teachers empower. Teachers promote change. Teachers answer questions and ask questions. Teachers encourage.

A leader is one who ... leads. Leaders have vision. Leaders must have respect and give respect. Leaders communicate ideas. Leaders are on a mission.

A teacher leads students, a leader teaches students and other teachers to be leaders.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

My Technology Plan or Strategy

Technology can be the great equalizer. Access becomes common place, and not a privilege or entitlement. Access must be free, unfettered and pervasive. Working to provide access to all, for all is the goal. With access comes empowerment.

Technology can be used, and must be used. In every classroom, by every student, by every teacher technology has the potential to forever change teaching and learning. Technology is not, and should not be viewed as a distracting or limiting force. Technology can focus. Technology is a natural part of life, and as such, should be a natural part of teaching and learning - and not an appendage.

Technology can create content, assemble content and share content with a group as small as one or two, to the larger community of learners, to the global community. Technology can broaden and deepen perceptions, open doors, introduce strangers and connect each of us to each other.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Assessment and evaluation

Thinking about assessment and evaluation. It is almost second nature. We "test" students, give them their "grade" and it's over. Right? Wrong. Assessment is an opportunity to improve instruction. Assessment is an opportunity to evaluate instruction. I use assessments to focus on improvement, quality improvement. Assessments let me know what worked well, what worked, and what didn't work.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Accessing and Analyzing Information - Outcomes and Skills Needed

Using appropriate and available technology, be able to demonstrate ability to search for data, refine search strategies, and locate relevant data.
  • Identify potential, relevant and available data streams (digital or non-digital)
  • Search for digital data
  • Determine relevance, efficacy and accuracy of data
  • Identify data source
  • Aggregate data into manageable structure
  • Save digital data
Using appropriate and available technology, create data storage, classification, and organizational system.
  • Sort through and categorize data
  • Classify data with appropriate tags or descriptors
  • Organize data for future use and updates
  • Share data or data organization with others
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