We’re at the business end of our PD program, so it’s time to share some reflections on our learning.
You might like to share about something you’ve tried in your classroom or something that interests you as an educator. Alternatively, you might like to share where you were in your thinking before you started out with TL21C and what has changed since then? Where are you going now?
What matters most in this program is what interests YOU as a self-motivated, self-directed, self-managed learner and as a professional educator. If the things you hear during our Webinars, see in our Communities or read on our team blogs don’t interest you, then your responsibility is to start conversations and share things that DO interest you.
Our sharing can be with participants in our main ‘Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century’ Google+ Community, or publicly on our team blogs and Twitter using the #TL21C hashtag. The more we share, the more we’ll learn.
Here’s a short video that includes some sharing by course participants on the initial face to face day. We’re now looking forward to our culminating face to face day on 22 November.
If you can’t see this video because YouTube is blocked in your school, you can see another copy here.
(1) Connect and share with other educators online.
If you’re reading this, you’ve already achieved half of this. You are digesting information that’s shared on our Global2 blog. All you need do now is to add something back – a comment or a post here in on a Global2 blog or in our Google+ Community.
(2) Try something new in your teaching or professional learning.
This might involve technology such as having a G+ Hangout with other educators, it might be something we’ve discussed like Inquiry Based Learning or it might be something else you’ve discovered along the way.
(3) Share your experience with the TL21C community.
Come along and share something of your experience on the final face to face day at NMIT Preston on 22 November. This could be as part of your team project or it could be something you’ve done yourself. Remember, it doesn’t have to be something spectacular or new. It just needs to be something new for you. Tell us what worked or what didn’t work. Even those who’ve already tried what you attempted can learn something new from your experience. We all want to help our teaching colleagues in their professional learning, so the more you share, the more we’ll all learn.
Important reading for teachers and other DEECD employees.
This piece on ‘Project Based Learning’ shared by John P provides a succinct summary of some of the key features of IBL/PBL in the classroom.
Eric Curts is a great Google Certified Teacher who shares some excellent resources at http://www.ericcurts.com. In this case he has prepared a guide for teachers looking to get started with Google+ in schools. With lots of screen grabs the guide is easy to follow and very thorough. Once you’ve got your Google Drive set up all you need do is to Make a Copy for yourself.
You might also like to have a look through A Google presentation that I have used to present to Science Teachers about using Google Drive.
Next Wednesday 31 July will see our first webinar and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in our online environment on Blackboard Collaborate.
Blackboard Collaborate is just like an online classroom. You can put your hand up to ask a question, draw on the whiteboard and share files. Don’t stress if you are finding it all a little daunting. We will step you through how to use it on Wednesday night.
For now we just need you to have a practise getting in to Blackboard Collaborate. To help with this we have set up a playspace which you will find on the links on the left hand side of this blog. Just click on the link and it will take you through the process of getting into the space.
If you are after a bit more information you can check out the DEECD Virtual Conferenceing Centre which will walk you through how to particpate in a webinar.
See you online on Wednesday. And remember you only need to choose one session to attend, 4 or 8pm!
The links to each session will be placed on blog’s left hand panel under ‘Webinar Links’.
This free DEECD sponsored course runs throughout Terms 3 to 4 and provides teachers in Victorian State Schools with a flexible, teacher-led professional development program showcasing how teachers from around the state add value to teaching and learning through effective and seamless use of ICT in the classroom.