Posts Tagged "process"

Education needs more consultants

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Mixes | 8 comments

I spend a lot of time thinking about my job and how I could do it better. Two quick stories about how that’s been working for me this week: I met with my district science specialist, Sean Musselman, yesterday to talk about an upcoming fourth grade unit. We’ve actually not really had the chance to plan much of anything together since he started working here last year. All I really knew going into this meeting was that we needed to change some things up from the way we’ve traditionally handled it in the past from both a science and technology angle.  He asked some great questions to get us thinking, shared more of what the actual science was behind the...

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1:1 iPads in Elementary Part 2 – Setting up the Carts

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in Mixes | 6 comments

My, how things have changed. Last year, it took me weeks to push 60 iPads out to my building. This year, it took me less than a week to push out 140 iPads! That was also a week where I was teaching and working on other things in the building. If i dedicated time exclusively to the task, I’m sure it would take even less. All of this is thanks to my new best friend for getting things set up, Configurator. But first, a bit about how we’re managing devices this year. While I could use Configurator to manage and supervise every single thing on all of the iPads, I didn’t particularly want to. We’re doing a pilot with just six classrooms for me to worry...

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1:1 iPads in Elementary Part 1 – An Unexpected Journey

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Mixes | 0 comments

Today I handed out 100 iPads to teachers that will shortly be in the hands of students. This is huge, and so my job has just become bigger and more interesting than I entirely anticipated when I became an elementary school Instructional Technology Specialist. In the hopes of making something of this journey, I’m going to do my best to document as much of what I’m doing this year as I possibly can. Before I get there, though, I’d like to take a look back at how I made it from fresh on the job to running a 1:1 pilot for my district. A whole year and a half ago, I wrote up a five part blog series about how I got to use a set of 20 iPads for two weeks. It...

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The Process: Putting together my ED Talk

Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 in Mixes | 14 comments

I was super-honored to be invited to give one of the first inaugural ED Talks at the Massachusetts Teachers Association Summer Conference. This event, which, as the organizers will freely admit, is a shameless homage to the famous TED Talks, brought together a group of amazing educators and myself to talk about big ideas for education and the community. Big themes included the value of sharing your work and thoughts about the value of all the things we’re not teaching our students. I have never in all of my life put together so much prep work for a mere seven minutes. Too little time at this point is more terrifying than too much time. Given that I spent several...

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Welcome to the Process

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Mixes | 6 comments

This is a message from your heart/Your most important body part/Taking blood and making art As stated in my first welcome message, and demonstrated by my post on making the ePub book, a big focus for me as I enter my second decade as a teacher is the process of creation.  We talk a lot with our students about the writing process, for example, but I think teachers as a whole seem very product-driven. We show others the final project/essay/etc that our students created, but we rarely take the time to share with each other the deliberate steps we take in planning out those projects. Let’s face it, it’s not enough for us to share the wonderful stuff our kids...

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