Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Summer Reading Goals

At this point, the school year is rapidly coming to an end. I will be looking for some part time work for the summer, spend as much quality time with my family as I can, and squeeze in some reading.

Reading Goals for the Summer
1. Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind
2. Alan November's Empowering Students with Technology
3. David Warlick's Classroom Blogging
4. Will Richardson's Blogs, Wiki's, Podcasts and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
5. Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline

What books are you reading that you could recommend?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

21st Century Skills

  • How do we attract teachers to the idea that the World is Flat and that we are living in historical times?
  • How do we generate momentum and build capacity in a Learning Organization?
  • How do we get those interested in an idea that is so important and revolutionary when they do not view it as such?
  • What needs to happen to create real change in a school?
  • Is it possible to create a shared leadership vision that empowers and enables?
  • What is one thing I can do as a teacher that makes the biggest impact in my class?
  • What is one thing I can do as a teacher that makes the biggest impact in the school?

I would love to share what I have learned about the Web 2.0 with the professional teachers I work with. I see what is happening with the Web 2.0 technologies and the incredible impact it is having on the world and find it fascintating that so many people do not see it. This is all I want to talk about. I am saying, "Let's figure out ways to jump on board and help our students, help our community, help our country, help the world." But, to be quit honest I think I sound more like a mad man than a professional teacher at times.

Always more questions than answers. Ahhh.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Curriculum Mapper on the Way

Our school district is getting ready to use a software program called Curriculum Mapper in order to digitize the entire curriculum. I was very excited to hear about such an initiative and hope that I will have the opportunity to get involved at some level. At this point, the five year goal will be to get every grade, k-12, online and ready to go.

It appears that the actual process of mapping our curriculum will involve all teachers. Perhaps on a monthly basis where we would somehow input what it was we actually taught after the month was completed. To be honest, I am really not sure at this point.

I would really be interested in hearing from anyone that has experienced the digital curriculum map and how it has worked for you and your school.