The fall issue of Intel Innovator highlights CEO Craig Barrett’s keynote “Harnessing Technology to “Transform Education”. I am glad to see the article because even though I took notes during the session I was so busy clicking pictures of Will that I did not get everything down. You should read it.
Some great excerpts:
Innovation, collaboration, and replication are key strategies that will enable teachers to “feed your students’ passion for learning and let their creativity run wild,” Barrett said in the keynote address at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), held in New Orleans in June
To show what Twenty-First Century learning looks like, Barrett invited a few tech-savvy educators and their students to join him on stage. Will Richardson, a technology specialist from FlemingtonNew Jersey, described how he uses weblogs as a tool to motivate his young writers and expand a high school journalism classroom by connecting online with experts who join the discourse. Vanessa Jones, a Master Teacher from Austin, Texas, explained how she has become more confident and competent about integrating technology into elementary classroom projects by participating in the Intel® Teach to the Future professional development program. Michael Hall from Warner Robins, Georgia described how access to technology for teachers willing to embrace innovation has transformed “a regular high school” into the school that has become an international showcase Twenty-First Century learning. (See related story: Top 20 U.S. Schools Honored for Excellence)
I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating. Will has done and continues to do some really great things with weblogs. In a recent post he linked to his school’s three year tech plan. I’ll bet his school just might be one of the only ones where weblogs are an integral part. Talk about heading toward Twenty-First Centruy learning……….Will is leading the way!
Here’s a couple of goals in the plan specifically related to weblogs:
Create and develop a classroom technologies Weblog to highlight best practices and offer online training on the technologies used for all interested audiences.
Provide each teacher with a Weblog/Website.
Wow! Then the plan makes note of these two technology-related courses on weblogs:
· Easy internet publishing with Weblogs
· Weblogs in the classroom
Just in case you missed the excellent blogging video about Will’s school, you need to see it! It is GREAT! And by the way, here are some of those pictures I took!