I am going to second Willâ€™s post, A Great Day in Kennesaw! What an awesome group of teachers! I can hear that creative buzz of the teachers planning and thinking on the blogs all the way from Kennesaw State to here at Georgia State in downtown Atlanta. I love it!
Yesterday I started the day just talking to the group about the possibilities, shared a few experiences and then just gave them the time to browse the language arts blogs on the wiki. Then we continued the whirlwind journey learning about posting, commenting, guidelines, responsibilities, web 2.0 tools, evaluation, reflection, and pedagogy. One part that let me know that this teachers were â€œgetting itâ€ was the way they reacted to the pedagogy piece. Many of them commented to the pedagogy post, like Jennie who said
Thank you for this post. We will use your site as we attempt to move our system forward into the blogging world. Using many of your pedicalogical ideas will help us with the rhetoric to open the walls that we are hiding behind.
And from Robert:
Iâ€™m totally new to blogging and just learning what a valuable tool it can be in my classroom. Yes, indeed it can definitiely aid the process for improving writing among students, but just as important blogs can engage students in valuable reading and learning as well.
I also noticed that Darren had joined Lani in commenting to the teachers. Thanks, Darren! Here’s Darrenâ€™s comment to a math teacher in the group
This is the best History of Mathematics site on the net that I’ve found;
It seems to be “not responding” at this moment, but keep trying; it’s great. I always find great resources and stories to share with my classes. It adds a little bit of drama, personality and flavour to some otherwise dry lessons.
I’ve also coolected a number of books about the histroy of math in my personal library. An fun place to start might be with Mathematical Scandals by Theoni Pappas.
As for starting a classsroom blog you’ll find lots of ideas as you work your way through the archives on my blog A Difference. But feel free to email me too.
BTW, Welcome to the blogosphere. You’ve just begun the greatest professional development of your life. Really.
Now I had to highlight his BTW. True, true, true and the teachers are in for the ride of their life. The teachers are busy today using web tools like Flickr, BubbleShare, RockYou! and others on their blogs. Theyâ€™re busy collaborating, brainstorming, and creating plans for using blogs in their classrooms next year. But you really need to travel over to their blogs and respond to their thinking, planning and how they are using what they learned. Then add to the conversations!
The two Skype conversations with Lani Ritter Hall and Darren Kuropatawa were incredible. They shared key information and were even kind enough to post their part on the wiki afterwards. You can read their summaries by scolling down the the bottom of the Significant Comments page on the wiki. Having the ability to have other edubloggers enter the conversations adds significantly to the learning. I can’t thank them enough!
And I can’t close without this note to Will – I had no “damage to undo” as you set the stage so well for me to follow up with the classroom blogging part. I hope we get more opportunities to do workshops like this where so much preplanning and thought was given by the project leaders- Michael Keleher, Leonard Witt, and Dr. H.E. Holliday. It was indeed a great day in Kennesaw!
Note to participants who may read this: See some great pictures of a fantastic group on the wiki! Now I have to tell you that I wanted that slide show on my blog but I have a learning curve on how to use the code they sent me to do that! Just wanted to mention this so that you see how we all continue to learn! I just bet one of you may figure out the answer to this and will share with me! Enjoy your learning and call on me if I can help! Best to you all!