Teach21 is a professional development institute for 21st Century educators organized by faculty and administrators at The School at Columbia University. Every day there is a keynote speaker (Sree Sreenivasan, Howard Gardner, A.J. Jacobs, Karen Cator) and many half-day and full-day concurrent offerings.
Today, I led a half-day (2.5 hours) with attendees showing ways we use a variety of New Media tools here at The School to collaborate and innovate. There is just too much to share, and now I belatedly wish I’d shown less stuff. Better to explain in depth a few key projects to examine their innovation, interest, usefullness, assessment, and/or literacy. Even better to have a conversation with participants. Now I know. It’s less effective to see products without the process, duh. Plus, there was little interaction and I talked to much and jumped around too much between websites to the point that it made sense only to me. The last time I received negative feedback was at ISTE 2010. I need to now get over it, move on, and make my next presentation better.
Here is my Google Site where I tried to gather info: https://sites.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/teach21-resources/workshop-…
(Other resources from the day are shared here: https://sites.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/teach21-resources/)
And here are my unfortunately incomplete notes from the session:
What I say to kids all day every day: Use our available tools academically/respectfully/responsibly and Everything you do online is public/permanent/traceable.
The School’s new media server: http://newmedia.theschool.columbia.edu
I collect and archive finished student projects here: http://theschool.columbia.edu/middle-division/student_work
“security by obscurity”New Media server:
Wiki – powered by MediaWiki – sort of a dormant technology to us right now
The Tube – our YouTube – tagging, tag cloud, embed code, default versus user login, download
The Gallery – our Flickr – tagging, shared albums, others can upload, default versus user login, download original
The Social Network – our Facebook – other social networking tools: Elgg, Edmodo, Schoology, Ning, Facebook
A social network answers these 3 questions: Who you are, who you know, what you do?
Show: Independent Reading Site, 6th Digital Art Portfolios, 8th To Kill a Mockingbird project, 8th science current events, 7th great mathematicians profiles, 7th American revolutionaries, 4th grade colonial characters
(An old presentation I put together on Collaborating with Google Apps: https://docs.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/present/edit?id=dcpjh599_198…)
Show: Independent Reading Site, 7th online science journals, 5th Grade Science Quiz
Also show archived class projects, class websites, The Source (administrative Google Site), shared calendars, “collection” of Google Docs, labels for sorting Gmail
Cite your work and your images (Obama Hope poster discussion and the Mona Lisa)
Use advanced image searching to look for images that are licensed for sharing.