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Meeting with @donbuckley to schedule afterschool professional development workshops at @The_School


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Don Buckley (my boss and the Director of Innovation at The School at Columbia University) and I met this morning and created a schedule to formalize our informal in-house professional development sessions. Here’s the note that we composed this morning that Don just sent out to faculty:

Based on the success of the iPad App shares and our Tweetup, we’d like to host more meetups about new media literacies. The following dates and times have been set aside for these conversations. Please feel free to suggest other topics too! All meetups will happen in the Library.

Feb 29th (Wed) … Presentations (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, GooglePres)
March 6th (Tues) … The Gallery and The Tube
March 28th (Wed) … Twitter/PLN
April 2nd (Mon) … Infographics
April 11th (Wed) … 3D printing (other location needed)
April 26th (Thurs) … iPad App share
May 7th (Mon) … Google Forms and more Infographics with data
May 16th (Wed) … TBD
May 24th (Thurs) … TBD

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“Social Networking and Literacy” at #Teach21c

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As I wrote in my last post, Teach21 was a professional development institute for 21st Century educators organized by faculty and administrators at The School at Columbia University. Every day there was a keynote speaker (Sree Sreenivasan, Howard Gardner, A.J. Jacobs, Karen Cator) and many half-day and full-day concurrent offerings.

Thursday, I offered a session about “Social Networking and Literacy.” We started the 2.5 hours together with a discussion about literacy. I used to think literacy was just the reading and writing of text. Nowadays literacy is about learning how to comprehend/research/navigate/communicate/cite/re-mix/share all sorts of media.

We started off the session with a conversation about the new literacies and looked at a couple of sources:

Then I showed a couple of projects where students publish individual and group work online and collaborate via shared access, commenting, hyperlinking, and other interactions. We looked at The Independent Reading Site that I set up with Marisa Guastaferro three years ago and the To Kill a Mockingbird book groups set up by Eve Becker for her 8th grade English classes. Both projects are described in this post: http://karenblumberg.com/social-networking-and-literacy-on-2511-at-600

Then we looked at ways to set up similar projects with other available technologies.

Resources from this and other Teach21 sessions are here: https://sites.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/teach21-resources/

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Educon + Twitter = Reunion

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As many have stated before, the education and technology conferences feel a lot like reunions these days. This is mostly due to Twitter, though attending conferences begat more Twitter contacts which begat knowing about more conferences which begat attending and/or speaking at said conferences which begat gathering more Twitter contacts and so on and so forth.

Tomorrow I’ll join the hordes already at Educon. This is the third annual education conference taking place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. [Philly is my hometown, and as a result, I garner strange looks whenever I ask for a glass of “wooder” at a restaurant.] Chris Lehmann is the dynamic, phenomenal, and brilliant principal of SLA, and it was a pleasure to meet him at last year’s Educon and host him at the inaugural TEDxNYED in March 2010.

As per Educon’s homepage,  EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

This year, I am thrilled to be co-leading two conversations at Educon. Based on experience, I know the attendees are smart, engaged, innovative, and tech savvy, so I am understandably intimidated. It’s hard to hide behind my camera when I’m one of the presenters. However, I’m too excited to learn a ton, gather resources, and reunite with people from my personal learning network to dwell too much on my insecurities. Plus, I am paired with awesome collaborators who are people I genuinely like and highly respect: Meredith Stewart (@msstewart) and Basil Kolani (@bkolani). My two sessions are listed below:

Crafting Character

Who: Karen Blumberg, Meredith Stewart
When: Session One
Where: Room 309

Students need to recognize that their communications and actions contribute to their character. In an age where everyone uses Google (including high school counselors, college admissions, and employers), it is more important than ever to initiate conversations with students about how their immediate online choices have potentially permanent ramifications.

Grassroots Professional Development

Who: Basil Kolani, Karen Blumberg
When: Session Five
Where: Room 303

Every teacher needs professional development, but not everyone has the resources available for it. The good news: You don’t need massive resources for great PD.

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