We've always enjoyed in depth conversations about the directions we feel education should take to improve the US's overall ranking in the world, but more importantly, to help students develop necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in college and/or their careers. We taught in a school that immersed us deeply in students with need. Over the course of six years, Jody and the rest of the educators at our (former) school took our students from failing to well above average. It was an arduous task that taught us all how to be great educators.
As any great educator does, Jody wants to share his knowledge with other leaders to build everyone up. The point of teaching is not to make your own school look better than everyone else's. It's to assist the learners to become the best they can be. To build up our colleagues and leaders to offer beneficial experiences for our students. And, while we're at it, assist our colleagues world-wide as we have done so well throughout the past century. A little known fact is that all of the rising billions of students around the globe are being taught using methods innovated and implemented by great American educators like John Dewey and Seymour Papert.
Jody wants to share this knowledge with fellow administrators via a joint presentation tentatively named "An Administrator's Vision for Ed Tech in the Classroom". It's an approach to incorporating technology in meaningful ways to engage students and purposefully add value to curriculum. Our goals include helping administrators and teacher-leaders develop meaningful Vision Statements and Goals for tech incorporation in curriculum building and to build Assessment strategies to iterate the vision and goals. Administrators must lead their teachers and students through what many schools are finding to be difficult transitions into the 21st century. After we've presented information and resources to administrators in broken-up info sessions, we plan to offer them workshop time to ideate Vision Statements and Goals in small groups. We'll then continue to the next information and resource building session, Standards-based Application, followed by another mini-workshop which will lead into the final session, Assessment and Iteration. Best practice in working with students has shown us that acquiring knowledge, then applying it helps form deep connections with information. The same hold true for adults; hence the workshop time.
I don't want to give too much away here, but there will also be examples of successful tech integration in lesson plans. Workshop attendees are sure to leave with valuable skills to implement ed tech successfully in their schools. We'll be hosting Google+ Hangouts and Twitter Chats (#edtechpres) to get feedback once we've developed our presentation more. Stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting venture in Ed Tech!