Patty Nathan, Interim Middle Learning Principal, The Galloway School

Beyond the Stacks

Name of Session: Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership
Conference Year and Strand: 2008, Leading the Change
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=343

Disruptive Innovations

Name of Session: Current Leadership Models are Inadequate for Disruptive Innovations Conference
Conference Year and Strand: 2008, Leading the Change
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=344


Wiki Collaboration

Name of Session: Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum
Conference Year and Strand: 2006, Week in the Classroom
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=38



Asking Bigger Questions About Assessment

Name Of Session: Asking Bigger Questions About Assessment
Conference Year and Strand: 2008 Prove it Keynote
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=301


Primary Access
Name of Session: Student Creation of Digital Documentaries in History Classrooms: Research Findings
Conference ear and Strand: 2008 Prove It
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=304





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Inventing the New Boundaries

Name of Session: Inventing the New Boundaries
Conference Year and Strand: 2007 Keynote
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=144

Summary

Out with the old - In with the new
David Warlick equates the “old way of teaching” to a train on one track. Teachers and students fly in the 21st century. Technology caused boundaries to disappear, but both teachers and students need boundaries. They need boundaries to gain traction so they can move forward.
Students today are part of a network and a community and those who aren’t widen the digital divide. Students are getting information from digital sources because they are constantly connected. The information changes all the time and is overwhelming. It is our responsibility to teach critical thinking skills, and how to find, evaluate and organize the information.
We are preparing students for an unpredictable future. We need to teach them how to teach themselves and how to communicate in this ever-changing world of connectivity.

Questions
How do we allow students to remix information as an assessment when teachers still want to stand and deliver?
Professional Gain
David Warlck affirmed that teachers need professional development to stay abreast of the technology students use on a regular basis.
Application
All teachers take a Web 2.0 course to become familiar with the tools our students use
All teachers use a Web 2.0 tool in a minimum of one unit or lesson
All
teachers become proficient in research skills


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Homegrown Webcasters

Name of Session: EdTechTalk: A Network of Homegrown Webcasters
Conference Year and Strand: 2007, Professional Learning Networks
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=206

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A Paradigm Shift

Name of Session: Creating a Paradigm Shift in Technology
Conference Year and Strand: 2007, Obstacles to Opportunities Session
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=204





Throwing the Box Away

Name of Session: Throwing the Box Away
Conference Year and Strand: 2008, Prove It
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=316


Parental Engagement
Name of Session:
Parental Engagement in the 21st Century - Leveraging web 2.0 tools to engage parents in non-traditional ways
Conference Year and Strand: 2008, Kicking it Up a Notch
Session URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=340



Parents live in a web 1.0 world while their children live in a web 2.0 world. Parents have a fear of social networking because of their lack of knowledge. They don’t have a clear understanding of the opportunities and the power of the available tools that are commonplace for the children.

The young students are so comfortable with web 2.0 that many of them are posting and writing more outside school than inside school. By connecting with parents and students through social networking, parents, students and educators make an important connection. It is the adults’ responsibility to support the students by guiding, mentoring and modeling ethical use of the web. Educators must engage parents as partners and bring them into the 21st Century.

Several great ideas for parent education came out of Matt and Lorna’s conference. First and foremost, I love the idea of hosting a hands-on session for parents to learn what the children are actually doing on the Internet. They suggest having them set up a FaceBook account so they see firsthand what it is all about. I agree that having them find groups that match their interest is wonderful. I also think having a Ning network as a discussion allows those working parents who can’t be present in school a voice in the happenings. I can see using the Ning network to post web 2.0 informational podcasts or videos for parents to watch.

Listening to Matt and Lorna talk about the Parents as Partners initiative, it sounded familiar to me. I realized that I explored this when listening to the EdTalk conference where I saw the radio program listed on that site. It is definitely worth directing parents to the radio talk show as an educational tool.
Matt and Lorna say that the media blows children’s safety on the Internet out of proportion. I agree that the media often exaggerates reality, but I do think that the children’s safety is critical and adults, both parents and teachers, shouldn’t minimize it. An awareness of what they are doing and what is out there is very important.

We can’t do enough to create relationships with our parents and educate them in the tools their children are using so they are comfortable, not intimidated by the tools or their children.