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Mark Your Calendars!

10/04/2009 1 comment

k12 Online

The annual K12 Online Conference provides the opportunity to participate in a first rate conference from the comfort of your living room…for free.  From December 7-11 and December14-17, forty presentations will be posted online at the conference blog allowing viewers to participate in both real time and on their own (I watched recordings of the 2007 sessions while standing in line to vote last year).

Sessions that I am looking particularly forward to include:

Be sure to check out the entire conference program to find your favorites.

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Professional Development Meme Update

09/22/2009 2 comments

No surprise…I’m a bit behind in getting to this.  Nevertheless, here it is:

My Goals

  • Rework my class websites (here and here) so that they better compliment one another, allow for a deeper understanding of class content, and create more opportunities for collaboration both in and beyond my school.  Look to the Maine Holocaust Education Network as an example of what can be done.

I am actually quite proud with how my iClassroom Wiki has shaped up.  It has a nice, clean look and allows students…and their parents…to access class materials and updates.  Students have even started building their own encyclopedia on the site.  The iClassroom Ning, however, has not been touched.  I can’t get past the fear that we will walk in one day and find it…and all of our materials…blocked by the District filters.  I have requested a hosted WordPress blog as a replacement (in May), but I’m still waiting for access to it.

I am getting more and more comfortable with Google Apps and plan to introduce them to students as soon as they are officially trained to use District email, allowing them to register for their own Google accounts.  And students will use Voicethread to encourage discussion in their encyclopedia entries.

  • Connect with other educators…
    • Online via Twitter, I Teach Social Studies (which I have seriously neglected lately), and all of the other Ning Networks that allow me to lurk in the shadows.
    • Face-to-Face via NECC

I continue to contribute to Twitter and a variety of Nings on a semi-regular basis.  And NECC was an incredible experience that has encouraged me to attend other conferences this year, including NCSS in November and EduCon (hopefully with my principal) in January.

I finished both Outliers and Tipping  Point, but got a bit stalled on the rest.

In my spare time, I also plan to add links to the various pages on this blog, annotate the bookmarks I’ve saved via Delicious and Diigo, and redesign my freshman social studies course in order to make more connections with the other teachers on my team.

I did start tagging my social studies bookmarks with Kentucky Core Content numbers, but never got around to properly annotating them all.  I guess it’s still a work in progress.

What are the chances of adding an extra couple of weeks to this summer so I can actually make it to the end of this list?

While I didn’t complete everything on the list, I am still proud of what I did accomplish this summer.

I am actually quite proud with how my iClassroom Wiki shaped up.  It has a nice, clean look and allows students –
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Professional Development Meme 2009

06/13/2009 1 comment

I saw this Meme on Karen Chichester’s blog and thought that it would be a good way for me to organize my own plans for the summer.  So here goes…

Directions

Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2009 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.

The Rules

NOTE: You do NOT have to wait to be tagged to participate in this meme.

  1. Pick 1-3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
  2. For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/07/09).
  3. Post the above directions along with your 1-3 goals on your blog.
  4. Title your post Professional Development Meme 2009 and link back/trackback to http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/2447.
  5. Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme09.
  6. Tag 5-8 others to participate in the meme.
  7. Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
  8. Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.

My Goals

In my spare time, I also plan to add links to the various pages on this blog, annotate the bookmarks I’ve saved via Delicious and Diigo, and redesign my freshman social studies course in order to make more connections with the other teachers on my team.

What are the chances of adding an extra couple of weeks to this summer so I can actually make it to the end of this list?

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