Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wk 4 Publishing Leadership Project

I plan on presenting this first at the EARCOS leadership conference in October. This conference is mostly for administration and I have had some interest from some administration as other schools go towards a 1:1 laptop program.

I welcome any edits or suggestions you have for my project. This is going to be a work in progress and I know more will be added after the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. Below are the links to my previous posts on the subject as well as the actual presentation link.

Post #1
Post #2

Presentation link

Week 4 Wimba

I was not able to attend any of the wimba sessions during this month and being over seas doesn't help the collaboration of same time discussions. Because I was not able to make the wimba session I shared my AR presentation with my critical friends and below are their comments on my presentation that I received via email from them.

Blair Mccullough:
Scot the presentation looks pretty good! I think you should add another visual from the survey to the results page, maybe something that shows a different category than the one that you already posted. Also, you need my picture as large as you can put it, maybe as it's own slide, just a suggestion, J/K. 
I like how you summed up the Lit Review page and made it flow with the rest of the presentation. I think that this would work for about a 20 min. presentation that would spark some great questions, good job!

Kristen Byrd:
Great Job! and I think that it looks great too! I like the theme and the visuals that you have with the slides with almost no text. However you might want to get each slide on board with your yellow colored font so that they all look the same. Sounds like a great topic for teachers and administration!

Mark Heil:
Scot, I'm ready for you to present this at the next all staff meeting on Tuesday and see what our heads think. I think that you have some good stuff here and the concept is really good for us to try and put into practice here at the school. I also think that you are actually going to want to wait to present till after maybe one semester of us high school teachers having the one to one and then we could put together something to see their success or comfort level as they actually teach in the program, looking forward to what happens and what you come up with, hope this helps.

Week 4 Art of Possibility

Creating the framework for possibility is my favorite chapter of this book as it forced me to think in a completely different way. I think we all need to aspire to be leaders and as teachers we lead everyday. This type of leadership would completely change the way my classroom would function as well as the staff that I work with. Since I have started to do a lot of staff development I have had to do a lot of leadership roles that I am slowly getting comfortable with but always looking for ways to become a better leader. Constructing a framework of possibility instead of working off others fears seems like a difficult thing to do. I think that constructing a framework of possibility does require some rapport with those that are hearing you or following you. Also, I would need to not have my emotions of the day effect how I lead those that are going through a tough time or during a tough situation for the whole staff.
There are many times when this form of leadership would be so much better than a demanding type leadership. WHen situations get tough, instead of leading or emerging out of fear, create a possible atmosphere where the staff as a whole can climb out of the situation instead of being pulled out by one person.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Week 4 Think Aloud 2

I created a presentation based on my AR project on teacher training in a 1:1 laptop program. Because of the topic I know that a presentation was a better choice for me than submitting a paper to be reviewed. I have had the opportunity to attend some pretty awesome conferences these last two years and I would really like to present at one coming up.

I have attended an East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) conference before and I plan on presenting at the next one in October 2011.

Along with this conference I plan on presenting at the SITE conference in 2012, this organization was at the AACE conference I recently attended and I had talked to them about presenting at their next available one and this is it. The venue and topic of the organization fits well with my AR topic and will give me a great place to present.

I still would like to present at ISTE 2012 in San Diego, CA but the call for presenters has not gone out yet.

Week 4 Think Aloud 1

Testing the waters.

As I have been trying to come up with how I want to present my AR project I feel like I would like to do a presentation. Even though submitting a paper is a great thing, I think that I can best describe my project through a presentation and with the hopes of actually presenting it I would like to create it first instead of creating it from a paper. I am going to use google presentation to put it together that way I can hopefully get some good feedback from others as I share it around and I will also be able to possibly have others edit it if they feel the need to.

I have been looking to present at the ISTE conference, but I think it might be to late for the upcoming one this summer so possibly the one next summer. I also just recently attended an AACE conference and I would like to present at one of those as well.