Ok, PLEASE help me out. I'm trying to create some materials for pd and want some input. Let's start at the bottom with our email-only, Powerpoint-loving colleagues (nothing wrong with that, just want to help them advance!). What do these teachers need to know in order to teach effectively in today's technology environment? Your list can have MORE than 10 (or less, I guess, but who can think of less than 10?!?) Doesn't have to include only 2.0 tips, could be Office, etc.
Thanks so much, I know every single one of my CR2.0 colleagues has a wealth of knowledge to share :-)

Edited to add: I put the replies together in a "transcript" for those of you wishing to use it for PD. Published it as a GoogleDoc here - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddx5s2vf_14nk6spfgj

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Can I add another "Amen!" to this? I made sure last semester to stress to my grad students in Ed Tech that the technology is a tool to ENRICH what they are already doing. It's not the magic bandaid that's going to cure public education!
This is a superb thread! I know you said you're developing these ideas for PD in your school. Do you mind if I steal this idea and share some of these posts with the students in my graduate level PD course?

For my two cents....I personally think
#1 Don't be afraid to try something new!
#2 Yes it takes time to develop technology rich lessons, but some time taken now will actually mean less time later.
#3 You're going to feel overwhelmed by everything that's out there. Take time and start with a technology that REALLY interests you and go from there.
#4 Technology is a TOOL to enrich your teaching. It's not going to miraculously make your students enlightened, motivated, engaged learners. You have to use the tools to help them discover that learning really is worthwhile.
#5 Your students WILL know more than you do and they'll figure things out really fast.
#6 Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate -- you DON'T have to do it all alone.
#7 Don't use technology for technology's sake! If colored pencils and paper work better for what you want to present, use them!
#8 If you do use PowerPoint, take time to learn it right. PowerPoint is meant to be a visual aid, NOT a script for the presentation!
#9 Build a network of "experts" and don't be afraid to ask for help.
#10 Change is never easy, but computers and the internet aren't going to go away in the near future, so you might as well jump on board the boat and try enriching your content with a little digital "razz-a-ma-tazz."
Love #8! PowerPoint can be great, but your slides should not speak for you, they should SUPPLEMENT! I commented earlier that I'm going to wait until posting slows down to compile this list into a easier-to-read format. I'll put it up here right away. As long as it has Classroom 2.0 on it, it should be good - we need to publicize our site!
I totally agree about promoting this site. This could be a Professional Development course all on its own! Thanks again for starting this thread.

PS BAD PowerPoints are a pet peeve of mine. :-)
Read Dan Meyers blog. He's got some great design pointers. I just finished adding my entry to his latest design contest.
Thanks Nancy! I've already got his blog in my RSS and in my delicious account.
Don't forget to incorporate some technology into the pd itself so teachers who attend your sessions see it in action in their own learning and in your training. I saw in one of the earlier postings that you wanted to start using wikis with your students. Get started by creating a wiki with your materials posted on it, or a place for you to leave "homework" assignments for the teachers, or a place for them to post something they've created as a result of attending your workshop. During your training show them how easy it is for them to add something to the wiki for everyone to see and comment on, etc.

I had never blogged before one particular class for my Masters in Instructional technology. That professor showed us all how to start a blog and then made active use of it part of the class requirements. He had one too and communicated with us via the blog. This is not to say that you must create a blog for your teachers, but rather that by using the tool during the course we necessarily became familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of blogging as an educational tool.
Barry -

Excellent point! I plan to create a blog for them to visit and get links from and then comment on at the end, adding the url of the new blog they created. Obviously will put more on it than that, but point is that I'm going to use a blog to teach blogs :-)
"It's not as scary as it looks, and the best way to get started is just by trying it out"
Amen to that! As others have stated, most things won't break (at least not right away) if you just get up the courage to try.........
Yeah, I second that one. It works for my kids! See my site for samples.

Sue P
We did something similar for our PD. We offered a dozen or more 1 hour "courses" and let the teachers pick 3 they wanted to attend. For the email/powerpoint group, one of the most effective was Organizing Files, you know, creating a folder for each class, with folders inside for each chapter. That kind of thing.



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