Almost 20 years experience teaching in public and private schools. I've taught secondary English and history and served as both a library media specialist and technology integrator. Dad, writer, photographer, backpacker.
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My name’s David and I’m a history teacher in Queensland, Australia. I use a lot of podcasting and online tools with my classes and am always looking for new ideas.
I host a group on diigo (it’s similar to delicious and very popular with teachers) for history teachers to share links, ideas and resources. It’s at http://groups.diigo.com/groups/history-teachers.
Please come along and join and share any sources or resources you use with the rest of us. See you there.
Ancient & Modern History Teacher
Sheldon College, Capalaba.
Hi Cory. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I teach AP English Language too..Do you want to have our students do some cross blog stuff? Check us out at nstearns.edublogs.org. We also have a text annotation thing at aptexts.edublogs.org that lets you comment on pieces paragraph by paragraph.
Did I thank you for your kind comments? My principal accessed my presentation on iTunes. He was surprised to 'pull up' one of his teachers on iTunes and now calls me a global presenter. The more the wool is pulled over his eyes, the better for job security!!
Our principal mentioned it at a parent meeting and they were so excited, they forced her to set a date on the spot. Soooo, November 12th is it. We will see how it goes and I promise to keep you posted.
Thanks for the invitation, great to hear from you. Yes I was at NECC this year and will be next year as well, too bad you could not make it but hopefully I will see you in San Antonio. I will look you up on twitter and add you to my following, isn't it great how all of these things connect us? Will send an email as a way to catch up.
The form that a coaching program takes depends on the district and the building. I'm not sure how the coaching program is set up in Wisconsin, but here in the Seattle area, we have several different models. I work in a private school where my whole job is coaching. One school district here (Edmonds) has committed to having a coach at every grade level in every building. Other districts here are doing a coach or two per building. Many programs budget for release time for the coaches and collaborating teachers to work together, some have teachers who are part-time coaches and their schedules are adjusted to give them the time they need.
I've been a coach for 6 years and I've been instructing coaches for the last 4 both here in Western Washington and in Korea and India through the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Program. (Not a plug for MS!) Coaching is the best professional development you can do, especially for people who are new to technology in education. People tend to be more willing to take a leap and try something new if they've got someone there "hand-holding."
To be honest, Christopher, I'm probably out on a limb on this one. I don't have explicit permission from parents, though we have a general form for web access consent. This particular group is an Advanced Placement English class (juniors), and I've had some pretty straight-forward talks with them. I do monitor their posts via RSS (Google Reader), which is also how I do the "assessment" part. I don't, but could, have the comments feed for each blog.
For my freshmen, I don't feel so confident about giving them their own blogs. I have a class blog and I plan on signing them each up as "contributors". There is a way to do this using your own gmail account, giving them each their own login and password, but then every post comes through your email for moderation. It sounds a little labor-intensive for 70 kids, but I like the control/safety valve. I haven't done this, yet, but hope to soon.
Otherwise, I am fortunate to have a pretty supportive administration when it comes to trying out these tools in class. So far, so good...