I think Anna Maria Menezes summed up my thoughts on this week’s activities, and indeed the whole PLN program, when she said “you can only decide which is the best webtool to reach a certain goal once you have explored the many tools available”. The ‘technological revolution’ (Assn of Ind. Schools Qld newsletter) we are in the midst of is our own ‘industrial revolution’ – I too remember the purple ink of the gestetners at school, getting my 16mm licence when doing my first Library Technician’s Certificate, using a slide show(and I mean real slides) to present an assignment when I went on to do the Associate Diploma, and then having to grapple with the advent of web-based courses when going on to do my B. Arts (Library & Info Science) at Charles Sturt University – all in the last 25 years too! I’m still learning, I’m still keen to learn and I want to (in fact can’t wait sometimes) to share this learning with others.
Our Mount Eliza Cluster of schools has been involved in ‘The 4C Thinker Program” for a number of years now and the website was developed “as a resource for teachers who want their students to become dynamic thinkers in an ever changing world” – critical, creative, caring, competent.
I am fortunate in that there are staff at my school who are just as keen as me to introduce new technologies into the classroom. I received an email mid-class from one staff member last week “Lynn, what’s that new presentation thingy (animoto) you showed me the other day – I want to tell my kids about it – what else can they use instead of powerpoint – I want to tell them now?” Of course I emailed back straight away with a range of presentation tools that could be used – luckily I was at the my desk at the time in order to get back to her. Our school has also just applied for funding from the federal ICT Innovation Fund 2010 to put into place a PD program for staff. We hope to be able to introduce them to some new (to them) Web2.0 tools that they can use in class and also be able to follow up by going into the classroom with them as they introduce it to their students. We’re very excited about our model (I won’t go into too much detail other than to say it’s a vertical continuum which ‘invites’ staff and students from all areas of learning and levels to get involved) and we have our fingers crossed to see whether the funding comes through.
I’ve known Jenny Sargeant for some time and always found her to be very insightful regarding not only library trends but also technological trends. As JennyG said I too don’t think Jenny Sargeant sounds retired yet at all!