I want to publicly thank the world-famous Vicki Davis for taking some time out of her busy schedule the last day of school today to videoconference with about 15 teachers in Asher Public School in Asher, Oklahoma. Vicki and Julie Lindsay won numerous awards (ISTE SIGTel Online Learning Award 2007, Edublog Best Wiki Award 2006, Taking IT Global Collaborative Project Award 2007) for their 2006 Flat Classroom Project, and are continuing their innovative uses of technology with students via The Horizon Project and most recently the Digi Teen “digital citizenship for teens” project.
Vicki discussed her own learning journey with web 2.0 tools with the Asher teachers and answered questions about getting started. Like many, Vicki encourages teachers to use tools like VoiceThread in personally meaningful ways first before jumping into classroom applications and integration ideas with students. With respect to educational technologies, Vicki advised teachers to:
Play before you produce.
I share a similar message with teachers in my workshops and presentations, but I hadn’t heard it expressed in this way. I love this succinctly phrased advice!
Vicki and Julie are leading a two-day workshop in St. Louis on July 8 and 9 following NECC, which sounds like a great learning opportunity. (I’ll be in Missouri during that time, but will be attending and presenting at MODLA.)
For today’s workshop in Asher, we used my wiki curriculum “A Summer Of Professional Learning Choices for Educators! Where Should I Start?” We spent the entire morning exploring VoiceThread and creating a VoiceThread together. The afternoon session kicked off with a great videoconference with Vicki over Skype. Bringing in other people “live” into a workshop like this over video is one of the best things I think we can do and model for teachers during professional development sessions, particularly when we are fortunate to have internationally recognized educators like Vicki share a bit of their perspectives and experiences!
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On this day..
- FREE Oklahoma City STEM Workshop: June 4-5, 2014 - 2014
- Read an Enhanced eBook in the Chrome Browser with Readium - 2013
- Using Student Videos on YouTube to Demonstrate Proper School Procedures - 2013
- Share Words and Pictures of Encouragement and Love with #moorehugs - 2013
- Remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing (supplementary curriculum videos) - 2010
- VoiceThread questions for graduating seniors - 2008
- My OLPC dream comes true - 2008
- No videoconference to Williamsburg - I'm sad - 2008
- K-12 Online 2007: Call for Proposals! - 2007
- Blogs like a neutron bomb! - 2006