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TimestampSchool Your NameLevelWhat did I learn today that I plan to bring back to my school?How will this be useful for students?How will this be useful for teachers?How will this be useful for leaders?How will I implement this?Additional Comments/Thoughts?Overall ExperienceSession(s) title Presenter(s) / ExpertQuestions/ideas I plan to learn more about.
7/30/2009 1:14:0701M509TerriSecondaryPre-conference Tuesday, July 29th, 2009 presented several effective and efficient ways to build both professional communities as well as student collaborations. I thought the idea of implemeting a "ning" was a wonderful manner for our teachers to share their resources. Another idea to accomplish this is to use Google docs. It is my hope that students will be able to share their projects, provide meaningful feedback to one anohter and use these sites to help them think critically.It is my hope that teachers will be able to share their lesson plans both internally as well as externally, receive feedback from both communities and create rubrics whether they are created by the teacher or students and to provide meaningful feedback to one anohterEverything in the school community will become transparent and we will be able to have our students connect with students from other schools and debate issues that foster critical thinking.I will model how to effectively implement some of these tools to members of our community who in turn will turn key this information to other staff members and their students in order to build a meaninful community.I think we need time to synthesize this information and time to create strategies to implement technology into classrooms and to create a culture that requires our studens to use their critical-thinking sills. Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Connective Learning an Introduction to Google tool and Leadership Managing the TransitionAlan November and Brian Mull,
8/1/200901M509Jayne GodlewskiSecondaryPre-conference: Tuesday: July 28th: The Google docs session helped to familiarize me about the various resources that are available for teachers to access and use. It also helped to advance my ability to make use of google docs when working collaboratively with teachers as well as members of the instructional team on documents such as the Comprehensive Educational Plan. I am hopeful that by providing teachers with the information, they will be more readily inclined to make use of google documents with their students. I particularly like the fact that students who do not have the requisite resources (such as a flash drive) can be precluded from completing their work.Teachers within grade levels as well as within and across departmnets will be able to work together to create lessons, activities, curriculum even if they do not have common prep periods. It also permits them to work together outside of school.Members of the instructional team will be able to provide teachers with the requisite feedback about activities, lesson plans that are created. Administrators can provide teachers with more timely feedback. If supervisors intend to observe lessons, feedback can be offered through a google doc within the same day as the lesson was observed. Information will be share with members of the instructional team and grade level leaders who can then in turn share the information with others. Teachers will receive afterschool training and be given the opportunity to hear how others are making use of google docs within their various academic disciplines.
7/31/2009 12:22:0201M509Terri BudneySecondaryI learned a great deal about Web 2.0 New Tools for Schools.It will allow all students to share their thinking both locally, within our country as well as iternationally about anything. By exposing our students to others outside our local vicinity students will gain a deeper understanding of economic, political and social issues.It will allow for the exchange of ideas in a meaninful way.Leaders may also use these tools to gain insight from local and international individuals.I will continue to model it for the teachers I work with.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Web 2.0 New Tools for SchoolsHoward Diblasi
7/28/2009 23:01:4802M460Sarah HernandezSecondaryI learned about NINGs and how to create one.I find that it would be most useful for a group of teachers.
It is another tool, which teachers can use to share best practices.
see aboveI will create a NING for staff preferring to work "solo".
Very SatisfiedPre-Conference sessions
Leadership: Managing the Transition
Connective Learning-An Introduction to Google Tools in Education
Alan November
Brian Mull
7/30/2009 22:47:5102m460Sarah HernandezSecondarySome strategies for improving student presentations.For orientation, high school fairs and other events we can have students create better presentations than those already used by the school. Students can use these strategies and tools to capture the interest of their peers, and promote their small learning communities (houses).

Teachers can use these strategies to help students retain more information. "Learning is maximized when we talk and use images." Students and teachers can get images from, and stock with attributions.
Leaders and teachers can use better classroom presentations to meet the learning style of the visual, auditory and kinesthetic tactile learner (staff and students).I would begin by posting suggestions/ideas on the school web site, department, cabinet and PTA meetings.Very SatisfiedOne Hour PowerPoint: Ten Strategies for Improving Student PresentationsDavid Jakes, Coordinator of Instructional Technology
7/30/2009 23:06:2302m460Sarah HernandezSecondaryFindings form Dr. Robert Marzano's recent research.Help to close the achievement gap by using more interactive tools to keep students engaged.Teachers will be able to help students construct knowledge instead of just delivering the knowledge.Students will have greater academic achievement.Very SatisfiedEducational Transformation that WorksSonny Magana, M.ED., Education Strategy at Promethean,Inc.
8/11/2009 21:41:3706M004 Duke Ellington SchoolJacek PolubiecElemI learned how to create a wiki and created one for the academy I am supervising.Students will have an opportunity to contribute to the curriculum resources which will be added to the wiki by teachers and students.Teachers will have impact on the way wiki represents us. They will have access to our curriculum maps and will be able to contribute to our curriculum units.We will empower teachers to have access to the curriculum and make changes that will reflect the needs of their students. Sharing wiki will help leaders foster collaboration among teachers.I am going to implement 5th grade curriculum map and create pages where teachers will be able to add ideas, links and resources that will benefit their colleagues.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Wikis for Collaborative LearningTom DaccordI will have more question as we are moving along towards paper-free environment.
8/11/2009 21:30:4706M004 Duke Ellington School Jacek PolubiecElemI learned that there is a exponentially growing number of online resources that can be used by teachers, students and administrators.Students will be able to access information, communicate their ideas, and learn by accessing these resources.teachers will be able to meet and discuss these new classroom tools and evaluate their usefulness.Leaders will become aware that teachers and students have all they need to teach in innovative ways. If they don't, the wrong attitude and/or a lack of training must be addressed. I will begin by showing the slide show Howie used in the beginning of his presentation that communicated why it is urgent for us to serious about using technology in our classrooms.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Web 2.0: New Tools for SchoolsHowie DiBlasiMore questions will come up as the school begins on how to fit this new information into the flow of the day.
7/29/2009 16:09:32Gramercy Arts/02m374Fady IshakSecondaryI learned how to create a wiki for collaborative purposes in the classroom.Teachers can design wikis for their various classes. By participating in these wikis, students will feel that their voices are heard. Wikis are intended for students to maintain and take pride and ownership.Teachers will be able to create a conversation forum where all students can share and voice their opinions. Also, wikis can be used as an instructional tool where students respond to or answer questions related to their classes.This will positively impact students' learning experience. The whole school community will be part of a large network where ideas and opinions are shared openly.I am planning to conduct introductory workshops for teachers about wikis in the classroom. This will hopefully encourage a group of them to start the wiki project with their students.
Also, I will start a wiki with the staff as a way to create better communication in the school.
I think more time was needed for this workshop as not all topics were discussed in the 1-hour session.Very Satisfiedwikis for Collaborative learningTom Daccord I would continue to seek more tech training on designing and maintaining wikis.
7/30/2009 15:29:17Gramercy Arts/02m374Fady IshakSecondaryInformate not automate.

As a school leader, one of the things I am planning to implement in my school is helping teachers get access to new and innovative ways to teach technology.
Students will have new roles in school. Students will feel more empowered to seek their own learning. They can eventually answer their own questions and enrich their own learning. Teachers will get access to more new information rather than simply new technological equipment. More importantly teachers will gain access to other teachers and work together collectively. A greater sense of accountibility will emerge among the staff.Leaders should see an incremental change in student productivity.Invite teachers to several faculty meetings where they will work on creating customized search engines for all students in school. Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Leadership: Managing the transitionAlan November
8/9/2009 21:54:23Marta ValleJayne GodlewskiSecondaryOne of the best sessions that I attended was led by Howard DiBlasi. He provided a fair amount of websites that are useful for teachers and during his presentation he showed us a number of multi-media projects across various disciplines.By having teachers make use of the resources that were shared, students will be able to think in a critical manner as well as become engaged and motivated to learn.The resources that were shown to the participants can help teachers to make use of a wider variety of resources in the classroom. By doing so, they will tend to meet the learning styles of the students. Howard has tied all of the projects to 21st Century Skills.Expands my toolkit of resources to use with teachers particularly when I am working with them to plan their lessons as well as in giving feedback after observing their lesson.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Creating Digital Projects for the 21st Century Classroom - Howard DiBlasiThe CD that was given to the participants requires time to review.
8/9/2009 21:45:00Marta Valle Secondary SchoolJayne GodlewskiSecondaryOn Wednesday, July 29th I attended Marco Torres session about integrating music in every subject area. I would like to advocate that teachers use music to learn the subject matter. For example, when studying social studies, students can listen to the music of a particular time period and discuss how the music was linked to the historical events being studied.
On Thursday, July 30th really enjoyed learning about new tools that were being used by Joyce Valenza. Joyce's presentation together with her resources can easily be adopted by our librarian.
Music is something that is enjoyed by all students and will therefore served as an entry point for the lesson.

One of the ideas that Joyce presented was to use digital picture frames for introducing students to top book picks for the month. Pictures of book covers that are endorse by teachers and students can be displayed for students who visit the library. Teachers and students can also be shown holding the book of their choice.
Music will serve as a great motivator for the students.

Joyce introduced me to a website for a paperbook swap. Teachers are always looking for cost effective ways to obtain books for their students.

Teachers are always looking for ways to engage students in the learning process.

Since our budget is limited for the coming fiscal year, book swap serves as a vehicle for stretching dollars while permitting teachers to purchase materials that are relevant for their classes. Joyce also showed participants how to create videos as a mechanism for getting students to return books.
I plan to use music during a faculty meeting so that teachers can learn how easily music can be used to motivate participants.

The resources that were displayed by Joyce will be shared with my librarian. Since she is tech savvy, I think that she will welcome being familiarized with Web 2.0 tools that can easily be integrated into her daily work.
Very SatisfiedMarco Torries: Solve all Problems, Make Music: Making music in every subject area.

Joyce Valenza: Web 2.0 meets Information Fluency: Desinging Projects for 21st Century Learns (An Update)
I plan to speak with my music teacher and have him lead a session for the teachers.
8/9/2009 22:03:14Marta Valle Secondary SchoolJayne GodlewskiSecondaryOn Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend a session with one of my English teacher. The session focused on using authentic tools for the purpose of advancing students writing.

Since we our Inquiry Teams have been focusing on writing, the ideas that were shared can help to promote the use of 21st Century skills while getting students to write, a skill that they often avoid.
Students will be able to use writing as a process that promoties thinking. The tools that were shown are user friendly and engaging. They included Jing and podcasts. Teachers will be able to go beyond traditional practices for getting students to write.Our instructional team is always searching for new ideas that will lead to extending the current techniques for improving the literacy skills of the students.Plan to share the information with my Lead Teachers and Assistant PrincipalsVery SatisfiedRead Reasons to Write: Working with Authentic Tools and Audiences: Sara Kajdier
7/29/2009 9:04:07MOETBeth RichardsElemToday I learned how to use diigo, a social bookmarking tool. I like the idea of being able to highlight text, the sticky note feature and creating groups. This is a usefull tool for students, especially for the lower elementary grades. Teachers can share Internet resources quickly and build collaboraton.Educational leaders can share resources with educators and organize groups by content area.Model diigo for teachers and educational leaders. Very SatisfiedBuilding Learning Communities-It's ElementaryLainie Rowell, Jennifer Beine
7/29/2009 9:20:29MOETBeth RichardsElemToday I learned how to search the web for authentic information, information from different countries and retrieve information from sites that have not been updated.This is a useful tool for students who want to obtain a differnet perspective on their research.Review Alan November's website.Very SatisfiedManaging the TransitionAlan NovemberI would like to learn more about the many search techniques demonstrated during the session. Especially obtaining information from sites that have not been updated.
7/29/2009 10:12:41MOETLisa Nielsen1-Great question at BLC09 around student online anonymity, "If you don’t take control of your online identity, who will?"
2-During Alan's talk he discussed the power of Ning instructional networks.
1-Students need to know how to take ownership of their online identity, including knowing what it means if your identity is known. 1-Teachers need to know how to help themselves and their students take ownership of their online identity, including knowing what it means if your identity is known.
2-Teachers will be able to use a ning to communicate, collaborate, and share best practices.
1-Administrators need to know how to help themselves, their teachers, and their students take ownership of their online identity, including knowing what it means if your identity is known.
2-Leaders and their teachers will be able to use a ning to communicate, collaborate, and share best practices.
1-I plan to really think about this concept and perhaps write about it and share some ideas around the question of student anonymity and, "Are we just kidding ourselves?"
2-I had planned to use Nings with schools, but we will jump start this right at the conference.
Very SatisfiedEdublogger Con-Textured Literacy
Leadership: Managing the Transition
Tom Daccord
Alan November
I want to think and learn more about real authentic publishing and questions around, how effective is it really for students to have a blog. Perhaps a students time is better spent building personal networks, commenting, and contributing to established blogs, building a base and experience for launching a quality blog around an area of deep personal passion and interest.
7/30/2009 10:09:56MOETBeth RichardsElemDuring the presentation by Bob Pearlman I gained a new understanding for how the way a school designs its space has a direct impact on student learning.Provide students with educational spaces that are more sutited for collaboration.Teachers will transition and become increasingly more comfortable with being a facilitator and/or guide for students and their learning.Leaders now have options for looking at the learning space in their schools and begin to develop plans to create more open learning space to promote collaboration.See slide presentation from the workshop at
Very SatisfiedDesigning 21st Century Secondary SchoolsBob Pearlman
7/30/2009 22:38:31Our Lady Queekn of MartyrsAndrew G. WoodsElemThe use of probes in middle school science classes that are easy to apply to the hands-on part of the science curriculum. Also, the incorporation of i-movies into such areas of the curriculum as social studies, science and religion in the presention of reports for the fair associated with these subjects - History Day, Science Fair and Religion Fair.The students use of probes will enhance their hands-on science curriculum by enabling them to apply to ITSI activities in developing further investigative areas in the world of science. Teachers will be able to further enhance their hands-on approach to the teaching of Science. The content area of science will be further extended by enabling the students not only to do the activities but also to incorporate the data into the area of mathematical problem solvingThe curricula area of science demands the use of hands-on, inquiry based learning. This can only be accomplished by the students learning through experience in the field. The educational leader of the school will otherefore be ensured that the demands wof science are being met by incorporating probes and the data/experience into the everyday workings of the curriculum.The probes must first be procured for the use in the science curriculum. Then the teacher must make themselves aware of the resources that are available through ITSI for the incorporation into the curricula areas of science ranging from biology to astronomy.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Walden Pond - Observe American History First Hand Through ScienceCarolyn StaudtITSI training sessions for the teachers.
7/28/2009 20:14:44PS4 Duke Ellington SchoolJacek PolubiecElemI learned that technology planning committees are counter-productive.
We need to move away from talking about technology and move towards talking about information in order to conceptualize innovation as a tool for learning.
When kids are not in school they are social and we need to provide them opportunities to be that way while at school and technology provides us with many (FREE!) tools to do that.
Some schools are technology rich and information poor and we need to self-asses this area.
Alan thinks that statements such as “If the teacher doesn’t know it, it can’t be taught” is a crime and I agree.
Our focus should be two-fold: 1.Students need to gain access to the information they never had and 2. Students need to gain access to other people they never knew.
If evaluation system doesn’t change the way we use technology will not change.
We need to move to the skills based curriculum rather that content based.
We need to change job descriptions for teachers and students.
Students shouldn't do homework that allows them to make errors because they will be reinforced rather than corrected by the teacher because without immediate feedback performance deteriorates.
Students will be able to use the tools in order to communicate, share and comment on each others work. They will be more engaged in school work which allows them social networking.The teachers will be able to share ideas (twitter) work on collaborative projects (Google Docs) and share internet resources (Diigo)It will allow us to revise our vision of the role technology should play in our profession, our school in our classroomsI will meet with the school leadership and with grade level teams to discuss the content of these two workshops and demonstrate how the tools I learned can be used to engage and assess students.I have learned a great deal alsredy even though the actual conference starts tomorrow. Alan is a true transformational leader who's knowledge is just beyond comprehension. I think that school teams should be encouraged to attend together because this conference's focus extends well beyond technology.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Managing the TransitionAlan November Everything else there is to learn during this great conference and become more proficient of the internet tools I am learning about. Google Docs is high on my list in terms of developing many useful applications.
7/31/2009 8:35:04St. Jean Baptiste HSMaria CassanoSecondaryMonday - Preconference Session - SCRATCH at the MIT media lab. Introduction to using SCRATCH for kids of all ages to learn some basics of programming which involves logical thinking, strategic planning and creativity. It encourages collaborative learning and sharing in an engaging format.Will provide creative activities that places the responsiblity on the students to create and develop solutions to posed problems.I will introduce this tool to several of my teachers and the tech people and encourage them to utilize it with at least some of their students.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)SCRATCH Media lab personnel
7/31/2009 14:08:06St. Jean Baptiste HSMaria CassanoSecondaryThe presentation on Google Apps was good. It gave me a chance to explore the many possibilities.This is a great tool for many of the tasks the students need to accomplish. It will provide new ways of thinking about accomplishing those tasks.Teachers will be able to streamline some of the tasks they assign and hopefully make students more accountable for them.I plan to begin using some of these apps.Not sure of the particulars right now, but I plan to exlore possible uses and make myself really use them.Very SatisfiedGoogle tools in educationBrian Mull
7/31/2009 14:15:26St. Jean Baptiste HSMaria CassanoSecondaryThe three keynote speakers were wonderful. Each brought a new perspective to the conversation and provided much food for thought.My reflections and implementations hopefully will benefit the students both directly through my conversations with them and through my work with their teachers.I hope to convey to the teachers the excitement and potential that this conference has stirred up in me. I hope to share with them some very concrete ideas and tools for their adoption.I hope to continue to follow the many strands that I learned about and to find ways to implement them in my own practice.Innovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)Three keynotes.Benjamin Zander, Steephen Heppel, David WeinbergerThe various uses of wikis, blogs, nings, twitter.
Also to pursue some of the contraints that seem to exist in utilizing the web and all its possiblities and to work out some ways of being practical and responsible in the incorporation of them into our school culture.
11/19/2009 13:50:32Volunteer High SchoolDale SkidmoreSecondaryHow to use the InternetUse when complete schoolEasier to grade testsHow to leadwith my churchgood applicationInnovation Excellence (Extremely Satisfied)online trainingdddnone