Volume 10, February 5, 2012 Picture of Butchard Gardens
Butchard Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Photo by Carol Dodson
Mentors’ Message We’ve had a breath of spring, but now it’s time to jump into the February activity and plan for the rest of the school year. Did you celebrate the first national digital learning day on February 1? Be sure to share on the wall how your school celebrated the day. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference on February 13-‐15. In addition to your presentations, your meeting with us, and the opportunity to share in all the benefits of the conference, we hope you’ll stop at the ORC exhibit where we’ll be celebrating the launch of the iLearn Ohio website. Information Ohio Education Technology Conference www.etech.ohio.gov/conference/ February 13 –15, 2012: Columbus Convention Center SKYPE Sharing Session Applications Due http://share21.org/special-‐initiatives/skype-‐sharing-‐session Monday February 13, 2012 Evidence of Transformation Data and Stories Due http://share21.org/wp-‐content/uploads/2011/08/eot_overview.pdf Wednesday February 15, 2012 Rigor & Relevance Strategies Due http://share21.org/coaching-‐model Wednesday February 15, 2012
TT&L Coaches Speed Meeting Session http://share21.org/meeting-‐materials/02152012sms Wednesday February 15, 2012: Columbus Convention Center Monthly Coaches Report Due Monthly Report Link Wednesday February 15, 2012 Advocacy & Sustainability Stories Due http://share21.org/wp-‐content/uploads/2012/01/Sustainability-‐Advocacy.pdf Wednesday February 15, 2012 Teacher Growth Plan Updates Due http://share21.org/wp-‐content/uploads/2011/08/Teacher-‐Growth-‐Plan-‐Overview.pdf Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Spring Site Visits Preparations http://share21.org/wp-‐content/uploads/2011/08/TTLSiteVisitProtocol.docx.pdf March -‐ May , 2012 Implementation Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps A teacher who received a class set (32) of iPads learned that she couldn’t teach the way she had always taught and just add in the iPads. The five essential steps are listed below, but this must-‐read article is found in the January 25, 2012 online publication, Education Week Teacher. http://tiny.cc/3vejj 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Break down to rebuild. Redefine with a goal in mind. Get more app for your money. Embrace failure. Enjoy the results, reflect towards the future. One student wrote in her daily reflection, "[iPads] make me want to come to school every day because I know that Ms. Magiera has a lesson just for me."
The two articles below provide examples of PBLs as well as how-‐to-‐make-‐it-‐work suggestions. Class assignment: Reinvent high school To access this article, go to http://tiny.cc/r97wl where you can register for a free subscription of your own. The article is located in the current issue, Vol. 15, No. 2. The PBL Launch Pad, Part One: Worthwhile Projects for High School Students by Eeva Reeder http://tiny.cc/i29ak
Photo from Mail Online, 1/23/12
She did it! Dutch girl, 16, becomes youngest to sail around the world on her own School authorities said she should be in school. What do you think? After you read the article, consider what she learned on her voyage and compare it to what she might have learned in school. Share this discussion during a conversation about PBL with your team. Read more: http://tiny.cc/j4k4j