Live Blogging the International Leadership Summit: The Recommendations from my Table

Wow, what a great conversation that we had with our table — Camilla Gagliolo – SIG Representative for ISTE, Julie Lindsay, Joyce Valenza, Larry Telbert, Dr. Stephanie Baird, Laura Machusa de Silveryra, Teresa Aldrete. We had a wonderful discussion with these items that my table took away from the session:

The three issues from the roundtable discussion at the International Leadership :

1) Redefinition of the team

a. Researchers need to have active teachers on their team

b. Teachers need to be able to find something and say “hey” come over here.

c. Researchers can publish to a wiki (only the approved researchers can edit) – but teachers and others are allowed to submit on discussion tabs.

2) It is not about creation it is about finding

a. We need to move away from islands of effort into continents of cooperation

b. We need tagging standards

i. NETS needs tags for every standard and teachers taught how to use them.

ii. For everything we do.

iii. We need standards for: content, age level, language AND format (movie, audio,widget, lesson plan, research paper, 3d {tag in SL})

iv. It needs to be part of being an educator to tag and contribute.

v. We need an ISTE Delicious network with tagging standards to share information

3) WE need to improve the coefficient of participation with what we do.

a. Research Papers – posted to wiki, allow teacher discussion (or student feedback)

i. Example, Students providing feedback for the Horizon 2007 report that will affect the future of that research –

ii. Link up researcher’s citation database software in some way to aggregate links and share information – i.e. End Note

b. Software

i. Help should be two way

1. Support Wikis

2. Help one another

3. Share lesson plans/ reviews

ii. Feature request wikis so users can edit and share

iii. Give teachers money and let them select what software/ technology they want to integrate – start with a vendor presentation but then from then on have teachers present what they did – get teacher’s more involved in the purchase – let them pool money if they choose.

iv. Teachers need to be made the customer – they are not – principals and IT administrators are.

c. Teacher Lesson Plans

i. Student feedback to teachers – what they liked what they didn’t (i.e. this plan made me want to be an engineer!)

ii. Researcher feedback to teachers

4) Need to work on support for teachers

a. It doesn’t need to be tied to the term “computer” but rather any kind of technology that gives access (handheld science collectors, pdas, cell phones with Internet access.)

b. Equal access should be device agnostic (to quote Mark) it should be access-centric

c. Teachers cannot do it alone – support is the single greatest

d. No teacher left behind!

This was a phenomenal session. Edubloggercon was great but very homogeneous – this was great because it was industry, teachers, educational researchers, education organizational leaders, and administrators and was focusing on what to do to get practical research disseminated down to the classroom level. We need to intentionally bring together diverse stakeholders in education to work towards solution.

This session was incredibly run — it was beyond unbelievable. Dr. Robert McLaughlin needs to be continually involved in this sort of things in many organizations, he is incredible! I cannot say enough about this man, A+++ researcher/ pragmatist/ advocate for change.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Durff June 25, 2007 - 4:46 pm

“We need to move away from islands of effort into continents of cooperation”
Interesting that we still value being based on the real estate. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. One needs to buy into, or be landowner, before one can participate in this conversation. The paradigm does need shifting, not the foundations…

Anne June 25, 2007 - 5:38 pm

I’m struck by all the comments regarding the need for teacher support. I am entering education after 11 years in another industry, and I am amazed at the lack of technical support for teachers. Teachers not only need to know their subject matter and how to engage students. They also need to know how to create power points, stay abreast of the technology their students are using, and know how to find the best resources online. There is no division of labor because the teachers need to be able to do it all.
The web is part of the solution to the overwhelming demands. Now, teachers can find resources online and they can offer support to others. And researchers can offer their suggestions directly to teachers in the field. But the technology only goes so far the way it is now. Improvements need to add a human touch to support so teachers know they will get a response to their questions. And the time it takes to find good, usable lessons online is enormous. Search engines and educator databases need to improve so teachers get usable lesson plans in much less time than they spend searching for them now.

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