Working towards our presentation.
In the hustle of last week you may have missed our last meeting. Please take the time to read this post as I will recap what we spoke about and also what we all need to do for our presentation to staff.
Over the past 5ish months worth of meetings we have discussed various aspects of using social media in the classroom. Due to the scope of the topic and small amount of time, we decided to focus on the use of blogs as a starting point.
In one of my last posts I asked that you focus on:
Try to be as interactive and engaging with this as possible using as many forms of social media you are comfortable with.
I will then take your individual entires and work these onto the blog as a resource for staff to navigate, interact with and comment on. The goal here is staff will explore the information we have presented at their own pace and leave comments and interact with the topics.
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Hopefully staff will then read comments form other staff, reply and build on these and formulate their own opinions. Using the analytics of the blog we will, in a short amount of time, get an overview on the opinions, skill level, motivation and more of the entire staff.
This information will be instrumental in moving forward and developing some procedures, guidelines and focused PL for staff.
I will also collate all your information into an interactive Keynote and iBook so staff will have a copy on their iPads.
In addition to your component on the blog it would also be great for you to present an overview of your section to the staff on the day.
I am happy to kick off the presentation with an overview, my persecutive from using this platform all year and introduce the landing page from where staff will explore all your topics.
As this will take me some time to create so I ask that you please put aside some time in the three week break to work on your section, again, please be as engaging and interactive as possible and think about what questions you want to pose to staff or responses you would like to receive on your topic.
I know some of you have filmed sections with yourself and your class, collated responses from staff at other schools, have students creating their own blogs and more. This is all great stuff.
If you have any concerns on how to present or how to use some elements, such as using YouTube videos, please let me know and I will make a post on the blog demonstrating the process for the rest of the group.
One thing I do ask however is to be positive in your approach. I know some of you have concerns but please think about ways you can overcome these and the benefits in the long run.
Negative comments without any research, experience, practice or implementation will help nobody. I am sure there are many obstacles, nothing is perfect, but think about how you can overcome these as staff will no doubt ask you that exact question!
Luke gave a great example last week about the issues with spelling and grammar in student posts – should he let it go?, options put forward were great such as – having a student moderator for each week to oversee things like that and in turn placing the responsibility on the student. Great stuff.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
Again, please let me know if I can help with any aspect or any area and what you would like me to provide more detail on.
I know you will all be on a well deserved break but if I could set a deadline of the end the holidays, lets say Monday the 22nd of July, that will give me some time to collate, edit and publish all your hard work.