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What is the best way to get this going for teachers?

Started by Dale Singer. Last reply by Dale Singer Jan 28, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Dale Singer on January 29, 2009 at 6:39am
Thanks Connie,
for the words of encouragement and perseverance. We shall overcome!!
I am going to take Dave's suggestion and get one or two of my new teachers to really run with some things and then see if we can spread some knowledge to the rest of the staff. I will let you all know how it goes right here.
Comment by Connie Weber on January 29, 2009 at 5:16am
Hi Dale, David, A.J,

My experience is that bringing faculty members into a bigger world for discussion can be helpful--it gets us out of our nearby everyday concerns and into a much wider lens through which to view the issues and ideas of our little corner of the world. So I have a lot of faculty members who are part of a global "educational conversation" ning,

Colleagues report to me that they're learning like never before, really getting a new handle on what's going on in education overall--and the learning from that brings a fresh take on issues that loom large in one's own personal involvement in education. It's uplifting.

Sometimes we need to get outside of our smaller educational contexts in order to really "see" them.

Another thing: right now we're starting a school ning for the express purpose of sharing family history, family stories. The purpose should drive it forward; just getting ready to launch the project. I'll let you know what I discover.

Thanks--it's good to hear from you all. Keep in touch!

PS: David and Dale, I know what you mean about the faculty members who simply turn away; it's as if they've determined they'll not enter the digital world. Now that's a scary thought to me, people who can just turn away from learning something with vast powers to enrich lives--who can just turn away from the world as it IS for most students now. What a missed opportunity, what a Divide.

Go forth! Repair this problem and let us know of your struggles and successes!
Comment by Dale Singer on January 28, 2009 at 12:40pm
Hi Dave,
It is very interesting isn't it, that kids have lead the teachers and push them to expand the teacher's scope. I also like the idea of creating nings or networks for some of our classrooms, but I have not found a teacher willing and able.
I have also invited our teachers to join 2.0, but I do not see any of them jumping at the opportunity.
I am continuing to offer suggestions, websites, and ideas. Do you think there are other things I could do to entice some of the staff to get on board?
Comment by Dale Singer on January 28, 2009 at 9:06am
I was wondering how some of you are doing with the networking aspect at your schools. We set up a teacher network, and it saw a small amount of activity, but seems to be slowing down. Is anyone getting better results or using networking in an ISACS school effectively??
Comment by Dale Singer on November 13, 2008 at 2:48pm
OK Hi everyone, I made my way here from the ning network. I am amazed at how much is going on out here. I have some support from our teachers to start a network or group, I am not sure which to do?? I am envisioning a homepage that would be available that could serve as a clrearinghouse for information during the day and free up time at our staff meetings to focus on student needs. What are you thinking of doing with a network?
Comment by A.J. Colianni on November 6, 2008 at 5:35pm
Very much enjoyed the presentations and discussion today Steve and Connie. Thank you.

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