Monday, November 28, 2005


11/28 - 12/2

Monday 11/28
7:00 Meet w/Fox
9:30 Treo Talk @ Central Perk
11:30 Meet w/ Student Learning
1:30 Meet with SMART
5:30 Meet w/ Craig

Tuesday 11/29
8:30 Tech Bond Status
1:00 Capital Projects
1:00 Pro Dev Meet

Wednesday 11/30
1:00 Lenses on Learning
5:30 CCE @ Central Perk

Thursday 12/1
9:00 Executive Council
1:30 Monthly IT Status

Friday 12/2
8:00 Pro Dev Summit
2:00 ESC Staff Meeting
I have created an account that includes the base package (about 3,200 titles) and the AIMS Media Package. The AIMS package adds about 1,500 titles. It's an addional purchase, I'd like to know what you think..try it out and post your comments.
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I have been quite active on the blogs over the holiday. Take a look at my last 3 posts on PEP Tech Talk and post your thoughts on the Top 20 EduBlogs and the fast pace changes happening with technology.

Waiting for a project manager.

Quote of the Week

"For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don't want to learn--much." ~W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman

Did you know that we piloted AIMS Digital Curriculum side by side with unitedstreaming before they were both owned by Discovery Education?

I went to the AIMS site at
but the username and password you supplied did not get me in.

Any tips?
O.K. I used the login and password you provided on the unitedstreaming site to successfully log in. When using the advanced search option and searching by publisher, I increased my AIMS results from 2 to 500.
When I searched for algae under my login I found 9 videos and under the AIMS account I found 11. Frogs went from 32 videos to 41 videos. A fairly substantial increase in what is available.
I typed in "fried pork rinds." I got four videos that were about oranges, character and plot, hogs, and Salvador Dali.
I'll search for something useful when I finish the Inspiration course design and get the newsletter ready for the web.

I went to the gym last night and I'm sore today. Feels nice.

Turkey box! ={
Okay...I'm not quite sure where to start, stop, breath, run, walk, talk, write, roll, crawl, snatch, climb, etc. After spending an adequate amount of time reading through PEP Tech Talk
I have come to realize a couple of things.

One, I knew my goal for my PGO to better understand the life of Web 2.0 was vague because I knew very little. Now that I have enough of an understanding to be 'dangerous', I realize that vague was an understatement. I am not sure where all of this falls into my job? I know it does and I have a responsibility to 'Be Aware' of what is out there. But then what? I like the suggestion that Dr. Patrick Greene posted on about focusing on this.

"Get each teacher to commit to learning 1 new technology.
Help them pick a technology that will help them with, enhance, energize,
or motivate their class(s), and then support them in their learning that
1 thing for the entire school year. Next year they may want to try
something new, maybe not but at least they have 1 new skill to help
their students excell.

In any case, very few if any teachers need or can use all these, or even
most of these technologies. For each teacher, 1 to 3 of them may make
great sense for their classes. Concentrate on those. And while you are
doing that, you should help teachers talk with their subject area
colleagues about what technology(ies) would benefit their efforts."

With 1,200+ teachers in our district and 4 of us in a position to be a support to their use of Technology in the Instruction, the task of even supporting each individual with learning 1 new technology can be a huge job. This is on top of trying to maintain a high level of quaility professional development that teachers need to establish their Foundation of Incorporating Technology into their Direct Instruction. Of course these classes will be done in the evenings. The task is Monumental but achievable if we have support. Which brings me to number two.

Where does Instructional Technology fit into the district plans? We have been working hard to establish relationships with teachers, build trust, offer desirable and enjoyable PD classes, make the roll outs of new technology as painless as possible for teachers, set other short range goals, etc. But how do we make long range goals when there is no committment to our department? We love what we do or we wouldn't do it. We know what we do is Highly valued by the teachers, but what about the people who make decisions? Once again I received a statement from a teacher (this has happened numerous times before) that the model that Instructional Technology has used to implement Professional Development is what they wished every department in the district would use. It is Teacher friendly, enjoyable, and done in a way that can be enjoyed and embraced. Ultimately the question is this:

"What is next for IT?"
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