Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cohort 5 Training, Day 3

On Friday, January 23, TIMAC Cohort 5 participant attended Day 3 of TIMAC training in Sacramento. TIMAC training focuses on 3 aspects of peer-to-peer professional development model: mentoring skills, technology integration skills, and technology skills. The goal is to support TIMAC participants in becoming a technology mentors at their schools, working with one or more colleagues/mentees to effectively integrate technology in their classes.

The focus of Day 3 mentoring skills workshop was overcoming resistance as well as giving effective feedback to mentees. Another topic covered was establishing evaluation tools to document the progress and results of the technology integration projects undertaken this year. That Friday, TIMAC Cohort 5 participants finalized the articulation of their projects for this year and are ready to implement it in the next few months. Cohort 5 will be given continued support by their support mentors and will meet with fellow TIMAC participants in a regional meeting in March and online in April as described in TIMAC Calendar.

The technology skills workshop topic was Wikis, Web pages that can be edited by anyone or a number of co-authors – depending on the settings. Wikis, alongside Blogs, are promising tools for collaboration and allowing teachers to easily establish online presence and extend their student’s learning beyond the classroom walls. During our two-hour session we performed some basic tasks such as adding text, links, images and embedding videos to a wiki page. We also compared two wiki services available to educators for free.

During our Day 3 meeting we also discussed Cohort 5 members’ participation in upcoming conferences. One more goal of TIMAC is to have current participants attend and present at an adult education conference. We have asked TIMAC administrators to consider sending their TIMAC participant to one or more of the upcoming conferences:

  • Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, February 17-19 2009, Sacramento County Office of Ed http://www.otan.us/tdlsymposium/

  • CUE, March 5-7, 2009, Palm Springs http://www.cue.org/conference/

  • CATESOL 2009: Whole Learner, Whole Teacher, April 16-19, 2009, Pasadena http://catesol2009.org/

  • CCAE State, April 30-May 2, 2009, Hilton Pasadena http://www.ccaestate.org/

  • CASAS Summer Institute, June 23-25, San Diego https://www.casas.org/si/

  • On Thursday, May 7 2009, we’ll get together in Sacramento again to hear the final presentations by Cohort 5. April online meeting and other correspondence and resources will offer more direction on how to deliver an effective presentation. For a list of TIMAC deliverables visit our wiki page.

    Here are a few more notes after the meeting.
    • Tina Sander asked me to showcase Slide – photo sharing service that allows you to add music and animation to your photo collages. Check out examples on her wiki pages
    • Vicki Jones brought up an interesting point about downloading videos from You Tube and similar sites, when your district filter is blocking it. Here’s a resource page about this topic.
    • If you liked your experience during our afternoon workshop, here are links to more tutorials about wikis. Also consider taking OTAN’s online workshop about wikis.
    • Send info to Branka about any conference presentations you may have done this year: Title, Description, When and Where
    • To find resources with copyright-safe images, music, sounds and videos – visit our wiki page.
      Thank you, Cohort 5, for being technology integration champions at your schools/agencies.

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