Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tool 11 - Reflecting and Assessing

My Favorite tools...there are so many! Edmodo, Wikis, DropBox, Google Docs and Forms, I have been using all of these in my work with teachers and students. As an iCoach moving forward, my goal is to incorporate a new tool in each campus wide staff development I design. So far I have used a Wiki and Dropbox and am considering things like Today's Meet and Edmodo for upcoming events.  With my student group, Tcubed (Technology Think Tank) I'm hoping to launch a Google site!  We want to create a website that will teach about 2.0 tools and helpful internet search tools that students can use. We're hoping to introduce our site in Social Studies classes as students begin work on a project in March.

My vision for staff development in general has shifted this year.  I have come to realize that when I incorporate technology, the level of engagement increases and I become a conductor instead of the preacher. It is actually refreshing to take a new and different approach, especially in extremely large groups. 

As for 11 Tools, I have really enjoyed the ride! It has given me lots of ideas and given me reason to go exploring. What surprised me is how much I like tinkering around with all of the tools. I've learned a lot along the way! I would highly recommend leaving the 11 Tools blog up indefinitely so we have it as a reference.  Thanks to all who put the 11 Tools blog together and continue to maintain and improve it!

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely LOVE what you say regarding PD in general. In fact, I think I need to take a lesson from you! :-)

    Our plan is for it to stay up! It will though fall behind the times over time. Trying to figure out how we might want to move forward from here!

    Go Tcubed! Can't wait to learn more from y'all! Can y'all also consider a blog to document the successes and challenges? Think it could be powerful and informative!