Agenda and Activities

Set up and Sharing Time


  1. Respond to the following quote from, Mark Weston, Dell's educational strategist:, "Asking the question, Does technology improve student learning? is the wrong question. The question should be, Does technology support the practices that improve student learning?" What are the differences between the two questions? Do you think one is better than the other - why?
  2. Read: What if? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom - opening scenario. Respond - Do you think this is a 21st Century Classroom? Why or why not?
  3. Review the Digital Citizenship document
    1. Do the category descriptors match the skills/content noted?
    2. Is there a flow from each grade category to the next?
    3. What professional development supports will teachers and parents need?

Professional Development

Activity 1

Research and Collaborate using Diigo
In this activity we are going to read 3 articles - highlighting and annotating with Diigo - which you will need to add to your toolbar.
Don't just bookmark! Highlight the web! Add sticky notes too!
Access and search your findings from any PC or iPhone!
Create groups to pool resources for specific projects.

Read more about Diigo in Vicki Davis' post, 122 For You: Cool Cat Teacher's Favorite Apps, Software, and Sites
24. Diigo
Diigo is an incredible tool for powerful bookmarking, annotation, and yes, blogging. Every day as I go through my day, I am always bookmarking and annotating things. Everything that I tag "education" is autoposted here to Cool Cat Teacher as my Daily Spotlight on Education. I'm able to put my mini-bookmark blog as the description/ comment on the bookmark. (Additionally I can send it to my students, wikis, and other cool places just based on the tag and the RSS feeds built off of that.)

Diigo lets me send to all kinds of blogs all over the place - if you're a blogger, setting up the autopost feature here is one of the best things you can do to share painlessly. It posts every morning at 5:45 am for me -- and although I am up at that time, I'm not online - Diigo is. So, Diigo autoposts to Blogger and Feedburner rips the RSS and sends it out; Tweetdeck picks up the tweet and sends it to twitter and twitter updates facebook and all of these other places. If you want to share remember to automate automate automate - this will do it for you! (remember if you still love Delicious, Diigo imports all of the bookmarks from Delicious and will daily export them to that account also!)

Diigo has powerful annotation features and a class group system that is incredible. Interestinly, Diigo is one of the few tools you CAN use with kids under 13 as you can set up a teacher account and use the teacher console to set up email-less accounts for your students that you can disable profiles for and they can share bookmarks with your class. We use Diigo for Digiteen and for Flat Classroom.

One of the biggest reasons for Diigo is that they have tag dictionaries. Tag dictionaries allow the special tags you specify to pop up when someone sends a bookmark to the group using the Diigo bookmark tool. They can still add tags of their own, it lets you use the tags to filter through and force the results to come through in the way you choose.

For example, on Digiteen, we have nine aspects of digital citizenship and have set up nine tags (plus a few extras) -- when a student uses the tag digital_safety it not only goes to Diigo but to the wiki page on that topic. By far, Diigo has been one of the most responsive companies to educators that I've ever worked with. Maggie Tsai from Diigo is a hard working, silent genius and I love working with her. She's always quietly chatting to me asking thoughts, opinions, and responding. Wow! She's great! Maggie, Julie, Anne Bubnic, and I have an NECC session on this tool and we have a lot to share!

  1. Add Diigo to your toolbar
  2. Read the articles below using the highlighting and annotating features of Diigo
  3. When finished one article - go to another and read the article AND what your colleagues have noted - add your comments

Overcoming Technology Barriers: How to Innovate Without Extra Money or Support
Excellence in Technology Professional Development: Ten Steps
Take your Faculty Speedgeeking
21 Things for the 21st Century Educator

Activity 2

Teacher Technology Use Survey
  1. Read the rubrics from Doug Johnson that address professional productivity.
  2. As you read complete the survey indicating your level in each category

Activity 3

Self-evaluation Rubrics for Advanced Teacher Computer Use
In 2002 Doug Johnson created what he called "Rubrics for Restructuring". Our task today will be to take his rubrics, and as he did with the rubrics for professional productivity, rewrite them for 2009.

  1. Open the rubric link and save the text into a word document
  2. In your groups rewrite the rubric sections that you have been assigned.
  3. For each section provide the relevant NETS•T (National Educational Technology Standards and Performance indicators for Teachers)
    1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
    2. Design and Develop Digial-Age Learning Experiences and Assessment
    3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
    4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
    5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Activity 4

  1. Go to, Reboot Camp: Get into Tech Shape : In just 15 minutes a day, you too can get into tip-top tech shape (© 2009, Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved.) - copy and paste the text into a word document.
  2. This article was written for teacher-librarians with very specific links. Work together to rewrite the document substituting links and text that would be suitable for the teachers in your school.

Reporting and reflecting