Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration

Last week, Chrissy and I were invited to give our presentation from ASB Unplugged, Hardware is Not Enough: The Teacher-Facilitator Partnership, to our Headmaster, Dr. Bill Gerritz, and Deputy Headmaster, Andy Davies. Bill and Andy had heard a brief overview when we reported back about the conference, and wanted to get a deeper understanding of…

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Looking for Learning

One of my absolute favorite things about ISB is the regular availability of excellent professional development (can you tell?). Not only do I have the opportunity to attend lots of great conferences and workshops, but our embedded, school-based PD is always learning-focused and practical. This year I’ve had the opportunity to go through Looking for…

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Making the Implicit Explicit

Update: I’m not sure who started this wiki page, but it’s got a whole list of additional implicit skills. I love collaboration! One of the issues that comes up again and again in our CoETaIL program┬áis the “essential technology skills” that all of our students (and teachers) need to know.┬áNow, I have to admit, I…

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Getting to Know GarageBand

Musical Composition and Podcasting in the Elementary Classroom Back in November, our absolutely amazing Elementary music teacher, Vince Bullen, and I led an EARCOS Weekend Workshop on GarageBand. Our goal was to spend two full days exploring GarageBand in a hands-on, project-based environment, tailored to the needs of both music and elementary classroom teachers. Even…

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Shared Expectations

One of the challenges of an integrated technology program is the fact that some responsibility for teaching essential technology concepts is placed on the shoulders of teachers who are not specialists in that field. Although adopting (or creating your own) technology standards is a step in the right direction, those statements are often general enough…

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