SESSION ONE: Course Introduction and Personal Learning Networks


Topics Covered:
  • Survey (Principal Academy participants may view the questions and vocabulary but are not to take the assessment.)
  • Vocabulary for Understanding(Principal Academy participants may view the questions and vocabulary but are not to take the assessment.)

  • Digital Footprints
  • Personal Learning Networks
  • Prior to the first class meeting, students are to take the survey and the vocabulary for understanding list.
  • Prior to the first class meeting, be prepared for a reflection on Digital Kids @ Analog Schools

Objectives: Participants will -
  • understand the importance of creating their digital footprint.
  • evaluate what PLNs are and their importance in today's networked world.
  • create their own PLN.
  • potentially participate in backchannel chat. (Tools You Can Use: Five Platforms for a Classroom Back-channel Chat)

Take the Survey(Survey Monkey)
(Principal Academy participants may view the questions and vocabulary but are not to take the assessment.)
Vocabulary & Understanding (Survey Monkey)
(Principal Academy participants may view the questions and vocabulary but are not to take the assessment.)
  • Discussion of participant results on the survey and the vocabulary

Digital Footprint
Keep in Mind: Your Digital Footprint

Personal Learning Networks
Chris Lehmann's Ed-Tech Advice: Brothers, Not Networks
Unpacking Personal Learning Environments

Beginning or Extending Your Digital Journey

Defining PLN & Resources to Create Your PLN
Digital Tools to Create Your PLN

Cool Tools Showcase
Visual Thesaurus
Bubbl.us
Comapping

Student Assignments:
  • Create your personal learning network. Be certain the follow the directions provided for you.

Tools You Use: I believe this first meeting is F2F. You could use www.chatzy.com to show how to use backchannel chat if they have a computer. You can also brainstorm debate topics using Bubble.us or Comapping.

NOTE: Final exam preparation - the debate - takes place during first meeting.

Establish teams of three. These teams will work together throughout the semester providing feedback to each other. Team members will evaluate each other's performance and contribution to the group.

Determine debate topics (some choices below)
  • Should cellphones be used in classrooms for learning?
  • Should literacy be redefined to keep up with a rapidly changing world?
  • Will institutions of learning as we know them dissolve or reinvent themselves to survive?
  • Should social media be used in learning?
  • Is it okay to be a technology illiterate teacher today?
  • Should teachers today use the revised Bloom's taxonomy in curriculum design?
  • Are national standards a good idea? Why or why not?
  • Should all teachers know how to teach in Second Life or at least online?
  • Should teachers use online games in learning?
  • Others?