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Tech Goals for 2013-2014

After two COETAIL courses, I felt it was time to come up with some tech goals for myself and my students for the upcoming school year.

This is what I’ve come up with:

Tech Goals for Me Tech Goals for my students
  • Intro laptops early
  • Have a central location for online resources accessible to parents and students
  • Survey parents about easiest way to contact them and share information
  • Have a consistent blogging schedule (once a week or 10 minutes at the end of the school day.)
  • Make blog posts useful to myself / parents
  • Educate parents about blog posts and the kind of information they can find there
  • Give students plenty of opportunities to click around and explore
  • Set up a class Google Drive where students can store their work in a central location to make it easier for them and myself
  • Know how to treat hardware (laptops)
  • Know basic vocabulary (click / double click / online / desktop / etc.)
  • Know basic search skills to find answers to questions
  • Know the difference between storing something online (accessible from anywhere) vs. storing something in one place (desktop / USB stick, etc.)
  • Feel comfortable knowing when and how to use the laptop
  • Feel comfortable exploring new applications / websites
  • Feel comfortable asking each other for help when stuck / unsure

What I realized after last school year is that I kind of expect students to just know how to use the laptops and navigate applications, web browsers and sites. Some students had prior knowledge in managing macbooks, but others had no clue.

My plan is to take my time introducing the macbooks to the students, and combine direct instruction with time to play and experiment. The students will hopefully gain confidence in taking risks and solving problems when faced with technology.

Looking forward to authentic use of technology in my classroom this year.


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Professional Goals for the 2011-2012 School Year

Last week I sat down with my supervising principals and together we set my professional goals for the 2011-2012 school year.

I have two goals that I will be focusing on this year:

1. Assessment in the MYP

I have already fired up the OCC website and the ECIS PE conference 2011 website, all in an effort to use resources that are already out there for creating engaging and meaningful MYP units and assessments.

I am also hoping that by using Facebook as a class management tool I will be able to come up with some creative and exciting assessments using current and relevant media.

2. Conference Leadership

I am attending two conferences this year, a PE in the PYP conference, and the annual ECIS PE conference.

I hope to be a leader in my department, by bringing back and sharing what I learn with my colleagues after the PYP conference.  I will try to come up with a unique way to present what I’ve learned without taking up too much of my colleague’s time, (or boring him to death).

The ECIS PE conference is my real professional development.  We hosted the conference last year and it was an incredible experience.  I felt like a real leader in the International PE community while hosting and while presenting.  I plan to present again at this year’s conference.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish this year.