Ready or Not...
Though pencils will still (undoubtedly) be around, our faculty are armed with new technology tools to inspire learning. Trained in blogs & RSS (Real Simple Syndication), wikis, unitedstreaming, PowerPoint, eInstruction clickers, and Photo Story 3, teachers are moving forward to use their strengths in the classroom environments. Discovering and sharing our positive teaching attributes and thinking about the 21st century skills our students need in our professional learning communities is a great springboard for further conversations. The support and comraderie amongst the faculty this past week of inservice sessions has been awesome. I can't wait to see it translated to their courses!
Contributing to the collaborative environment is the solid foundation of our fearless leader who jumped into the read/write web world with both feet (and survived I might add!). She gently nudges us to think and grow on a regular basis, despite all of the other pressures for which she must cope!
It is going to be a FANTASTIC year!
Photo credit to pencilpusher143's pencils on Flickr