Learning With Lucie Archive 2006-2013

September 27, 2007

Two Incredible Opportunities for Learning this Fall

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 8:31 pm

Coming up in the next month are two exciting conferences that I’m encouraging educators to attend. 

The first is one of two educational technology conferences held in Vermont each year.  VTFEST (formerly known as Applefest) has been  providing professional development and networking opportunies for educators using technology for almost 30 years.  Here are 3 reasons I recommend educators consider attending Vermont Fest.

1)      It’s wonderful to see real live examples from our peers of how they are implementing technology in their classrooms.  Knowing that one of our very own has discovered a new way to use technology and is willing to share it with us not only informs us, but also makes us proud.

2)      The opportunity to network with our colleagues from around the state rejuvenates us and renews our commitment to work together to bring equitable access to technology resources in all our Vermont classrooms (no matter how rural)

3)      An opportunity to drive to any corner of Vermont on a crisp Autum day and to soak in Vermont’s best hot tub (at the Killington Grand) will have you returning to school refreshed and inspired to learn and lead with technology.

The second is the annual K12 Online Conference  starting with a half a dozen inspiring preconference keynotes during the week of October 8, followed by two weeks of fabulous workshops (Octoer 12 – 26) from leading technology using educators from all over the world.  This year’s theme “Playing with Boundaries” is bound to provide some innovative insight and provocative discussion in how to use Web 2.0 tools to improve learning.  Here are 3 reasons I will be attending the K12 Online Conference.

1)      There isn’t a single workshop I wouldn’t want to attend; and I won’t have to choose, since I can attend each one in my own space and my own time.

2)      The price is right!  And since travel related to professional development was cut from our budget during the last round of budget defeats, I can still get award winning professional development from the best tech using educators in the world.

3)      I’ve enriched the graduate class I teach by giving my students a choice of attending one of over 30 top notch guest speakers for one of our class sessions.

K-12 Online Conference 2007

See you soon – either on the mountain side of beautiful Killington Vermont or online at the K12 Online Conference!

Happy Learning!

Creating Virtual Communities a la Moodle

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 6:56 pm

As first posted at www.InfiniteThinking.org on September 15, 2005

"The daily working life of most teachers is one of unrelieved time pressure and isolation; they work, largely alone, in a classroom of 25-30 children or adolescents for hours every day." Prisoners of Time. National Education Commission on Time and Learning. April 1994

Since this publication was released over a decade ago, many technological tools have emerged that have potential to relieve the isolation and combat the lack of mutual time to plan, converse, and reflect that teachers so desperately need. In her article "Professional Development Through Learning Communities", Kathleen Fulton talks about how the same forces that drive us to use technology to create learning communities for students, "offer the opportunity for new models for the professional growth of teachers. Learning communities share a way of knowing, a set of practices, and shared value of the knowledge that comes from these procedures. These learning communities, with expanded human and technological resources, bring together students, teachers, and community members in directing the course of education in new ways."

Tools like Tapped In, Second Life, Google Groups, and Ning communities such as Classroom 2.0 provide innovative ways to create virtual places for professional development, collegiality, collaboration, and social interaction. But one tool, that may be overlooked to help teachers form learning communities is Moodle       (For the rest of the story.. check out Infinite Thinking – September 15 2005)