Screencasting…and Such – Thing 18

This post was frustrating.  First, I could not get anything I typed in to post.  Murphy’s law, right

The suggested sites were not available because we have java blocked at our school.  A friend had the Camtasia Studio as a platform and this is what we came up with to describe the front door of the new construction of the High School building on our campus.  Since I don’t have the Camtasia Studio this is linked through her wiki page.

The Story of the Front Door



The End of The Road, The Beginning of a New World – Thing 23

Nico Kaiser via Creative Commons

This is the last assignment.  While I’m thrilled to have reached the finish line I must also confess that I’m a bit sad about it too.  Each “thing” led me to a new world that I didn’t know existed before and I’m going to miss that structure.  The wonderful thing is that now I’ve uncovered so many ways to harness the learning and capture it to record.  I will need to get organized about it and really contemplate on what to apply in different situations.

As an admission director and marketing strategist I can see so many applications.  The over-riding benefit is now I can speak with some knowledge about what our faculty and students are doing in the classroom and in their own Personal Learning Networks.  In my interactions with parents, on tours and in conversations I now have my ipad that in the blink of an eye I can pull out demonstrations to show what is happening to demonstrate authentic learning that takes place in our school.  That excites me and now that I’m going in front of our staff to speak next week i can ask for them to send me items that I can feature.

Some of the tools I’ve used that I’ll continue to expand upon:

Blogging – We are starting a blogging team for KRCS.  I’m exploring WordPress and will look for ways that we can connect the url back to the school website domain in order to boost SEO

RSS – This has replaced my time I previously spent reading books.  I have 73 books on my amazon wish list!

Dropbox, Diigo, Evernote – these are wonderful cloud based platforms that allow me to take information anywhere…as long as I have an internet connection!

Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo – connects me to others and let’s me know what is happening in other’s minds and lives

Wiki – a great place to store resources and my thoughts

Creative Commons, Flickr – photo sharing and a resource that will make blogging that much more interesting by having a visual way to communicate my idea!

Google Docs, Google Maps – I just need to jump in and start using these.

Podcasting – I can see how this would work if there were a series of common topics.  I’ll start following more of these now that I’ve found some to subscribe to.

The online slide show using Creative Commons was fun.  This is also something we could do and tailor it to our school.

Finally, I want to thank Patty for urging, pushing, encouraging, ranting and finally giving me the reason to move forward to take this class.  I’ve become an advocate for web 2.0 and the potential world that can open to our students (and more importantly the minds of today’s teachers) by using these technologies.  I can see how making this a required class would create a benefit for our students and their future learning. I am empowered and can now pass that on to empower others to open a whole new world for them!

There’s That Bird Again! – Thing 22

Courtesy of eldh

Every school leader  should become networked.  Shelley comments that twitter is the “single greatest learning tool.”  That’s a pretty powerful statement,  After taking this class I can see how the importance of being networked would be critical.  In my area of admissions I don’t think this is happening to the extent that it is with teachers.  I’d like to research and see just how many other independent school admission directors are leveraging these technologies.

There are 7 benefits of being a networked learner that Shelley highlights.  They are important enough for me to be able to communicate them to families that I’ve recorded them here for future reference:

One benefit is connection as it helps you relate to others.  There are opportunities since networked learning allows you to connect to others in the world.  It leads to service learning, professional development and other resources that can be used.  Your network can be fine tuned depending on your interests and needs so it becomes relevant.  Our digital learners will increasingly learn online but do they know how to connect and learn there.  Do they know how to contribute and have leadership to create a digital footprint. “INFO-TENTION” is the combination of cognitive skills, social interaction and the number of technological filters that we need to manage in an age of overabundance.  This brings life skills and the only way to learn is to participate.  There is a platform that provides a great way to show 2.0 at work.  These new technologies create a new types of learners  as it will become personalized and self-directed.  It is  a shift for teachers to become more facilitators, content curators and co-learners.  “It’s not about technology but about what technology enables and demands.”

I discovered that there are twitter lists for education you can search.  This video is one of the best explanations I’ve seen on how to use twitter.

Twitter lingo is something that has gotten in the way.  The hashtag scares me.  How does one come up with that?

The videos Shelley uses are very helpful.  I’d like to keep both of these:
How to Post a Tweet and How to Twitter Interface

This summary of how to use twitter is going to be helpful to me as I venture further into this area.  I’ll be able to use it at some upcoming conferences to see what people are talking about,  I’ve always been a bystander.  Now I’m ready to jump into the mix!

Columbus and His Explorers! – Thing 21

Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a match…oops, wrong song.  And a corny one at that!  Today I learned how to make a Google Map.  I plotted some of the many places I was able to visit when I was out of the office in the past year.  Some were for learning and training and other parts were for pleasure.  But only a few!

I’m excited about having a way to start tracking students and their cities where they previously lived.  I’m curious to see how far they’ve come and once they are a student, just how far they’re going.

The Time Is Now _ Thing 20

It finally got to the point where I couldn’t ask any more. It was time to create a Google Doc myself without any further privileges cast my way. Playing helpless wasn’t going to do any longer.

The past two days we’ve been in on-site training within our admission, re-enrollment and web data base pages.  We’ve been asked to put together an online inquiry form with other information that would be helpful.

The document I created allows users to make their suggestion right on the document, We need to complete this and then send to Massachusetts where they will begin building these pieces.

I’m so excited and ready for it to have a grand a glorious admission experience!


Posting in the Classroom – Everyone Can Be a Hollywood Director! – Thing 19

The potential content of video for learning is endless. Just to complete this post involved me watching 2 video demonstrations.  The entire Web 2.0 class could not have been completed if it were not for video demonstrations.

Students and most people are very visual. Video allows you to communicate content in a multi-sensory way of both auditory and visual methods.

The “thing” for this week asks for a number of different types of videos. Some of the most relevant videos according to the assignment are listed below.

A couple of topics that are needed for completing tasks this week:

Hubspot and Salesforce  -“What’s the Difference?”

 An Overview of Content Marketing – Content Marketing and the Power of Story

The student-produced video is one of my favorites.  I just see that this has surpassed 2000 views now.  It was a marketing project combined with a project based learning assignment where high school students thanked our donors for helping to raise $10 M in only 14 months.

KRCS High School Students Thank Donors:

And finally, The “how to” video: How to Tie a Tie. and one of the most simply and contrived funny videos is the viral  The Ultimate Dog Tease Video.

PODcasts – The Source Determines the Name – Thing 17

I learned something new from the start – “a podcast is not an audio recording on the web,”  It is an audio recording on the web with an RSS feeder to fit into a series of recordings. Podcast subscriptions allow you to transfer your files to an MP3 player. The difference is the way the recording is delivered to your computer.

Podcasting has been a challenge to me.  Each time I try to download iTunes to my school computer there is some sort of disaster. I can never get the right admin password for some reason.  I’ve also tried to do it on my iPhone but I tink I might already have it.  The best place to make it happen is on the iPad.  I found a few podcast websites that have the type of podcast that would be interesting to me.  They are usually about leadership or topics that make you look at how you fit into the world. The Catalyst podcasts have a great deal of the variety of the breadth of the subject material.  There is anything from Perry Noble to Mack Brown to this pitiful woman who came along to “save his life.”   I also enjoy the Andy Stanley Leadership Casts as well as the Perry Noble topics (translated:  he doesn’t put up with anyone!)

Google Reader allows you to listen to audio files whereas iTunes is a podcatcher that permits you to download music to your computer to listen to later.

“When One of Us Gets Smarter, We All Do” – Thing 16

I visited Classroom 2.0 and it happened to correlate with a Classroom 2.0 online conference. There were a number of presenters and there was even a group for presenters and for volunteers.The group that I could definitely relate to was the Classroom 2.0 Beginners Group.  I found there was something there for everyone and people truly do want to learn.

Social networks are such a part of everyday life and now it has filtered to education.  I love the fact that Shelley introduces the topic in the 23 Things with this statement: “Humans have always been social learners and increasingly they learn in digital networks as well as real life networks.”

I can’t imagine how different and expanded the learning of our younger students will be as a result of networked learning.  They will learn to develop the emotional IQ to read others and their reactions to know how to lead by influence.

The actual Classroom 2.0 home page is another matter.  It is visually stimulating and distracting at the same time.  Full of clutter and full of information.

The search I performed was on “Leadership”.  There are 110 pages of articles that connect to this topic.  This is a big buzz word that has expanded to include a wide umbrella of many areas.  I believe I need to make sure that an advanced search is in order if I go back to research further,

Annotating Web Pages – What I Love About Diigo – Thing 15

Photo Credited to Wesley Fryer

I found another great resource today called Diigo.  It’s a way to not only capture web pages but to highlight, sticky note, bookmark and send to others.  I created a Diigo account it started within a matter of minutes to search other’s ideas and found “I am not alone” in my thinking.  This will be something I’ll go back to later and start organizing away.

When I created my Evernote account I began clipping and marking things until I was creating folders with abandon.  Now it’s going to take me the better part of a week to make get it re-organized.  I also like that Diigo has the clipping feature in case the web page disappears.

As far as how I can use this with students…Student Ambassadors are the main group of students that I work with on a regular basis.  I believe that we could work as a group to capture ideas and web pages of other schools in how they work to promote their activities. Can you think of other ways?

Attending a Conference in the Comfort of Your Own Home – Thing 13

I love conferences.  They are a place to look at common material in a much different way.  You get to meet people in a way that you never have interaction before and see how they apply these ideas.  It’s the potential for collaboration at its finest.

The camaraderie that ensues as a result of meeting someone who does what you do is powerful.  The subsequent follow up of the conference leader to connect back with participants is where the learning continues.

Creative Commons by Daniel Moyle

The mystery about conferences is this whole hashtag thing.  I’m about to travel to a content marketing conference in a few weeks and I’ll certainly need to know what it is before I arrive if I can ever expect to keep up!  So while I’m figuring all of this out let’s address the 21st century conference session I attended, “When Leadership and Learning Collide.”  It is based on the premise of “when there is good leadership learning can occur and innovation is spawned.”

Some of the key points:

We need to create a goal of innovative and creativity environment.

There needs to be a collision of leadership and learning. Is leadership embedded in our learning and where do they intersect?

People see the school as a barrier to learning and much of learning happens outside the walls of the school.  Are we embedding leadership principles into our learning?

Are we allowing leadership principles (making sure students are allowed to lead and demonstrate ownership of learning in the classroom) to happen in the classroom?

4 Components of a 21st Century Workforce/Environment:
1. Relevant – Does your work have meaning?  Does the curriculum have tangible benefits?

2. Support – Do you have the support to make learning happen?
3. Resources – do you have the tools you need?  Do you have a culture that allows you to learn in your style?  Are they given enough time?  Can they take risks and reward?

4. Rewards – Do they have assessments that are punitive or ones in which learning continues to take place.

Schools Become a Barrier to Learning
Why are we not allowing access to students through social networks?  It’s happening in the business sector (social media and lifelong learning) and what our students will enter.

A New Paradigm of Learning – Dave Edwards

Leaders become managers of standards and compliance. Is learning the constant and time is the variable? Are we allowing students to learn at different rates?

Leadership in Learning
Are we allowing students to lead their own learning?  It’s a reflection of student learning, professional learning and system learning.  There is an accountability to have ownership of learning.

He addresses “The Resiliency Wheel” to build support networks around those involved in the learning process. We are all learning at all levels.

The 5 Tenets of a 21st Century Leader
Are these happening in the classroom? Does leadership and learning and collide?

  1. Solve problems creatively
  2. Develop and communicate vision
  3. Creates community – builds relationships
  4. Creates challenges – allows risk and rewards innovation
  5. Removes barriers to learning

Good Leaders L.I.E. – Lead, Innovate, Empower

  • Lead – lead and champion for innovative creativity
  • Innovate – allow learning to be the constant, they innovate and model what they want to see
  • Empower – allow students and teachers to take ownership of learning

4 Essentials to Innovation
This is true for all levels.

  • Believe that kids can learn
  • Understand that students need relationships
  • Know that they want to belong to something
  • Allow failure to be an option

Each role plays a part. The one commonality is there needs to be a risk-reward culture.

  • Student level – Learning needs to be constant.
  • Teacher – Engagement needs to be constant.
  • Principal – Change needs to be constant in how students learn.

Unreasonable Institute – Using open resource networks to develop entrepreneurship. Addresses how learning with innovation occurs in the workplace.

A blog to check out: Superhero School: An Epicenter for Disruptive Innovation

Finally, one of the most powerful ideas come from this blog on Managing or Leading.

“Our educational systems are full of managers who need to become leaders.  There is a distinct challenge in the 21st century economy to promote innovation and creativity – both of which cannot necessarily be measured.  The industrial age focused on managing resources and measuring results – and if you couldn’t measure it, there were no results.  While there are many great leaders of the industrial age, the primary skill set was the ability to manage people and resources.  Productivity was measured by the quantity of results and the quality of the product.  This industrial paradigm still is pervasive in our educational system structure.  We are focused on measuring “tangible” outcomes, managing resources (people, time, materials, budgets) and maintaining traditions that are ineffective and do not allow for innovation and creativity to be fostered. Leadership is all about relationships. Leadership fosters innovation and creativity at all levels.’

So what are we going to do about this?  Where do we start?