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Episode 20

Introductions
Chris Lehman of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia joined David and Jeff for tonight’s podcast.

Essential Question
Once shifted, where do we go next?

Blog Posts of the Week
David:  Digital Ethnography

Chris: Measuring UP: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us

Jeff: Horizon Report, David Warlick at EduCon 2.1, Flat Classroom Conference

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*Next show is Thursday February 12th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Jim Reese will be our guest.
*Essential Question for the show: How to make the shift systemic and sustainable in our schools?
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 19

Introductions

Greg Moncada, HS Principal at the American International School Vienna, joined Jeff and David for the show.

Essential Question

How to recruit shifted teachers?

Blog Posts of the Week

David: David Warlick interviews Chris Lehman for his Connect Learning podcast. David asks Chris what he looks for in new hires in episode 92 & 98 in iTunes. Or go directly to the pages for 92 & 98 in David’s Site. Also, take a look at the tech-oriented questions Jeff and Andy came up with for recruiters to use especially if their schools have 1:1 laptop programs.

Jeff: Michael Wesch writes about the next transformation in education. Kaplan University has a very engaging video sharing their approach to how they work to meet the needs of students.

Greg: Shared a video about students making connections in their learning. The link will soon be posted here.

Note: Those listeners looking to learn more about how to recruit internationally might find David’s article in Edutopia helpful to get you started.

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*Next show is Thursday January 29th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Chris Lehman and Brent Loken will be our guests.
*Essential Question for the show: Once shifted, where do we go next?
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 18

Introductions

David and Jeff hosted tonight’s show with no guests

Essential Question

What are some shifted practices in our schools?

Blog Posts of the Week

Jeff and David shared-

Panda Smith’s Blog

Room 202’s Blog

Room 202 Wiki

Chrissy Hellyer’s Blog

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*Next show is Thursday January 15th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Greg Moncada, HS Principal at the American International School Vienna will be our guest.
*Essential Question for the show: How to recruit shifted educators?
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 17

Introductions

Jonathan Becker and Jeff Nugent joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.

Essential Question

What prevents administrators from shifting?

Some take aways from the discussion:

-There is limited number of U.S. professors (six) who work in school leadership who focus on technology and forward thinking education. Our education leadership programs are not preparing our administrators to lead schools towards School 2.0.
-There are education leadership grad school standards that don’t include much on managing change in education.
-Higher education is just so slow to change, to bring about programmatic change.
-Barriers: So many items on the plates of our administrators that it is overwhelming to ask them to set up learning communities and support learning 2.0 initiatives.
-Administrators don’t have to know all the ICL tools but need to know how to support the curriculum development that supports learning 2.0.

Blog Posts of the Week

Here is what Jon, Jeff, Jeff and David shared-

Apple Learning InterchangeSchool Tech Leadership
Practical Theory
Sentiments on Common Sense

Disrupting Class
via Amazon

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*Next show is Tuesday December 9th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*David and Jeff will be sharing examples of shifted practices from Hsinchu International school and the International School of Bangkok.
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 16

Introductions

John Mikton and Paul McMahon joined Jeff and David for the show.

Essential Question

How to shift when the administrators are not on board?

Some take aways from the discussion:

-You have to start with the admin before you contemplate shifting. They are the power brokers and are connected to the board and the finance. Sometimes they simply don’t understand. How to make time for conversations? It is a sales situation. IT Director on Admin team. Being part of management team helps build relationships to these power brokers.
-The IT Director needs to have an educational background to know.
-Schools hiding behind the IB and AP programs. Safe and often not questioned by many parents. Why would an administrator take a risk on Learning 2.0 instructional techniques?
-How to shift the IB and AP learning outcomes to be project assessed?
-How to retrain our communities about what is learning?
-Get shifted educators at the admin conferences to help educate the leaders.

David’s post, Paul’s and  John’s posts on this EQ.

Blog Posts of the Week

David: Schooling by Design: Mission, Action and Achievement by McTighe and Wiggins

Jeff: ID: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield

Paul: Anytime Anywhere Learning

John: Walking the Talk by Carolyn Taylor

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*Next show is Thursday November 27th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Our guests will be Jeff Nugent and Andy Torres
*Essential Question for the show: What prevents administrators from shifting?
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 15

We had technical problems again and were not able to record the podcast. It was excellent so do take a look at the show notes for some of the discussion.

Introductions

Amanda DeCardy and Tom Barrett joined Jeff and David for the show.

Essential Question

Where Do You Start the Shift?

Some take aways from the discussion:

  • Need leaders and owners of the process that needs to be systematic
  • Using the curriculum review process to change instructional and assessments for shifted learning goals
  • Bring whole community of teachers, student, parents and administrators into the process with various point people bring them in
  • Shift everywhere- organic growth by supporting early adopters to administrators needing to lead the way
  • Review mission/vision statements. Times have changed and so do definitions and how they fit with our changing world (e.g., multiculturalism)

David and Jeff put a few thoughts in posts on the topic.

Blog Posts of the Week

David: Dennis Harter’s Bridging the Gap

Jeff: Rigor Redefined article, Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us book, Telecommuting

Tom: Multi-touch Desk

Amanda: Apple Initiative SAS, Andy Torres Blog

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  • Next show is Thursday October 30 at 7 PM Bangkok time.
  • Our guest will be ????
  • Essential Question for the show: How to infuse information literacy skills across the curriculum?
  • Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 14

Note: Technical difficulties prevented the recording and subsequent posting of this podcast. We will get it right next podcast with quadruple flux capacitator backup procedures. 🙂

Introductions

Kim Cofino and Julie Lindsay joined David and Jeff for this start of the second season of Shifting Our Schools podcast.

Essential Question

What Were the Big Picture and Practical Classroom “take aways” from the Learning 2.008 Conference?
Some take aways from the discussion>

  • The need to prepare teachers for progressive conferences like Learning 2.008. Scaffold the process so they will take time for the networking, unconferencing and reflection portions of conferences like Learning 2.008.
  • Look to have regular presentation sessions that lead out into and scaffold into unconference sessions
  • Look to shift our regular presentations in the way we organize the rooms and work to make them more discussion focused
  • Need to differentiate for the “shiftedness” continuum of the participants
  • Jan 24-26 Flat Classroom Conference in Qatar

Blog Posts of the Week

David> GenTech podcast by Steve Whitaker, Mark Hofer and Michael Kelly
Jeff> Video by Chris Lehmann   |   Connectivism Blog by George Siemens
Kim> Slideshow of Brain Rules for Presenters
Julie> The Educational Technology Site by Terry Friedman

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  • Next show is Thursday October 23 at 7 PM Bangkok time.
  • Our guest will be Clay Burell.
  • Essential Question for the show: Where do you start the shift?
  • Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 13

Introductions

Rick Pierce of Rising Sun Consultants and Andy Torris from Shanghai American School joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.

Essential Question

What Stalls the Shift?

Take away from the discussion>

-We need to differentiate between “change” and the “transition” that follows. Administrators need to allocate much more time for the transition. Need to validate the emotions of community members as they go through the transition. Need lots of support and guidance that takes planning just as one plans the change.
-Leaders as visionaries while also working to serve the teachers, students and community. Servant leadership. Managers who craft programs and follow through.
-Even with lots of energy and time for transition, there will be some “anchors” who are stalling the shifted and must be transitioned out with grace and dignity.
-How to start the change? Form a leadership team of admin and teachers, determine what you want to do and where you are going. Set the vision.
-Have to set priorities. How to deal with all the different community members with their varying priorities? What guides you in deciding what comes first? Leadership means sticking with the carefully decided priorities which are guided by your mission and student learning goals.
-What happens after the delegation of responsibilities? Administrators need to let go but be very clear in guidance and expectations being ready to accept the work of the follow up teams.

Blog Posts of the Week:

Jeff: LeaderTalk Learning 2.008 Bring your administrators and board members to the conference!
David: 10 Principles for Principals by Ryan Bretag. Adapting to Change by Will Richardson.
Rick: Leading the Shift Leading and Managing Change
Andy: PD Success Story Who is Interviewing Whom? Rising Sun Book Review’s on Change Management

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* Next show will be the start of season two  as we pick up in September from Bangkok, Thailand from Jeff’s new abode. David continues to shift along from Hsinchu, Taiwan.
* We will be expand on previous discussions of teacher practitioners sharing practical methods to shift our schools starting from our classrooms. We will continue other discussions connected to the big picture process of shifting our schools.
* Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Del.icio.us bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 12

Introductions

Chris O’Neal, educational leader and consultant, joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.


Essential Question

Your Standards or Mine?

David> See his blog post.

Jeff> We don’t have standards for paper and pencils so why would we need them for technology? Aren’t we working with teachers to help them reach their subject area standards with the help of technology?

Take away from the discussion> The higher order rich NETS are helping frame the conversation with administrators as they talk about learning in their buildings. What is another name for “standards” when we talk about the NETS as learning outcomes we want integrated across the curriculum.


Blog Posts of the Week

Jeff: See his 3 posts on having standards for technology: 1 2 3
Chris: Bionic Teaching
David: Practical Theory


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* Next show is Thursday June 12th at 7 PM Shanghai time.
* Our guest will be Rick Pierce of Rising Sun Consultants, Andy Torris from Shanghai American School and Struan Robinson from International School Bangkok.
* Essential Question for the show: What stalls the shift?
* Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Del.icio.us bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Episode 11

Introductions

Kim Cofino, Justin Medved and Dennis Harter joined Jeff and David for tonight’s show.


Essential Question

How do we connect technology and classroom instruction seemlessly?
David: See his blog post.

Jeff:

Take away from the discussion-

-Big move in their library in the elementary now called the Learning Hub at ISB. Merging and bringing together many ideas and strategies for what libraries will be in the future.
-They fully integrate the technology skills into the curriculum. No stand alone technology classes in elementary and one in MS.
-Just in Time support.
New Literacy Wiki
21st ISB Literacy

Blog Posts of the Week:

Jeff: Connectivism Sentiments on Common Sense

David: Transliteracy: The Digital Hub

Kim: Educational Origami

Justin: Moving at the Speed of Creativity Thinking Allowed

Dennis: Always Learning

 

 

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* Next show is Monday May 26th at 7:00 PM Shanghai time.
* Our guest will be Chris O’Neal of Edutopia’s Spiral Notebook.
* Essential Question for the show: Your standards or mine?
* Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Del.icio.us bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.