Daily Archives: May 9, 2006

I know it seems like a lot of posts here seem to meander around future plans and there seems to be excessive verbiage about what are fairly everyday presentations for a lot of people in the edublogosphere. Some of the bloggers I read seem to present every other month at some conference or another and they certainly don't post about every minor step when planning what they are going to present. However for a few reasons, this space is still going to feature updates and progress reports on the two presentations I have a hand in this year. The reasons are:

  1. Australia is not aflow with conferences and they are a big deal to go to, even bigger deal to present at. I'll go to two, three tops this year. Will Richardson will probably go to three this month!
  2. Some of my colleagues involved read this blog as a way of being informed.
  3. I need all the feedback I can get. I'm not a naturally confident public speaker and it has taken this blogging caper to have the dawning realisation that my experiences and ideas are valuable to others.
  4. It's my blog and I can use any way I want!

So tonight the MYLU team met to continue planning for our Middle Schooling Conference presentation. I got them on board with the wiki, talked through what we wanted our audience to walk away with and then outlined a possible presentation framework. Here's what we came up with - responsibilities to be allocated down the track......

  1. Introductions.
  2. History of the MYLU.
  3. School history of IWB journey.
  4. Linking of the "digital immigrant, digital native" metaphor to our understanding of today's Australian middle school student.
  5. Use of Marc Prensky's implementation of technology into the classroom model - dabbling, old things in old ways, old things in new ways, new things in new ways.
  6. Providing of Flipchart examples showing the MYLU teachers' IWB use moving through these phases.
  7. Examples of student use of IWB's - moving from teaching tool to learning tool.
  8. Use of other new technologies in MYLU - the PBL program using wikis.
  9. Q & A at the conclusion.