will be the month to add structure and a timeline to what I am doing.
I have reread Margaret Riel's emails and posts and find a number
of suggestions I need to follow up on. Notably, I need to do more
work on my community of practice: groups and individuals that are
working on more effective teacher education and professional development.
To that end I have
a CoP section to the plan and will begin to collect good resources
an email correspondence
with Robert Poselli, but it bounced back; need to track him down.
Looks like he is getting his degree through Nova University. I
now have mixed feelings.
this month, I need to work with my collaborators, evaluation team,
and critical friend.
The work on my Digital Portfolio project for Learning with Technology
(Ed664) has been particularly helpful in seeing and thinking through
how WBT could be helpful in this ARP. The concept of using web components
to sustain the learning when the mentor is not available is intriguing.
I have really enjoyed the web tutorials offered by ESRI in Arcview
and found them well done and effective at promoting my understanding
of the tools.
web page to better size for 800x600. In the process learned more
about dealing with individual cells and setting the width. Interestingly,
I used the HTML code to figure out what was happening, but the was
able to use the Properties section to make changes more efficiently.
found the "Frames" button in the tabs. Made me think about
screen design. For beginners, a complex screen such as DW, makes
it difficult to find the tools. So when designing the
web component of my ARP for the "tweening" of teachers,
it will be important to keep the screens simple. Note:
that is one of the points that made the online ArcView courses for
my DP so successful.
not journalled in this course - heavy into CoP (633) and Digital
Portfolio (664). Both projects relate strongly to my ARP.
the CoP, the community was small to start with (faculty member,
trainer, web developer, and "integration architect"
- me), but grew to include the 18 students in the course. At all
levels, learning occurred in both directions. As the faculty member
taught us the sociology issues - something he cares very deeply
about, he learned from the rest of the community about technology.
Both the web and Powerpoint advanced how the class learned to
new heights: "...never in all of my twenty years of teaching
have students been so excited about their final projects that
they engaged the class in learning about it!" He not
only discarded his syllabus, but is rethinking his native American
course for the next quarter. While he sees the value for the students
and the learning, he is still slow to actually do web activities
on his own. That's our next task!
the Digital Portofolio, the learning has been less dramatic. The
Education Department are already committed to implementing Graphical
Information System software into their program. They just never
had the impetus to plan the steps and learn the software. My project
got us ALL involved.
the trainer and I met with a theatre faculty member that wants to
use PhotoShop and Painter in her costume design and makeup course.
She has always been a marginal tech user that needed a great deal
of hand-holding to progress. That learning only went as far as she
was led. She has never felt empowered to go beyond that. When we
started the meeting today, she wanted just to learn enough PS so
that she could keep up with the students and know what to assign
them. By the end of the meeting we had worked out a plan that would,
over 12 months, have her ready to teach the tools to her students.
It was interesting to watch her become engaged in the process of
planning the intervening time and what needed to be accomplished.
It appeared at the end of the hour that she was taking ownership
of the learning and teaching. It will be interesting to see if this
engagement broadens to learning tech in general...or even if she
is able to be prepared enough to teach the tools.
did hear back from Poselli once. Sent reply and did not hear back
again. Will try again after the semester is over - he may be swamped
review of behaviors/events as I updated the navigation buttons at
am increasingly discontent with the theme and design. My Digital
Portfolio (DP) theme is better and I suspect that is because the
project is more focused. The implications of "HOOK" are
more threatening than encouraging. Working through the graphics
helped me get at the real issue: though I have concerns about the
graphics themselves, I am more concerned about the message they
convey. I think talking this through (Nikki?) will help me brainstorm
to a better message.
the tech side, I adapted the DP format. I need to build the frame
page, but opted not to because I want to completely redesign the
site in January.
the process side, this was a great exercise and at the right time.
I would have been lost if I attempted this earlier. At this point
it did two things. First, it helped me firm up the next steps into
concrete steps. Second, it helped me see that December is NOT time