Friday, July 13, 2007
Just a quick post tonight about some of the things I have been thinking about. Some of it comes from Ben Wilkoff’s passion for bringing about change in schools, some from the inspiration of NECC and the influence of the women of WOW 2.0 and meeting online friends face to face, but I am thinking about not waiting for others to follow where I am going and waiting for others to make changes happen, but quietly offering more specific help to individuals (whether teachers or students) when they need it. I felt slightly impatient when one teacher wanted a paper handout on blogging, thinking they could easily find out online, as in “learning by doing”. But I have to start where they are at and paper is where they are at right now. I am very glad that this teacher has wanted to know and reached out in asking for this. So I know there are lots of good resources out there that I will distill into a one or two page handout. Another thing is the idea of convening a special interest group at school once a month to have hands on sessions where we talk about how to make what Ben calls “The Ripe Environment”. Luckily there is a spot in our hectic after school meeting schedule once a month that is designated Special Interests and I think I know just how to use that spot. And last but not least is the idea of collaborating with another school to create a wiki that includes videos, podcasts and other forms of multimedia to express students’ ideas and learning about writing/communicating and presenting their views on topics of interest to them.