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I’ve done it again!

I’m a bad blogger.  My only excuse this time is that I’m near the end of six weeks leave. We just got home yesterday from a three week road trip through NSW and Queensland. I spent the two weeks before the holiday catching up on domestica and packing, and the six weeks of term 3 that I was actually at work were so crazily busy that some things (like this blog) simply got forgotten. No, not forgotten, ignored like a nagging toothache – you know you should attend to it, you know you’ll feel better if you do, but…

This will change!

My priorities/goals/challenges for term four are (in no particular order):

  1. Blog more regularly about the miriad aspects of my role as ICT coach – the projects, the challenges, the successes and the failures.
  2. Be a better online participant – I want to add to the conversation instead of simply nodding my head when I agree, or muttering under my breath when I don’t.
  3. Get started on my presentation for the VITTA conference.  Get over the fact that I put in the submission in a moment of excitement and didn’t really expect to be accepted…this will be fun! (Yes it will, yes it will, yes it will…)
  4. Get mentally prepared to be working at 110 percent as of next Monday morning when school returns.  I am not going to allow myself to be so over-whelmed by all that needs doing that I resort to doing very little (if I say this often enough hopefully I will believe it!).
  5. Get more involved in the PLP program ning.
  6. Prepare, promote and present a lively and engaging program for Brekky Bytes and Afternoon (i.c.) Tea for term four.
  7. Work with CPT teams to encourage more participation by teachers in the year 12 study skills ning.  There is no doubt that the successful subject groups have the most contribution from teachers.  I have to work out how I can guide the non-participants to make their own discovery of how useful this form of communication can be.
  8. Set up the new ning for the class of 2010.  Work with the early commencement planning team to ensure that all our current year 11 students register on the ning before the end of early commencement week.  Work with teachers to ensure that all early commencement resources are available on the ning.

I’m sure there are many more but I am resolved to do everything as efficiently as possible (see point 4), so I won’t dally over publishing this.  Love to hear your tips and advice for achieving any or all of the above!

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My new blog

I’ve just set up a new blog to use as a resource and communication tool with teachers at my school as part of my role as College ICT Coach.  It’s going to be private, this is not an advertisement and you won’t find a link to it here.  I want to be able to reassure the more fearful that they won’t be airing their inexperience in too public a forum.

However, I did want to share my first post, so here it is:

Short, sharp and to the point

That’s how I plan to present my regular 30 minute ICT PD sessions.  There will be Brekky Bytes (8-8.30am, come at 7.45 for coffee and toast) and Afternoon (i.c.) Tea (3.30-4pm) rotating between campuses.  In any four week period there should be one morning and one afternoon presentation at each campus.

These sessions will generally cover only one topic, tool or resource.  Hopefully you will walk away with one new skill or an idea that you can immediately find a use for.  Hopefully you will consolidate your learning by passing on this new thing to a colleague who couldn’t attend.  Learn, do, teach – that’s my motto!

So what do you want to know about?  What do you want to learn to do?  How can I help you integrate ICT in your classroom?  Let me know, leave a comment here, email or come and have a chat – I’m listening.

What do you think?