EdTech Integrated School 2020 – Rough Planning

Introduction

As I am stimulated more and more by the incredible ideas floating around in places like twitter for educational reform, I am struck by what a sweet spot we seem to be in, in terms of the possibilities for real improvement in the standards and usefulness of the educational system over the next decade. However when I revert to my day job as a teacher and I see the educational landscape in the country I am struck by how many world’s apart we still are in terms of implementation. In fact my fear is despite the opportunities available, if we do not begin to create real action plans for the change we believe is necessary the system will continue on as it always has and the chance for real improvement will be lost.

My belief is that a lot of the raw ideas being generated need to be further refined into realistic goals, action plans and targetable outcomes that can be measured and assessed going forward.

The start of this process is this shared document which through its targeted headings will begin to give structure to a great educational plan built from the bottom up that will put us on a path to improvement in the education system that is real and creates the change we desire .  

Targeted Headings to be detailed in future:

Profile of the Teacher:
Time Allocation of  Teacher Day:
The Makeup of the Staff of a School:
The Building:
The Equipment/Learning Materials:
Partnerships with NGO/Corporates:
Teacher Incentives:
Assessment:
School as the center of the community:
Inter-school networks:

 

Organising my 1st Training Event – TechTeach

 

Recently I have set about documenting my learning over the last couple of years with the purpose of trying  to preserve a record of how my learning occurred, together with learning artifacts from the process. The event I describe in this post was the first training event I organized for other teachers and was inspired by my experience at  EdTechConf  2011. Below is the original email invite together with the original logo above.

 

Original Invite – March 2012

Intro: WGHS has decided to have a monthly optional meeting for those who would like to hear more about and discuss exciting developments in the field of educational technology.
Purpose: Develop Technology based skills to make learning easier & less admin work for the teacher

Where: Room 10/11

Focus S1: Using a safe social network to create a virtual classroom environment

Tools: Edmodo

Why: Free coffee and biscuits , good conversation and the chance to see something that could make your life as a teacher a lot easier

Format : 2 -2 15 Coffee & Chat
2 15 – 2 20 Welcome and Introduction
2 20 – 2 35 Introduction of Edmodo and Overview
2 35 – 3 00 Carrying out basic tasks in Edmodo

“Emphasis on Fun, Fun, Fun & Experimentation” otherwise why would we be here on a Fri aftn!

 

2 March 2012 – training