21st century literacy specialist!

I always love reading what Kim Cofino has to say at her blog Always Learning or in her Twitter posts as mscofino…which are regular, and packed with questions and ideas. But what I really love is the concept behind her role at the International School Bangkok in Thailand.

Kim explains:

I am the 21st Century Literacy Specialist at the International School Bangkok in Thailand. This position combines my past experiences as a technology facilitator with the wealth of resources available in the library. ISB is actively seeking to build a Learning Hub that successfully blends the traditional role of a library with the requirements of the 21st century global student. My role is to bridge that gap. As the 21st Century Literacy Specialist, my work is focused on helping core subject teachers utilize web 2.0 technologies in the classroom, to create a global and collaborative approach to learning. I enjoy working with my colleagues to design authentic and engaging international projects incorporating social networking, blogs, wikis, and podcasts, and whatever comes next!

Kim’s been telling us all day on Twitter how she has been finishing off the long haul of working on her conference presentation wiki Developing the Global Student: Practical Ways to Infuse 21st Century Literacy Skills in Your Classroom.

Naturally when she finally posted the link I had to take a look.

I think you should take a look too! ๐Ÿ™‚

You should also take a look at Kim’s post The Slideshow must go on where she tells you a little about the conferences that these materials have been prepared for.

  • Soaring high above the clouds

    Amongst all the great bloggers who work tirelessly to share good information and provide inspiration – there are some who help us soar high in the clouds by the specialist nature of their collaborative conversation.

    I like the information that Larry Ferlazzo brings to the conversation with his focus on Teaching ELL, ESL and EFL.

    I’m also proud to announce the ‘arrival’ of a local colleague, Danni Miller, with her focus on a “new, powerful conversation on body image, self esteem and outcomes for girls” at The Butterfly Effect.

    Do you have a specialist read that you would like to share?
    I’d like to list them in this post.

    Karen Janowskiโ€™s Teaching Every Student blog focuses on assisting students with disabilities.

    Photo credit: Kites and Clouds
  • CEC (NSW) Forum, 2007

    Another year, another CEC Forum ๐Ÿ˜‰ How time flies!

    Nevertheless many educators gathered together on the first day of the school holidays to attend the ICT Forum organised by the Catholic Education Commission NSW.

    As promised my presentation for the session, introducing the concept of social bookmarking, is provided below.

    A detailed list of links are provided for you at my ‘social bookmarking’ TAG at Del.icio.us Heyjude.

    You may like to use this delicious_setup.pdf from David Warlick to help yourself or your colleagues set up a Del.icio.us account.

    For a detailed presentation that covers all the key aspects of managing and using your Del.icio.us account I highly recommend the one below put together by Michael Sauers.

    Just start your viewing after the TechSupport page.

    You use Youtube? so you’re cool?

    Working with a group of teachers the other day, I was inspired to reflect upon just how much things have changed in just 6 months!

    Of course the workshop was about Web 2.0, and we had some attendees who were at the ‘big toe in the water’ stage, as well as Bob, Martin and super enthusiastic Deputy Principal John. What a great school to have such a passion to move on through Web 2.0. Bob at McAuley runs a blog to support their ‘Focus on Learning’ project (which is about Web 2.0) and which will represent money well invested by the State in this school! Bob has joined me on FaceBook, and we had some interesting discussions after the workshop about the value (or otherwise) of Facebook for teachers. The answer? Not much value right now, but we will keep our eye on it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bob & Martin, along with some teachers from a number of our other schools, are also involved in a Learnscope project – once again around the use of Web 2.0. My young geek friend Melinda says:

    The focus in this project is to acquire sound evidence on which to base future organisational decisions about communication and networking processes.

    This will be done through investigating the use of web 2.0 tools:

    1. to support VET teachers and students as learners
    2. to facilitate workplace communication about VET teaching and learning issues
    3. in supporting industry and TAFE networking opportunities.

    What’s different then you ask? Well, not just the fact that it has become ‘mainstream’ to undertake specific projects to investigate and integrate the best possible use of Web 2.0, but that through Web 2.0 we can reclaima teachers prime role of mentoring, nurturing, modelling or even teaching! students with technology that is online, intuitive, and embedded into the framework of learning and teaching.

    The difference now is the existence of Web 2.0 as a framework for social networking and social communication; and Web 2.0 as a state-of-the art technology that is more and more intuitive rather being an ‘add-on’ to the core business of learning.

    I’ve hear someone at work say a few weeks ago: “Web 2.0 is out there – we don’t need to do anything special to incorporate it into learning.”

    Oh dear! – of course those of us ‘on the road’ and working with teachers know that the story is very different. . and that we are lucky to have so many projects to help people make the transition to Web 2.0 learning and teaching!!!!

    So what WAS so different yesterday?

    Not the workshop, but what happened afterwards. The staff attending the workshop didn’t all just pack their bags and run. A bunch of us gathered around and watched some videos that Bob has collected in his EventHorizon VodPod!! Were you doing that 6 months ago? A year ago?

    We watched the amazing TED talk about Photosynth. We topped it off with some comedy! before driving home on a cold winter’s afternoon.

    The Horizon Project – they’re at it again!

    I want to thank Julie Lindsay, Vicki Davis and others involved in the Horizon Project for once again showing us the exciting benefits of a global e-learning experience. Aren’t these students just awesome?

    Like the award-winning Flat Classroom Project (2006), this new project involves students, this time 60 students in five countries, working together to look into the future of education based upon the Horizon Project Report 2007 Edition by the New Media Consortium and Educause (pdf).

    The key trends identified in the Horizon Report which will be explored by the students are:

    This project (using Wikispaces, Delicious, Slideshare, Ning, Twitter, Meebo, YouTube and many other online tools) is a ‘trip to the future’ where students will envision, create, and discuss what this future will look like withothers around the world. Through their work on the wiki, the students will be researching and experiencing web 2.0 enabled learning in a global community.

    Student work will be assessed against three criteria related to the objectives of the Horizon Project.

    • To understand, analyze and evaluate the trends highlighted in the Horizon Report 2007based on key ideas and areas of impact.
    • To create a project wiki page that details this investigation and synthesis of the material.
    • To use Web 2.0 tools to facilitate collaboration as well as creation.

    The comprehensive rubric is worth reading. They also made use of ISTE technology standards NETS.S (revised) for ‘What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world’.Explore the Horizon Project, the Teachers’s Page and the Students Page.

    The students come from USA, Austria, Bangladesh, Australia and China.

    I have been invited to join the group as a member of the Expert Review Panel, supporting and reviewing the section on Social Networking. I expect to learn a great deal from these wonderful educators!

    Vicki Davis, from Camilla, Georgia, has a beaut introduction to The Horizon Project available at Ning.

    Julie Lindsay, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, (who is an aussie) has put a nice introduction to the project on Youtube. Horizon Project Introduction.

    Technorati Tags:

    Why teachers blog…

    Lots of reasons why teachers blog ………. or should blog.

    But this post from a “youngish teacher in the second year of teaching” says it all for me!

    Take a look and……

    • See what you can do with GLIFFY
    • Share your thoughts and push thinking forward
    • Network in a global community.

    Click on this image from Gliffy, and see what you think.


    Happy Australia Day – Aus Mac Ed

    We have celebrated Australia Day, 29 January, in style. Google Australia did us proud!

    The same aussie day was chosen for launch post of the Aus Mac Ed group blog.

    Paul writes:

    As promised Iโ€™ve been working on a multi-user blog for Australian educators using Macs and iPods (and iPhones). The goal of AusMacEd is to bring our vibrant discussions about the huge potential of Apple based solutions in Australian education out onto the internet in a pro-active and web2.0 manner.

    ausmaced.jpg Nice one Paul! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Come on over, and join the conversation.

    Of course, that’s not all there is!Digital Chalkie mascot

    Australia Day also saw the news that Edublogs Award Nominee DIGITAL CHALKIE will continue in 2007.

    If you aren’t familiar with Digital Chalkie, drop over and read a little about its success and enjoy the interesting contributions in this group blog.