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Title: Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World


1
Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World
  • Mike Thun
  • Office of School Leadership
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • Leinda Peterman
  • Project Director, EDC

2
  • Background
  • Office of School Leadership, SCDE
  • 8 Leadership programs for Teacher Leaders through
    District Superintendents
  • Principal Induction (first year principals)
    Program required by SC law
  • Approximately 700 participants per year
  • 100 of content delivered face-to-face,
    seminar-style until 2006

3
  • Background
  • 2006-07 Online Campus Leadership Program created
  • Started August 2006
  • CD-ROM/Internet gateway leadership modules (six
    sessions each)
  • Internet Academies (Educational Impact)
  • Variety of online assessments
  • MBTI, LPI, DSP, etc.

4
  • Background
  • 2007-08 Online Campus Leadership Program
  • In-house Blackboard/computer training for entire
    staff
  • Program Director facilitator and course design
    training w/EDC/ETLO
  • Upgrade classroom with wireless
    laptop/projection/print/scan capability
  • Integration of existing ETLO workshops
  • Integration of advanced Blackboard functions

5
  • The Parameters
  • Progress still not meeting the need
  • Reluctant adopters
  • Administrator schedules
  • State and local accountability requirements
  • Focus on instruction vs. technology
  • The Need
  • A method of engaging administrators in a
    technology vision dialogue

6
  • Discussion Board quote
  • WOW! is all I can say.  Information overload, yet
    exciting to think of the potential of the Web 2.0
    tools.  The article, The Next Wave Now Web 2.0,
    challenged me to step up my use of blogging,
    podcasts and to introduce wikis to my staff. The
    article, The Day in the Life of Web 2.0, shows
    just how much our classes and instruction will
    change as teachers in my school become users of
    wikis, blogs and podcasts.  The alphabet teachers
    have set the bar high and I want it done at my
    school-yesterday. 
  • After viewing Will Richardson's youtube
    presentation, I calmed down and heard him tell me
    3-5 years.  I feel like we don't have 3-5 years. 
    It also makes me wonder why districts start in
    high school with technology.  We need to start in
    elementary school.
  • There is power in Web 2.0 if you know how to use
    it. I am inspired to improve my use of my blog
    and podcasts.  I hope you all will hold me
    accountable by going to my school's website
    periodically to see how my blog and podcasts are
    coming along.
  • I have to admit I was not looking forward to this
    course. Now that I have made time for myself to
    read the material and explore the links, I am
    fired up.

7
  • Web 2.0 Development
  • Key development questions
  • What do administrators need to know about Web 2.0
    tools?
  • Which tools will be most helpful to
    administrators in their daily work?
  • What tools help administrators build
    collaboration with and among staff?
  • What policy issues do administrators need to
    address?

8
  • Web 2.0 Development
  • Development Process
  • Gathering a team
  • Brainstorming key topics and confirming with
    state partner
  • Determining structure (number of sessions,
    organization readings, activities, discussion)
  • Researching locating resources (also occurs
    during other phases)
  • Identifying needed permissions and making
    requests

9
  • Web 2.0 Development
  • Development Process
  • Identifying key Web 2.0 tools
  • In this workshop Bookmarking, Google tools,
    blogs and podcasts
  • Rationale for selecting these tools easily
    learned, effective tools for communication and
    collaboration

10
  • Web 2.0 Development
  • Process continued
  • Planning activities and discussion questions to
    focus on key concepts
  • Identify hands-on tasks to practice skills or
    extend learning, for example, setting up a Diigo
    bookmarking account, creating a blog or podcast
  • Create provocative questions that engage learners
    in deep thinking about the topic

11
  • Web 2.0 Development
  • Process continued
  • Planning the final project
  • Checking each section for instructional flow
  • Reviewing and revising based on partner and
    collaborator feedback
  • Engaging the technical team
  • Developing graphics and workshop banner
  • Formatting and uploading content to the course
    management system
  • Final reviewing and editing

12
  • Discussion Board quote
  • Ever read the Left Behind series?  Okay, after
    that article, I feel a little left behind.  It is
    amazing to think that classrooms, schools and
    districts can operate in such a fashion.  As
    educators, we are always talking about working
    smarter and not harder.  These scenarios
    certainly seem to fit the bill.  
  • We received fifteen new promethean boards this
    school year.  This interactive piece of equipment
    has had a tremendous impact on the way teachers
    teach and the way students learn.  I can only
    imagine what can be accomplished with the Web
    2.0!  I have watched the teachers embrace the
    technology and training that comes along with it,
    and I have watched the most "traditional" teacher
    flourish. 
  • It is imperative that we embrace this new
    technology and find as many was as possible to
    utilize it within our school communities!  I
    remember only needing an overhead projector as a
    classroom teacher - given that, I could teach the
    pants off of anyone.  I look forward to learning
    more about Web 2.0 and where I and my school will
    fit into all of it.  As a community of
    professional leaders and learners, we will want
    to make certain we are not left behind!

13
  • Employment
  • School Leaders Executive Institute
  • Experienced (3-5 years) principals
  • 32 participants/Two cohorts/Two facilitators
  • Mixture of E/M/HS principals
  • Varied demographics
  • Will complete on December 18,2008

14
  • Discussion Board quote
  • I am so far behind!  I taught technology classes
    ten years ago with Teach to the Future, but I
    have not kept up after becoming an administrator.
    As a district, we have put up the walls in our
    "castle" due to the fear of our board and parents
    (myself included) that the risk were not worth
    it.  Last night, as  I read my assignments and
    watched Podcasts, I realized that if we do not
    embrace all of these tools and learn to utilize
    the tools available, we will be ignored as our
    kids continue to learn.  We are becoming barriers
    not facilitators to learning by being unwilling
    to learn along with our students.  I don't want
    that for myself or my children. 
  • We have worked with Schlechty over the past 7
    years to learn how to design work for students. 
    We have heard Phil say over and over that there
    are companies and private educators out there
    that have it right and can do away with public
    education as we know it.  Today I get what he is
    saying.
  • If we learn with our kids, we can transform
    education.  If we don't, we need to get out of
    this business so learning can continue.

15
  • Participant Podcasts
  • Mary Ellen Parks
  • Principal, Shell Point Elementary
  • maryellen.parks_at_beaufort.k12.sc.us
  • http//web.beaufort.k12.sc.us/education/components
    /docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid43638
  • Roderic F. Taylor
  • Principal, Dutch Fork Middle School
  • rftaylor_at_lex5.k12.sc.us
  • http//www.gcast.com/u/rftaylor/main

16
  • Lessons Learned
  • Administrators require a different online
    instruction model
  • Administrators struggle with time management
  • Personal choice and family
  • Professional duties
  • Administrator focus
  • Daily operations, instruction and accountability
  • Little time for reflection or lifting the fog

17
  • Lessons Learned
  • Administrators tend to have email and
    Blackberry skills but reluctant adopters of
    education technologies
  • Want only the silver bullets
  • Online instruction hampered by local technology
    and personal proficiencies
  • District technology staff/policies interfere with
    effective use of Web 2.0 tools
  • However, course success is greatly enhanced by a
    F2F orientation and/or integrated online work

18
Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World
  • Mike Thun
  • Program Director, Leadership Online Campus
  • 803-734-8357
  • mthun_at_leaders.ed.sc.gov
  • Leinda Peterman
  • Project Director, EDC
  • 601-442-7115
  • lpeterman_at_edc.org
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