I spent Friday morning with 22 student teachers and a couple teachers from my school. My goal was to introduce them to the world of web2.0, wikis, and del.icio.us. Well 2 out of 3 ain’t bad- I didn’t really get into delicious beyond an introduction. That aside, I think this group of future teachers really understood my point that education is changing and our teaching needs to change too!

The slideshare was my main introduction, and here is the wiki we used. I gave them each a page to play with and used video’s to convey many of the ideas I wanted to get across. I’d like to thank SFU Faculty Advisor and friend John Stockdale for the opportunity.

I’d love to be able to give this message to every student teacher!

Originally posted: January 28th, 2008

Reflection upon re-reading and re-posting:

I haven’t gone to the slideshare version of this slide show in a while. I just went there to get the embed code to repost and saw the stats since uploading this presentation four months ago:

2264 views | 4 comments | 16 favorites | 74 downloads | 26 embeds

The stat that surprises me the most is the number of downloads. I would love to see some of the adaptations made to those downloads and I’d also love to know how they have been used?

I will be creating a video version of this for my 3rd presentation at Alan November’s Building Leadership Communities 2008.

You can see the influence my blog has within this presentation.

Video version update: A Brave New World-Wide-Web posted September 14th, 2008

13 comments on “Do not go quietly into your classroom

  1. Actually, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. You confirmed my ideas and thoughts and strengthened me to continue the battle to “not go quietly into my classroom.”

    I am a consultant for the Bureau of Education and Resources. May I have permission to quote you during my sessions?

  2. Hello Kathy,
    You are more than welcome to quote me. Everything I do on this site is under the Creative Commons:
    Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    And also the presentation is downloadable from slideshare:
    http://www.slideshare.net/datruss/brave-new-www

    Please note that some of the images and quotes on the slideshow are not mine and that I have given credit where credit is due. If you use these, then please credit the correct person and ‘Share Alike’ with your use of their words or images.

    Just so you know, I’d love to see how you, or anyone else, uses this presentation.
    Thanks,
    Dave.

  3. Hi Dave,
    I will start teaching this coming year. I’ve done alternate route certification…this will be a third career for me! I don’t want to go quietly into the classroom. Especially as a science teacher with 7th graders, the web and 21st century technology is definitely the way to go. I’ve spent much time trying to become technologically literate. I’ve recently begun to write (or attempt to:)) WebQuests; here’s the link to my first attempt.
    http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/Metric_System/
    I’d love to have any feedback from experienced educators. But, I digress!
    I’ve just learned about Blogs, but I’m still such a neophyte. Can you suggest a “How to Blog” 101 site, suitable for a newbie? how to get started, how to include an RSS link, etc. I really want to incorporate blogging on a daily basis. What a great tool for homework assignments…students could answer a question or two on the day’s work that would require them to synthesize the information, apply to real world scenarios, and comment on fellow students responses. In addition, there would be the possibility for students around the world to comment, as well.
    Thanks for helping to bring this “Whole New World” to educators!
    Vicky

  4. Hi Vicky,
    It is always exciting for me to see a new teacher so enthusiastic about engaging her students with transformative tools.
    I must say that your webquest looks very thorough.
    I did a pro-d session a while back on how to Start Your Own Blog, (link goes to the presentation wiki).

    Personally, I’m not a fan of blogs being used as homework boards simply because I see that as just doing old things in new ways and not truly engaging students in a meaningful way.
    See this Prensky article to get a better idea of what I mean.

    I’ve written quite a bit about engaging students online and I’ll share a few links here:
    My Blogging Rules, Sharing and Engaging with Web2.0, and Biting Your Digital Tongue.

    You can skip all the links above if you just read this reflection about using wiki’s in the classroom. (This link is about my Science Alive Wiki that I did, which you may be interested in checking out.):

    Also check out Kim Cofino on the same topic: Making Connections: Social Networking in the Elementary Classroom.

    And Susan Sedro on Learning from My Online Project Mistakes.

    …these will help you with any online project… learn from other’s mistakes and lessons!
    Tons to check out, so be selective and follow only the links that interest you.

    …and contact me if you ever need some assistance.
    Regards,
    Dave

  5. Hi Dave, WOW! I have to say first thank you and second, I am so overwhelmed! I thought I was pretty technical, after 20 yrs. or so in high tech and now teaching: year 2, but there is so much new technology to learn & apply. Thank you for such great information/insight and resources, now I just have to digest it all!

    Sandy

  6. David, great introduction! You got me pumped up. Thank you.

    An aside: John Stockdale was my FA as a student teacher, say hi to him for me.

    I’m a 6/7 teacher in the lower mainland trying to start this conversation in my school. It’s slowly coming along as I coax teachers into the computer lab to learn more. This year I became the Pro-D chair for the school and have had the Learning Services team from the board office in to work with our staff on digital storytelling. I’ll have some great student samples up on my (very fledgling) in the coming days.

    That First Pro-D day was successful; in November we are joining another school staff to explore some possibilities and I am definitely going to get them talking about blogging.

    I am new to this, but very excited about it, so wish me luck.

    Neil

  7. Hi Neil,

    You can find the video version of this presentation here.

    John is a fantastic guy, and I actually know him through coaching water polo in years past.

    Not only do I wish you luck, but I welcome you to my network!

    Contact me, if you think I can help you out! Also I’m dtruss on delicious or datruss on diigo.

    It is the “Bravery” of those new to these transformative technologies, who are starting the Learning Conversations, that inspire me!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Thanks for your reply David,

    The bravery you speak of is something I feel right now in terms of the apprehension I feel in starting these conversations – and persisting with them regardless. But that apprehension, I know, is coming from running up against a way of thinking about learning and teaching that is very slow to change.

    I’ve been reading Malcom Gladwell lately and his thoughts on transformative paradigms and tipping points (the point at which social consciousness changes, and the remarkable speed at which it happens). It’s thinkers like him, and, more importantly, leaders like you and John Stockdale, who are really inspiring me to think teaching and learning “outside of the classroom”, so to speak, and taking into the realm of the connected global learning community.

    These are exciting times, indeed.

  9. Wow! That is a POWERFUL slideshow. I really hope to use it next year to empower my colleagues, and maybe alter it to inspire my students (they may need some help to see the point of changing from the TTWWADI paradigm).

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