Sunday, June 26, 2011

Teaching is Sharing

This is the busiest time of the year for me, and for many of you as well.  We finish marking, report the results, attend grad ceremonies, say good bye to our nearly-adult grads, and for me, prepare for intensive days of professional development!  I began this year with two objectives: 1st- to enlist as many teachers onto the Campus wiki (PB works) as possible, and 2nd, to get teachers to SHARE!    As for the first objective, I will give myself a passing grade, but only barely.  We have achieved 52% user penetration on our campus wiki.  I know my boss would be thrilled but I can`t help but feel that with a wee bit more of enthusiasm, we could have easily enlisted a 75% or 80% usage.  As for the second, well, that is a 'work in progress', let's say.  So far, I am the only one who uses social bookmarking but after this week, I hope to change that.

If you have not yet seen Dean Shareski's keynote for the 2010 K-12 Online, then you must take the time to listen and think about what he says.  He pulls the audience into his message slowly with the expertise of a sexy Latin dancer and then, before you know it, your heart is palpitating as you rack your conscience with questions like, "Am I sharing enough?"  Shareski builds a solid argument that might convince those with the greatest "But they`ll steal my stuff!" phobias.

So I built a Prezi and armed it with Shareski magic and lots of images.  Here it is for you to enjoy and comment on, hopefully!  Time will tell if it helps me turn the tide.


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