(This will be my last blog post for the summer. It is time to hang out with my family and attend to my non-digital network. I’ll be back in September)
I was indirectly tagged with this meme because I read Claire Thompson’s blog post on this subject and thought that putting my summertime pro-d aspirations down in a blog post was probably a good idea considering my inclination towards taking on too much.
My normal approach to summer pro-d is to randomly plug away at anywhere from 5 to 10 projects that usually get left to the last minute as a result of summertime distractions. My hope for this summer is to focus on a few projects and actually accomplish them (along with moving house). So here are the projects I will prioritize:
- Help plan and organize for the ISABC summer institute with Alan November. In particular my goals are to: 1)set up a diigo group for the institute with a tag list and then embed diigo links in the institue wiki by subject and age level; 2)use the institute wiki to collaboratively plan the events for each day of the institute; 3) populate the institute ning with relevant and provocative (?) discussion topics.
- Move all of my gr6 to 9 technology lessons to a central wiki location so that they are easier to share. As part if this process I plan to write up each lesson properly using the Understanding By Design process.
- Submit conference proposals to CUEBC and k12online. I have in mind a presentation that starts by looking at how the nature of information has changed and how Diigo can be used as a powerful resource for finding, annotating and sharing resources.
Other projects I would like to undertake (but won’t commit to in this blog post) include:
- Planning my math 7 lessons. My goal for this year is to use the Mathletics learning platform and a class blog to differentiate instruction and give my students as much ownership of their own learning as possible. On the blog I plan on supporting classroom instruction with instructional powerpoints and links to online activities and tutorials. I’m hoping to find a lot of these over the summer.
- Reading Clay Shirky’s “Here comes everybody”
- Learn more about managing WordPress and WordPress MU so that I can do more with our school blogs.
OK, I know this is too much. My next plan is to map out a possible schedule for completion and see what is really possible. Maybe I’ll link it to this post as a way to keep myself honest.
Like Claire I can’t bring myself to point the finger at anyone else, so I will finish by borrowing her words:
If you are reading this, first off thanks! Secondly, if you haven’t been tagged already and think you’d like to participate, then consider yourself tagged
(note: this post was written in Evernote on my iTouch while hanging out with my daughter. I am constantly amazed at what this little computer can accomplish.)