Ever trying to follow in the footsteps of Tom, I realized quickly that it helps to add drama and humor into your communication with staff and students. Shortly after taking the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) position, I began brainstorming possible personae to catch the attention of my staff. I finally settled on I created a wall size poster of the image above, laminated it, and hung it behind my desk. I put reminders on it for students and staff. Whether reminders of training dates or loud calls to back up and archive weekly, this poster has definitely caught the eyes of teachers and learners. Taking it one step further, I ventured into film with “Ted Coe”–my twin brother. I casted Ted as a bumbling authority who really had little knowledge of technology, and placed myself next to him as the voice of reason. My most recent project was a series of videos that introduce our county’s Technology Integration Progression Chart (or TIP-C) to the staff. Below is one of the videos. Under it is a link to my TIP-C page with all of the videos. The TIP-Chart Page The teachers are responding favorably to the videos. I think it keeps communication fresh, and it is always nice to be entertained while you are learning something new. This idea could […]
Welcome! Hope some of these resource prove useful to you while pursuing different ways to communicate. Update——-Download the creative communication presentation in Keynote 3, Powerpoint or PDF format. Useful presentation links Presentation Zen– a blog dedicated to better presentations Beyond Bullets– another blog dedicated to better presentations Dy/Dan– a blog about teaching that often covers great design as it applies to all things educational Flickr Storm– find great Creative Commons licensed images Stock Exchange– free stock photos (does require a registration) Mashup Sites (their odd delivery, your content – use sparingly) Bombay TV– your own subtitles on Baliwood movie clips Hairy Mail– shave your email message on a hair back Monkey Mail– a monkey in various costumes and with various voices speaks your words Txt2Pic– just about anything you might want to put your words on (billboards, church signs, ransom notes, badges etc.) Jib Jab– a number of ways to add your face to bizarre videos TeacherTube– why reinvent the wheel? Vixy.net– download YouTube videos to use at school (where you know they’re blocked)
I’ve been on the job for about two months with the staff and have realized one thing: email is dead. I get little to no response when I send a text email to my staff, so I’ve started to play with important messages for my teachers. For instance, I needed them to complete a survey and reminded them with this Bollywood themed message from Bombay TV. It hooked half of the MIA teachers with a good laugh. The staff stopped me for days to talk about it. When I received a run of emails concerning computers were not working, I created a reminder featuring a very young Bob Dylan (previous). The emails subsided, and now many of my teachers are quick to tell me that they have restarted a couple times when their computers are acting up. They just seem to listen better when I can get it across in an entertaining way. I guess some things never change. I know your students tune out the same way we do when something is visually monotonous. We are children of an instant, entertaining culture. So, here’s a suggestion: Think of that one rule in your classroom your kids are still having trouble with the second month of school. Are they standing up to sharpen their pencil while you are leading the […]
I’m going to be co-teaching a class for our county’s administrators on creative communication. The idea is basically that email is boring and often ignored so spicing things up really helps for important communications. You can check out some of the work of my co-teacher, Jen Maddux, below (a few more of her movies to follow later).
A little creative communication I put together for my teachers and students. I wanted to remind them of the cardinal rule of a PC: If it’s not working right, try restarting your computer. Click the picture below for my video. The link to the site I created this on is under the pic. Make your own here.
flickr photo shared by ReflectedSerendipity under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Like everyone else it seems, we started using Slack at work. It’s been a while (maybe 6 months?) and I’ve had mixed feelings which seem to be echoed by the group so I thought I’d take a harder look at our use and at least sketch out my personal feelings about where it’s working for me and where I’m struggling. As you should expect, your mileage should vary. Do not trust me. I am an unreliable narrator. I may not even know what’s going on here. Umwelt and all that. Workflow & Intent On my end, I thought Slack was worth pursuing mainly because of archive and search. Workflow baby. I’ve had a number of jobs and it’s really ugly to come in somewhere and realize any documentation that exists is in email exchanges. Those emails may forwarded to you in bulk or individually as you request information or they could simply disappear. That’s pretty horrific and if the emails are between the person you replaced and a faculty member, it’s really easy to simply lose all that information. The archive is valuable and while formal documentation is important a chunk of this stuff ought to be available through organic means. Given we’ve had a fair amount […]
flickr photo shared by yewenyi under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license There will be never be enough time.1 So in honor of that I’m going to be participating in UBC’s Teaching with WordPress while ALT Lab runs a similar course at VCU that we call OLE.2 The UBC course is obviously focused on teaching online with WordPress and has a strong open/connectivist/Canadian3 vibe. OLE is more broadly focused on connected learning and online teaching in general but also has strong WordPress emphasis. And you should play along in either or both with me. I’ll be doing my best to entwine the two groups in interesting ways. We even have an early optional assignment that is mean to do just that. Embrace it all with reckless exuberance. Consider this a formal invitation.4 I’ll tell you a bit about what we’ve built out, in WordPress so it’s useful to #TWP15 and the OLE group,Throw your sets up. as the backbone of the OLE course. First, the site is using the Skips theme that Mark Luetke5 developed with other good people at VCU Arts. It does a few interesting tricks like loading the child pages into one continuous scroll and highlighting that navigational element as you move through the components. It’s easier to go there and try it if that description […]
Once again, I harvest the fruits of the Internet sea and bring them to you free of charge and without the need for a publishing house. Ominous Summaries I love this although I wonder how funny/interesting this would be at any sort of scale. Via Criggo by way of Neatorama (Criggo is added to the probationary RSS feed- quick read posts and some potential for English.) Clear Blood, Vanadium, & Good Eating P. chilensis has two siphons that connect the animal to the surrounding ocean through its tunicin – one for exhaling and one for inhaling. It eats by inhaling the water and filtering out the edible microalgae using a moving layer of mucus in its enlarged pharynx, or branchial sac, before exhaling the water back out the other siphon. The pharynx is connected to the animal’s digestive tract, which basically acts like a mouth. Their blood is clear and, strangely, can accumulte extremely high qualities of a mysterious and rare element called vanadium. The concentration of vanadium in the blood of P. chilensis and other tunicates can be up to 10 million times that of the surrounding seawater. Just why and how these creatures are able to accumulate vanadium in such huge quantities remains unknown. -Quote and photo from Scientific American I have no idea no idea what I’d […]
Disclaimer—- believe it or not this is really worth reading and thinking about if you have anything to do with staff dev or have been the victim of hit and run staff dev in the past. Arm yourself and be ready to counterattack in the future. 1 This idea is the brainchild of our director of staff development, Chris Corallo2. I believe that this structure has the potential to really change the conversation around staff development in schools. We are putting it out into the wild under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Which is a cool and good thing for him to authorize. So I’ve excerpted the document below. It’s available in full here. There are three types of staff development- experiences, training and professional growth. These simple buckets will help you have a conversation that gets you somewhere else. Most people want to provide professional growth but deliver experience or training. These buckets allow you to show people that and move towards staff dev that’s longer term and more focused on changing practice and impacting learning. Experience This is an opportunity to explore new learning without making any commitment to implementation or change in practice and/or with no expectation of impacting student learning. Training This type is typically required to carry out management or process tasks. There is […]