I just returned from attending the “Unmeeting” at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. It was fantastic way to spend the afternoon! All of us who attended came with two or three resources to share, but pretty soon the meeting spiraled into a great brainstorming session for using powerful Web 2.0 tools and online resources in education. For example, Brian Bridges started by sharing Ustream, but within minutes we were hopping from Twitter to PicLens, Picnik, Evernote, and CamTwist. All of the resources shared tonight have been posted on the Unmeeting Wiki. While you’re viewing Unmeeting resources make sure you check out Burt Lo’s reflection! You can even find out what I shared there. Trust me it as thrilling!
While I attend these events with my classroom and students primarily in mind, I always have my ears open for all of my educator friends. Tonight I picked up something from Linda Uhrenholt at AT&T Education that every single person reading this blog can use. Linda has been working with CTAP4 (Bay Area CTAP) to develop a collection of cybersafety resources for educators and parents. Any administrators reading this blog should definitely check out the Administrators Resources page. There’s a whole section on just dealing with MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube issues! If I only had a dime for every time I’ve been asked for help in this arena.
Many of the resources provided through the CTAP 4 CyberSafety page have also been developed into a hands-on workshop for administrators (link here to see the agenda). Hmm…I’m thinking of a few different schools who’d be interested in having Linda and her team for a training or two. While initially developed for administrators I think this training would definitely be a fabulous learning experience for teachers as well. I’m ready to go!
The next Unmeeting is tentatively scheduled for 4pm on Thursday, May 29th at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Since all of us aren’t in Modesto the next meeting will also have an online component (Burt says its practice for when I am in Sacramento). In order for you to attend all you need is an Internet connection, a computer, and a desire to share ideas. I’ll let you know the connection details once they’re all worked out.
Hope to see you there!
Photo: Squawwk! by Starlisa