I’ll make a valiant attempt to “clean up my language” in today’s entry.
Today, I sent in a workshop proposal to VSTE (The Virginia Society for Technology in Education). I’m hoping to present a 2 1/2 hour “bring your own laptop session” on a new teaching method that popped into my head full grown, and that I’m calling, “Circle the Laptops”. It’s a play on words from the phrase “Circle the Wagons”. (The theme of the conference is pioneering.)
I was able to type up the proposal pretty quickly. I just hope it made sense to the folks who will be reviewing it.
After a good nap, I woke up with ideas to flesh out the basic skeleton plan and wrote up Draft One of the workshop lesson plan. The structure in that draft feels solid to me, so I hope to stay with it and not make the mistake of constantly thinking I should tweak it a bit to make it just perfect.
The major work for the workshop remains to be done, of course. First, I need to locate and study the resources I’ll be using and those that I’ll be recommending to the workshop participants for possible later use, and then, I will need to create the various parts of the presentation.
I’m also hoping to work with some of my students to prepare a podcast for use in the presentation since one of the touchstones for the concept of “Circle the Laptops” is to recognize that students often (always?) are more advanced than adults in their use of technology and that by making their thoughts, experiences and knowledge an integral part of the fabric of a lesson plan (and the preparation of lessons) we can hope to stay ahead of them by mixing our knowledge of resources and research skills with their awareness of the latest and greatest of what’s out there in technology.
I think that I’ve about used up my fifteen minutes of writing time for today. I hope that you will look for my workshop if you will be attending VSTE. Also, if you want to participate in the 15 Minute Writing Challenge, be sure to go to Laurie Halse Anderson’s blog for more information.