Last week, a number of RCWP teachers met to plan professional development for the 2007-08 school year. The meetings went well, as we discussed a number of issues about how and why we should be doing technology/writing PD and we all agreed that we needed to make the sessions compelling to teachers in terms of meeting real needs and stay focused on literacy practices, too.
To that end, the group came up with five topics that we will present over the course of the year, one each month from October through March. Here is a list of topics and the technologies that we will explore in each.
- Why Technology? Exploring New Literacies (RSS and Overview of Read/Write Web)
- Reading, Writing, and Researching Online (Searching, Evaluating, and Documenting with Social Bookmarking, Google Notebook, and Zotero)
- Creating a Community of Writers Using Technology (Blogs, Wikis, Google Docs, EZines)
- Free, Easy, and Legal Resources for Creating Content (Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons, Open Source)
- Communicating Beyond the Classroom (Public and private spaces, Email rhetoric and groups, Flickr)
We are starting to post agendas on our wiki and look forward to hearing what you all think. In particular, do you think that:
- We give a good survey of available technologies?
- We move through the ideas in each workshop and over the series in a coherent manner?
- Teachers would be willing to pay to come to these sessions (once a month on Thursdays, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM)?
Any feedback that you have would be great. I am in the midst of transitioning from MSU to CMU this week, so I apologize about the lack of posts, but I hope to get back in the swing of posting soon.