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Dave Truss

What Makes a Master Teacher « The Principal of Change - 26 views

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    1. Connects with kids first
    2. Teaches kids first and curriculum second
    3. Ensures that they draw relevance to curriculum
    4. Works with students to develop a love of learning
    5. Embodies lifelong learning
    6. Focuses on learning goals as opposed to perfomance goals
    7. Ensures that "character education" is an essential part of learning
    8. Passionate about the content they teach
    9. A master teacher is a "school teacher"
    10. Strong communication skills
Dave Truss

open thinking » Freedom Sticks For The Classroom - 4 views

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    So let's go through the list of things of issues:

    * Filtering blocked some really important, educational sites.
    * No visual editor in Wordpress because of IE 6 (it seems).
    * No ability to attach files to blogposts.
    * No Flash player.

    Frustrating!

    Solution:
Dave Truss

The Connected Classroom: Supporting Reluctant Swimmers-or letting them drown? - 0 views

  • I have to wonder how many folks would jump in at all if they were afraid of the water. As David Truss points out, "too many people fear drowning and never get into the pool” and that in most Teacher Ed programs the amount of technology skill they leave the program with seems to be optional... to me that's like throwing a non-swimmer into the deep end.
  • I spend a day or two, sometimes a week “teaching folks to swim.” I give them the skills and we go SLOW.

  • There has been talk in the edtech community for a long time that we need to stop talking about the tools, but I disagree. You are always going to have those non-swimmers who finally find their way to the edge of the pool. Teach them what the water feels like and support them as they develop confidence in using the tool. When I share a tool like voicethread with a teacher, they can see so many ways it can be used in the classroom. They get excited about the potentials but they don’t understand the many concepts that go into it, embedding, and sharing, and privacy, and moderating comments, are so new to them…They are excited about being at the pool's edge, but it is like being thrown into that deep end for the first time.
    • Dave Truss
       
      So True! We do need to continue talking about the tools, but that can't be our focus, that is our line of support.
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  • There was also some talk in the comments on Durff’s post that administrators must make technology a priority if we are to get teachers to "take the time" to explore new things- it is one of the things that is driving me to complete my administrative certification. Provide opportunities for teachers to see what is possible (take them to the pool), Give them the skills they need (the swim lessons). Provide support for them and swim along side the teachers. Only then will you have competent swimmers.
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    There has been talk in the edtech community for a long time that we need to stop talking about the tools, but I disagree.
Dave Truss

Durff's Blog: Swim Instructors or Swimmers? - 0 views

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    My point is, how far are we to go with other educators? If we instruct on the technological skills, isn't our responsibility done? Isn't it the responsibility of individual educators to swim?
    It seems that too many, I have met them too, educators lack the drive to do things for themselves. We all went to college where we had to study on our own, write papers on our own, take tests on our own.
    I fail to understand the mindset.
Dave Truss

Teaching as transparent learning « Connectivism - 0 views

  • My argument is this: when we make our learning transparent, we become teachers. Even if we are new to a field and don’t have the confidence to dialogue with experts, we can still provide important learning opportunities to others.
  • Prominent and transparent learners

    I can’t speak for them, but from reading prominent educational technology bloggers - Will Richardson, Terry Anderson, Stephen Downes, Grainne Conole - I’m left with the impression that they too seek not to proclaim what they know, but rather to engage and share with others as they explore and come to understand technology and related trends.

    Watching others learn is an act of learning.

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    Prominent and transparent learners

    I can't speak for them, but from reading prominent educational technology bloggers - Will Richardson, Terry Anderson, Stephen Downes, Grainne Conole - I'm left with the impression that they too seek not to proclaim what they know, but rather to engage and share with others as they explore and come to understand technology and related trends.

    Watching others learn is an act of learning.
Dave Truss

Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech » Blog Archive » Disrupting Professional De... - 0 views

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    I'd encourage you to plan your own local events. Use the essential questions at the bottom of each presentation to guide you. If you have something in the works or just want to flesh out the ideas some more, leave a comment.
Dave Truss

Education Innovation: The Belief and Faith Equation For School Change - 0 views

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    "It is merely about developing faith that it'll work."

    "Faith is critical to all innovation."

    "Faith, as we've seen is the cornerstone that keeps our organizations together. Faith is the cornerstone of our humanity; we can't live without it."
Dave Truss

Karyn's erratic learning journey: So, how did you get started... and what difference ha... - 0 views

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    # How did you get started with social media?
    # What was your introduction, and how did the journey unfold?
    # What difference has it made in your professional practice?
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    Tell your story and help Karyn out!
Dave Truss

The Three "E's" « Ed Tech Journeys - 0 views

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    Educators don't need to feel threatened by this because we still maintain our own ownership and accountability; but to educate the disaffected, angry, and powerless students in many of our traditional classrooms, we must open the circle of power to include the learners themselves.
Dave Truss

Opportunities, Access & Obstacles | David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts - 0 views

  • • Online networks help to define us.

    My Blog, My Flickr, My Space, My Facebook, My Friends, My Profile, My Second Life, My del.icio.us, MyBlogLog, My Ning Network, My Twitter, My-Whole-Life-Connected-and-On-Display-For-Anyone-And-Everyone-To-See…

  • On many levels, ‘access issues’ are key obstacles. Yet, opportunities abound! The web lets us collaborate in many different ways! So now I have to wonder: Do we want our discussions to be around what we can’t do?
    It isn’t so much about ‘New Boundaries‘ as it is about removing boundaries. There were holes in the Berlin wall for years… innovative teachers today are escapees from behind similar walls. It is time to tear the old ideological walls down. Teachers and students need access granted!
  • I’ve seen a real shift in my own thinking recently. Forget whining about access, never mind the slow speed of change, get over the obstacles! Go after meaningful results. Engage and empower students. Be a leader and a role model.
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    Forget whining about access, never mind the slow speed of change, get over the obstacles! Go after meaningful results. Engage and empower students. Be a leader and a role model.
Dave Truss

The New Face of Learning: The Internet Breaks School Walls Down | Edutopia - 0 views

  • I can say without hesitation that all my traditional educational experiences combined, everything from grade school to grad school, have not taught me as much about learning and being a learner as blogging has. My ability to easily consume other people's ideas, share my own in return, and communicate with other educators around the world has led me to dozens of smart, passionate teachers from whom I learn every day. It's also led me to technologies and techniques that leverage this newfound network in ways that look nothing like what's happening in traditional classrooms.
  • In many schools and even states, it's been, rather, a movement to block and bust: no blogs, no cell phones, no IM. We take away the powerful social technologies our kids are already using to learn and, in doing so, tell them their own tools are irrelevant. Or, instead of using the complex and challenging phenomenon of a site such as Wikipedia to teach the realities of navigating information in this new world, we prohibit its use. In fact, at this writing, the U.S. legislature is in the process of deciding whether schools and libraries should have access to any of the potential of the Read/Write Web at all. When you read this, blogs and wikis and podcasts (and much more) may be things that students (and teachers) can access and create only from off-campus.
  • I wonder whether, twenty-five or fifty years from now, when four or five billion people are connecting online, the real story of these times won't be the more global tests and transformations these technologies offered. How, as educators and learners, did we respond? Did we embrace the potentials of a connected, collaborative world and put our creative imaginations to work to reenvision our classrooms? Did we use these new tools to develop passionate, fearless, lifelong learners? Did we ourselves become those learners?
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    I can say without hesitation that all my traditional educational experiences combined, everything from grade school to grad school, have not taught me as much about learning and being a learner as blogging has. My ability to easily consume other people's ideas, share my own in return, and communicate with other educators around the world has led me to dozens of smart, passionate teachers from whom I learn every day. It's also led me to technologies and techniques that leverage this newfound network in ways that look nothing like what's happening in traditional classrooms.
Dave Truss

YouTube - 21st century pedagogy - 0 views

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    Need to develop a new pedagogical dna for schooling in todays world in order to break from the past
Dave Truss

What I Want to Talk About - Practical Theory - 0 views

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    Chris Lehmann writes a Brilliant post: "I want to tell them..." about the things he would really like to say for a presentation. Fantastic
Dave Truss

21st Century Learning: 9 Principles for Implementation: The Big Shift - 0 views

  • Some would argue that the tension and irritation between "why" and "how" is by design. That these shifts are creating a permissive framework in education where there are no clear answers (Turner, 2004). And that in a changing educational environment the needed changes in education should be negotiated from a why approach rather than a how approach.
  • It is no longer about information management and prescriptive outcomes, but rather about building capacity- in ourselves, our faculty, our staff and in our students and then being able to contextualize the collective wisdom we gain through those relationships to making the world a better place.
    • Dave Truss
       
      It is about building capacity! That is where leadership on all levels is needed!

      It needs to happen across districts, in schools, and even 'one teacher at a time'!
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    It is about building capacity! That is where leadership on all levels is needed! It needs to happen across districts, in schools, and even 'one teacher at a time'!

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