I must first apologise for neglecting my blogging obligations. It would seem that life is flashing by and piling up at a furious pace. Between attending and presenting at ulearn09; preparing my class for term four; PAT and STAR testing for school reports and preparing for my new position as Principal at Pukeokahu School, I have been avoiding this blog with vigour. However, guilt has raised its furry head and I have decided to just get on with it.
So … ulearn09 was fantastic! As an attendee it was an energetic experience; but as a presenter it was a blast.
Early on in the year I decided that my Professional Development Goal would be to take every opportunity to present to a professional audience. When ulearn09 came up I saw it as a fantastic way to extend my presentation experience. Though in hindsight, I must admit that the decision to present at ulearn09 was kind of like jumping into the deep end without my floaties! But, all in all, after all of the stress and sweaty palms, everything worked out well and it was over quicker than … well you can read the title.
My hands-on workshop was about using Web2.0 tools to enhance a classroom blog, like I had done with my classblog – The Wocket Spot Blog. I decided to design my workshop to be run like the Amazing Race. Collaborative groups would required to complete as many tasks as possible within a given time frame and publish their completed tasks to a mock classblog – you can check out the finish tasks here. The point being that Web2.0 tools are quick, fun and easy to use.
All of the information needed to complete the tasks can be found in a website I have developed – Creatingewindows.com. It was my hope that after my workshop the attendees would be able to continue using the site and share it with their colleagues and perhaps even run the Amazing Race for their own staff (I have left The Race page with all of the tasks on the site).
And of course now I offer to you all access to my wee site. I hope it is helpful and fun to use. I will be adding to it as time goes by and I discover other funky little Web2.0 tools that enhance learning in a blogging environment. You are all welcome to use it to run your own Amazing Race, just drop me a line if you need help setting it up. And please let me know if you think there is anything else I should add.
Yes!!! Writers block defeated! Post is published! Guilt is dissipating and next the topic is forming in my mind!
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