I’m back at the Lausanne Collegiate School, in Memphis, the home of The Laptop Institute. Today, I’ll be working with the faculty of the school for a day-long professional development. At least the temperatures are not in the 100s today.
I’m very happy about the day of activities that we have devised. It will begin with my standard contemporary literacy presentation. The goal is to help these educators, whose students have ubiquitous access to laptops, to think more about contemporary basic literacy skills, when using the technology, than thinking about the technology.
That presentation will be followed by a breakout session where teachers will be working in groups to start populating a school wiki. This wiki will hopefully become a clearinghouse for strategies in integrating contemporary literacy into their classrooms.
That session will be followed by a presentation about the millennials, these youngsters in our classrooms today, who are, by almost all measures, unique in history. After that presentation, participants will work during lunch, to come up with three new words that they will use in this year’s welcoming messages for their students, words that describe today’s learners. They will then be helped by the technology staff of the school, to set up a blog and to begin writing a blog article of welcome to their students and to the parents of their students.
Finally, I will do a presentation about Web 2.0 tools, focusing on the history and philosophies of blogging, and specific tools, including wikis, RSS, aggregators, social bookmarks, and social media. This is going to have to be good, because it’s the end of the day, they’ll be tired, and my task will be to end the day with all participants on the edges of their seats. Wish me luck!