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Thoughtful Answers to Difficult Questions: A Modified Delphi Process in Action

April 21st, 2012 No comments

DelphiIn the Regional Meetings scheduled to take place April 23 – May 3, 2012, you will see how to use a modified Delphi process to help inform discussions and decision-making. Since some of you may want to use this type of process in your schools, the video podcast and slides from the meeting presentation are available for download:

A Modified Delphi Process in Action — Podcast

A Modified Delphi Process in Action — Slides

The data used as an example in the slides is drawn from a session conducted in 2009 with school leaders from schools not in Maine.

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March Principals Webinar: A Common Vision of Mass Customized Learning

March 12th, 2012 No comments

Inevitable cover

The next MLTI Principals webinar is tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM. I’ll be joined by Lori Lodge Curriculum Coordinator at RSU57 , Chuck Schwahn, co-author of Inevitable, and Steve Garton, Coordinator of Educational Technology for MDOE and MLTI.

The topic this month will be chapters 6 and 7 of Inevitable, A shared and Concrete Vision of Mass Customized Learning.

So, gather your colleagues, grab your favorite digital device, a phone, and join us for what promises to be another interesting and informative hour of conversation!

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

Defining the Future Personal Learning Environment

March 1st, 2012 No comments

Have you ever wished your MLTI device could do things it doesn’t do? Are some parts of the MLTI solution better than others? Did you know that the tools provided are mostly the result of a public competitive bidding process called a Request For Proposal (RFP). Every few years, the State issues an RFP that describes what we want in a solution, and companies respond with their best solutions and pricing. That’s what determines the device, the software, how tech support is provided, and much more. The next RFP will be released in December of 2012, and we’re looking for input.

Please visit http://www.maine121.info and provide us your best thinking! Check back (or better, subscribe to the blog) because we’ll be posting new questions each week. Your feedback will help us ensure that we get the best tools and solutions to empower your classroom and help you and your students.

Share this with your students too. We want feedback from everyone!

Thanks!
Jeff Mao, Learning Technology Policy Director, Maine Department of Education

PS – I turned off commenting on this post…why? Because I want your feedback at http://www.maine121.info!!

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Mass Customized Learning, Best Practices and Today’s Students.

February 26th, 2012 No comments

Welcome back from February Break. Here’s hoping it was full, but not too full!

Please join us Tuesday, February 28th, at 4:00 PM when Mike Muir from Auburn and Bill Zima from MSAD #75 will join me to chat about Mass Customized Learning, Best Practices and Today’s Students. The topic is related to Chapters 4 & 5 of McGarvey’s and Schwahn’s book Inevitable for those who are reading, or have read it. Mike and Bill will be sharing how their districts and schools are actively engaging students and faculty with exciting programs and practices. (iPads and Standards Based Education) Join us for what promises to be an hour filled with ideas and resources you can use back at your schools!

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form.  Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

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Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning – The Conversation Continues on January 24, 2012 at 4:00pm

January 23rd, 2012 No comments

Last month the conversation started off with Author Bea McGarvey and DOE Superintendent of Instruction Don Siviski talking about Mass Customized Learning and its implications for Standards Based Education here in Maine. There was even a surprise visit from Commissioner Bowen!

This month, on Tuesday January 24th, the conversation continues with the second webinar focusing on Chapters 2 and 3 of the book and looking more closely at some of the questions raised by participants in the first webinar. Come join Bea, Don, Principal Bill Zima, and me as we continue the conversation.

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. This webinar will take place at 4:00pm on January 24, 2012.

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Preparing for the Inevitable: A Conversation About Mass Customized Learning (Principal’s Webinar): December 13, 2011

December 2nd, 2011 No comments

What is Mass Customized Learning? Has its time come? Is it Inevitable in Maine, across the nation, and around the world? Join Chris Toy and guest speaker Bea McGarvey, Co-Author of Inevitable as we kick off this year’s MLTI Principals Webinar which will focus Bea’s book.  Each month we will take up and discuss a key aspect of Inevitable.

Principal Webinars will continue to feature and discuss a key aspect of “Inevitable” for the 2011-2012 year.These Webinars will occur on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm (exception in December due to holidays).

Each participant that registers for the December 13, 2011 webinar will receive a link to download the introduction and first chapter of “Inevitable”.

The Commissioner of Education has provided all Superintendents with copies of “Inevitable” with a suggestion that they read it and make copies available to their administrators. Administrators should check with their superintendents for a free copy.

Learn more about Bea McGarvey

To register for this December 13, 2011 webinar, please visit the Webcasts Page and follow the directions for registration or click here to access online registration directly. (This webinar was originally scheduled for December 12th)

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Oct 27 Webinar: Building Ladders – SAMR and TPCK Part II

October 24th, 2011 1 comment

TPCK pieces

Deconstructed TPCK Diagram

 

Now that folks have been introduced to SAMR and TPACK, its time to talk about how practitioners can apply what we know. The question might be, “How can I look at my curriculum and put SAMR and TPCK into practice in my classroom?” And, of course, we will ponder how technology can aid in the improvement of teaching and learning by giving a closer look at the tools that MLTI and the web have to offer. Finally, we will check out one more example of “building a ladder” of classroom practice and discuss how it might be applied to revamping lessons or units you already use.

 

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. You may find it useful to read some additional information about participating in our webinars; you can click here right before the start of the webinar for quick access.

October 20 Webinar – SAMR and TPCK: The Basics

October 20th, 2011 No comments

SAMR and TPCK Models

When designing teaching projects using technology, it is important to employ frameworks that enable the best selection, planning, and use of the tools available. The SAMR and TPCK models have proven themselves in use in Maine’s classrooms and around the world. In 2010, over two thirds of Maine teachers familiar with the models found that they played a crucial or important role in their work.

In this webinar we will review the basics of the SAMR and TPCK models, using new examples that reflect evolving priorities and projects in Maine schools. We will also see how to use them in practice, introducing the concept of the “SAMR Ladder” — a concept that we will extend and develop further at our October 27 webinar.

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. You may find it useful to read some additional information about participating in our webinars; you can click here right before the start of the webinar for quick access.

Last MLTI Principals Webinar of the year! Tuesday at 4 PM.

June 27th, 2011 No comments

Effective School Leadership for Learning with Technology. Do You Know It When You See It? facilitated by Chris Toy
Principal’s Webinar
June 28, 2011 at 4:00pm

National research and our experience in Maine establishes that the quality of leadership in schools is THE single most important factor in determining the ultimate success and sustainability of the effective use of technology in learning. Come join Technology Integrator Mike Arsenault and Principal Bruce Brann from Harrison Middle School, and Principal John Keane from Leonard Middle School in Old Town as we talk about their perspectives and ideas about this key topic.

Gather your leadership colleagues together, fire up your MLTI laptops, and join us on the the 28th!
To register for this webinar, select the Webcasts tab at the top of the http://maine121.org page and select the time to be directed to online registration. This webinar will be offered at 4:00pm.

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Feed Forward Webinar – join us to discuss re-imaging and summer redistribution

June 14th, 2011 No comments

Join us on June 21, 2011 at 3:15pm for the last Feed Forward Webinar for the 2010-2011 school year.  The Feed Forward webinar series is designed for the MLTI Team to receive feedback from Techs, Teachers, Leadership and even students!!

This month’s Feed Forward webinar will focus on summer re-imaging. We will review changes introduced in the new MLTI III 2011 image, and then move onto a discussion of processes shown to be successful for summertime reimaging, storage, and distribution in the fall.  We will also discuss Summer Redistribution.

Have a question you want addressed during the Feed Forward Series? Send your email to mlti.project@maine.gov with Feed Forward Listener Mail in the subject line. Get your question answered live! To register, please visit the Webcasts page and select webcasts from the top navigation (select the time of the webinar you wish to participate in to be directed to online registration).

If you wish to review past Feed Forward webinars, we’ve recorded and archived them.  Please visit the archives page to view recorded sessions (organized by date).

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