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.
Be sure to join us on Tuesday April 26th from 4-5 PM for this month’s MLTI Principal’s Webinar. The topic will be Students Learning Effectively With Technology Do you Know It When You See It? ISTE NETS for Students. We’ll be joined by Auburn Middle School Principal, Jim Hand, Auburn Tech Integrator Carl Bucciantini, and Mt. Ararat High School Principal Craig King.
We’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about Auburn’s iPad mobile learning project with kindergarten students!
It should be an interesting and informative hour!
Head on over to maine121.org, select webcasts from the top menu, then scroll down to April 26, 4:00 to register.
While planning this month’s MLTI Principals Webinar with our outstanding team of expert guests, I had a feeling it would be an interesting and engaging session, and my intuition was correct! Each guest could easily have filled the allotted hour with excellent insights and useful information for the 60 or so registered participants. With a flurry of draft PDFs, comments, questions, and revisions emailed back and forth, our team of six created a webinar jam packed with great advice and dozens of online resources for principals and their leadership teams to help effectively address cyberbullying in Maine’s schools and communities.
We began with Tom Harnett’s advice from the Maine Department of the Attorney General. His slides emphasized the importance of applying existing state laws and their requirements in all harassment and hazing situations, including cyberbullying. Next, Teri Caouette, MLTI Integration Mentor (IM), emphasized the importance of clear and ongoing communication among school leaders, staff, students, and parents around digital citizenship, acceptable use, and related policies. Veteran middle level education expert Ed Brazee and Connie Carter of Operation Breaking Steroetypes shared their insights and many online resources about the importance of integrating digital citizenship, cyberbullying, and the school’s curriculum. Ted Hall and Alice Barr from Yarmouth High School shared two highly effective school programs. An evening aimed at helping parents understand what it takes to parent in a digital world has been well received in their community. A digital citizenship program for incoming 9th graders provides freshmen with a common basis for understanding their rights and responsibilities as digital citizens in and out of school. Stan Davis from stopbullyingnow.com did a great job of extending participants’ thinking by sharing his work and research relating to the victims of bullying and implications for bystanders. This student perspective is often neglected because of the focus on rules and consequences. Stan ended with a thought provoking comment relating to our need to understand how issues of student privacy and legal liability may be impacted by digital technology.
To access the archived recording, transcript of the online chat, PDF of the Powerpoint, and shared links you can find them on the WebCast Archives Page of the Maine121 website.
Is your school library a quiet storage facility for books gathering dust or a vibrant hub of academic learning characterized by collaboration, research, and problem solving? Principals and Librarians are a powerful team for moving a school toward effective integration of learning and technology!
Library media specialists should be the hub for the wheel that connects 21st century information technology with all the content areas in Maine’s schools. Principals, as the educational leaders in schools, make key decisions that can support, enable, and sustain the core supporting role of the school library program.
Principals and librarians are invited to join in the conversation with our panel of librarians and principals including Teri Caouette from MLTI, Nancy Grant from Penquis Valley High School, Pam Goucher from Freeport Middle School, and Eileen Broderick tech integrator and library media specialist from Rumford Elementary School.
To sign up for the free webinar please select Webcasts at the top of this page.