Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Notes and thoughts from Day 2 of Texas ASCD Ignite13

My day two session focused on BYOD efforts in Katy and Houston ISDs. But, really it was about leading systematic change in large organizations and the presenter reminded us that everything we do is about improving instruction. It's not about 1-1 initiatives, BYOD implementation, or anything else. He also reminded us that the technology is the easy part. For the most part tech stuff works. The hard part is changing mindsets and dealing with setbacks along the way. He shared a chart that beautifully outlines the path that new initiatives take. I know it will remind me to remember the trough that comes for all initiatives around October. That is a dark month all around. FInd all that in the notes below.

Along with my notes on today's session I am also going to share a video the presenter shared with us. It personifies the way many of our students feel when we can't meet their needs. They either give up, act out, or find a way to manipulate the system. The sad thing is often we use the "right to refuse service" sign and they end up failing, in the DAEP, or worse. But the message is not a sad one. It highlights an opportunity to improve. There is no sweet sorrow, no pity with RRISD PD. We rage rage against the dying of the light. And Round Rock ISD is once again a shining city on a hill at this conference. Sometimes when we are in the moment it seems like we are the man stuck on the elevator, but we are clearly the doers not the followers. 

Tomorrow we finally get the chance to present our session. A double-header no less. Like Ernie Banks says, "Let's play two." Don't worry, we are hoping to video it so we can share it right here with all of RRISD in the next couple weeks. We will be sharing with everyone our plans to fuse Instruction, Curriculum, Professional Development, and Instructional Technology into a Bogart and Bacall type union for the ages. It will be a union that builds upon itself and helps ensure that every student will learn...whatever it takes.

The notes from today's session are linked in the second paragraph above and the video from the session is below. Enjoy...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Learn vicariously with @rrisdpd at the 2013 Texas ASCD Ignite13. First up: "Flipped - Not Just for the Classroom"

The conference is well underway and everyone is looking forward to three days of learning about blending technology into our daily teaching and learning practices. Follow here or @rrisdpd on Twitter for shared notes, resources and thoughts. RRISD 's very own Mandy Estes, Robert Autrey, Jeff Uselman, and Ryan Smith will be presenting on Wednesday about blending instruction, professional development, and instructional technology into "The Perfect Marriage." Stay tuned for a video of the presentation.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Learn Vicariously Next Week with Round Rock ISD Professional Development

Vicarious PD

A team from RRISD will be presenting at the Texas ASCD Ignite 13 conference next week and the professional development department will be Tweeting comments, pictures, and sharing notes after each session. We will also be posting a video of the RRISD presentation to this blog later in the summer. If you are on Twitter, follow @rrisdpd or this blog for access to the resources and ideas that are shared at the conference.

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Monday, June 3, 2013