I wasnâ€™t sure about starting an MCPS Users group at Brightonâ€¦even though I knew it was a good idea. Â I know you guys are awfully busy, but without periodic checks weâ€™ll never get all of the MCPS folks in the building to finish the portfolios. Â Things will get left to the last minute and then Brighton wonâ€™t be eligible for additional equipment. Â I was pleasantly surprised to have 7 of the 11 MCPS teachers show up. Â Hereâ€™s a reminder that the group is open to every teacher in the building. Â Youâ€™ll be able to do anything that we discuss with a data projector borrowed from the library.Â Any other equipment weâ€™ll discuss will be available for checkout also â€“ either from me or from the library.
So this month our topics were â€“ the portfolios and wireless keyboards. Â Personally, I love my wireless keyboard set.Â Itâ€™s a little different from the one the MCPS teachers have. Â Iâ€™ve got a mouse.Â I love using the set with my K and 1 classes so I can slip in a little bit of basic computing. Â Everyone agreed to come back next month with additional ideas for using the wireless keyboard. Â We talked a little bit about the strategies suggested in this article http://ferl.qia.org.uk/display.cfm?resid=8950&printable=1 . Â I also had some handouts about the strategies suggested â€“ interactive text boxes in PowerPoint and fill in/drop down boxes in word. Â The article also talks about using the comment feature in wordâ€¦Iâ€™ve never used that instructionally myself, so I hope someone asks about it, so Iâ€™ll have an excuse to try it. Â
Iâ€™m a bit behind in my professional reading, but imagine my surprise when I read Sheryl
Nussbaum Beachâ€™s latest post on professional learning communities at http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/2007/10/professional-le.html . Â This kind of group (the MCPS group) is a hallmark of effective professional development!! So I guess it was the right move.Â I look forward to next monthâ€™s meeting. Â Hope to see more of you there.Â
You folks at Victory, don’t worry.Â I’ll be starting a similar group for you in the second semester (once the construction is over and we have all of our equipment).