Something to consider when defining what it means to contribute online...

Open Space Meetings

A method of running meetings - the agenda is decided on the day by participants and there are five main rules during the mini-breakout sessions:
  1. Whoever comes is the right people: this alerts the participants that attendees of a session class as "right" simply because they care to attend
  2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have: this tells the attendees to pay attention to events of the moment, instead of worrying about what could possibly happen
  3. Whenever it starts is the right time: clarifies the lack of any given schedule or structure and emphasises creativity and innovation.
  4. When it's over, it's over: encourages the participants not to waste time, but to move on to something else when the fruitful discussion ends.
  5. Law of Two Feet" (or "The Law of Mobility"). If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet. Go to some other place where you may learn and contribute.
Links to further reading
Anatomy of an Open Space event

BOP Home Group Meeting 5th September 2008

Time/Date: 9.30-2.30 Friday, September 5th
Venue: Lynmore School
Hosts: Lynmore and Reporoa

School Journeys, Sharing of Cluster Work: Cluster personnel prepared to share websites, resources, media links, readings, survey's, EPS, ICT integration, Cluster Expo planning, possible experts to approach?
Things to Think about: A Portal for Media Literacy view and post discussion of this
Online Communications Tools: Interactivity and Online Communities, New Technologies, Web 2.0 Tools: New ways to connect and communicate online - Unconference, Breeze server, Netvibes, Elluminate Live???
Transference of Ideas: Group discussion and planning of ideas for transference in own clusters

This is our space to potentially plan for the delivery of this meeting. Some of the following responses have been collated already (from comments gathered at L@S and previous SurveyMonkey) and clusters named who have offered their expertise/experience in these areas. This is a chance for you to have collaboratively input into the days' content and delivery. Increase the number against each item to indicate a preference.

To ignite some interesting new ways of thinking for us...I would encourage you to make yourself a cup of coffee and settle in to watch this video for an hour 6 mins. It is so powerful and might influence our thinking for our next workshop.

What can we do with an online community with all our new Web 2.0 tools? Watch this A Portal for Media Literacy

This presentation is by Michael Wesch (who is a Professor of Anthropology) and has been teaching for 4 years. He talks about the Two Types of Meaningful Connection (how learning relates to meaning and to ourselves, social and personal meaning) as well as the transition of acquiring knowledge connecting to the evolution of Web 2.0

He shares how he has created a Platform for Participation while integrating Web 2.0 tools such as "Facebook, Netvibes, Diigo, Google Apps, Jott, Twitter, and other emerging technologies to create an education portal of the future."

As we think and plan ahead for our own online learning portals, modules and delivery now in the future...could we adopt and adapt some of these principals/processes/technologies? Could we trial a procept (process/concept) on the day using these tools ourselves?


Number of People Keen to Include This
People who have knowledge or experiences they could share in this area.
1. Online communications tools, interactivity and online communities, new technologies, Web 2.0 tools
2 - always new things to learn

2. School journeys/sharing of cluster work - cluster websites, resources

Perhaps Everyone? e.g. What have we been doing since we met last?
3. Facilitation of cluster model - like mentoring teachers, professional learning communities, online communities etc

4. Sustainability in and beyond the contract

5. Designing new school curriculum, Key Competencies, Inquiry learning

6. Examples of successful clusters

7. Visits to schools that are 'out there' -pedagogy to practice.

We are visiting Point England, Red Beach and Buckland's Beach Intermediate tomorrow. - RELLCO
The Waimarino Cluster has been to visit Rototuna School in Hamilton and of course had a great day at Opoutere last term.

8. Other ideas:

Sharing from EHSAS personnel,
- or ATOL perhaps?

Powerful readings/media to use at staff meetings etc. Many of the videos etc we have at our disposal focus on convincing people of the need to integrate the tools. Many are beyond this now. Rather than hypothesising about the unknown, what is the research telling us already about effective learning in the 21st C?
Go through Vince's and Derek's EPS and discuss how it can be used in staff meetings

Invite John Hattie to share and discuss findings in light of ICT use and inquiry -
Great idea- Rocky!!

I would like to think we synthesise during these days. We have all had access to great prof.lnr and have lots to share so let's use the day to create something to benefit the teachers we work with -i.e. - rich tasks, a resource that explicitly makes links with the NZ curriculum and e-learning, possible term themes/concepts for use on our schools... Rocky