Professional Learning Collaboratives

Where Lifelong Learners Meet

October 17, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

Why School?

This session, based on the book Why School? by Will Richardson,  touches on some changes in schooling that are true paradigm shifts for many. If you wish to continue this conversation beyond this session, please contact Scott or Mitzi. We’d be happy to help you in any way we can.

Enjoy the slides below. The last slide will take you to the resources used for accumulating this learning opportunity.

October 17, 2012
by Mrs. Richeson

Who tube? YOU tube!

We enjoyed sharing how to use iMovie with you today!  If you’d like to see our presentation slides or see some tutorials on how to use iMovie, click below.  Anyone within White Oak ISD should have permission to view them.  Have fun!

To access our presentation, click here.

These are some tutorials on using iMovie:

Tutorial One        Tutorial Two       Tutorial Three

And as requested by Billy McBride, here are some mac keyboard shortcuts:

October 8, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

Professional Learning Collaboratives Day 2 ~Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Professional Learning Collaboratives
Day 2 ~Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Welcome to the second PLC Day for the 2012-2013 school year. We continue to be very excited about the opportunities that are before us as we build a collaborative culture and work with colleagues as connected learners.

The registration for Day 2 is online (you will receive an e-mail on Monday morning, October 8, 2012 to let you know the registration window has opened) and you have five session choices to choose from. Select the session you are most interested in and each session will be limited to 25 participants. Remember, that several of the sessions offered on Day 2 will be repeated again at one of the other PLC days.

Session choices for Wednesday, October 17:

  • Whotube? YOUtube!  Using iMovie in the Classroom – Become the Spielburg of your campus!  You will learn how to get started using iMovie on your Mac to make movies to teach concepts, publish student’s work, make slideshows, create professional development, perform at assemblies…the possibilities are endless!  Everyone will think you’re a pro! (Rm 223, Science Lab, Intermediate)
  • The Four Big Questions – How do we move forward in this rigorous world and meet all the needs of our students?  How do you plan for students that are struggling, while planning for those that excel academically?  How can we build on what students learned last year, while preparing them for the next year?  How do we know that we are assessing our students to the level they need to be assessed?  Come join us as we walk through the 4 BIG questions that can drive your team planning while answering all of the questions that are running through your head.  If attending please make sure to bring a copy of your TEKS. (Rm223, Science Lab, Intermediate)
  • Why School? – Focusing on passing the test is not nearly enough any longer. The test doesn’t come close to capturing what our kids need to know to be able to do at this moment of rapid or radical change, and the longer we wait to start the conversation around doing school “differently,” instead of simply “better,” the more we’re putting our kids at risk. Based on the book by Will Richardson, this session will discuss and debate the merit and process of needed change in the learning environment. Come join us in this conversation about Why School?.  (Plato Lab, High School)
  • ePortfolios:  Educating Students to Infinity and Beyond – Generate an eportfolio by using student blogs.  Learn how to set categories for subjects, reflect on learning with blogs, publish work, embed PDF files and more.  Let’s share ideas and learn from each other how to make the best use of student blogs. (Library, Middle School)
  • Watch Your Language: How Powerful Prompts and Praises Shift Literacy Understanding – Looking for ways to have authentic conversations with struggling readers during guided reading, read alouds, and talk alouds? Participants will look at strategies, fluency, and ways to grasp the subject of reading. This session addresses reading issues at both elementary and secondary levels. (Rm 122, Middle School)

Registration Information:
Registration opens on Monday, noon, October 8, 2012 and closes on Friday, October 12, 2012 at midnight. Sessions are limited to 25 participants each.

Use this link to register:

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