Saturday, October 3, 2009

Re-visiting the PD 2009 Meme

Early in the summer I was tagged for the Professional Development Meme 2009. This meme was started by Clif Mims. Normally I'm not crazy about memes--they remind me too much of chain letters--but I felt that this one was worth my time :-) For the meme I wrote a post about three goals I would like to accomplish over the summer. Below I'll list the goals and how I did.

  • Read 'Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns'. Not only did I read the book, I blogged my reflections on it here.

  • Learn more about teaching using Moodle. I chose this as a goal because my district was moving over to using Moodle as our learning management system (LMS). Prior to that we offered on-line courses through Open School BC and their WebCT system. Regrettably, I did not spend much time on this particular goal. I was very familiar with Moodle from the perspective of a student and as a facilitator (thank you KnowSchools!) and I had taken an introductory course on Moodle in June. I guess I'm just saying that it's not like I was totally unprepared for the change over to Moodle. I hope to write more on the change over to Moodle in a little while.

  • Prepare for the two professional development sessions I will be facilitating at the end of the summer. I spent A LOT of time on this one. In fact I probably spent too much time on it. I'm guessing I put at least 10 hours of preparation for each session; the sessions were around 3.5 hours each. In the end I enjoyed doing the sessions, but found that it is really difficult to design a session for all levels of technical ability. I plan on writing more about these sessions, but at this point I'll just leave you with the link to the website I created to support the course. My goal was to provide participants with the information so that they could progress through the different topics at their own pace.

So, I feel good about how I did on two of the three goals and overall I'm pretty pleased with the PD part of my summer. Now excuse me while I go and spend a bit more time learning to Moodle...


  1. Hi Claire,
    I'm finally finding time to make comments from my RSS reading! Good for you to go back and reflect upon that goal setting exercise.

    I am really impressed with the site you created for the pro-d sessions! Wow! I can see how that took so much time! I might do a short session on building/maintaining a PLN at an upcoming district pro-d. Your post is making me think I'd better get started on the presentation soon!

    Did you like working with Google sites? Were there any other free website options you explored?

  2. Hi Errin,

    Thanks for the compliment on the site I created. I found Google sites very easy to work with, though I was a bit frustrated at first until I figured out how to set up the navigation the way I wanted it. If you do decide to use Google sites and have any questions, fire away!

    A session on building/maintaining a PLN would be a great idea--and you definitely have the know how :-)

    I hope that your year is going well.


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