Sydney Elementary School

Team Members: Dave Dowling, Michael Eldridge, Jamie Ewalt, Allison Gregg, Teresa Hughes, Janice Shanno
Community: Dublin-Dallas Year 1, 2010-2011

Our Action Research project entails a professional development plan that incorporates the use of Web 2.0 technologies which embrace collaboration and connection. Our plan includes introducing educators to Web 2.0 tools, giving them the time to explore these tools, and providing support needed to successfully navigate the tools. Professional development will occur on a monthly basis, with assistance from the PLP lead team and personnel from our area education agency.

How we can help people see value in a culture of collaboration and connection?
The initial goal of our project is to help educators find the value in collaborating and connecting with others to enhance not only the teachers’ learning, but also the students’ learning as well. We will be assessing implementation through tickets out the door, implementation logs, personal interviews, and small group discussions. In order to measure success in implementation, we will analyze pre and post survey data over technology use.

Our professional development plan we will focus on five web 2.0 tools. Each tool will be discussed and practiced.

– August-October: Google & Social Bookmarking

– November-January: Twitter & RSS

– February-April: Blogs

We have gathered data that supports our proposed professional development focus on Web 2.0 tools.
For more information about this project, visit the team’s website.
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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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