Thanks to Tech&Learning.com eNews for April 9, 2013 for featuring something I wrote in their eNewsletter, as well as Dr. Roland Rios (@drrios) bringing it to my attention:
In case you can’t read it, the blog quote of the day reads as follows:
The truth is that managing a technology department isn’t about knowing the technology; it’s about better leadership on the part of the director. It’s not just a little about leadership…it’s ALL leadership. – Miguel Guhlin, CIO Advisor
Now, just like a preacher can give a great talk but fall short and have to ask for forgiveness, I can say that it’s ALL about the leadership but know that I fall short. That’s the beauty of leadership, though. When you fall short, you pray that your team will catch you, and, in rare cases, lift you up.
That bit of vain glory aside, I appreciate the placement of that quote next to Alfonso’s (@educatoral) tweet about Professional Development On Your Time, Your Way. The reason why is that the blog post he shared provides a nice round-up resources for free, professional learning:
- Simple K12 Webinar Series (http://simplek12.com/webinars)
- Classroom 2.0 Live! (http://live.classroom20.com/)
- Bam Radio Network (http://www.bamradionetwork.com/)
- School Leadership Summit Recordings (http://admin20.org/page/summit-recordings)
- TED Talks (http://www.ted.com/)
- Open Courses (Various) From MIT Open Courseware to edX
- Twitter Hashtags (http://bit.ly/hashtagsedu)
However, I’d add two more links to this great list!
- K-12 Online Conference (http://k12onlineconference.org/) – This is a phenomenal resource that features an archive of past conferences going back to 2006! Absolutely great!
- Global Education Conference (http://www.globaleducationconference.com/) – Another great source of free conference materials.
One of the neat aspects of online conferences that keep their archives up after the conference is over can be a bit mind-boggling. Simply, these sources of professional learning keep on providing educators with access to learning opportunities that endure. This is a point that Wes Fryer makes in this blog entry:
While we can count number of attendees in a face-to-face conference session, we can count the number of video views for an online conference. While those numbers don’t tell us how many people stayed for an entire session or watched an entire video, nor do they tell us how many people “did something different” or even “had their teaching practice transformed” by things they learned in a particular session, these numbers can provide a little insight into the impact of different events on attendees / participants.
Based on a Blip.tv report inclusive of video views from October 1, 2012 through January 14, 2013:
These statistics are available as a shared Google Spreadsheet, if you’d like to look at them in more detail.
As Wes points out, it’s interesting to note how video views peaked during the actual weeks of the conference but have remained fairly steady (although lower in quantity) since then.
There are also many regional or state-wide conferences that are increasingly available in Texas. I feature a few in this blog post, and here is an upcoming virtual conference hosted in Texas, Speaks Voices.