The Teacher Engage team would like to better understand how our community is (or is not) generating value for you. We invite you to tell us stories about your experience with Teachers Engage, and we are excited to reward you for your willingness to share (more on that below). The questions below will help you think about the different types of value the community might create and can help you frame/present your story (It's possible one or more of the questions may not apply to your experience).
|Value Creation Questions|
|What meaningful activities did you participate in?|
|What specific skills or insights did you gain? What access to useful information or material?|
|How did this influence your practice? What difference did it make to your performance? What did it enable that would not have happened otherwise?|
How did this contribute to your success?
Did your experience change your sense of what success is?
Your story doesn't need to cover all your experiences with Teacher Engage. Just focus on a particular experience you've had and if and how it proved valuable to you. You are more than welcome to share more than one story!
There are three options for sharing your story:
If you’re one of the first 20 members to respond with a story, you’ll receive your choice of a swank Intel logo t shirt (valued at $25 or below), and once we receive 40 stories, everyone who has submitted a story will be entered into a drawing to win a:
We're excited to read your stories, and thank you in advance for helping us understand how the community can best serve its members!
The Fine Print...
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Marshall, I have found the Engage Community to be helpful in the following way:
As a Tech Integration Specialist in Arizona, there have been several times that I have posed a question in the Community that I was dealing with on my job, as it related to technology. Because of the wealth of talented teachers and trainers in the Community, I was able to gain new insight and find more than one way to solve a problem. I guess I call this the "Ultimate PBL" site. One particular problem that came to mind dealt with working with your IT department. I had several districts that were being stonewalled by their IT's and because of experiences that others had had to deal with, we were able to come up with several suggestions as to how better to work with them
Good questions to get started, but I don't know if I can answer them all. So far the meaningful activities have been face to face in training, not in the Forum. Having just finished an Online Teaching Certification through UW Stout and being moved up to Senior Trainer for Intel I have decided to give back by moderating. UW Stout had plenty of training for interaction in Forums, but they were based around classroom discussion, not open discussion like Engage. I have not been a participant in Forums outside of a class because of the time commitment I forced upon myself. At a Google Summit Conference this summer in Maine, I got a different perspective about participation. I posted a thread in the Moderator Forum on this: do you participate in a Forum as if it is a 24/7 conversation or a conversation you might have while wandering through a party? I am hoping that by viewing moderating as attending a party... you are either n the room listening, or not, and you are not required to know what happened while you were gone... might make my presence and participation more productive for me and others. As the "online instructor" I feel I have to be aware of all conversations, whether I am in the room or not!
I can see that this community is helpful in the area of problem solving and education, but have not had to experience it yet.
My concerns are: 1-ease of finding information. It took me 3 searches before I found the current webinars for October. 2-Clutter information-information that was posted to fulfill a course requirement and is not meaningful.
So, success is...? Getting something that will make your day/life better. I am hoping that have a "dual online personality (instructor vs moderator) will make me better!
Stacey-New York and looking forward to SNOW!
The Teacher Engage team would like to better understand how our community is (or is not) generating value for you.
The way I feel Teacher Engage is helping me out as an educator is the forum posts regarding the latest technology tools, what's happening in educator classrooms or communities, and latest standards, etc. I work as a Staff Developer (I used to be positioned in a school district) but now I work as a consultant. I try to keep as up to date on what the teachers want since I cannot on a daily basis as before. It is great to have a community to go to to view discussion regarding Common Core or Assessment, things that are currently important and I am not very knowledgeable on. The latest resources are something I need to keep on top of also. Intel has helped me compile a list of tools to try out and to present to teachers through online courses and PD workshops. I think you are doing a wonderful job and wish more teachers would take advantage of. I do spread your name in my PD classes and encourage my participants to sign up.
I was introduced to this website at a Social Studies Conference in September. Since then, I've looked at many of the discussions and tried a few of the new ideas I've found. I've gained a lot of access to other people in sharing ideas and tips that have worked in their own classrooms. I've learned and used Prezi, Live Binders, and Pow Toon. These were talked about in another discussion that I read. Resources such as these have become successful in my classroom. Ideas of seeking new ways to use technology and presenting information are needed in teaching this generation of students. My students are more engaged in learning and enjoy using the new types of technology. This helps raise the academic bar for students and it also uses higher levels of thinking.
I love the communication between other people. It helps to step out of the box and collaborate with others in different schools and in other subjects. I feel like it will give us a higher degree in professionalism. I feel as though many teachers lack the implication of technology. Teachers are teaching in the 21st century, yet, using 20th century concepts. I've enjoyed the Intel Engagement simply to help me step up to the "technology challenge".
I was introduced to Intel and became a master teacher and trainer about 7 years ago. I am very fortunate to say, the Intel Engage Community has aided me and my journey to become a cutting edge teacher, trainer and educator.
The topics and discussions have allowed me to collaborate with my peers on an ultra professional basis. I have been able to share ideas,best practices, and gain untold knowledge. Intel Engage has allowed me to stay abreast of trends in technology and strategies in education that has paid huge dividends to my career. Intel has allowed me to stay on the cutting edge with the integration of technology in the classroom. It is great to know, we are never alone in this endeavor. Thanks for all your help.
Having a platform from which to practice effective collaboration, share resources, seek ideas and strategies can be useful in analyzing the new standards and growing from the work created by other districts and states. The engage community has been a source of guidance in creating lessons, guides, and other resources for facilitating the understanding of the NC Social Studies standards. Social Studies teachers across North Carolina joined the group to support professional growth and facilitate teaching the new Social Studies standards to co-works in their home districts. Teachers unpacked the standards, wrote generalizations, created and shared lesson plans. As a result of the collaboration through the group, teachers learned how creating and sharing generalizations and lessons supports uniformity in strategies for teaching the Social Studies standards. They analyzed shared lessons and discussed how they could be edited and made unique to the students taught in their districts. Key contact persons were created and a network of like minded educators focusing on one goal evolved. Not only did teachers work collaboratively to understand the new standards but created a direct line to communicate with state consultants through the group.
The Community has introduced me to many wonderful, resourceful, and tech savy people. As others have said it is a great resource for keeping current on technology and how people are using it in the classroom. As a professional developer it has also been very valuable for sharing ideas on how to use some of the Intel tools and resources. I have found the webinars very useful as well. The topics are current and share great information. Thanks to Smoke and Vanessa! I think we need to continue to promote this resource.
We have talked about the organization and navigation of the community several times. I think we need to continue to develop this area to make it easier to navigate.
I have participated in the Visual NY Library Tour. It was informative and I was able to collaborate with educators from all over the world. I have used some of the information in designing frameworks for our new Research Center.
The Engage site allows me to collaborate on current ideas and issues in education with a wide range of educators.
For me a new door, called “Teacher Engage Community” of learning was open in 2009 when I became Intel Master Teacher (Trainer) and ever since this forum is helping me as an educator through latest technology contrivance, discussions that provides me new ideas to implement in my own atmosphere. Sometimes I customize ideas and pedagogy tips that others successfully implemented in their own class rooms. These ideas also enable me to make my students’ learning more engaging and helping them to thinks out of the box and always encourage them go beyond bookish world and be a self directed citizen.
At the same time when I look around, I find my own educator fraternity reluctant to integrate technology in their pedagogical practices. Although they are teaching in 21st century yet always interested and insisting to teach with 20th century concepts. But as a teachers’ trainer my aim is to motivate other teachers to take technology challenge for well being of their students and I am proud to mention here Intel Engage Community always aided me in this venture.
My experience with Intel Engage Community enabled me to stay abreast with the emerging strategies in education in developed countries having great facilities for their students. This fact is providing a professional edge to my career being a teacher. As in all years the engage community is my guiding guru in seeking ideas and strategies, effective collaboration, lesson ideas and help me grow with the world. Even my occasional participation in Intel Webinars helps me know techno savvy educators with their valuable ideas, technology tools, educational approaches, and success resources. In this way, I am really thankful to this platform and great persons like Vanessa, Noami, Julia Fischer, Theresa, Dyane Smokorowski, Neil Manzenberger, (even Bushra Saeed and Ratan Salem, my first engage community teachers) and everyone who helped me grow professionally as a teacher.
I had been an active member of the Engage Community when I was the Senior Trainer from Pakistan. This was around the time the entire idea of the engage community was conceptualized. I could see the excitement this brought forth in the teacher community in Pakistan, an entire forum where they could communicate and exchange ideas with teachers from all over the world. I have seen the teachers learn and grow. Initially we, the STs were the sole source of information for them, we took up trainings, came back and disseminated ideas to them but that's not the way technology should impact the loves of people. Technology can never be so limiting in its scope. So if I speak for myself, I can safely say that although I am not so actively connected with the Intel Teach program as I have switched my job, however, this community is the ONLY forum that I turn back to whenever I am stuck with issues where I need to integrate technology in my area of work be it Web 2.0 or the simple Help Guide. I also attend the Webinars sessions once in a while , which completely refreshes my memory and adds depth to knowledge . As an educator if I am stuck with some ideas or need some resources all that I have to do is to post a query on Engage and there you go... I have all the information I require sent to me directly on my Email ID. I doubt if there is a more helpful community of experts out there , helping busy people like myself with readymade ideas and solutions. God Bless you all :-)
I am fairly new to the community. I have participated reading numerous posts and replying to a few. I have tried a few new ideas such as prezi, adding a quick access toolbar in my office programs, and a few links for other websites such as fakebook and some webquests. I have also joined a social studies group for my state overall as well as the region for DPI. I can see it as a place to come and see the cutting edge of bring technology into the country to make 21st century students who are globally aware.
As part of the Intel Engage community for a short time, I have benefitted from the various groups I am a part of. I have been able to see what kinds of things educators and administrators are doing to further their careers and to increase their knowledge of technology. I realize that as a way to grow professionally, you must be involved in professional learning communities and I wan tto do that, not just in my own school, but as part of a larger network. I benefit greatly from hearing from educators around the country and world. I have gotten some ideas on different approaches to teaching (project-based learning, unit based approach) and look forward to finding other ways of involving technology into my teaching. I am taking classes through the Smart website that will allow me to further integrate technology into my teaching, and I hope to find other resources through this community. I am taking the Intel Teach Program Essentials Course next week and plan to use the forums to communicate with the educators I meet and with the trainers.
I've just recently joined the Engage Community through my sign up for the Intel Essentials course in Greensboro, NC. The instructors and my fellow classmates have been inspiring and motivating! In my few exchanges with the community, I have been welcomed and enriched with the information shared, the demonstrations, and the practical applications at work in classrooms everywhere!
I am so excited to join in this community that will inform, excite, motivate, inspire, and light a fire in my teaching and in my learning!!
I have been a member of two Intel groups, with the latter being the most important to me. Our school system went 1:1 with chromebooks in the high schools this past year. With the adoption of the Common Core, the school system is really pushing the move towards Project- or Problem-based Learning. The PBL's that I have found on this website are invaluable!
Hello there: I could say so much and end up rambling on and on about how this Intel Teach has added to my teaching skills. I think I will try to stick to the questions.
What meaningful activities did you participate in?
Well, I have been participating in so many activities, I really have to shuffle through all the wonderful knowledge I have learned to address just one. .........OK!..... I am thinking...... Go it! I loved the webinar on using Google. I learned so much, and since that webinar I have been using Google constantly in my classrooms. I am using the Drive daily, the research portion, the presentation portion, the maps and on and on. Actually Google has become a big part in our day, since my students use it to clarify information they do not know.
OK!, I can't not answer this question without stating that I have also gotten a plethora of information by just posting in forums, and reading what others have done. I get so many ideas from others.
What specific skills or insights did you gain? What access to useful information or material?
I think this portal of information has allowed me to turn my classroom into a classroom that is helping my hearing impaired students walk into the future with a firm base of knowledge on how to find and use information on the super highway of the internet.
|How did this influence your practice? What difference did it make to your performance? What did it enable that would not have happened otherwise? I think that my teaching has changed. I have taken a couple of the classes that Intel offers and I have flipped my way of teaching. My students are more involved in the planning, preparing, researching, and producing than ever before.|
How did this contribute to your success?
|Did your experience change your sense of what success is?|
Intel Engage has helped me tremulously! The webinars are fun and informative. It is difficult to watch the webinar live, so the recorded webinars are convenient. I particularly like the current topics, cell phones in the classroom, social media.
I must also mention the Facilitator part of Engage. Before I introduced thinking tools, I found all of the resources I needed in the Facilitator Engage. I even had my questions answered in a discussion post.
I have been joined engage Intel community last month (November 30,2012) because our professor engage us to join in online discussion as a part of our course. To be honest, I had joined in this site just to get points but as I go along in our group, I've enjoy so much posting ideas, photos, videos that are related in our topic and the same time I've learn a lot. Intel Engage Community really influence me in my studies, like now even I am not in school because its vacation I still learning through participating in our group discussion. I am more motivated to learn with integrating technology, it develops my higher-order thinking skills.