This week's "one minute wonder" focuses on the critical and essential components of reflection. I had tremendous success yesterday with a group of western WI administrators with delivering a new "21st Century Administrative Technology Leadership" workshop series. Key modules of learning focused on 21st century skills, ISTE NETS for administrators, teachers and students, and emerging technology tools and resources. Eighty-five percent of the administrators had never been involved in a >Chatzy back channel chat, reflective >Wall Wisher activity, or Google Form survey. These essential tools are reflective in nature, which provide immediate and authentic and alternative assessment from an individual and from a collaborative group.
The back channel chat provided me as the facilitator the baseline or pre-assessment for the beginning of this workshop, to gain meaningful understanding of the admin's background knowledge. The back channel chat also facilitated ongoing discussion throughout the day to capture key elements of learning relating to 21st century skills, ISTE NET Standards, and creating and cultivating a shared technology leadership vision. As a culminating and closing activity, admin's reflected on their new gained experiences and insights- providing the post assessment. My grant evaluator was in the room for the entire training and was thrilled with the immediacy of the results, and now she can easily calculate the reflective statements into percentages if necessary for our required grant reporting requirement to our state DPI department.
The 21st century skills component lended itself nicely with a >Intel visual ranking activity I created, where admin's in teams prioritized 21st century skills focused on students and educator learning outcomes. The discussion was extremely thought provoking between all teams and then as a large group. But the best part, was when the visual ranking activity concluded with a "one minute wonder reflection" using >Wall Wisher as the "essential hook." The Wall Wisher reflective environment provided administrators to reflect in 160 characters or less and embed a supportive website or media resource to showcase their new learning, and to extend the learning experience of the entire group with providing 20 new resources. Yes, it was truly a "one minute wonder" and I as a facilitator was elated with the results.
This new results from the >Chatzy back channel chat and Wall Wisher activity provided an immediate authentic assessment and a lens into the administrative leadership learning process to visually see the big picture of the overall results of the days activities!
To extend each of your learning for the day- please review the following >Wall Wisher activity idea guide from Tom Barret for the UK. I had no idea he had created this document until this morning when he sent me the link trough Twitter to share his latest collection of best teaching practices of using Wall Wisher in the classroom- wish I had this yesterday. Here is also the rest of his >"Interesting Ways" collection of best practice resources, with several pages- just use the arrow key on his page to get to more resources.
On a closing note- this was my intro video to add humor to our day of leadership activities- enjoy!