Theme and Strand Professional Learning:Professional Development Session Title Professional Development Transformed through Personal Learning

Spaces Session Description Teachers, like students, learn from doing. Discover how to build an infrastructure for continual professional development using Web 2.0 tools. Keywords blog, wiki, online learning, profesional development, Web 2.0 Audience Type Chief Technology Officers Curriculum Specialists Library Media Specialists Principals Staff Developers Superintendents School Board Members Teachers Teacher Educators Technology Coordinators Technology Facilitators Technology Integration Specialists Audience Level All NETS•S NETS•T I, II, V NETS•A II, IV NETS Summary NETS-T I. Teachers will learn the how and why of the newer Read/Write web applications. NETS-T II. Through their own experience, teachers will design personal learning spaces for their students. NETS-T V. Teachers will learn to use Web 2.0 applications for collaboration and personal learning. NETS-A II. Adminstrators will see how support of a Web 2.0 learning infrastructure will help all learners. NETS-A IV. Administrators will gain the knowledge to support implementation of these tools into schools culture.

Proposal Summary
Purpose & Objectives This session will demonstrate how Maine School Administrative District 52 has moved their professional development from old-school to a continuous process using web 2.0 tools. Through the use of two opensource programs, Moodle and MyePort, a structure has been implemented for teachers to access at any time. Particpants will become familiar with wikis, blogs, discussion boards and digital portfolios as vehicles for supporting this professional development infrastructure. Participants will experience all of these tools in live installations of Moodle and ePortfolios. Participants will be able to continue their use of this system for collaboration and further demonstrations through school year 2007-08. Outline 15 minute presentation through an online wiki explaining the logic behind making such a move and reviewing an overview of the on-going case study from Maine School Administrative District 25. 35 minute demonstration with audience participation of a live system

10 minute question / answer period Supporting Research This session is based on cumulative research and writings. A few are: Art Kleiner (2002) research on social networking which “explains not just how to recognize the collective cognitive capability of an organization, but how to cultivate and increase it”. Wiley, D. A and Edwards, E. K. (2002). Online self-organizing social systems: The decentralized future of online learning. The work of DuFour and Eaker around successes of professional learning communities. Special Emphases addresses participants using existing technology Presenter Background Sharon Betts has been obsessed with technology in education for over thirty years. She has taught and served as technology director in districts in Ohio and Maine, as well as overseas in Iran and Germany. She presently works as the Educational Technology Coordinator for Maine School Administrative District 52. Sharon serves as the secretary for the Association of Computer Educators in Maine, is a Discovery Educator and a Marco Polo certified trainer. Sharon's present interests are in using open source and web tools to meet the educational challenges in K-12 school districts. She has presented her ideas for open source solutions at many local, state and national conferences including the National Educational Computing Conferences, and Technology Leadership - and Learning (T+L2) Conferences . Her professional webpages can be found at Prerequisites None Primary URL Referenced Web Links