Sept. Tech Retreat Planning Aug. 28, 2005

Paul Allison, Julie Conason, Felicia George, Kate Moss, Ken Stein

September 23-24 retreat: Edit


Folks who will be invited to participate will be asked to:

    • create a unit
    • present a unit
    • commit to meeting weekly for 1 1/2 hours (join a course)
    • commit to do something for the WP
    • come to Sept. retreat with a piece of classroom work using technology that they have taught

Who will be invited to attend? Edit

Invitee Inviter Comments

Lona Ken/Felicia/Julie to work alongside Ken at Satellite


Patsy Felicia as participant

Rachel Posner Paul to present work

Nancy Brodsky Ken

Amy R. Ken

Susan E. Paul to present work

Kathy Goldstein Paul

Margaret Lum Ken

Richard Stohlman Paul as participant for on-going group

Sandy Scragg Paul

Heather Paul to present work

Ed Osterman Felicia/Julie

Susan Sermoneta Ken

Kiran C. Paul

Donna Mehle Paul to present work

Karen Griswold Felicia

Joe Bellacero Felicia/Julie

Claudia Giordano Felicia

Christine Bellacero Felicia

Gina Moss Felicia/Julie

Matthew Paul

Question: Should we ask Mary Carroll? She's done at least one tech retreat with Paul, and Kate notes that she teaches online and tech-inflected courses. She may be interested in this weekend, or possibly the Oct. one.

Others who will be there as coordinators or leadership: Paul, Ken, Kate, Julie and Felicia. Nancy Mintz will be invited to attend.

Question: Should teachers with blogs be asked to reapply annually? Would the reapplication be linked to their attending this session?

Stipend Edit

Participants should receive a stipend for participation in this retreat. Stipend should be comparable to per-session pay? Question: Should amount of stipend be $250 for the weekend? 11 hrs. less 2 hrs for dinner and lunch = 9 hrs. X 32.64 dollars per hr. 293.76. Is training rate fair or should we be paying folks $290/$295/$300?

We will ask participants to become NYCWP members. Felicia will prepare membership applications for the retreat.

Question: Do we want folks to complete an application for the retreat? If so, what should it include? Can we use application for Weblogs and Beyond?

Agenda Edit

Coordinators will include Paul, Ken, Julie, Kate and Felicia

Friday, September 23, 2005 Edit

4:30 - 5:00 Introductions; Framing of retreat; framing purposes

5:00 - 6:00 Using a Wiki - Paul and Seth demonstrate how they've used Wikis

6:00 - 7:00 Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 Online Gallery Walk -Ken and Kate prepare this segment on gallery walks and technology

8:00 - 8:30 Play

Saturday, September 24, 2005 Edit

9:00 - 9:15 Recap/Framing Saturday

9:15 - 10:15 Literature Response/Groups/Circles - Introduction to strategies/getting started by Julie

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00 Literature Circles and Response Groups On Line - Rachel, Heather, Donna and Susan present their class weblogs; each have 10 minutes to show and describe what they've done and answer questions Followed by Play or responding on line (via Weblog/Nicenet/Wiki) to On Line Lit. Circle presentations

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 3:15 Play

3:15 - 4:30 What's Next? Groups form for further work together each week this fall.

Materials needed:

  • NYCWP Membership applications
  • Agenda

Questions: What additional materials do we need?

"Also, what do we think people will be doing during the play period: working on planning their project? Since we are not showing them lots of new tech on the weekend, this should be considered in advance."

Next meeting Edit

Thursday, Sept. 1 from 8 - 9 pm via Tapped In. Suggested protocol. Paul is facilitator. Go round from each person after each agenda item is introduced. Indicate pass if you have nothing to add on that item or pass/with additional comment, if you want to add something else. Don't include comment until everyone has had chance to speak to item. Go back to passes with additional comment before moving onto the next item.

Other ideas and issues discussed: Edit

October retreat will be distinguished from September retreat in that folks attending will be those who just want to play with the technology for themselves. Suggested agenda will include using literature circles format for October participants. What will they read? Other agenda items will include presentations by participants from the October retreat (those who have something they are ready to share) as a way of introducing Oct. participants to possibilities for on line work. Are we going to stick to blogging or offer other on line possibilities, such as pod casting, Flickr, etc.? Does this depend on the experience level of the participants?

Kate and Julie will do something with on-site TCs during their Friday meetings (how often and which Fridays to be determined in consultation with Nancy and TCs). [Kate is not sure how much time she will have for all this during the semester, beyond the two weekend retreats.]

Ken and Paul have committed to doing the course or on-going meeting time for Sept. retreat participants who agree to meet weekly. Together they will present other on line techniques (podcasting, Flickr, etc.) and provide support to groups as they work on their projects. Format of these 1 1/2 hr weekly meetings will involve 1/2 hr. presenting new technology and 1 hr. of play.

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