CONTRIBUTING TO AALF
The AALF worldwide newsletter readership continues to grow. With this in mind, we would like to invite foundation members to contribute to the newsletter. We are currently looking for articles on the following themes:
Current Issues in 1:1
New Learning Spaces
Teaching Practices & 1:1
Research on 1:1
Action Research on Innovative Practices (Teaching Practices, Professional Learning, Project-based Learning, etc.)
If you have something you would like to contribute, please send a brief (50 word) article summary, along with your contact information, including your organization and title, to Justina Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to hearing from you!
AALF coaches provide support for educators at all levels and, working either individually or in expert teams, coaches and consultants support educators and policy makers at every phase of their 1:1 initiative.
For additional information regarding AALF coaching support, go to the Coaching and Mentoring Services page of our website, or contact Karen Ward at email@example.com
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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE
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We're looking to compile a list of our readers' recommendations, so please send them here
HAVE YOUR SAY
Do you do action research in your classroom?
Let us know by responding to our 10-second poll!
Thanks for participating!
And for those of you considering conducting action research in the classroom, please click here
for some helpful points on where to start!
The Foundation thanks all its partners for their ongoing support.
Welcome to the February edition of the AALF newsletter!
Once again we're pleased to bring you this edition of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Report.
This month, AALF Executive Director, Susan Einhorn, discusses the significance of our newsletter's new name the Anytime Anywhere Learning Report. We have a new editorial by Bruce Dixon, President of AALF, who writes about his experience at BETT last month and the progress (or lack thereof) he has seen. Karen Ward shares her experience working with secondary school teachers as an AALF coach and outlines AALF's 4 step Coaching and Consulting model, while math teacher Brandon Dorman describes how he is integrating and shaping math curriculum in a 1:1 environment. Also in this issue, high school technology coach Angela Kahle-Mendoza talks about her participation in AALF's We've Got Laptops, Now What?! online course and details how it has impacted her work in the classroom. Finally, our friends from TakingITGlobal describe their new program, Future Friendly Schools.
As always, you'll find some of our regular features: Have Your Say, Share Your Expertise, and Conversation Starting Points featuring a quote from Ramsey Musallam, as well as a list of upcoming Events that may be of particular interest to 1:1 educators.
Click on the link at the end of each article to read it in its entirety on our website. Please share your thoughts or add your stories to any of these articles. We would love to hear from you!
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ONE to ONE or ANYTIME ANYWHERE LEARNING-- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
, Executive Director of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
, reflects upon the title change of our AALF newsletter, from One-to-One,
to the Anytime Anywhere Learning Report
, and how the focus should always be around creating deeper, richer learning experiences for students.
Click here to read
A LOT GOING ON, BUT HOW MUCH IS CHANGING?
AALF ONLINE COURSE BEGINNING SOON! REGISTER NOW!
We've Got Laptops, Now What?! Foundations for Success
Please note out new course dates: March 18- April 8, 2014.
Are you a teacher, instructional or technology coach, or administrator new to 1:1 teaching and learning? Are you moving to a school with a 1:1 program or is your school introducing 1:1 in the coming year?
Are you wondering where to start?
START HERE with
AALF's new online course We've Got Laptops, Now What?! Foundations for Success
This new online course is designed for new or soon-to-be 1:1 educators who are asking:
- What are the common foundations implemented in highly effective 1:1 classrooms?
- Why are these foundations effective?
- What are my next steps in designing and implementing these foundations?
Participants will learn how to backwards map the vital classroom foundations, principles, and strategies that lead to well implemented and effective 1:1 learning!
The course will run from March 18- April 8, 2014.(In Australia/NZ, the dates are March 19-April 9, 2014).
Course participants will meet for four 75 minute sessions.
to read information on pricing, a detailed agenda for each session, information about course leader, Karen Ward
, or to register.
ONLINE PLC OPENS NEW GATEWAY TO LEARNING
In this article, high school technology coach Angela Kahle-Mendoza
shares her experiences participating in AALF's online course We've Got Laptops, Now What?! Foundations for Success.
Specifically, she details the work she did with three classrooms as part of the action research for her PLC (professional learning community) work.
Click here to read about Angela's project and results!
*We'll be following Angela's work in the classroom, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates on her 1:1 journey!
PARTNERSHIPS THAT PRODUCE CHANGE
In this article, Karen Ward
, Manager of Professional Development and Coaching services at AALF, discusses her experience as an AALF coach establishing professional growth plans with 1:1 schools. She shares AALF's 4-Step Coaching and Consulting Model, that helps address the complex nature of instruction in a 1:1 classroom.
|FUTURE FRIENDLY SCHOOLS-- GET INVOLVED!
Our friends at TakingITGlobal have recently launched Future Friendly Schools, a global network and certification recognizing schools' commitment to inclusive, responsible, and globally relevant education. The program was designed through a global consultation, with more than 4,000 school leaders, educators, and students playing a role in designing the indicators.
Click here to learn more about the program (including the AALF scholarship), and get involved!
|JOIN OUR EDWEB COMMUNITY!
We've set up an EdWeb community for our AALF members to connect with one another. We'd love to have you join the conversation!
HOW 1:1 ENLIVENS MATH CLASSROOMS
When first setting out as a 1:1 math educator at a middle school, Brandon Dorman knew that he would come up against some challenges. In this article, he shares both his journey as a 1:1 math teacher and several interesting solutions and suggestions for how to integrate 1:1 technology in your math curriculum.
to read Brandon's story!
CONVERSATION STARTING POINTS
Get the conversation started with this month's quote from Ramsey Musallam, chemistry teacher and TED talk presenter:
"Flipping a boring lecture from the classroom to the screen of a mobile device [is] the same dehumanizing chatter, just wrapped up in fancy clothing." - Ramsey Musallam
Do you agree? Is flipping a classroom a step forward or not a step anywhere at all? We'd love to hear what you think! Join the conversation and let us know!
Do you have any particularly inspiring education quotes to share? Email us and we'll spread the word!
COME JOIN US ON SCOOP.IT!
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Check Events on the AALF website regularly to keep up-to-date on other events of interest to the 1:1 community.
March 18- April 8, 2014
Participants will learn how to backwards map the vital classroom foundations, principles, and strategies that lead to well implemented and effective 1-to-1 learning.
OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS:
February 17, 2014
Lausanne Learning- Winter Workshops
Sessions include: Mindfulness in Schools, Readers' Workshop & Discovery Learning with the Brain in Mind.
February 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2014
ASB Un-Plugged is an all-in-one learning opportunity for audiences ranging from classroom teachers to technology directors and coordinators, from principals, superintendents and business managers to tech support teams. As you and your colleagues consider building a 21st century teaching and learning environment, enjoy ASB Un-Plugged's learning and networking opportunities.
February 26-February 28, 2014
NSBA's Spring Site Visit
The Vail School District, near Tucson, has been grabbing headlines for more than a decade. Among their many "firsts" was the opening of Empire High School in 2005 as the first one-to-one, textbook free district in the nation. They will be sharing their many lessons from the Empire experience along with best practices around BYOD, equipping buses with wi-fi, and creating a comprehensive program, Beyond Textbooks, to support curriculum, instruction, assessment, and multi-level interventions.
March 24-25, 2014
By creating a forum for conversation around play and technology, the Sandbox Summit strives to ensure that the next generation of players become active innovators, rather than passive users, of technology.
April 7-9, 2014
Cincinnati Country Day School Tablet Conference
Tablet PCs are paradigm-shifting educational tools, that have allowed Cincinnati Country Day School to integrate technology as they had dreamed of doing when they first began their laptop program in 1996. Cincinnati Country Day School will introduce you to these swiveling wonders that will give you the freedom and flexibility reach beyond the machine and focus on your students' learning.
May 1-2, 2014
2014 NSBA Minnetonka Technology Site Visit
Experience firsthand how technology accelerates learning with an overview of all Minnetonka Schools and Technology Integration E-12. Explore technology in language immersion, early childhood, special education, and the arts.
July 8-11, 2014
Constructing Modern Knowledge: Summer Educator Institute
Manchester, New Hampshire
Constructing Modern Knowledge, now in its 7th year, is a minds-on
institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and
computing. Participants have the opportunity to engage in intensive
computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class
faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out
the fantastic event.