Monday, September 22, 2008

Activities List.

The following is a list of other school activities that I have been involved in or attended during the first half of 2008:
PIC Photographic Imaging College Staff Meetings
Hawthorn Secondary College - VET Multimedia Staff Meetings
Hawthorn Secondary College - 2008 VET Curriculum Planning Meetings
Removal Of Staff Room, before renovations
Staff Corridor Show
2nd Year Show @ Brightspace gallery
S.R.C. End Of Term BBQ
Annual Photographic Camp to the Otways
Student counseling
VET Report writing
Excursion to NGV
PIC Sound and Image Night
HSC Art Show
The following is a list of activities I have had co-ordinated:
Conducted formalized interviews of applicants to the college
Liaison with S.R.C and planning and production of events.
Assisted in planning and production of off campus workshops.
Helped, plan, prepare and run the annual camp.
Updates and contributions to the college Blog
Updates and contributions to the college Myspace
Updates and contributions to the college website.
Updates and contributions to the college facebook website.
Plan, prepare and ran folio excursion to National Gallery Of Victoria.
Planned, ran, and kept minutes for the Photographic Imaging College Staff meetings.
Kept minutes for the Hawthorn Secondary VET Multimedia Staff Meetings.
Facilitated the pre-production of The photographic Imaging Podcast
Production of college promotion, publicity, exhibition, of the Sound and Image Night
Updated and maintained information and records on College Database

Teaching Other Teachers.

On numerous occasions, I've been called upon to help update the skills of colleagues. Usually it is reciprocal process, and everyone comes out learning a new skill. This year, we gained a new colleague only to loose her and to gain another. Both staff were employed to fill the role of VET Year 11 classroom teacher and neither have taught the subject before. This is not uncommon as you will find most teachers move outside of their subject areas to fill voids in the schools timetable. In effect, I have helped two colleagues learn the VET multimedia subject curriculum twice over.

As much as it is time consuming, it does reinforce and give time for reflection over the current curriculum and the way we deliver it.

On Thursday, I delivered a Keynote presentation to an audience of seven, using images mainly made up of student examples of back up and finished works. The reception was great, teachers commenting on the ideas in the keynote and note the keynote itself .(It did look pretty slick)

My presentation was an overall guide to how we deliver the content. We then asked our guest to show one unit of work, and the back up material. It was great seeing other teaching ideas within the curriculum. Next year, the VET Multimedia diploma changes, so once again we will have to re-evaluate and re-write how we deliver the content.

VIT has this to say about delivering PD to other teachers.

"While preparing to deliver professional development to colleagues a teacher is usually reflecting on, exploring and expanding their professional knowledge and sometimes their practice. In this circumstance, the preparation would be counted because it contributes to the teacher's own knowledge and practice."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Web Design From Scratch.

In doing some research for resources I've come across this website dedicated to web design. "Web Design From Scratch," has got some great stuff about Web 2.0 design, which I'm really interested in. It's a common question coming from students now;

"How do I make my website look like [Insert Web 2.0 businness name]?"

This page in particular looks at all the ideas, that make up the web 2.0 design style. I've even bookmarked this page on my iPhone so I can access it quickly.

Monday, September 15, 2008

PD Preparation.

Shift-Command-3 - Screen grab on OSX.

Shortcut Of The Week!

I'm not prepared enough for my VET Multimedia presentation on Thursday yet. I was hoping to get more written in preparation today, but I was quite busy with students assessment and working in our digital lab as the students prepare for their end of year folio. Monday is also our weekly staff meeting, which ran quite quickly and to the point today.

So.. the kicker of my PD will be... DIGITAL NOTES!... on CD!

High school teachers get confused when they don't have paper in their hands, so I wonder how this will go.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The PD for the RTO for VET @ HSC.

So.. let's get into this slowly...

Next Thursday I will be running my own and first Professional Development (PD). Due to the school where I work being a Registered Training Organization (RTO), we auspice a certain amount of schools delivering the same program as us. A part of the service we provide as an auspice school is support and training to these other schools. So it means, my shining pedagogy (damn it, that's a totally of 2 times used) will be on display to others.

The curriculum is a part of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector of the Victorian state school education system. The subject is Multimedia, so I'll be putting together an exciting, vibrant, dazzling powerpoint KEYNOTE presentation. In fact, to blow them away.. I think I'm even going to use, two projectors!!! TWO PROJECTORS! One will run the keynote, the other will have the live interactive student work.

Below is the light table view of keynote slides. I don't do "powerpoints." Being a visual artist before I was a teacher, I'd rather use the keynote visually and image filled, rather than pointless words that you repeat as you speak. The images are mainly made up of student examples of back up and finished works.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

PD Online.

No.. It's not the Victorian Institute of Teaching's online professional development initiative, PDi, it is my own effort to document this crazy processes, we call teaching and how we endeavor to be life long learners.

This will be a place for my own evidence and musings.

P.s. I am never going to use the word Pedagogy.