PKM Sentiments

This video describes how I feel, now that I have learned about Personal Knowledge Management. My first question was, why? Now that I know why, I believe we have all become super readers through researching, tweeting, retweeting, sharing, blogging, and posting. We have become familiar with so much had we not had this experience, where would we be? As the song states, “we changed the story (seek, capture), we solved the problem (sense, curate), we worked together so hip hip hooray (share,create)! The super readers saved the day!!

This entry was posted on June 22, 2014. 4 Comments

Building The Digital Foundation in Early Learning Environments

The preschool setting of the past focused on the whole-child and teachers planning haphazardly on their beliefs as to what the child should know. In former years, kindergarten was a time for children to prepare for school.  It was the place where children learned to share  and develop social skills among their peers with adult assistance and guidance, while learning emerging academic skills in literacy and mathematics.  Today, kindergarten is the new first grade.  It is the place where academics take precedence over social/emotional development (Anonymous, 2007). It is beneficial for children to enter kindergarten with some form of school experience, where they can better adjust to the academic demands they are about to experience.  The concern surrounds children from low-income families because they enter kindergarten without prior school experience or with exposure to low-quality early care/education experience, which positions them behind their middle-class peers in terms of school readiness (Anonymous, 2007).

Literature suggest ways in which to better serve our diverse student population versus current program practices.  Picciano (2011) states six issues related to planning and implementation of technology in the educational setting.  They are new roles for administrators and teachers, obtaining hardware and software, the integration process into the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and the overall outcome of technology instruction. In analyzing these practices, Senge et al. (2012) suggest utilizing theories and practices surrounding the five learning disciplines: creating a context for organizational learning, personal mastery, shared vision, mental models, and team learning.  However, most organizations have not accomplished that level of discipline.  As stated by Fullan (2010), the ability to lead with your glass half full, trusting in your team members, through collaboration and guidance overtime, will result in an organization built on  a solid foundation.  This is defined as collective capacity, the emotional commitment from all stakeholders; the ingredients that make all systems go.  Currently, early care/education is being aligned with K-12 as it relates to the Preschool Learning Foundations and Common Core State Standards. As educational organizations move their efforts to build collective capacity among all stakeholdersthe digital divide and support with closing the gap is being addressed in the early care/education programs.  Preschool classrooms are building the digital foundation by integrating technology in the learning environment.

According to Edwards (2014), “It’s like the movie Field of Dreams, build it, and they will come.”  During collaborative planning, educators developed a lesson around a subject that would interest the students, Dinosaurs!  They began with simple yet complex technology tools that would capture the interest of the students, as well as support the competency level with technology usage by the educators involved with the lesson design. The students were able to research fossils using the Internet, look at and document their findings using a digital microscope and document camera, take pictures with a digital camera, and use a interactive whiteboard for lessons.

References

Anonymous. (2007, January). Revisiting the NAEYC position statement on   developmentally appropriate practice the conversation continues. YC Young Children, 62(1), 1-3.

Edwards, M. A. (2014). Every child, every day: A digital conversion model for student achievement. Pearson Education: NJ

Fullan, M. (2010). All systems go: The change imperative for whole system reform. Corwin: CA

Picciano, A. G. (2011). Educational leadership and planning for technology. Pearson Education: NJ

Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., Dutton, J., & Kleiner, A. (2012). Schools that learn: A fifth discipline fieldbook for educators, parents, and everyone who cares about education. Crown Business: NY

Closing The Digital Divide in Seniors (65+)

Is it our moral obligation to bridge the gap between the technological haves and have not’s? According to Edwards (2014), in Every Child, Every Day, “The moral obligation to bridge the digital divide is the driving force behind our digital conversation initiative. If students are provided the right tool and support, regardless of social-economic status, they can achieve academically.” This video takes it beyond the walls of the classroom, and speaks about bridging the gap for our Senior Citizens. By doing so, it will help them tread uncharted waters, stimulate their brain, feel successful, connect with the world through a different medium as well as, spark new conversation and engagement with their grandchildren. Awesome learning curve for both.

This entry was posted on June 21, 2014. 1 Comment

Setting Expectations

Parents are their child’s first teacher.   It is one of the keys towards school/life success.  The expectation of the family sets the precedence for future outcomes.  This article found on LinkedIn shares the journey of a first generation freed slave turned entrepreneur that wouldn’t give or take any excuses as an answer when it came to hard work and education.  The family set expectations for their eight children, which carried over to their children of academic excellence.  This family of eight children gives new meaning to “yes we can,” during a time when it wasn’t likely to succeed.  They rose above the challenges and kept their eye on the prize.

This entry was posted on June 17, 2014. 1 Comment

Reflection – Personal Knowledge Management System (PKM)

In my quest for knowledge, I came across this article that supports my understanding of Personal Knowledge Management Systems.  Life in general must have some sort of organization to it.  We have been utilizing many PKM Systems and did not realize it. For example, how you map out your day at work from meetings, organization of files, to making phone calls?  How are you able to put your hands on the items you need at the time you need them?  Where do you have them stored to make your life easier? How do you sort through all of the information to determine if it is what you need? Where do you place it, until you can get to it?  I’m sure you have a system you use to support those efforts.

Next, planning to spend time with those that mean the most to you.  How do you plan for vacation? How do you store your pictures and retrieve them to share with others?  What about your hopes, dreams, visions, and goals? How do you seek information, sort through it, and share this with others (ex. Business Plan)?  How do you go after the Gold/Goal?!  To accomplish this, maybe you use a travel agent, a camera card, and a financial or marketing adviser.  Whatever the tool, you utilize a system to get the job done.

How do I gather, organize, store, and retrieve information?  In the past, I would have placed it in a journal, used sticky notes, notebooks, scratch pieces of paper, and flash drives.  Now, I utilize various technology tools, such as Dropbox, Evernote, Notepad, iCloud to store and/or share files; WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share with others; Zotero, Google+, and Perla to help with storing my research information.  Ask someone about their PKM system, it will strike a great conversation.

This entry was posted on June 17, 2014. 1 Comment

Budget Conference Committee Approves Early Childhood Budget Agreement

The light continues to shine on the importance of early care/education for the 0-5 age population.  The budget conference committee approved a budget of $264 million that will be used to build, enhance, and improve existing programs and expand access to low-income families, as well as implementing new quality standards for our Transitional Kindergarten programs, which teachers of that program must meet education and work experience requirements by 2020.

Fair Start will begin in the 2014-2015 school year providing Governor Brown signs the budget by June 30th.  This is great news for the Early Education field!

This entry was posted on June 15, 2014. 3 Comments