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ARP Committee Meeting
September 11, 2001
Present: Derrel Fincher, Glenn Hoskins, Dan Smith
Purpose: Discuss my ARP to help me develop a focus.
- Glenn described the ARP as a yearlong project to
effect a positive change in the community. Glenn set up the Intranets.com
site last year to help his students and also got Dan involved in it.
- My goal is to try to get to a paperless environment as
well as build more community. How do you do project management with
students? How do you build a sense of community?
- I've asked them to journal thoughts and ideas, but I
will get back with them on the best way to do it.
- Glenn is working at getting Manila installed, which
may replace some of the functions of the Intranets.com site. (Intranets.com
wants $150/month!) There was some discussion of hosting at the school and
how to do it.
- Dan liked the Intranets.com last year because it
wasn't replacing paper with a computer. He would like to see something
along those lines this year.
- Glenn pointed out that the ARP has to come from me as
it is my life that will be consumed.
- So, Glenn suggested that whatever I do should become
student-centered rather than teacher-centered. They brought up the example
in Dan’s class last year where kids were sitting side-by-side, arguing and
typing as they tried to resolve who got kicked out of the bomb shelter.
- It boils down to community and communication, building
ideas, and getting feedback.
- Glenn used chat last year with some of his students,
and they mailed him the transcript.
- Cross-class communication is a plus. Glenn used it during
the Izu trip last year where students could work on the project
asynchronously. (Izu is a two-week extended campus trip where half of the
seventh grade is gone each week.) Glenn pointed out that it forced the
students to communicate, collaborate, and plan.
- We discussed the stuff Dan and I did a year ago where
he had a joint reflections page created and his students put their
reflections up on the same page. We discussed the fact that things like
that should become more automatic and asynchronous.
- We discussed web logs and other ways of reflecting.
- Dan sees technology as way to help make out-of-class
work as more community oriented rather than replacing his class time. The
best use of the computer is to extend what is being done, not merely to
replace the good things that happen already.
- Glenn mentioned that my ARP will change as I become
more focused. He changed three times last year. He said that I would have
to find the "key" need and focus on that.