FCS Breaking Barriers Chat #4its

The ITS will be facilitating the Breaking Barriers Technology Site Visit.  Instead of a “live” chat, we can tweet out our experiences to #fcstour as well as to #4its.  If you take some great photos, tweet those out too, especially for the activities occurring on Friday, March 8!

Forsyth County Schools will be hosting its own conference  called Breaking Barriers  – Technology Site Visit this week on March 6-8.  The event will include hands-on professional learning activities at the Forsyth Conference Center and site visits to Coal Mountain Elementary School, Kelly Mill Elementary School, Whitlow Elementary School, Otwell Middle School, Forsyth Central High School, Almon C. Hill Center, and the Forsyth County Board of Education and Professional Development Center.  Visit the Breaking Barriers wiki for more information about these activities. Throughout the event, we are welcoming all of our attendees and participants to discuss their experiences in Twitter at #fcstour.

On Friday, March 8, we will have several opportunities for ITS (#4its) chat as the ITS facilitate learning experiences at the Forsyth Conference Center.  Here is the agenda for that day:

Breaking Barriers Agenda – Friday, March 8, 2013

  • 8:30-8:50 Welcome and Opening Address – Dr. L.C. (Buster) Evans, FCS Superintendent
  • 9:00-10:00 Keynote Address – Bernajean Porter
  • 10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions 1
  • 11:00-11:45 Concurrent Sessions 2
  • 11:45-12:15 Lunch
  • 12:30-1:00 Closing Address – Bailey Mitchell, FCS CTIO
  • 11:15-3:00 Hands-on Workshops

We are sure that our guests to Forsyth County Schools will want to read your tweets about the Breaking Barriers event.  We are looking forward to chatting with you!

Breaking Barriers Is for ITS (#4its)

This Friday’s live #4its Chat will be held on 3/1/13 from 1:00-2:00 PM but feel free to contribute your thoughts and ideas throughout the day.

Next week, Forsyth County Schools will be hosting its own conference as a celebration of our successful learning initiatives.  That event is called Breaking Barriers  – Technology Site Visit, and it is planned for March 6, 2013.  In addition to hands-on professional learning activities to be conducted at the Forsyth Conference Center, the event will include site visits to Coal Mountain Elementary School, Kelly Mill Elementary School, Whitlow Elementary School, Otwell Middle School, Forsyth Central High School, Almon C. Hill Center, and the Forsyth County Board of Education and Professional Development Center.  Descriptions of these professional learning experiences can be found on the Breaking Barriers wiki.  Throughout the event, we are welcoming all of our attendees and participants to discuss their experiences in Twitter at #fcstour.

Here are two guiding questions for this Friday’s #4its Chat on 3/1/13:

  • What are the barriers that exist within schools and districts?
  • How do you work toward breaking these barriers?

We are planning on sharing your ideas and suggestions with our guests to Forsyth County Schools next week during the Breaking Barriers event.  We are looking forward to chatting with you!

Transformational Classrooms Are For ITS (#4its)

If we think about some other professions, for example, engineering, medicine, or agriculture, it is easy to see how technology continues to transform the way those businesses operate and the types of training and skills those fields require.  In education, though, how different are classrooms from 25 years ago or even from 50 or 100 years in the past?  What are the futures we are preparing our students for that will exist in tomorrow’s workplace?

In Forsyth County Schools, we have focused on the different uses of instructional technology based on the work of Bernajean Porter in her Grappling’s Technology and Learning Spectrum.  The ultimate goal is to move toward the Transforming Uses of technology so that students become information producers instead of solely consuming content.  What does a Transformational Classroom look like?  How do the traditional roles and responsibilities of the teachers and students shift in this learning environment?

Join #4its Chat on Friday morning, February 22, 2013, from 10:00-11:00AM to discuss the Transformational Classroom.  Log in to your Twitter account and follow the hashtag #4its.  In your responses, use that same hashtag so others can benefit from your ideas.  If you’ve never been in a Twitter chat before, simply search for #4its t in a column-friendly twitter app like Tweetdeck or go to tweetchat.com and type in the hashtag you want to follow.

By the way, if you’re not sure that technology is transforming agriculture and farming (as stated above), check out this post on the 12 Most Advanced Agricultural Technologies.