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Presented by Tony Vincent

June 2012

As a busy school leader, you receive dozens of emails a day, deal with scheduling meetings, and have an endless to-do list. Never fear! There are tools, apps, and strategies to help you keep your head above water by keeping organized and connected. Productivity is described by guru David Allen as “advanced common sense,” and by applying some simple strategies, you can unclutter your inbox, browse the web more efficiently, keep a centralized to-do list, manage voicemails, and much more, all while being mobile.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

“It's possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control.” - David Allen

Automate Tasks

"Minds are for having ideas, not holding them." - David Allen

"The most productive people are the ones with the emptiest heads." - David Allen

Access Anywhere

Switching between tasks can take as much as 40% of one’s productive time.

Reduce Distractions

  • Don’t lose your focus by constantly switching to email, Twitter, or Facebook the moment you receive a new message. Instead, plan to process those messages in batches at times you set aside.
  • Turn off notifications

Strive for Inbox Zero

  • Manage what comes into your inbox
    • Share your email address on websites using scrim
    • Schedule meetings using Doodle
    • Thank you in advance & No reply necessary
    • Prevent Replay All by sending email BCC
    • Get email out of your inbox
      • Do
      • Delete
      • Date
      • Delegate (Boomerang for Gmail)
      • Defer
      • Declare Bankruptcy

Vacations from email reduce stress

Follow the Two Minute Rule

  • "“If you determine an action can be done in two minutes, you actually should do it right then because it’ll take longer to organize it and review it than it would be to actually finish it the first time you notice it.” David Allen
  • Let Me Google That For You

Use Digital Reminders

Browse the Web Efficiently

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Presented by Tony Vincent

June 2012

Collaboration is the act of working together for a common goal. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills says that mastering collaboration skills requires the ability to work effectively with diverse teams. It also requires the ability to "be helpful and make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal."

Time for productive collaboration is a must in today's classrooms.

  • Phillip Schletchy identifies qualities of the work teachers give students that affect engagement. Affiliation, that is, opportunities to work with others, can be a positive influence on student engagement.
  • A study on cooperative learning found that "subjects who worked cooperatively spent more time working on practice exercises and reported greater satisfaction than those who worked individually."
  • "Studies have shown that groups outperform individuals on learning tasks, and further that individuals who work in groups do better on later individuals assignments as well (Barron, 2000b, 2003; O'Donnell & Danserau, 1992)." Powerful Learning by Linda Darling-Hammond, page 19.
  • Having the capacity to collaborate is an important component in project-based learning and an essential personal and professional skill.
  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization formed by government, corporations, associations, and individuals, has developed a framework that fuses the 3 Rs with the 4Cs. The 4Cs are:
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Communication
    • Creativity and innovation 
    • Collaboration

Working effectively with others is an extremely complex endeavor. Collaboration skills are complicated to learn because they are actually people skills. Learning these skills takes guided practice and quality feedback. Teacher's shouldn't expect their students to work together effectively without explicitly teaching and modeling collaboration skills. These skills include:

  • Active listening
  • Respect
  • Manners
  • Positive Attitude - be uplifting to team members
  • Focused
  • Social Awareness

The Edmodo Group for this session has ideas on how to teach the skills listed above. The Group Code is k52cabEdmodo is a school-safe classroom community that can enable online collaboration. Edomdo is free of charge.

Collaboration is the act of working together for a common goal. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills says that mastering collaboration skills requires the ability to work effectively with diverse teams. It also requires the ability to "be helpful and make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal."

Simply telling students to work together won't lead to productive collaboration. Teachers need to develop activities and projects where students have reasons to collaborate. We must teach students how to be good group members through modeling, role playing, discussion, and facilitating. Collaboration can be taught and learned by

  • Assigning clear responsibilities
  • Showing students examples
  • Assigning a leader
  • Encouraging self-direction
  • Charting progress
  • Conducting group and self evaluations
  • Designing rubric to measure the process and product

Our Collaborative Documents

Collaborative Sticky Notes

Collaborative Whiteboards

Mind Mapping

Prezi

  • Prezi.com - Requires a free account
  • Up to 10 collaborators on one Prezi.
  • Click Invite to Edit under the Meeting menu when Edit mode.

Google Docs

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Discussion Boards

Skype

Powerful Learning by Linda Darling-Hammond has lots to say about collaboration.

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