Wednesday, December 06, 2006

PEEL Summit 2006

As an annual celebration of teaching and learning innovation through PEEL, the Summit is growing in strength each year. More power to Cathy Smith of Parramatta Diocese, the driving force behind this.

Six presentations over two streams saw workshops on metacognition, Web 2.0, promoting purposeful learning, slowmation, group facilitation and our own favourite ;) the interactive whiteboard. Martin, Anthony and I updated our presentation from earlier in the year to share what we are up to. All the Summit presentations are available at the PEEL Sharepoint site via Staffnet.

One of the professional development links I referred to in our presentation was The Smartboard Lessons Podcast. Canadian educators Ben Hazzard and Joan Badger present this engaging program and web site which always has lots to offer in the way of technology for learning with or without interactive whiteboards. I got a thrill to hear I was mentioned in Lesson 50 this week, as my difficulty with downloading some files had created a small flurry of email with the presenters over the last week. Joan and Ben even put Blacktown on the Google map.

Coincidentally, Ben used a continuum strategy in his latest Notebook lesson on male body image. This strategy was also demonstrated as a PEEL learning strategy at the Summit.

Comments from others who attended the PEEL Summit would be good!

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