State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell has unveiled a new tool designed to encourage teacher collaboration and innovation called Brokers of Expertise
Brokers of Expertise is a dynamic Web site that allows educators to search for,and follow colleagues across the state who have had success in teaching specific strands of California’s content standards, or are working with similar types of students, and thus make their own experience in the classroom more effective. Teachers can use the site to form customized online groups to share experiences and challenges they face in the classroom and collaborate on ways to improve instruction. Users can share instructional practices through links, video, pictures, or documents that can make it easier for other teachers to replicate innovation in their own classrooms. The Web site also lists where each resource came from and provides a blog where educators may share their thoughts on the resource’s effectiveness.
You may wonder, when are teachers going to have the time to upload video, pictures or other documents. I was wondering that myself....
And speaking of digital tools, the South Monterey County Center for Arts and Technology will begin its fall digital video course for teens. Lunch and transportation provided for this free workshop at Cal State Monterey Bay. Beginning Oct. 2, students will spend five Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. learning all there is to know about video production and editing. Pre-registration and info at 831.869-6055 or information@ SoMoCoCAT.org, www.SoMoCoCAT.org