Building The Future

In the spirit of “seek forgiveness, not permission”, I’ve set up Dumont High School 2.0. Here’s the screenshot:

I created this using Ning. I’ve invited the members of our AFG (Accreditation For Growth) Implementation Team to be the first members of the network. We will use this much the same way Classroom 2.0 is used; members can organize themselves into groups, start their own forums, begin their own blogs, and share videos, files, and ideas.

I am creating screencasts (using iShowU – it works better than Jing) for the teachers so that they can learn how to use the network. Screencasts will be on:

  • Introduction to the Network Interface
  • Creating Groups
  • Adding Discussions
  • Maintaining a Blog
  • Uploading Images and Video
  • Sharing Ideas

Dumont High School 2.0 is a private network; only those people I invite can view, join, or comment on our network. This should help with the teachers’ concerns for privacy. Eventually, after a two month test run with the AFG Team, we will launch this to the rest of the faculty. By that time, my tutorial screencasts will be up as well as articles and videos related to Web 2.0 and teaching.

I don’t think that this will revolutionize my school (yet) but it’s a start. I’ll let you know if I have to apologize for doing this.

Author: Michael Parent, Ed.D

Father, husband, school administrator in NJ. "Education cures poverty".

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