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Jim Moulton (not verified)

I was a carpenter before I

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I was a carpenter before I became a teacher, Ken, so the use of the tools makes great sense to me. And Denise, as to learning from others, I never really knew how powerful a block plane with a well-sharpened blade could be until I worked on a house alongside a wonderful finish carpenter by the name of John Tome. As a person who nowadays is consistently facilitating the professional development sessions, I still love to learn from and alongside participants. A really good day is one when I help folks learn and get to learn something myself. It is far more important that I help keep the focus on goals and support folks in their progress towards deeper understanding and better questions than it is that I know all the answers! Mustn't we all be both teachers and learners? Adults and children both, I believe...
Denise Douglas Doctor (not verified)

You ask an excellent

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You ask an excellent question, "have you ever learned more from other participants than from the presenter". I suspect that when this kind of learning occurs we are Constructivist learners, engaging in a collegial learning community where we do blend our talents. Professional development that is delivered via robust online learning, as an example, provides the environment for such experiences and opportunities to learn from our colleagues, rather than just the presenter.
Ken Messersmith (not verified)

You make an important point

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You make an important point that it is "not about the technology" it is "about learning." The way I like to put it to my students is that technology is another tool in your bag. You wouldn't want a carpenter to build a piece of fine furniture for you if she didn't know how to get the most out of her tools. We need to know how to get the most out of our technology tools in order to be the most effective teachers we can be.
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Jim Moulton Technology Integration and Project-Based Learning Consultant