This webinar is hosted in English
Penitentiaries of Boredom by Jeff Cooper
Jeff Cooper will be sharing an idea to revolutionize filtering in K-12 classrooms that will transform them from "Penitentiaries of Boredom" into dynamic collaborative environments, saving school districts millions in the process.
I live in Forest Grove Oregon, which is about 25 miles west of Portland. I am a single dad raising three great kids (Liam, Nora and Owen ). I am a professional educator with over 15 years experience, over a dozen years online. I have taught English, ESL and Computer Applications. I was also the computer resource teacher for my old middle school, Portola Jr. High. For three years I was the Education Technology Specialist for the College of Education at Pacific University.
I majored in Rhetoric at Cal Berkeley, and received my Professional Clear English Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University in 1991. In 1994 I taught English at Richmond High School in California, teaching 150 inner city students, many of whom were ESL, most of whom read way below grade level. In my classroom I had one 386 computer with a shell connection to the Internet; with that one computer, I managed to have my students internationally published. My NWREL article "Building 21st Century Collaborative Learning Communities" covers many pragmatic free and inexpensive tools for educators, centering on my own approach to education:
Facilitation-- Validation-- Motivation-- Collaboration
These factors don't receive the attention they deserve in today's classroom. Facing enormous pressures to raise test scores and align to NCLB standards, educators often toss out the virtual window important pedagogy such as constructivism, student-centered learning, and project based learning. There are ways to use the Internet, freeware and "cheapware" to attain standards while still keeping students actively engaged with their own education. The first stop on the road to professional development, collaboration, and a student-centered approach is Tapped In.