Davonia and I had an incredible time this week in Montreal as a part of the McGill University Distinguished Educators Seminar Series. Welcome to teachers who are visiting this blog for the first time as a result of attending the seminar at the McGill Faculty Club and to the administrators who attended the Wellness and Leadership retreat at Mont Gabriel. A special thanks to Sylvia Sklar for extending the invitation, Donna Wilkinson for the outstanding job of handling the many details, and Mary Stewart for driving us from McGill to Mont Gabriel. To Dr. Lynn Butler-Kisber and Dr. Ted Wall, thank you for making us feel so welcome and being an active part of the seminar. Of course the biggest thanks goes to the teachers and administrators who attended the seminars.
During our time together, we explored ways to handle the papers, the importance of having a “signature tool” to trap everything in one place (with special insight on how to use a digital tool to do the job), how to put repeating tasks on “autopilot,” strategies for handling the incoming flood of information, and how to handle multiple projects. We examined setting up a logical filing system on the computer, backing up files easily, how to organize the internet through the use of an iGoogle page, communicating effectively through paper or a blog, using Google Docs to replace paper forms, helpful yet little-known capabilities of Google, and the productivity boost offered through the use of dual monitors.
We enjoyed good food, made new friends, and discovered that we all face many of the same challenges. Pictures will follow in the next several days!
AnonymousJanuary 24, 2011 3:36 pm
Thanks to Frank the day was fantastic and interesting. I already put some of the tools in Use and will start my Blog this summer for next school year.
Dr. Frank BuckJanuary 24, 2011 6:11 pm
Thanks for the kind words. I think you will find the blog a fun and extremely effective communication tool. If you are looking to compose one to communicate with faculty, take a look at middletonheights.blogspot.com created by Robin Gilbert. She also makes very effective use of Google Docs. All of the documents for her faculty are stored on Google Docs and links on the blog take faculty members to them. For communicating with parents/community, it’s hard to beat rlyoung.blogspot.com Pattie Thomas does a fabulous job of projecting the warmth of her school.