3 thoughts on “Episode 4 – PDPs, Edmodo, Digital Footprints & Tweets In The Newspaper

  1. Another great episode. I wrote a bit of a reflection on the P&D when it was first announced. http://readingwritingresponding.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/when-assessment-of-performance-is-not.html My concerns were that beyond the ‘key domains’ it was confusing as to how such areas would be measured, there is little room for real life-long learning and instead of celebrating innovation (and the occasional failure), we encourage the conservative. Fine there are some improvements, I just feel that it could have been done better.
    In regards to Edmodo, I had a similar eye opening experience the other day with Youtube and proxies http://readingwritingresponding.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/no-evil-here-tale-about-blocking.html Made me wonder whether locking everything down as we do so often is the best answer? Firstly, where there is a will there is a way. But secondly, are we really modelling ‘best practise’ this way? Was really left thinking after listening to the interview with Alec Couros on the Ed Tech Crew http://www.edtechcrew.net/podcast/ed-tech-crew-235-interview-alec-couros

    • Hi Aaron,
      Thanks again for commenting.
      I believe that at this very moment, the department are about to reveal the ‘measuring tool’ to principals and there is some genuine concern around schools about this tool. Like you said, perhaps this tool will attempt to measure the ‘unmeasurable’. But I agree with your statement above, it’s just too difficult for some innovative things to be measured in a ‘number’ kind of way.
      Thanks for sharing the links to your articles. I will read and reply in due course.
      Cheers,
      Rick

  2. The fact that students can easily sign up as a teacher is something that surprises me about Edmodo. The option to sign up as a teacher should require something harder that doesn’t allow students to do it. This isn’t a criticism of Edmodo, more that I think we forget sometimes how well students can not only use technology but how well they can do it in such a manner that we don’t know about it. Whose to say our students don’t do more of this stuff outside of the classroom that we don’t know about?

    Thanks again for the reply Aaron, I had a good read of that article and as I mentioned in my tweet I think it’s really relevant to how teachers are feeling. As discussed in the podcast I don’t think teachers mind the PDP process as a whole, but it’s the manner in which they want to rate that performance that strikes fear both in teachers and principals alike. It’s something we will all keep an eye on and I know that Rick and I are keen to discuss it further in future podcasts!

    Cheers,
    Adam.

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