23 Things at MPJ — An Introduction
Welcome to “23 Things at MPJ.”
This program is intended to support and expand our use of technology with each other and our students. The goal is ease, comfort and collaboration.
There is no test, not even at the end.
There is a prize, however.
And, yes, it’s an iPad.
All you have to do is complete the program and you will be eligible for the draw.
The program is designed to be completed over 10 weeks. We will take a break after the fifth and the tenth week, so everyone can catch up. 23 Things is an individual effort, but if you would like some pointers, as you work your way through, support may available each Monday afternoon, after school, in the library from your fellow learners. You will need to chat (maybe online?) and set up a collaboration group.
Good luck and here’s hoping you are the winner!
As the use of social media expands, our students and our colleagues are increasingly meeting, sharing and cooperating online. Five years ago, Helene Blowers of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library designed a learning program to introduce library staff to Web 2.0 technologies. Through a Creative Commons Licence, she made the program freely available to anyone interested. Under that licence, it has since been used many times in many different contexts.
This is MPJ’s version for school staff.
Monsignor Percy Johnson
Monsignor Percy Johnson is a publicly funded Catholic secondary school in the North West of Toronto. The school is part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. This site is one element in a varied Academic Instructional Communications Technology strategy and is intended to support student success and literacy.
Feel free to work with us even if you are not on staff. Unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for prizes. Your comments and contributions are appreciated.
- How does this online learning program work?
This is a self-discovery program which encourages all of us to take control of our own learning and to utilize our lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. We are encouraged to work together and share our discoveries, and techniques both in person and through our blogs.
- Is this program open to all MPJ staff or just some?
This program is open to ALL MPJ staff regardless of position. If you are not a member of the MPJ staff, you are welcome to follow along, however we cannot award you any prizes for completion.
- How long do I have to complete the program?
The program kicks off October 26, 2011 and officially wraps up on
January 18. 2012March 30, 2012. Staff who complete all 23 Things by January 18 will qualify for the final draw. Smaller prizes will be given to all who complete the program.
- How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
Each staff member who chooses to participate in this program will be required to keep a blog to track progress and will also need to register each item completed by completing and entry in your blog and adding a comment on the 23 Things Week by Week page found here.
- If I’m not an MPJ staff member, can I still participate?
Yes, by all means. However, MPJ cannot award you any incentives or prizes for completion. Having said that, we welcome participants from other schools and beyond.
- Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
No, this is a self-directed learning program. If you feel you need assistance with an item, you are encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another staff member who can help. Reading other staff member’s blogs can help, too. And don’t forget that participants are encouraged to meet in the library on Mondays after school.
- I’ve seen the list of 23 Things on the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
Each week, two or three posts will be added to the master blog with details about the discovery exercises for that week. The reason for this staggered approach is to allow participants the ability to focus each week on a different area without feeling overwhelmed.
- Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?
Yes, of course. You are encouraged to self-direct your discovery process, especially by working ahead on your own!! However, if you do work ahead on some items, be sure to check back on the exercise details for each item once they are posted so you can be sure to receive full credit for its completion.
- What if I need help – who can I call?
Since this program is self-directed and is being completed by many staff members throughout the system simultaneously, you are encouraged to work with colleagues along your discovery journey. To find a list of staff participating see the list of participants’ blogs.
- I would like to be eligible for the draw and the minor prizes, but don’t feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, can I participate anonymously?
Yes & No. Since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can limit the information you share. However, in order to receive the prize and qualify for the draw, you will need to identify yourself and post your progress.
- Once I complete all 23 things, how do I get my prize?
If you complete 23 Things by January 18, 2012 your minor prize will be delivered at the following staff meeting. The draw will take place at that staff meeting and the iPad will be awarded then. If you complete 23 Things after this date, there is NO guarantee that you will receive the incentive.
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For more information about 23 Things at MPJ and our hope to foster collaborative teaching and learning practices in Web 2.0 or questions about duplicating this program for your own school staff contact:Marcello Mancuso Vice Principal Msgr. Percy Johnson C.S.S.
Learning 2.0 Program Notes:
SevenBest Practices on Learning 2.0 & Two Additions
- Customizing Learning 2.0 ( or how to de-PLCMC-ize the exercises)
- Learning 2.0 Evaluations (links to participant evaluations in Del.icio.us)
- 23rd thing posted (links to early participants evaluations)
- Learning 2.0: Steal this idea update
- Learning 2.0 Wow!!!
- Other program notes on LibraryBytes.com – Learning 2.0
- Learning 2.0 presentation recap (slides)
23 Things at MPJ and OLS by Marcello Mancuso, Joe Genova, Irene Mychajluk is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at plcmcl2-about.blogspot.com.