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2006- Overcoming Obstacles

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES KEYNOTE”Unleash the Potential: Remix Obstacles into Opportunities!”

Anne Davis
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Blog: http://anne.teachesme.com/
Twitter: @anne773

Presentation Title
“Unleash the Potential: Remix Obstacles into Opportunities!”

Anne Davis is an educator with over 20 years experience as an elementary classroom teacher, an instructional lead teacher, a reading specialist, and an instructional technology specialist. She currently works at Georgia State University in the Instructional Technology Center in the College of Education as an Information Systems Training Specialist. She provides support and instruction to faculty, staff and students in areas of the curriculum, teaching strategies, technology standards, and ideas and issues in instructional technology. She provides instructional technology outreach to practicing teachers. Anne is known for seeing the educational possibilities in the use of projects with students and teachers in K-12 classrooms and at the university level.

This keynote will reflect on some of the most significant obstacles we face as we focus on best practice in the use of Web 2.0 tools to transform teaching and learning. The discussion will center on the crucial role that relationships, conversations, connections and networks play in supporting effective learning. It will also include suggestions and ideas for action, as well as approaches that foster discussions which result in effective strategies to overcome obstacles.

(Since this presentation is audio-only, a YouTube version is not available)


Supporting Links
A Difference – Darren Kuropatwa’s blog

Bloglines – A FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content.

Learning is what you do in school and fun happens outside: Discuss – Ewan McIntosh’s blog

K12@ Online Conference – The Kick-off”¦And a touchdown – Darren Kuropatwa’s blog

Read dangerously irrelevant by guest author, Jon Becker – Scott McLeod’s blog

Zachary’s Weblog – a fifth grade student’s blog

Seize the time! – Anne Davis’ blog

Fifth grade post by Patrick, a fifth grade student

My Thank You post by Patrick, a fifth grade student

Remixing Obstacles into Opportunities – PBwiki on obstacles/opportunities


  1. Julie Lindsay

    Anne, I am thinking hard about how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity. Sometimes during the working week there seem to be so many ‘obstacles’ that I feel clousterphobic. I totally empathise with your views on needing to be working with the students. As an administrator I still have a teaching load, but my classes are like fresh air to me after meetings and problem solving and planning etc etc for the rest of my time. I am very reluctant to let them go. This is where I work through many of the obstacles that others find and help to show other teachers good examples of what is possible and what does improve communication and learning.
    My looming obstacle is a parent education evening where I have elected to discuss digital literacy and eLearning and how it improves education and benefits the students….I think I may be throwing myself to the wolves here. However, I was heartened by a conversation with parents today (remember I am in Bangladesh but many of our parents are well educated and well travelled) about social networking sites and found their attitude to be positive and their knowledge broad about the good and not so good aspects.
    After hearing you tonight I feel heartened and reinvigorated to start planning for my parent meeting and determined to turn it into an opportunity to share experiences, discuss fears and show examples of learning in the 21st century using the tools that these parents pay a lot of money for in school fees. Wish me luck! Thanks Anne for your inspiration!

  2. Quentin D'Souza

    Hi Anne,

    You always write about thought provoking topics. I enjoyed your presentation and wanted to comment on the obstacles examples with regards to Internet Filters. Perhaps to get some discussion going around this topic, since it really interests me.

    Just looking from another perspective – hopefully district filters will improve in order to have a local overide for educators who have the knowledge, but I’m not sure all educators are at the same point regarding knowledge of information literacy as those educators visiting this conference. We might think of all the other staff that we work with. Don’t get me wrong – I want them to be – but without teacher education and PD that concentrates around ICT and Information Literacy, I don’t think we will be. I also hope that national and provincial curriculum expectations will include ICT and Information Literacy, as part of Numeracy and Literacy programs.

    As I pointed out to Bud earlier, who would be a prime candidate for a Internet Filter overide.

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  5. Wade Bosworth

    As I started listening to this keynote, I was thinking of some of the obstacles that are currently in the way of current initiatives and thinking about obstacles that have been overcome in the past. I was wondering how many would fit into the items being “remixed.” One way that we have been turning obstacles into opportunities is to make people (especially school board members) aware of what the obstacles are — share our vision for our classroom.

    “Seize the time.” Reflection is a key piece to our district’s mentoring goals and is a pivotal part of the new teacher certification program in Wisconsin. I like your ideas on how blogging can address these needs without being a huge time commitment. Thanks for all the ideas about overcoming obstacles — it was encouraging.

    Thanks for the wiki. I have put it in my new delicious account and hopefully will come back to it often and maybe even submit something. Thanks!

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