Pulling It All Together

Tech-To’s

Pulling It All Together

Throughout this course, I have been introduced to a number of studies and videos that point to better professional learning for educators.  I plan to apply what I’ve learned to PL for the teachers on my campus.  As mentioned earlier, the teachers on my campus tend to be apprehensive when it comes to technology in the classroom.  In one of my previous posts, I presented a slide share that expresses Gulamhussein’s 5 Principles for Effective PD and how it relates to my school.

Other areas I plan to address are collaboration, audience, needs, leadership, timeline, instructional design, and resources.  These areas were addressed in the last blog post, but have since been updated.

Collaboration

  • Teachers will work together during sessions to help each other. They will pair themselves with teachers from a different grade level as themselves.  This will help them open their eyes to what students need exposure and experience with and at what grade level.  I will also meet with teachers as needed and scheduled.

Leadership

  • The instructional technologist for the district and I will lead the components which is why the courses will be held on a monthly basis.

The Audience and Their Needs

  • The PL is optional for teachers who need and want it. Teachers sign up for each course individually.

Timeline

  • We’ll begin with monthly meetings during the fall semester. If the sessions are successful and the teachers want more, we will begin scheduling and creating sessions for the spring semester.
  • September – O365 & OneDrive
  • October – iPads in the Elementary Classroom
    • Prezi Presentation – http://prezi.com/kfr-j-rndjcr/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
    • Teachers will have iPads from the library.
    • Teachers will have time to play with each of the apps and decide which one is best for their classroom and their students.
    • Teachers will bring lesson plans and will choose 1 app per core subject to integrate with the iPads.
    • We will create as a group.
    • Teachers can schedule one-on-one training sessions with instructional technologist or myself.
  • November – Presentation Makers
    • Presentation Tools PDF – presentation-tools
    • Teachers will have iPads from the library or desktops in the computer lab. Teachers can choose which tool works best for them.
    • Teachers will have time to play with each of the programs and decide which one is best for their classroom and their students.
    • Teachers will bring lesson plans and will choose 1 program to integrate into their classroom.
    • We will create as a group.
    • Teachers can schedule one-on-one training sessions with instructional technologist or myself.
  • December – Videos & Animations
    • Video & Animation PDF – videos-animations
    • Teachers will have iPads from the library or desktops in the computer lab. Teachers can choose which tool works best for them.
    • Teachers will have time to play with each of the programs and decide which one is best for their classroom and their students.
    • Teachers will bring lesson plans and will choose 1 program to integrate into their classroom.
    • We will create as a group.
    • Teachers can schedule one-on-one training sessions with instructional technologist or myself.

Instructional Design

Resources

  • Desktop computers
  • iPads
  • Software & apps listed above
  • Internet access
  • Videos, articles, and training session resources can be found in the timeline above.

 

I know that a lot of this feels like “sit & get” PD, but this is not the case for the teachers on my campus.  They are going to be given the opportunity to play and create, ask questions, and explore with their coworkers numerous apps and programs that normally get thrown at them in a one-hour session.  I can’t wait to implement this in the fall!

 

References:

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the Teachers Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability. Center for Public Education. Retrieved from http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Staffingstudents/Teaching-the-Teachers-Effective-Professional-Development-in-an-Era-of-High-Stakes-Accountability/Teaching-the-Teachers-Full-Report.pdf

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