It's about time to schedule summer professional development opportunities. How do you advertise your workshops and courses? Social Networks? Email? Brochures? Additionally, once the course is fully running or ended, how do you continue to build communication and networks with your participants?
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OMG...I have been stalking the ipevo doc cam. If you don't know what is it then check out my posts in the Gadget thread http://engage.intel.com/message/1084#1084 It may not be perfect for Glen W (he is so picky) but it would work for me...LOL!
We have summer sessions all focused during one week and it is called Flip Flop. You may be thinking summer footwear but no...this means that participants can flip flop through the sessions. I believe there are 66 during that week. Our district likes to focus on one week so teachers could dedicate a week of summer to PD. They will also have a technology showcase that week at the FF so table displays with instructional activities, strategies etc will be out for teachers to gather great ideas.
Any other PD we have will go out in our email system called "In the Know". Since we have a PD section in our district they like all PD to go through them. I will be presenting and to stay in touch with my attendees I will use a wiki. I will leave the comment feature on so anyone can give feedback. I have used delicious in the past and tagged links but the wiki will give more flexibility by adding text. I am learning more and more about edmodo and seeing a great potential for this tool with PD follow-up. FETC had an edmodo account this year and posted presentations using this site. I think Lady Dy of the Dynamic Duo should give us an update on what she is doing with it during the share fest at the March webinar. What...you haven't registered for this fab webinar? Get with it and register here http://engage.intel.com/message/21973#21973.
Susan knows I'm considered the Gadget King in my district. I'm still considering how a IPevo Point 2 View Document Camera could be used by my students. The main consideration at this point would be documenting Biology dissections (you should have seen how excited students were for the Squid dissection last month!) I think it would have been fun for students to create a video that documented the entire process.
It would be fun to participate in Susan's District PD - I like the idea of selecting from a variety of choices!
My district sets up a summer schedule for all offerings. All "advertisement" of courses is completed by the District PD office. There is a print catalog sent out to schools and an email to the PD electronic catalog. Usually possible classes are not determined until late March or April. When I teach, I provide a wiki and blog that remains up throughout and after the trainings I provide. In addition, I create an email list and send updates to those who participated about upcoming events they might find interesting (based on the class content.)
Our current Technology offerings (for the last couple of years) has basically focused on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. What suggestions could be made to district PD people to encourage them to consider helping teachers prepare to allow students to meet NETS-S standards?
I love Glen's comment...What suggestions could be made to district PD people to encourage them to consider helping teachers prepare to allow students to meet NETS-S standards?
I have always fought for something I thought was so simple in our state. The state should create a technology assessment for admin, teachers and students which can be specifically aligned to the NETS. Yes...we have tech assessments for all those people but in my opinion the survey is not as effective as it could be....Do you consider yourself a novice or expert in tech integration...REALLY????? What should be done? Align the NETS and then after the assessment provide PD for those stds in the NETS. My districts aligns all PD to the NETS-T and if you complete a course in a std then you get a sticker for a classroom NETS-T poster to show what stds you have been working on but I think the assessment would allow a teacher to create a roadmap of PD according to the needs. If a teacher is learning about NETS and taking courses for professional growth then the chances of teachers preparing students to meet NETS-S standards will be greater.
I'm interested in seeing your idea of what would be in such a teacher / administrator NETS-T or NETS-A assessment. I proposed the concept to my district IT director. He looked at me like I had come from another universe! Of course, I also made suggestions about how a teacher's improvement on such an assessment would lead to more technology being provided for that teacher's classroom. I'm sure he was seeing dollar signs fly out of my room as he knows I push the NETS-T every chance I get. I tried to get him to understand this was NOT to get more "stuff" for my room, but to encourage others in our district to consider implementing NETS-T in their own rooms.
In my opinion, I may know a lot about technology ... BUT I am the first to admit I can and still want to learn more. When I try to grow in my own NETS-T abilities, I find more opportunities for students to do the NETS-S.
Susan, take a look at the LoTi assessment. I've used it with a few districts and love the detail it gives back to me. It includes alignment to NETS-T and creates a report for each school on what the priorities should be based on the pre-assessment and again after the post-assessment. A basic assessment is free: Loti Website and they have pricing for more customized questions.
We have a week of technology training during the summer. Workshops are set up across the county and posted on the the school's staff development page. Teachers register for the workshops and attend on the designated time and location. An email is sent to particiipants to confirm their participation. CEU credit is given and teachers use the credit as needed to renew certification.
I'm really hoping to re-ignite West Virginia's group of Faculty Review MTs with the new Elements Courses. Just this morning, I sent everyone an email with lots of information and links, am planning some refresher webinars, and will follow-up with a printed letter (that will include on of the new Intel post-it-note booklets).
I'll be doing something similar for the Essentials and Teaching Thinking MTs. Next month, I'm scheduled to present an Intel Teach update to all the county Technology Contacts at their annual conference.
We're hoping to deliver the Elements Assessment course through our D2L LMS in late spring - just waiting for an update as to the status of the re-build. If it's not ready, I'll have to re-group and come up with a new plan since it's a big chunk of the professional development hours for our Technology Integration Specialists.
Most of our advertising and sharing of info on PD is through our website and we have and email system where we share info. We used to create flyers and brochures but generally we don't do a lot of that. We have an electronic system that most of the schools use for teachers to register (MyLearningPlan) and that is how teachers get approval for courses and then attendance is done through the system. The system also allows you to do follow up with surveys or email the whole group by the courses they have taken. I find that teachers often ask to keep Moodle open if we have done a course and put some of the info in there when the course is done but they don't often go back to the resource even though they have the best of intentions.
For myself, I do most of my networking through email within my district and then for the state the majority of people I have trained through Intel courses have become my friends on Facebook or in my PLN through Plurk.
Recently, I had the privilege to present at a Kansas tech conference where dozens of former Intel MT candidates attended. Talk about a wonderful multi-class reunion. Many have asked when the next courses will be offered or how they can get involved with the Elements Courses.
Dyane, I usually send out an email with a link to a Survey Monkey survey for the Superintendents/Principals to fill out. Once they have completed the form, I usually make phone contact and talk about possible dates and content. We also have a quarterly county admin meeting and I make contact there as well. Over the past four years I have built good relationships with the admin in my area and usually have no troubles contacting them. I also have a lot of correspondence from the districts asking for more PD.
As far as communication with teachers following a training, at the beginning of a training I usually have them fill out a Google form asking for names and email addresses. I have had very little push-back from districts about this. With these emails, I am able to target information that I receive to the teachers on a "need to know" basis. That way I don't flood email boxes with emails a certain teacher may not need or want.
I am scheduled to deliver Intel Essentials in the summer if funding is there. Over the summer, my department of Instructional Technology Services offers many different oppurtunities in technology based professional development such as Smart board training and apps for education. The sessions run several weeks out of summer and teachers have the oppurtunity to take as many sessions as their schedules permit. I am looking forward to teaching the Intel Essentials course in the summer over 2 weeks time. This spring, I delivered the Intel course over 13 weeks and it was very sucessful.
Dawn, do the teachers you work with get a stipend for taking the PD or do they do this on their own? How do you "get the word out" about your trainings? Do you have the opportunity to visit the classrooms of the teachers you have trained to see how they are doing or help them implement their "new" tech skills?
How do you advertise your workshops and courses? Well, we mainly rely on email and our website to inform teachers what is available. AIso use Twitter to contact specific individuals that I think may be interested in a particular topic. I am finding that Twitter can work better than email in some instances of the more advanced "geeky" teachers! They tend to check Twitter a lot and tend to hit the "delete" button in their email.
Trainings in my district have an "Approved Advertising" method. First, the professional development schedule is posted on the district website. A copy of the schedule of professional development opportunities is sent out via the district email service to all teachers. (I know most teachers in my building never open these gems .) Two or three printed copies of the professional development opportunities are sent to each school. These copies are placed on the counter near the teacher mailboxes. I was told this is our district's method of "advertising" and the hinted suggestion was to NOT try to do anything different.
I find it interesting that other "advertising" methods are discouraged. I also am surprised that if a class fills quickly, no attempt is made to create another training option until the next trimester. That's right folks ... these schedules happen 3x a year (Fall, Winter, and Summer.)
I need some good suggestions I can provide the PD department on how or why the schedule should NOT be set in concrete but be flexible based on teacher needs. Perhaps you can hear me asking ... "Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?"
Smoke you ROCK! I like the idea of sharing my Google Calendar with friends . I'm thinking if I just share my calendar, others might "see when I've got a training scheduled" and most typically get excited enough about trainings to share it with their teacher friends. Perhaps sharing (without advertising) might work.
Do you think something similar to the picture below would help "advertise" upcoming trainings?
Dyane, Glen, have you seen the new feature in Google Calendar that lets you create a URL for appointments that you can embed in websites. I am sure there's a way to use this for creating a dynamic PD calendar with signups.
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Something our Kansas ITA has done to advertise our summer workshops is created a flyer and sent it across the state listservs. So far, this has driven several teachers our direction from districts that haven't previously been a part of Intel courses. Yay! We're building our network and spreading the good news that project based learning is awesome!
Also, in the Elements courses I teach online, I'm requiring those participants to come and listen to an Intel Teach Live webinar and be a part of our community. What better way for them to network with other fabulous educators?
I like the idea of having the Essentials group have to participate in a webinar. I'll have to remember that idea. We are working with our statewide Teacher's Union to help advertise and register for our Intel courses. It is a perfect match and it is one place where all the teachers have access across the state. The New York State United Teachers has been very supportive of our PD efforts.
I will share my workshops through email, brochures, my page on the school website. Once the session has ended, I will periodically check with the teachers to see how they have incorporated the tools or if they have questions. They will be able to verify the tools worked and how they used them in their classes for future training sessions.
Hey Jodi and welcome to the community!
Brochures are excellent tools. Don't forget that you can download a brochure about the Thinking Tools course in the Master Teacher Resources here. It's a fantastic flyer.
I am so excited to start technology training in our district. We have been so behind and now with the help of these and several new tools we will be voyaging ahead! All teachers were recently handed a laptop as they left the school door for summer....so I was thinking I could make a short "advertisment" for a commercial on upcoming summer trainings and send it out to all of them! I might even through in a little music I created with a new "jingle" our district could use as our slogan for the next year of big changes we are about to engage in! It would be more exciting than just another email or something in their mailbox and bonus...it would get them excited about the new technology they have in their hands!
I have been in a district that did not offer very much tech training although we continued to get more technology....I am a go getter and have been attending several training's on my own. I just switched to a new district and I ended up in a training with one of the trainers! I am looking forward to having training available in my district on just programs that I can include in my classroom. That is amazing! Great districts will have tech individuals that train staff to incorporate technology into their classrooms. I also like the idea of a "commercial" with a jingle. Adults love to be entertained!