1. What are you doing to retain participants?
2. How are you implementing updates/changes to the ____ course?
3. Whare are you doing to assist teachers with incorporating current classroom requirements into their unit plans?
4. What are optional resources that can be used within the Intel curriculum?
5. How do you get MTs to redeliver?
6. How do get the partner activities to work effectively?
7. What are some techniques for mentoring MTs?
Table 3 - Brainstorm discussion topics re: Best Practices for any course
Methods of teaming and ice-breakers
Peer feedback - getting started, focusing on what's important
Creating quality unit plans
Follow up after PT training - what's working in the classroom? Which tools work?
Best Known Practices in Training: (Discussion starters)
How do you motivate PTS/MTs to finish the course?
An incentive to help teachers actually use their units is to hold on to their certificate until the trainer can see the unit implemented.
What are some neat ideas for showcasing?
What are the best configurations you've used to schedule face-to-face trainings? hybrid trainings?
What are some pre-training activities do you do? How about post-training?
What are some innovative incentive ideas? (don't cost money)
Best known practices in training: (Discussion Starters) E-online: How do you get a deep discussion on a relvent topic? Did your MTs have difficulty with suggestions?
Best known practices in training...
Online...what are the characteristics to be successful for online learning - help them get over the hurdle and be very specific about expectations.
Have a checklist of criteria for online learning to gauge whether you will be successful in online learning.
Have a class before the online class to prepare them to be successful and see if online learning will be for you and explain what is expected.
Bring together the online group together at the end to review facilitation techniques and answer any questions.
If there are teachers in the same building or buddy that you can work with or problem solve with help each other.
Some use Skype to support people or another video conferencing tool such as Elluminate.
Some also used screen capture as a help guide.
What is the ideal timeline for an online class? 8 weeks? 12 Weeks?
Table 2 - Discussion Starters for Best Practices for training
1. End of the Day Procedures - "Ticket out the Door" "Question of the day" - it was chance for participants to question, comment, critique
2. Retention strategies during the Essentials Online course
3. Adding face to face time to help participants with the online course.
4. What strategies have been used to keep the group in the same module during the online course when the face to face days are spread out?
5. What are the training strategies that are different for a PT course and an MT course.
BKP in Training:
Start off with icebreakers, post "get to know each other" page on the wiki
Sharing resources on wiki
Encourage collaboration for portfolio development, the support is a powerful tool to keep the participants going.
With small groups, encourage common collaboration within subject areas
Compare elementary and secondary views on topics and discussions.
Hold online courses over a longer period of time and hold a weekly meeting to keep connections going.
Review key points and information in announcements.
Use Adobe Connect to facilitate "office hours", the voice part is a plus, sometimes you can't type fast enough, archive the meetings
How do you encourage MTs to complete their turnaround in their districts?
Encourage MTs to pair up when turning training
Table 6 Discussion starters:
End of session question cards.
Review use of unit plan check off list(s) often.
Get to know your audience before training.
Get to know your audience before training.
Table 8: Brainstorm discussion starters dealing with Best Practices for trainings: (or *Promising Practices...)
Essentials: Know your audience. Know other commitments they have made. Be flexible regarding schedule...have sponge or deepening activities... Find out whether the district recommends a particular blog or wiki site for their teachers, whether all teachers have websites or delicious sites etc.
For either Essentials: making a powerpoint or brochure are way too *last century* for some audiences. They immediately jump in and make a web 2.0 feature such as voicethread, bubbl.us, mixbooks, sketchcast, etc.
Essentials Online: demystify! Show MT candidates all along where you are getting the announcements, the task list, and so on. Don't wait until the end of the course.
An online facilitator training course would be helpful. Training in how to facilitate deeper discussions, etc.
All courses: need incentives for the MT trainees... or a formalized set of communications that help districts to understand that they need to provide some incentives and/or leadership reminders.
Table 10: Best known practices for training:
comment cards, follow up (being available), set up timeline for completions, get feedback from admin on evaluating units, tie CEU credit to teaching the unit
Essentials: clarifying that units are never complete, always a work in progress
Essentials Online: set up chat group for support throughout
TwT: brainstorm curriculum connections for each tool,