WOOT WOOT! Tonight, I left my district Staff Development committee meeting totally thrilled! My full summer academy budget from several years ago (previously cut in half), has been reinstated. So, the brainstorming begins…. Here are some possibilities that I am tooling in my head. Would love to hear feedback and other ideas!
- eLearning – Flipped, hybrids, fully online – Whether it is learning how to create 24/7 learning objects to developing fully online courses, we need to break “school” learning from our classroom’s traditional 4 walls. We have received some great recognition of our Flipped Math/No textbooks curriculum…It makes sense that we continue to expand it to other classrooms or schools.
- Moblile Learning – iPods, IPads, BYOD – we have them all and we need a better understanding on how to integrate them into our classrooms. According to a recent (HS) survey, 80% of our students have a device, yet only 22% of our classrooms allow them on a regular basis. We need to understand their potential. Of course, increasing the amount of online content will help – but I feel we need to showcase the possibilities of using these devices to create learning artifacts vs. just passively watching videos or surfing the web. The biggest challenge, finding/understanding apps/sites that are endpoint independent. They are out there – we just need to put them in our “bag o tricks”. Possibly find a MN expert to visit?
- Collaboration – At the top of this list is Google Apps for Education. While there are tons and TONS of cool and collaborative things that can happen in our classrooms…there is just as many time savers and opportunities to collaborate in our offices. Right behind GAFE is social media and Web 2.0. So many tools, so little time. Leaving with just 1 tool, is enough to begin the transformation of a classroom. I might have to steal @Mark Garrison’s 50 sites in 50 minutes idea…. Or better yet – invite him. (Hmmm)
- PLN – Why wait for district sponsored events to learn? There are many opportunities for us to connect to learning opportunities when we are ready to learn… Not to mention, we can connect and collaborate with some fantastic people! (and I certainly have – thank you PLN!)
- IWB – I know, I know, not everyone is on the IWB bandwagon, but we have already spent the $ and have them installed in our classrooms. We need to improve our staffs use of these devices. Truly finding ways to make them Interactive (with students vs. the Sage on the Stage) is worth looking into. Also looking at specialized training according to subject area. Special Ed, Early Childhood, elementary math, reading, science – as well as effectively incorporating them at the MS and HS.
- Other possibilities… Utilizing Formative Assessments, Improving Reading, Math, Science instruction, Differentiation, RTI, PLCs. Not all of our academy sessions solely focused on technology – so these are some opportunities. I would LOVE to hear of MN experts who I could possibly connect with on these topics to have them come for a visit!
Below is the data I collect every year after our academy. Thought it was appropriate to share. I really would like to see the Teacher Lesson/PLPs increased. Maybe the extra $ will help support that goal. I also want to expand online learning opportunities – Anytime, anywhere learning is very appealing – especially with busy summer schedules. Here are the offerings from last year goo.gl/LtPxB.
Bears Professional Growth Academy 2012 will be August 7-9. Well at least the f2f opportunities. Looking forward to another great summer of learning!