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Alternative Professional Development at Techknowledgy 2010

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  • 1. “Alternative” Professional Development As presented on November 11, 2010 at Techknowledgy Conference 2010 Created using Wordle.net
  • 2. Talking Points  What’s the difference between “PD” and “Training”?  What content are we doing during PD?  What are the problems with traditional “Butt-In- Chair” PD?  What are some solutions to these problems?  A word about “Follow-up Activities”  A word about training by community building
  • 3. What's the difference between "PD" and "Training"?  PD:  Ongoing process  Often, but not always, mandatory  Provided to larger audiences  May contain more theory  Training:  May be provided to student and/or teacher  May contain more “hands-on” interaction  Provided to a smaller number of individuals  Content is typically on one specific tool or idea
  • 4. What content are we doing during PD? Note: These answers to the question are summative based ● Boardmaker on audience participation and discussion. ● AT devices ● AT considerations ● Authoring programs ● Free online tools ● Read Outloud
  • 5. What are the problems with traditional “Butt-In-Chair” PD? ● Time to schedule training ● Paraprofessionals time for training ● Limit time for teachers to participate in trainings ● A lot of people sign-up, few people show up for trainings ● Repeated presentations of the same materials to many individuals on an individual basis ● Too many people with different needs Note: These answers to the question are summative based on audience participation and discussion.
  • 6. What are some solutions to these problems? Short videos (2-3 minutes) also videos can not be boring. THEY NEED TO BE FUN! :) Snag it, smart recorder, adobe captivate, Jing 3. Put everything on a share drive where it is accessible to everyone at school. Screenjelly.com (free) online, screentoaster.com (free) Cheat sheets, video, both: multiple means of representation Time: punch cards (prizes for filling up your card for attending sessions). Top ten list, games, send out fliers to ATM ambassador and see when faculty is available. Note: These answers to the question are summative based on audience participation and discussion.
  • 7. Uh, don't forget to mention these you knucklehead!  Strategy-A-Day Calendar  Creation & Distribution  Desktop Background Survey Results  Multimedia Version
  • 8. Training by Community Building  When training on a specific tool that is not available to general educators (for example, a specific AAC device) form communities of teachers who are working with students who are using these devices.  Example: 5 teachers (along with related services) in the county are working with students who are using a SpringBoard Lite (Augmentative Communication Device). Quarterly meetings to bring these minds together to share strategies, data collection techniques, and resources may decrease likelihood of abandonment, decrease time spend recreating same resources, and increase student achievement/integration.
  • 9. What's a PLN?  Personal Learning Network (Environment)-  Educators making connections with other educators.  Foster and build this within educators  What tools do we use to make up our own PLNs?  Sorry- we ran out of time to do this one as a group- but here are a few that I would have guessed would have been mentioned: • Twitter Youtube/Teachertube/Schooltube • Facebook Plurk • Moodle/Blackboard/Angel Ning/Classroom 2.0 • iPod/Podcasts Others? •
  • 10. Contact Information  Chris.Bugaj@lcps.org  Attipscast@gmail.com  Twitter.com/attipscast  Facebook (A.T.TIPPERS Group)  Classroom 2.0 (A.T.TIPPERS Group)
  • 11. This Presentation www.slideshare.net/attipscast
  • 12. One Last Thing Check out Night Light Stories! Free audio stories for children of all ages www.nightlightstories.net
  • 13. Really, One Last Thing The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team www.iste.org/chewat