Moving to a blended model for training

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An organization called AVID out of the US asked for my opinion on how to move their training from a face-to-face, Summer Institute model to a blended model that involves engaging teachers over time. Here is my advice.

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Moving to a blended model for training

  1. 1. Musings about Teacher Professional Development
  2. 2. Who am I?
  3. 3. Purpose of My Musings
  4. 4. Conventional Pro-D
  5. 5. Future Model
  6. 6. Changing the Way We do Things
  7. 7. <ul><li>Demographic shifts </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in expectations of service </li></ul><ul><li>Economy + Green </li></ul><ul><li>Technology convergence </li></ul>Global Context
  8. 8. Technology Convergence <ul><li>Extended reach </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate, sort and search </li></ul>
  9. 9. Help Community Builds Solutions
  10. 10. Help Tell Stories
  11. 11. Change the Way We Build and Share
  12. 12. <ul><li>BC Educational Leadership Council </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Roads University </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Teachers Network </li></ul>Change the Way We Train
  13. 13. By Blossomic on Flickr
  14. 14. Considerations?
  15. 15. What the Research Says
  16. 16. My Personal Experience
  17. 17. Challenges <ul><li>Digital divide – access and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Law and Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher culture </li></ul><ul><li>$$$$$ </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing the technology </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Good course design and pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Personal and relevant </li></ul><ul><li>The right motivation </li></ul><ul><li>A good start </li></ul>Recommendations
  19. 19. <ul><li>You need people who think differently </li></ul><ul><li>Single point of entry </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful of the draw to synchronous </li></ul>Recommendations
  20. 20. <ul><li>Champions and experts throughout the US </li></ul><ul><li>Get community input </li></ul><ul><li>Test, pilot, test </li></ul>Recommendations
  21. 21. <ul><li>Focus on business not technology </li></ul><ul><li>Find flexible tools </li></ul><ul><li>Think about new skill sets </li></ul>Recommendations
  22. 22. Some Questions To Ask Yourself <ul><li>Why do you need to change? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you need to do differently? </li></ul><ul><li>What content/process will remain face-to-face? What content/process should go online? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do better online? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the cost-benefit of the change? </li></ul><ul><li>What skill sets do you need? To start? Future? </li></ul>
  23. 23. Email: Tanya.Twynstra@gov.bc.ca Twitter – Ttwynstra Phone – 250-507-2163

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