Discover CornerProfessional Development Platform V.1 (PDP) dcknet.org Reva McEachern July 20, 2011 Staff Development & Training
Our Audience• School administrators • 3 years experience• Kindergarten teachers • novice • expert
About our learners• They don’t have a lot of time for training• They are under pressure from management to create a literacy rich environment where children have a love of learning• They like to see ideas in action• They learn best by watching other teachers• They do not have a centralized training program
About our Administrators• They have inherited staff from previous owners• They want to increase the use of technology for teaching and training• They need a quality curriculum for their transitional kindergarten program in place
Goals• Provide online access to quick training modules to train kindergarten teachers in developing lesson plans that promote foundational early literacy skills• Provide expert assessment in a metacognitive environment• Provide on-demand access to approved lesson plans and transitional songs designed to create a literacy rich environment
ConceptA Professional Development Portal (PDP) that willallow all teaching staff across the organization toaccess: • How To videos, Quick Trainings and Watch.Rate.Compare learning modules • Job aids including lesson plans, transition songs • posting, evaluation and discovery • Communication and collaboration tools
Why a Portal?The rational for creating a module housedwithin a portal containing communicationtools and other learning content is based onthe following quote:“When successful, instruction, in a time-consumingprocess involving presentation, practice, and feedbackover time, results in a change in the mental state ofthe individual…A system that combines instructionand support is compelling.” (Schaefer, 2006)
4 Primary Sections Also Important User Proﬁle• Things to Learn Post Content• Things to Do• Things to Know• Things to Discuss
Overview of Sections• Things to learn: “how-to” videos.• Things to do: quick training modules. • only modules tied to assessment.• Things to know: industry news.• Things to discuss: forums, help desk (chat).
Assessment• The quick training modules are the only learning content tied to explicitly assessment.• The assessment includes a quiz that is automatically scored and an open-ended assignment, which is scored by the trainer using a rubric.
Quick Training Example: INTENTIONAL READ ALOUDS• Book-format with 12 screens including two assessments – a 6-question quiz and a lesson planning activity respectively• Content presented in text and video formats.
INTENTIONAL READ ALOUDS: What you will learn OVERVIEW: In this lesson you will learn how to give an intentional read aloud. Teachers make the read aloud intentional when they purposely select texts and times with the intent to inspire students to read and write; invest in students language and understandings; and use the read aloud to instruct across the curriculum. Lesson Objectives: Participants will be able to...• Recognize the beneﬁts of Intentional Read Alouds• Select a quality book for an Intentional Read Aloud• Plan a lesson with an Intentional Read Aloud• Teach a lesson with an Intentional Read Aloud
ConclusionSince teachers are busy and many teachersare operating at different levels, a singletraining would prove inefﬁcient bothpedagogically and ﬁnancially. A robustplatform with scalable modules designed forfast and easy consumption offeringparticipatory learning and authentic activitiesreaches teachers at all levels within theorganization, and meets the training goals.
References• Rossett, A., Schaefer, L. (2006). “Job aids and performance support: moving from knowledge in the classroom to knowledge everywhere.” San Diego, CA. (1-19)
Get Started!User and Trainer Instructions are available on the home page. dcknet.org
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