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Staff development ideas when you are starting a 1-to-1 computer program in your school

Staff development ideas when you are starting a 1-to-1 computer program in your school

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  • 1. 1-to-1 Series: Staff Development Ideas that Work!
    By
    Sally Garza
    Director of Technology
    Lawrence Upper School
  • 2.
    • Sally Garza
    • 3. Director of Technology
    • 4. Lawrence Upper School
    About ME
  • 5.
    • Lawrence School is an independent school in Sagamore Hills and Broadview Heights, Ohio that specializes in teaching students with learning differences.
    About ME
  • 6. Philosophy of Technology Professional Development
    • Purpose is to assist teachers in integrating technology seamlessly into their curriculum
    • 7. Technology should = E2
    • 8. Efficient & Effective
  • Major Steps inTechnology Professional Development
    Step 1:
    Make teachers aware of what technology and training are available
    Step 2:
    Make teachers comfortable in using technology including how to troubleshoot technology issues
    Step 3:
    Help teachers in being comfortable in assisting students with technology
  • 9. Lawrence School’s Technology
    Grades 1-6 at Lower School Campus
    Computer Labs
    Teachers with laptops
    AlphaSmart NEO’s available for checkout for 5-6th graders as needed (dsygraphia, written expression issues, ADHD…)
    2-3 laptops available in each classroom for use in class
    SmartBoards in all classrooms (just this year)
  • 10. Lawrence School’s Technology
    Grades 7-12 at Upper School Campus
    Tablet PC 1-1 program at high school grades
    Student/parent purchased at 9th grade
    Laptop 1-1 program at middle school grades
    School owned computers
    Teachers = tablet computers w/docks
  • 11. Whole Group Instruction
    • Theater/conference type setting gaining information through a lecture-style format
    • 12. Topics range from:
    • 13. Overviews of new policy, procedure, software, services, hardware
    • 14. Not recommended for step-by-step instruction, unless they are very basic instructions and teachers all have computers with them
    • 15. Tips:
    • 16. Keep relatively short (10-30 minutes)
    • 17. Use lots of pictures or visuals if available
    • 18. Try to get audience participation if applicable
  • Whole Group Instruction
    Pros:
    Usually best for introduction to new service, policy, software, hardware
    Great for generating ideas amongst staff members on how to utilize technology
    Cons:
    Hard to make sure everyone understands new concepts
    Not good for step-by-step instruction of tech skills
    May need to do individual review with individuals lacking tech savviness
  • 19. Tuesdays Tech Tips of the Week
    • Weekly mini-lesson sent to all faculty on a quick technology tip
    • 20. Topics range from:
    • 21. Online grade book tips
    • 22. How to use comment feature in Word
    • 23. How to create a Photo Album in Power Point
    • 24. How to add a printer to their computer
    • 25. Tips:
    • 26. Keep 1-2 pages long
    • 27. Use lots of pictures and screenshots
    • 28. Use simple steps
    • 29. Distribute:
    • 30. Email as text or attachment
    • 31. Word/PDF ii
    • 32. Post to blog, bulletin board and/or a website
  • Tuesdays Tech Tips of the Week
  • 33. Tuesdays Tech Tips of the Week
    • Pros:
    • 34. Allows simple instruction to be shared with faculty
    • 35. Creates a library of skill/knowledge that builds over time
    • 36. Is something tangible that faculty can refer to later on their own
    • 37. Reduces questions about simple tasks
    • 38. Cons:
    • 39. Must be short and simple skills
    • 40. Surprisingly, some faculty members prefer not to read and will not want to figure out tasks on their own
  • Individualized / Small-Group Specific Instruction
    • Training for 1-5 faculty members on a specific step-by-step skill/tasks
    • 41. Topics:
    • 42. Learning specific software, hardware, or service
    • 43. Learning how to integrate technology into specific subject area/type lesson
    • 44. Tips:
    • 45. Group by subject area or grade level
    • 46. Have specific goals for individual or small group
    • 47. Have them bring their needs for training to you
    • 48. Keep short and specific; usually 45 minutes, longer if they are working on a specific project
  • Individualized / Small-Group Specific Instruction
    • Pros:
    • 49. Training becomes more meaningful because they are bringing needs to you
    • 50. Smaller groups for instruction = less distracting
    • 51. More specific training
    • 52. Cons:
    • 53. Time in the annual schedule
    • 54. Need technology staff to fulfill training needs
    • 55. $$$ - need a budget and an administration that supports the need for this type of training
  • Individualized / Small-Group Specific Instruction
    • Lawrence Upper School had a rotating 1-1 training schedule for all staff members during the first 2 years of our 1-to-1 program
    • 56. Each staff member received 1-1 tech training for 1 class period (45 minutes) once every two weeks
    • 57. Topics vary each time based on Tech Director and staff member needs
    • 58. Specific websites that might be useful for specific lessons
    • 59. Specific software that can be implemented for a lesson
    • 60. Specific instruction on how to use software, hardware, or services
  • Optional Summer Workshops
    • Training for 1-10 faculty members on a specific step-by-step tech skills during summer months
    • 61. Topics range from:
    • 62. Learning a new piece of software, hardware, or service that is crucial for every day productivity
    • 63. Tips:
    • 64. Make it worth making the trip to school over the summer (include snacks, incentives like computer upgrades….)
    • 65. 2-3 hour sessions to make attendance worthwhile
    • 66. Have faculty sign up for specific times; give them at least a few options for times/days of week; be flexible with the summer training schedule
  • Optional Summer Workshops
    • Pros:
    • 67. Don’t waste training time during school year
    • 68. Make sure everyone is trained on specific skills before next school year
    • 69. Use small groups vs. large group training
    • 70. Cons:
    • 71. Resistant teachers
    • 72. Time-consuming for tech training staff over summer
    • 73. Won’t work unless you have total support of administrative staff
  • Optional Summer Workshops
    • Look for collaborative workshops in your area
    • 74. CCIS (Cleveland Council of Independent Schools) has been coordinating a ½ day technology showcase as a way for teachers to share technology ideas with each other
  • Need Administrative Support for Technology Professional Development including:
    Time in the School Calendar
    Funding
    Staffing
    Clearly Stated Expectations
    Incentives
    Effective Strategies
  • 75.
    • Distance learning
    • 76. Online classes
    • 77. Expert staff as technology trainers
    • 78. Cloud computing in a 1-to-1 environment
    Looking Forward
  • 79. Sally Garza
    • Director of Technology
    • 80. Lawrence Upper School
    • 81. sgarza@lawrenceschool.org
    • 82. www.lawrenceschool.org
    • 83. Twitter: smg421girl
    • 84. Technology blog at msgarza.wordpress.com
    • 85. Handouts available at www.slideshare.net/smg421
    Questions?

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