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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!
    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
    Usually best for introduction to new service, policy, software, hardware
    Great for generating ideas amongst staff members on how to utilize technology
    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
    Clearly Stated Expectations
    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.
    • 82.
    • 83. Twitter: smg421girl
    • 84. Technology blog at
    • 85. Handouts available at