Amanda Kaye Bain Staff Development Series Staff Development Series Outline: Title, Audience, Rationale, Timeline, EvaluationTitle: iRead, iWrite, iLearn- Creation Sessions for Blogs, Audio Recordings, and Quick ReadCodes in ReadingFacilitated by: Amanda Kaye BainAudience: Elementary reading teachers are the targeted audience for introducing technologytools that can be used in literacy instruction through attending a 3 part staff development seriesover 6 weeks. Basic computer and iPad skills are needed to maximize results from this staffdevelopment series. Each technology tool will be introduced and explained in detail sofamiliarity with the specific tools is not necessary. An openness to student centered learningthrough innovative reading and writing assignments will benefit teachers who attend.These tools will be used in a literary context so an understanding of quality instructionalpractices is necessary. Specifics include: developing quality questions, writing skills, andcomprehension strategies, and graphic organizers.Rationale: iRead, iWrite,iLearn takes the established relationship between reading, writing andlearning to a digital level through this 3 part staff development series. The overall goal of theseries is for teachers to create interactive classroom libraries through online book talks usingblogs and audio recordings accessible by Quick Read (QR) codes printed in books. Studentcentered creation of the book talks and use of QR codes will be encouraged as a way to motivatereading and writing. Teachers will be able to immediately implement these skills in theirclassrooms to raise student interest in reading and participation in the writing process, whileintegrating technology standards. Each session will have its own product focused goals andoutcomes to equip teachers in using the individual technologies.Blogs, audio recording, and QR codes will each be presented in separate “creation sessions”during the series. The term “creation session” represents the main objective of hands-on practicewith technology tools and the immediate product creation by teachers for immediate use in theirclassroom. Much of the session time will be devoted to this guided practice so that teachers canfeel confident to try the ideas and bring back reflections to the next session.Each of these tools has myriad uses and implications to the education realm. A teacher can feelpressured to incorporate every technology tool or unsure of where to start at all when presentedwith an overwhelming list of options and uses. By focusing on one specific use for theseproducts, teachers can feel empowered to integrate technology into small parts of their literacyinstruction.Dialogue between teachers of extension activities and future uses will be encouraged.Teachers who complete the iRead,iWrite,iLearn series will have knowledge of 3 powerfultechnology tools that can enhance reading and writing. Creation sessions for blogs, audiorecordings, and QR codes will allow teachers to use the unique features of each individually orimplemented together as a technology rich experience for reading and writing. Simple
Amanda Kaye Bain Staff Development Seriesinstructions and management will be explained for each tool, but advanced options are availablefor customization.Collaboration of teachers, reading coaches, media specialist and grade level teams is crucial tothe success of this staff development series. Opportunities like this allow faculty to developlearning relationships and innovate school curriculum. This is a very hands -on, minds-on serieswhere small groups will be discussing and sharing pedagogy, practice, and products. CommonCore State Standards (CCSS) will be addressed by the teachers in grade level groups for everysession. Integration of technology as a tool for learning, not a separate set of skills, is a sharedbelief between this series and the CCSS. The media specialist will be working with classes inconjunction with these series to promote information literacy and information safety as theyprepare to create digital projects and identities. Each person involved in the series has a distinctrole and passion in the literacy achievement of our students. The various activities and toolsallow each of those roles to strengthen and share their skills.Timeline: This staff development series will begin advertisement in December before Christmasholidays. The first creation session workshop will be during one of the January StaffDevelopment days after returning from the holidays before students return to school. Teachersare evaluating the curriculum and activities for the second half of the school year and will beopen to trying new tools for a short while instead of starting at the beginning of the year.Teachers and students will have had time to develop a classroom and learningcommunity that isimportant in the digital environment. Reading comprehension and language writing skills havehad opportunity to be introduced and assessed. This will be important for the in depth readingand writing skills for these technology projects. Three sessions will be held over six weeksmoving into February. This allows 2 weeks in between each session for teachers to trulyimplement each technology slowly and bring back reflections. Bringing materials back oversustained weeks adds a level of accountability to the series. The series will run betweenJanuary- February which is a fairly uninterrupted time in elementary school with few holidaysand events. This will give teachers more time to implement these tools in their classroom and becompleted before major testing in March/April. The writing and critical analysis of text will begreat practice for high stakes testing where written response and evidence is required.Evaluation: Evaluation is both formative and cumulative in this series. Guided practice andcreation during each session will be observed and used for coaching opportunities and change ininstructional technique or pace. Each creation session has a final technology tool product andadditional independent products to complete and return. Reflections will be shared at thebeginning of each new session about the interim 2 week implementation period. Severalopportunities for reflection and self-evaluation are available during the small group discussionsfor each session. The facilitator will be actively engaged with participants through conversation,proximity, and observation. The cumulative assessment will be a published classroom blogfeaturing: Book Reviews completed by student comments on high quality, critical literaryquestions, Book Talks of classroom book summaries and reading recommendations of created byteachers and students in audio recording software, and use of Quick Read codes to link studentsto the blog assignments and tools, as well as 2 additional resources connected to reading. A
Amanda Kaye Bain Staff Development Seriesqualitative evaluation of change in teacher perception, future planning, and opportunities forcoaching will be included.Example of Product: http://bainbooks.edublogs.org/Example of Qualitative Cumulative Evaluation:Individual:3 things you can start this year, month, term etc.,2 things you can strive for next year…etc.1 barrier or question you haveDo you view technology, literacy, or yourself differently now than 6 weeks ago?How does this type of technology change the learning community in your class? Did it? Staff Development Rationale, Materials, Activities Outline Each Creation Session centers around a Power Point presentation and live modeling using the specific tool or website. Participants will have copies of PowerPoint slides digitally through a shared drive with access to links. Examining each Power Point presentation shows a mixture of explicit, collaborative, small group, and independent activities. An Overview of Objectives graphic organizer for the entire series also shows the instructional objectives for each session.
Amanda Kaye Bain Staff Development Series Creation Session 1 : Blogs Rationale: Blogs support the social construct of literacy Slide 4,-5,7-8 development through giving an authentic audience to engage in conversation about text. Materials: Presenter: Interactive Whiteboard, computer with See Session Internet connection, Session 1 PowerPoint 1 Participants: laptop with Internet connection, PowerPoint Copies Session 1 PowerPoint with notes boxes, classroom library books ActivitiesTime: 5 min Introduce Series: I Have, Who Has. Teachers use Slide 1-2 interactive card game to ask questions about overall objectives of series. 10 min Tech Tool: Blogs with informational video that Slides 3-5 kids can also use to learn, Compare and contrast to websites, Discuss importance of Information Safety, Challenges to Blogs 20 min Features and Instructional Purpose: Share personal Slides 5-8 story about classroom website vs. blog that was so much easier to update, include digital projects, gave a true audience and authenticity to technology. Explore real examples in small groups and share 20 min Explicit Modeling and Instruction: Create EduBlog Slides 8-12 and discuss features. Give time for exploration, creation 20 min Guided Practice and Application: Create Slides 12-15 Thoughtful Literacy Question for Post, Practice posting and replying, peer learning with partners 15 min Evaluation and Reflection: Explore link to CCSS Slide 16 in reference to using tool for critical reading and writing, discuss fears, procedures, questions for this in the classroom in small groups and then in whole group and point out Help Tools on EDUBLOG site 5 min Prepare for next Creation Session, Discuss Slide 16-17 expectations for next 2 weeks action in classroom, what to bring back/Resources
Amanda Kaye Bain Staff Development Series Creation Session 2: Audio Recording Rationale: Audio recordings including multimedia are Slide 8 engaging products that show integrated learning and understanding of multiple concepts. Book talks through this media can be used and created by students. Materials: Presenter: Interactive Whiteboard, computer with See Session 2 Internet connection, Audacity and Lame Encoder Software previously already installed. Microphone, Session 2 PowerPointinstalled through media PowerPoint specialist or tech Participants: laptop with Internet connection,coordinator to maximize Audacity and Lame Encoder already installed, instructional time. classroom library books, Microphone,Copies Session 1-2Power Points with notes boxes ActivitiesTime: 10 min Reflection from past activities and classroom Slide 1 action, answer questions, celebrate, solve problems 5 min Tech Tool: Audio Recording- Discuss different Slide 2 methods for different products 10 min Features and Instructional Purpose: Audacity and Slide 3 Lame features, free, unlimited, easy 20 min Explicit Modeling and Instruction: Show tool bar, Slides 4-5, 7 editing tools, saving and exporting files 30-40 min Guided Practice and Application: Create ABC Slides 6 -11 recording and use editing tools, listen to example, peer learning Discuss Book Talk guidelines and explore examples on your own, Create book talk form with grade level, share 15 min Evaluation and Reflection: Record your Book Slides12-16 Talk, export and post on your blog Small groups Create further classroom uses and documentation of CCSS 5 min Prepare for next Creation Session, Discuss Slide 17 expectations for next 2 weeks action in classroom, encourage to extend knowledge of other book talks with video, pictures, find other sources for sound recording what to bring back/Resources
Amanda Kaye Bain Staff Development Series Creation Session 3: Quick Read Codes Rationale: QR Codes are an easy, current, and curiously Slide 8 intriguing to combine the tech tools we have learned. Students and teachers can create these to make learning highly personal and on demand. Materials: Presenter: Interactive Whiteboard, computer with See Session 3 Internet connection, 4 QR codes around room, I- Software previously Nigma installed on iPad2 ., Session 3 PowerPointinstalled through media PowerPoint,Evaluations specialist or tech Participants: laptop with Internet connection, iPad2coordinator to maximize with I-Nigma, classroom library books, Copies instructional time. Session 1-3Power Points with notes boxes, access to printer ActivitiesTime: 10 min Reflection from past activities and classroom Slide 1 action, answer questions, celebrate, solve problems 25 min Tech Tool: QR Codes -Use iPad2 to scan 4 QR Slides 2-4 codes around the room to experience the features and data(explanation and teaching ideas, email address, YouTube of classroom uses, app store). Discuss features through construction of responses 10 min Explicit Modeling and Instruction: How to make Slides 5-6 and read, tools for using, tips 30 min Guided Practice and Application: Create one for Slides 6 -7 your blog and print. Mix up stack and practices scanning someone’s, leave a comment and return. 10 min Instructional Purpose: Connect our series tools Slides 8-9 together, personal learning tool, make reading interactive to outside world 30 min Evaluation and Reflection: Reflect on each of the Slides 12-16 tools we learned, how do they change the classroom instruction and community, do they promote CCSS rigor and readiness, how have we changed as educators and learners? 5 min Wrap Up Series: Celebrations, sharing reflections, Slide 17 evaluations, expectations for 2 additional QR codes to be shared on network drive