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                Alternative
              Professional
              Development
Christopher ...
Talking Points
• What’s the difference between “PD” and
  “Training”?
• What content are we doing during PD?
• What are th...
What's the Difference Between
     "PD" and "Training"?
• PD:
   •   Ongoing process
   •   Often, but not always, mandato...
What content are we DOING during PD?
• Differentiated Instruction for all teachers, including
  general education
• 21st C...
What are the problems with
    traditional “Butt-In-Chair” PD?
•   IDEAS ARE DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT DUE TO TIME
•   NO FOL...
Note: These are responses from the audience at ATIA 2
    What are some solutions
      to these problems?
• SMALL CHUNKS ...
Uh, don't forget to mention these you knucklehead!

• Strategy-A-Day Calendar
  • Creation & Distribution




• AT Tonight...
Desktop Calendar & Survey Results
PODCAST WORKSHOPS
 Burn podcasts onto CDs to play
  in the car!
 Try it with the A.T.TIPSCAST.
     Four volumes comple...
Calendar, DVDs, and podcasts
address some problems, but not all
     ADDRESSED                         UNADDRESSED
• Uses ...
Follow-up Activities
• Recognized as a need but haven’t actually implemented it yet.
• The Ideas:
   • After viewing a DVD...
Training by
          Community Building
• When training on a specific tool that is not available to
  general educators (...
What's a PLN?
 • Personal Learning Network (Environment)-
    • Educators making connections with other educators
    • Fo...
One Last Thing
 The Practical (and
   Fun!) Guide to
Assistive Technology
 in Public Schools:
 Building or Improving Your
...
Contact Information
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Alternative Professional Development at ATIA 2010

  1. 1. Created using Wordle.net Alternative Professional Development Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP
  2. 2. Talking Points • What’s the difference between “PD” and “Training”? • What content are we doing during PD? • What are the problems with traditional “Butt- In-Chair” PD? • What are some solutions to these problems? • A word about “Follow-up Activities”. • A word about PLNs & community building.
  3. 3. What's the Difference Between "PD" and "Training"? • PD: • Ongoing process • Often, but not always, mandatory • Provided to larger audiences • May contain more theory • Training: • May be provided to student and/or teacher • May contain more “hands-on” interaction • Provided to a smaller number of individuals • Content is typically on one specific tool or idea
  4. 4. What content are we DOING during PD? • Differentiated Instruction for all teachers, including general education • 21st Century skills • College prep. • AT overview of policies and procedures for IEP teams • How to consider AT in every IEP Note: These are responses from the audience at ATIA 2010
  5. 5. What are the problems with traditional “Butt-In-Chair” PD? • IDEAS ARE DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT DUE TO TIME • NO FOLLOW-UP • LOSING AUDIENCE FOCUS • PASSIVE – TOO SCRIPTED • COST • LACK OF INTEREST / MOTIVATION Note: These are responses from the audience at ATIA 2010
  6. 6. Note: These are responses from the audience at ATIA 2 What are some solutions to these problems? • SMALL CHUNKS OF TIME • ONE TO ONE TRAINING (MODELING) • FOLLOW UP • PEER TO PEER SUPPORT (LEARNING COMMUNITY) • “WALLERS” – STEP BY STEP GUIDES TO COMPLETE TASKS • TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL • ABILITY TO WEAR JEANS! SMALL INCENTIVES • CREDIT TOWARDS LICENSE RENEWAL
  7. 7. Uh, don't forget to mention these you knucklehead! • Strategy-A-Day Calendar • Creation & Distribution • AT Tonight DVDs • Creation & Distribution • Results • AT Tonight Volume 1: ~300 • AT Tonight Volume 2: ~250
  8. 8. Desktop Calendar & Survey Results
  9. 9. PODCAST WORKSHOPS  Burn podcasts onto CDs to play in the car!  Try it with the A.T.TIPSCAST.  Four volumes completed.  Download the question booklets.  Distribute to educators.  Over 5 hours of content! www.attipcast.wordpress.com www.tinyurl.com/attipscast
  10. 10. Calendar, DVDs, and podcasts address some problems, but not all ADDRESSED UNADDRESSED • Uses available time  Only Awareness Level • Watch short videos on TV Training (although, over during commercials with DVD time, there is possibility • Listen to podcasts during for implementation) commute  Still need follow-up • Read one calendar slide a day  Still “sit n’ get” style • No technology expertise  Not “hands-on”” required • Everyone knows how to use a CD and DVD player
  11. 11. Follow-up Activities • Recognized as a need but haven’t actually implemented it yet. • The Ideas: • After viewing a DVD and answering the questions in the booklet, get together to discuss what was experienced, either web-based (online forums) or in person • Create a product from what was heard on a podcast or saw on the DVD and then share that somehow (wiki, existing online resource depending on the topic)
  12. 12. Training by Community Building • When training on a specific tool that is not available to general educators (for example, a specific AAC device) form communities of teachers who are working with students who are using these devices. • Example: 5 teachers (along with related services) in the county are working with students who are using a SpringBoard Lite (Augmentative Communication Device). Quarterly meetings to bring these minds together to share strategies, data collection techniques, and resources may decrease likelihood of abandonment, decrease time spend recreating same resources, and increase student achievement/integration.
  13. 13. What's a PLN? • Personal Learning Network (Environment)- • Educators making connections with other educators • Foster and build this within educators • What tools do we use to make up our own PLNs? • Sorry- we ran out of time to do this one as a group- but here are a few that I would have guessed would have been mentioned: • Twitter • Youtube/Teachertube/Schooltube • Facebook/LinkedIn/Plurk • Ning/Classroom 2.0 • Moodle/Blackboard/Angel • Virtual Worlds (ie Second Life) • Podcasts • Others?
  14. 14. One Last Thing The Practical (and Fun!) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team www.iste.org/chewat
  15. 15. Contact Information
  16. 16. Thank You! Thank you for attending this session! Watch for us in Chicago this October! Please help us improve the quality of our conference by completing your session evaluation form. Completed evaluation forms should be submitted as you exit or to staff at the registration desk.

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