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Alternative Professional Development

  1. 1. As presented on November 14th, 2009 at the PUWT 09 Conference Created using Wordle.net
  2. 2.  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 training by community building
  3. 3.  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.  Differentiated Instruction done after school via lecture  Summer Inst.-3 day, in huge room, grade level talk and practice  Hands On-Technology- One full-day, all day  Ongoing collaborative planning—planning lessons  Modeling as PD “Job-embedded” learning  How to use manipulatives Note: The answers to the question are  Online PD360 (videos) summative based on audience participation and  Webinars—seminars online discussion
  5. 5.  Tuning out after 20 minutes  Takes away time from other activities  Interruptions/distractions (other activities going on around you)  Need high speed internet access to be engaged/to participate (some don’t have this at home)  Getting questions answered and filling in gaps in YOUR learning—hard to apply in real setting (at school)  Lack of follow up  “Cutesy” activities distract some learners/seem like a waste of time  They are not always differentiated to learners’ levels of proficiency  Finding time to implement the new learning  Technology-phobia/different levels of comfort with technology Note: The answers to the question are summative based on audience participation and discussion
  6. 6.  Follow-up using different modalities (audio, video, discussion, projects, etc)  Other sources to get information (other than just live people)  Hands –on keeps people coming back and is more effective  Many of the things on this list are good teaching skills teachers use with students. Why should those strategies be any different for adult learners?  Action research, provide, follow-up (feedback) and debriefing  Taking the initiative  Primary Focus vs multiple foci (Maybe focus on one thing for the course of the school year with measurable goals and outcomes)  Discussion after the implementation  Collect data – quantitative and qualitative data & utilize the data Note: The answers to the question are summative based on audience participation and discussion
  7. 7.  Strategy-A-Day Calendar  Creation & Distribution  AT Tonight DVDs  Creation & Distribution  Results  AT Tonight Volume 1: ~300  AT Tonight Volume 2: ~250
  8. 8.  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
  9. 9. ADDRESSED UNADDRESSED  Uses available time  Only Awareness Level  Watch short videos on TV Training during commercials with DVD  Still need follow-up  Listen to podcasts during  Still “sit n’ get” style commute  Not “hands-on”  Read one calendar slide a day  No “extra” technology required  Everyone knows how to use a CD and DVD player
  10. 10.  Recognized as a need but haven’t actually implemented it yet.  The Ideas:  After viewing a DVD and answer the questions in the booklet, get together to discuss what you experienced, either web-based (online forums) or in persons  Create a product from what you heard on a podcast or saw on the DVD and then share that somehow (wiki, existing online resource depending on the topic)
  11. 11.  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 •Plurk •Moodle/Blackboard/Angel •Ning/Classroom 2.0 •iPod/Podcasts •Others?
  12. 12.  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. Check out Night Light Stories Free audio stories for children of all ages www.nightlightstories.blogspot.com
  14. 14. The Practical (and Fun!) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team www.iste.org/chewat

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