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5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology

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Teachers can and will improve under the right conditions. In this presentation, I share the techniques I've learned to help promote and encourage change throughout your school.

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5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology

  1. 1. 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology 1www.coolcatteacher.com
  2. 2. Join the backchannel Password: coolcat www.coolcatteacher.com 2
  3. 3. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  10. 10. You must PLAY before you PRODUCE. 1 0 www.coolcatteacher.com Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  11. 11. 3 Principles of Effective Software Sandboxing www.coolcatteacher.com 11 1. Never “play” in something you can’t afford to mess up. 2. Set a timer (15 minutes!) 3. Keep a notebook handy Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  12. 12. Share 1 thing a month with someone www.coolcatteacher.com 12 Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  15. 15. 15www.coolcatteacher.com “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.” Helen Keller Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  16. 16. Make your “to be” list before you make your “to do” list www.coolcatteacher.com 16 Our expectation is that we are world class Our routine is that we make slow steady progress by “turtling” We share what we learn with each other We help each other when we learn something new that will benefit our students Nobody has to go it alone We make slow, steady progress We celebrate small wins Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  17. 17. Choose your words wisely www.coolcatteacher.com 17Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  18. 18. What doesn’t work (in my experience) www.coolcatteacher.com 18 👎 Mandates 👎 Everybody has to do the same thing 👎 Being out of touch with a teacher’s life situation 👎 Guilt trips 👎 Professional development for teachers that is 100% lecture and not hands-on with the tools and techniques Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  19. 19. Some things that work (in my experience) www.coolcatteacher.com 19 Using other teachers as examples Using questions as a jumping off point for PD Just in Time (JIT) Learning Listening RESPECT! Funding individual selections of technology Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  23. 23. Professional Development Opportunities www.coolcatteacher.com 23 • Share ideas • Celebrate wins • Empower teachers to teach each other • Record quick videos about how to do things ”10 minute PD” Approach • Perfect for “JIT” (just in time) learning • Email when you add to the site Create a help site • Change the pace every 20 minutes • Make it relevant • Listen to their concerns • Involve them in the experience Professional Learning Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  25. 25. Kerry Patterson in Influencer says, “Influencers use four tactics to help people love what they hate: www.coolcatteacher.com 25 Make Make it a game.” Tell Tell meaningful stories. Create Create direct experiences. Allow Allow for choice. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  31. 31. Opinion Leaders o Natural stature and credibility in a school o Influence o Expertise o Just because they have influence doesn’t mean they have it in all areas (might just be kindergarten or sports or an area) 31www.coolcatteacher.com Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  32. 32. Know your teachers o You can’t make forward progress when you are just hanging on for dear life o Sometimes it is OK to “opt out” but not every time. o People know their own life situation best (they’re not telling you everything) 32www.coolcatteacher.com Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  33. 33. How Are You Turtling? o Ask teachers how they are turtling. o Talk to teachers about progress o Help them celebrate the wins o Point out the wins (sometimes they don’t know they are there) 33www.coolcatteacher.com Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  35. 35. Questions 35www.coolcatteacher.com www.coolcatteacher.com Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

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