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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
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  10. 10. You must PLAY before you PRODUCE. 1 0 Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  11. 11. 3 Principles of Effective Software Sandboxing 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 12 Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  15. 15. “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 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
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  18. 18. What doesn’t work (in my experience) 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) 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 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: 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) 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) 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) Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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  35. 35. Questions Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher